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Education + Tech

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

Teacher + Scholar

If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am a blogger and I'd written a post about education almost everyday since 2003. Education & Tech provides you with education news, expert tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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Congrats Jenny D. She's now a PhD!

Jenny D. DefenseI've missed her post lately for some reason but today I went to check my feed reader and what I've found is Jenny D. ( that's all I know) already made her Thesis's defense and she's being kind to share some of the pictures of this event. We've following her experiences while she wrote the thesis and want to congratulate for the hard work involved in her career as a researcher now.

It pays the effort and sharing experiences online using blogs. Congratulations again and good luck on your career. Read her latets post on Robert F. Kennedy about the hearings during 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Public High School Graduation Rates

Beginning today, June 4th through Tuesday, June 10th edweek.org is hosting an Open House for an entire week so you can check out its new issue for free. The press release promotes this Report, The Diplomas Count 2008: School to College. This is the third annual report published by edweek. org, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"The report explores the rapid growth of state-level P-16 councils and how they seek to create a more seamless schooling continuum that prepares students from preschool through college and beyond for life, work, and further education."




Results for the class of 2005, the most recent year available according to the Report, show a national graduation rate of 70.6 percent, an increase of about half a percentage point over the prior year. The EPE Research Center that made this study, estimates that 1.23 million high school students will fail to graduate in the class of 2008.

We should ask, why too many students drop out earlier than expected. Is it happening a the same peace among racial groups?

Education Leaders Disconnected from Cyber Society

The advent of Web 2.0 has brought hundreds of tools available. But you only need one to get started sharing resources you find on the Web. Gathering web-based resources is part of our hunting and gathering stage of development as educators.

Microblogging (wikis also, are well disseminated now) is a great way to share not only information but knowledge and in this field Plurk has came to steal light from Twitter. While many educators, technologists or both are way familiar with these tools, the great challenge is getting involved our administrators and leaders. Miguel MGuhlin, has been tough writing on this matter:

I'm tired of reading about how leaders need to be mollycoddled, babied, nursed, trained, led by the nose, inspired, etc. Aren't you? Come on! If they are really leaders why aren't they the heck out here in the edublogosphere? Why aren't they reading the latest research and embracing the latest technologies to transform teaching, learning and leadership?
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If you're waiting for comments from school administrators, we may be here a while. Those leaders not only don't write blogs, they don't read them either...


Should we abide by the legal empowerment each school district to persuade or mandate our leaders and administrators to learn how to use technology? At this point, schools districts don't legally require teachers and administrators to know the proper use of technology, in order to maintain employment with the District. "The problem is that professional development isn't equated with learning...it's tied to "schoolin'" concludes again MGuhlin.
 
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