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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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Owyang: Using Twitter as Social Computer

Jeremiah Owyang is a Web Strategist based in SF Bay Area and I've been subscribed to his feed a while now and of course reading everyday his updates. With today's posts he comes to conclude something everyone is doing but not in technical terms as he's put it, read and pay close attention:


Recently, I was at a swanky restaurant in SF, a CEO was picking up the tab so I could order whatever I wanted. I asked folks on Twitter “what should I order at Restaurant X” I received several responses, and immediately noticed a pattern and ordered the ribs with confidence, it was a success.

I frequently ask questions about what people think about in the news, I often receive popular opinion back from politics, tech issues, and other question. There’s a lot of gray answers here, but it’s a quick way to scan and obtain the variety of opinions about a particular topic. This method fuels the start of my initial research phase, I can get all the ideas on on a table, then hone in on the ideas that matter.

Lastly, referral content is shared, topics spread and people will offer up new suggestions, related content that isn’t necccearily going to be found in a web search.


Again, I have my account in Twitter but normally I am not using it and exploiting as many experienced ones are doing it. I guess, Jeremiah's post will oblige me to re-think my posture in about this so popular microblogging tool and now a 'social computer'


Ecuador Cartoons

Ecuadorn Cartoons

"We have to move because Colombians might get confused as we are terrorists"



Cartoon credit: La Hora [ES]

Trackbacks: Publico And Twingly Are Having Lots of Hits

Twingly.com automatically lets you view what blogs are talking about and every article that is published by them it's pinged back to newspapers; in this approach Publico (a Portuguese newspaper) compiles the trackbacks to all blogs linking to its website.

People in charge of edition of Publico are happy with the use of Twingly because they've seen their comments to come up. Portuguese and Spanish media are following the website in hope to get the reward. Check out for example what's going on with ciberjornalismo.com or ecuaderno.com

Buzz that Publico has generated it's because of the results. A quick and easy way to connect the blogosphere to traditional media and benefit mutually from traffic and the possibility of increasing interactivity and conversation to the traditional media on the Internet that give credit to weblogs.

Can be this implemented in globalvoices?

Homeschooling On Debate

Downes begins the thread quoting and getting his opinion on a post written by Joanne Jacobs and it has to be with a legal issue aroused in California, whether it is or enough to have a kid homeschooled. Downes has said it all depends on the parents' credentials to 'train' these kids in David Friedman's understanding but 'indoctrination' in the Jacobs conception. Many of his readers had get him in hot waters because it seems they misinterpret what he had said in this post and which is answered in the video we add at the bottom.

The problem is the conception we are having for education, instruction and maybe training. Are our kids getting trained or instructed, not matter what the law says. it all depends what we as educators understand as our main goal when we have kids in the classroom trying to pay attention to all what we have to say or in this particular case their parents. If what we conceive is training then parents can do that job, let them to the professionals but if it's instruction, parents are qualified to do that but of course, this is where we agree with Downes position, if those same kids are going to get involved in the 'official' system, then their parents will need to be credited to do that job. Period.





Twitter Morphology

I don't quite use Twitter for my daily activities but I can surely have my own opinion on this filed because everyday read and try to catch up with something new in the blogosphere, visiting precisely this microblogging tool. I might be into what Read/Write Web calls a 'listener'. Thanks to M. Weller I've landed to an interesting post about the different manners a person can be using Twitter (many I know, still think Pownce is better, though) and for your benefit and myself as well, I want to recommend the reading of his posts.

He's talking beyond the listener, talker and hub that Alex Iskold is talking about,this is just a way of thinking about how we use Twitter, not implying that people must conform to one of these types, Weller says.

The author of the original post finish his document saying that "perhaps this is really a classification of Twitter uses, rather than users." Check out for yourself:

- Twitter as an added bonus.
- Selective interaction with users.
- Small scale interaction.
- Wide peer network.
- Large scale users.

Want to add up some more? Let us know What it is missing in here.


 
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