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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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Global Voices Online It's Not Only About Human Rigths

Global Voices Online holds in the media by itself and it doesn't need any support because its own team, the editors, bloggers and translators worldwide are doing it. GVO aim to get information spread where normally the heavy media doesn't have access or doesn't want to get to it. Today, we were reading a post from Scobleizer where he respectfully says that Global Voices Online "is the right blog to keep up with human rights blogging from around the world". We want to say, being part of the authors of Global Voices that citizenjournalism goes beyond Human Rights. Yes, we do concern about what's going on with poor and speechless people but GVO certainly explain plain clearly what are their goals. Why you don't spent a few minutes and please read the About Page of the website.

So, why some bloggers don't have a say about Kenya incidents? Is it only the Tech blogs that are being quiet?

Click to participate in The 2008 Education Blogosphere Survey...In the education arena, David Warlick remind us of The 2008 Education Blogosphere Survey. This is the second annual survey Scott McLeod has designed and it's online and for all those educators linked to educational matters, please head up and spent some worthy time completing such a valuable bank of information.

Hurry up! The deadline for this years participation is January 26, 11:00pm, (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) See last year results here.

Google Isn't a Source!

And we should add, Google is not the Internet or a browser (although many still use it as such), nor the only search engine, etc., etc..


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In Education: Quality Counts!!

High quality teaching really matters. Education Week brings the last week Report and says: "Although student achievement is linked to good teachers, there is no system for attracting, training, and supporting the best people for the job."
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The Economist: Social Networking: does it bring positive change to education?

Last of three The Economist selected education-related propositions for debate laid out on Octobre 2007, are being aired: Social Networking: does it bring positive change to education? So, please go over, have a read through the opening articles and the rebuttals and closings later this week. You can make comments, as well.

The second, Governments and universities everywhere should compete to attract qualified students, regardless of nationality or residence, was overwhelmingly ACCEPTED, says The Economist.

And first one, The continuing introduction of new technologies and new media adds little to the quality of most education, was deeply debated but OPPOSED!

Have a word on Education!

Comics: Friends 2.0

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Steve Jobs: Following his MacWorld Watchers

It's being sad that precisely today when Steve Jobs was to deliver his speech Twitter let down all its users. I wasn't affected because I had no time to follow up this event live but people in the other side of the world, they even went to sleep in order to catch up Jobs intervention. Check out what Mike Bogle in Sydney had to suffer ( http://www.techticker.net/2008/01/twitters-starting-to-get-my-goat.html).

As I said, many people was anxious to hear what Steve Jobs had to say. We wait patiently and read the Keynote Live hosted by Duncan Riley.

In San Francisco though, Louis Gray spotted eight types of MacWord Watchers:

1. The True Believers.
2. The Mac Rumors Psychos.
3. Ye Olde Macolytes.
4. The Corporate Spies.
5. The Windows Bigots.
6. The Secret Mac Wannabes.
7. The Bloggers and Rumormongers.
8. The Curious iPod/iPhone Owner.

Ha!. When watching Apple events, think that not only Big Dad might be watching over.

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License to Sell and Consume Genetically Modified Food

After quick search what I've learned is that genetically modified food is the same as genetically engineered food. It's the very same term for the very same thing, just this term doesn't scare away consumers.

Just today, The Washington Post says that FDA reports no evidence of risks while eating cloned foods. Way back in 1990, first President Bush started with the Four Principles of Regulatory Review for Biotechnology where using legal terminology it was written no regulatory word for such production. Many people protested countrywide and specially when the BIO's had its summit.

The war is not only about cows and sheeps. Despite what other people in other countries think, not all corn grown in the US is genetically modified. Do we consume this corn? No word on this. The only think do we know is that for every biotech corn we grow, we also grow a non biotech corn!!

Rick Weiss, writes an extensive document on this 'milk and meat' cloned safe food to eat. And he quotes the Director of The Center for Food Safety, "One of the amazing things about this, is that at a time when we have a readily acknowledged crisis in our food safety system, the FDA is spending its resources and energy and political capital on releasing a safety assessment for something that no one but a handful of companies wants" has said Joseph Mendelson.

Not much surprises here. Remember that so many people in DC are lawyers. For scientists it will take longer to decide something is safe, let's say five years. The first level of science has been performed, the cloned animals worked out what it was 'designed' for. But as for the impact on humans and why not the environment, that's another level of science. Contrary to the law, in science we don't have an 'innocent until proven guilty' . Should we say something like 'safe, until it's proven unsafe'?. The FDA has made its decision, what about USDA, and EPA?

The "final risk assessment," not yet released but obtained by The Washington Post, according to Weiss, concludes that foods from healthy cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as those from ordinary animals. Yes! Welcome to the engineered food not right now but in the years to come...

Related:
USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off the Market.


Firefox: Downloading Free Access Plus!

Firefox is said to be having problems to attract money and compete with the IE of Microsoft, which pours lots of money to keep their browser running. Even when Firefox doesn't offer technical support for the enterprise circle, the add-ons are one of the most strongest arms Firefox browser does have.

It's been over one month in the playground of the add-ons for Firefox , and today has more than 35 thousands downloaded. Its name is FreeAccess Plus! (download [Windows, Linux] and use it at your own risk , not before reading some of the reviews). But why is so important and why in such a short time this utility has received such a large number of hits? Well, if you take a look at this map built up by the Global Voices Advocacy, you can easily notice that many countries had banned the Internet access and that's precisely the point, this add-on allows Firefox to work as a proxy and bypass censorship of YouTube, del.icio.us, Flickr, Technorati, FriendSter, livejournal, MySpace, Hi5 and even some other Persian (farsi) sites in Iran and other countries where they decided to blocked these sites ...

The note has been taken from GVO(Global Voices Online) and according to the article, the add-on author, MohammedR has said, current version of FreeAccess Plus! does not support the option to add websites to those currently listed. However, this feature — an editable and configurable list — will be added in a future version of the program.
 
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