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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Study Shows Culture Does Influence Brain Function

In a study released yesterday and conducted by MIT researchers among which is John Gabrieli, a professor at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, together with Trey Hedden, lead author of the paper and a research scientist at McGovern; Sarah Ketay and Arthur Aron of State University of New York at Stony Brook; and Hazel Rose Markus of Stanford University; people from different cultures use their brains differently to solve the same visual perceptual tasks. American culture, which values the individual, emphasizes the independence of objects from their contexts, while East Asian societies emphasize the collective and the contextual interdependence of objects. Behavioral studies have shown that these cultural differences can influence memory and even perception.

They asked 10 East Asians recently arrived in the United States and 10 Americans to make quick perceptual judgments while in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner--a technology that maps blood flow changes in the brain that correspond to mental operations.

The researchers went on to show that the effect was greater in those individuals who identified more closely with their culture. They used questionnaires of preferences and values in social relations, such as whether an individual is responsible for the failure of a family member, to gauge cultural identification. Within both groups, stronger identification with their respective cultures was associated with a stronger culture-specific pattern of brain-activation.

Gabrieli, had pointed out:
Everyone uses the same attention machinery for more difficult cognitive tasks, but they are trained to use it in different ways, and it's the culture that does the training,[...]It's fascinating that the way in which the brain responds to these simple drawings reflects, in a predictable way, how the individual thinks about independent or interdependent social relationships.”

I wonder whether Moira Gunn might have as guests to this select group from Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

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Bloghology in its final countdown!

What Bloghology is? According to the director of this project it is "...a collection of bloggers, their profiles, photos, and links to their best posts. It is a PDF e-book which can be easily circulated throughout the blogosphere for personal branding and marketing of selected good quality bloggers."

About one month Merr Erkal launched this project called Blogholohy and at the time I am writing this post we only have 12 hours remaining for the big event. Yes, he says in his blog, long waited Bloghology is almost ready including a few surprises for you. I am quite sure you will like it. As i said before, if i succeed in the first edition, i will keep on creating Bloghology every quarter. Will it be successfully created, you bet!

But why you blogger should join in to this Bloghology thingy? Let's ask again Mr Erkal to list some of the practical benefits:

1. One quality link back from Search For Blogging blog
2. Your biography will reach to hundreds of thousands bloggers all around the world.
3. You will be represented in a fancy way with your biography, photos, and links to your best shots!
4. You will be highlighted. It is your time to show up now!
5. You will join one of the most promising social networking community; Peopleized.com
6. Your interview will be presented on the frontpage of Peopleized.com

So, wait no more and promote your blog with these big ands promising network dedicated not for A-blogger but for small bloggers who happen to stop blogging, because it seems almost impossible to overcome those rough obstacles, and succeed in the end.

Greetings Mert, sign me in!

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RSS Footer Options for Blogspot Blogs

I've reading a post related to RSS optimization written by Joost de Valk and himself already has created a scrapper for WP blogs. I don't know yet about this plug in for Blogspot hosted blogs but I obviously think will be great to have it.

Patrick Altoft, explains what are the problems with scrappers and why we should have one in our blogs in order to make sure search engines know the source of the post and guide your readers to find an extra place to click to visit your site.

...Having internal links within the post as well as maybe a link to your homepage in your feed footer isn’t going to be the best solution. What you really need is a link to your blog post from within the feed content. Obviously your feed will already have a link to your post anyway but most scrapers tend to remove those links and just keep the title and the content.

Is anyone from Blogger Draft reading our blog?

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Get Backlinks for Free and Start Being Less Lazzyblogger

Thanks to our dear RugJeff's Blog. it came to our knowledge a new program called Qassia. We all bloggers are looking for comments, links and maybe money for the professional or so called A-bloggers.

"Qassia is fantastic because you get credit for sharing your intelligence. The more credit you earn, the better your websites will rank. And you get a backlink to your website for every intel you add - only Qassia gives you unlimited quality backlinks."

So, why not give it a try. Sign up, validate your email and start sharing your vast knowledge right now. You can also visit our newly created profile at Qassia.com.

But I just remember something, blogosphere is about contents, it's about social networks; nothing to be with the lazysphere. If you still haven't word about what Steve Rubel is claiming, please head up to his page:

The Lazysphere... rather than create new ideas or pen thoughtful essays, they simply glom on to the latest news with another "me too" blog post. Their goal is largely to land on Techmeme and sometimes Digg - perhaps Google in an archival/Long Tail perspective. These sites - and Twitter too - have perpetuated a lot of lackadaisical writing. The Attention Crash is another factor at work here. People don't have as much time to think.

Will you keep up with the Lazzysphere? Will you please, start producing rather than consuming info? Rubel just spill the beans!

A Slide I Can't Hang in Wordpress

Free hosted blogs in Wordpress still can have google docs embed in their templates. That's what I've discovered after trying to upload a gift my sister sent to me for Christmas. For those bloggers leaving Blogspot, I have to tell them, this is one of the reasons I still 'survive' in Blogger.


Learn how to do it: [http://www.killertechtips.com/2008/01/06/how-to-embed-google-docs-presentations-in-your-site/]


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Did You Get Your iPhone This Christmas? I Didn't.

I refrain to buy this gadget, the most nominated the 2007 but certainly I can not avoid to keep watching it every time I walk around Best Buy (as today) or any store you can mention. Openculture makes a list of the 10 ways to make your iPhone a better learning gadget and not only to call your pals and hear mp3s from iTunes:

Put Wikipedia on Your Ipod.
Watch DVDs on Your iPod.
Load YouTube Videos to Your iPod.
Make Other Video Formats iPod-Ready.
Convert MP3 files into One Big iPod Audiobook File.
Create eBooks for the iPod.
Record Web Audio and Move it To Your iPod.
Get a Civic Education on Your Ipod.
Load Maps onto Your iPod.
Study Foreign Languages, Take University Courses, and Listen to AudioBooks on Your iPod - All for Free.

After Mr. Jobs considered it was an expensive gadget and cut almost 200 bucks, now you can pay between 299 and 399. I am still holding up to get the second version and keep myself busy playing with Kokito's PSP 2001 Series.

Can you please, list the best ways a PSP can be used as an learning improvement gadget?

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