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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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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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EdTech Weekly Round Up Meetings, Invitation

Doug Belshaw, EdTechroundupDoug Belshaw has envisioned a unique project which has been aired only once but, as he put it, 'few problems which delayed getting the the first EdTechRoundup Weekly show out until today.'

You read it. They’ve decided as a group that their weekly Sunday meetings contain enough ideas and useful discussion to start getting it out there as podcasts.

Conversations about using tecnology in education are being presented this Sunday at 8pm BST (July 6th, your local time) and the invitations are for everyone in the blogosphere.. Belshaw has promised the rounding up will be about what they’ve found useful in the world of educational technology now, but they also have a special guest, Mike Jones!

If you are able to attend please do it so, If not, at least hear the podcasts.

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Education & Tech: News for Educators

Some Not So-Good News About U.S. Education - Survey shows tendency from fair to poor

I am pretty sure this is not science and shows only an statistical inference but, obviously, something is happening,( no just now) with the U.S. Education. How come half of Americans may think, educational system is doing only a fair to poor job of preparing students for college and the workplace, even though education ranks behind only the economy and gas prices as a top issue for Americans.

The other half? They think education system is falling behind that of other countries, and six in 10 said the quality of American schools has declined in the past 20 years.

Science or Technology...?.

It seems extrange we still have to discuss these things today. At the same time, it's impossible to just skip it and just...move on.

Help David to complete his post and help educational community to clarify such a philosophical dilema: "I am not certain that Computing can ever be a science in that it does not have a body of fundamental knowledge independent of other sciences. It is a very important technology, perhaps the most important at the present time and thus deserves academic study."

Michael Wesch, his Conceptions on the Future of Education


This video is about Wesch's Web 2.0 wisdom presented at the University of Manitoba on June 17th. 'It is all about media literacy and how he engages his students at Kansas State University. This 66 minute video is well worth the time in order to get a glimpse of how he tries to make students knowledge-able' says Stephen Downes

During his presentation, Michael Wesch, an cultural anthropologist, explains his attempts to integrate Facebook, Netvibes, Diigo, Google Apps, Jott, Twitter, and other emerging technologies to create an education portal of the future.

'It’s basically an ongoing experiment to create a portal for me and my students to work online,' he's explained. “We tried every social media application you can think of. Some worked, some didn’t.”

If you are not yet familiar with professor Wesch work, consider subscribing to his YouTube channel.

Update:

Jack Chorowski also says, 'Web 2.0 shows that everyone is better than anyone; a large group working together can create information rivaling the content of experts.'

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Social Networks Are Good/Bad for Friendship and Cyberbullying

Now that all students and most teachers are on Summer break, it's a good time to make some reflexions on what's going on with the so mentioned social networks, particularly Facebook and MySpace. Forget about photo or music networks.

Society cannot stand and watch what's happening in their neighborhoods when students are being assaulted or bullied because of what they wrote in any of those online boards pertaining to either Facebook or MySpace. Officials are taking steps, but it's necessary the family intervention, which by the way it's difficult, now that the average family income is too low and parents have to spent more hours working to take food home.

I've heard some are commanding: "Shut down the computer!". But that is not a practical solution. I've also witnessed the prohibition of be involved in social networks while at home. Wrong step. Why all these practices are wrongly addressed?
Michelle Davis has the answer: Students are using social-networking sites more and more Despite the fact that most schools and families block access to such sites, 9- to 17-year-old spend about nine hours a week in the Internet, according to a 2007 study by the NSBA -Alexandria (National School Boards Association). The study found that 96 percent of those with online access had used social-networking technology—including text messaging—and 81 percent said they had visited a social-networking Web site at least once within the three months before the study of among 1200 students, was conducted. See pdf study report here.


With such high percentage, it shows clearly that neither officials, nor parents, can just block by verbal decisions the access to these social sites. We cannot afford a new incident like Megan Meier case, but at the same time we all have to be prepared to not to get way off as the incident at Canadian Ryerson University.

"To recap what happened: 16-year-old Megan Meier of suburban St. Louis thought she was befriending a local boy over MySpace. They formed an online friendship and corresponded frequently. As it turned out, the boy was actually a fake MySpace account created by a local woman named Lori Drew and a friend of hers, to see what they could learn about Meier’s friendship with her daughter. Eventually, they used the account to break up the online relationship, dismissing Meier in an extremely cruel way. Soon afterwards, Meier hanged herself." -Source: Andy Carvin

In the other case, "study groups may be a virtual trademark of the Ivory Tower – but a virtual study group has been slammed as cheating by Ryerson University. First-year student Chris Avenir is fighting charges of academic misconduct for helping run an online chemistry study group via Facebook last term, where 146 classmates swapped tips on homework questions that counted for 10 per cent of their mark." -Quoted by MGuhlin.

Students, teachers and parents have to make clear decisions and guidelines as how the behaviour of the younsgter will be carried out at school, at home and publicly at sites like the popular Facebook and MySpace. Keep educating students about online-safety matters and how to use sites such as those mentioned, responsibly. If you fellow teachers are using social-networking sites for such educational purposes, you should establish clear guidelines for how you intend to communicate with students via those sites. A good example for teachers, as MGuhlin likes to call it, is this Twitter post, 'encouraging more respectful and productive interaction between students by turning the class into a community.'

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Blogger in Draft: New Features Explained

Internet has changed and keep things changing every day. Five years now, I had the opportunity to meet young interesting people worldwide, thanks to the hacks it was possible to introduce to the old Blogspot platform.

All of these talented guys had stop working on the new Blogger platform, although they still keep blogging on particular issues developed by Google people and its Blogger in draft fancy project.

Some remain giving out advice on how to teak Blogspot templates. We used to collect all templates we thought deserved special attention. Lately, however we've also give it a stop. The reason, there are lots of templates out there where you can pick and start running your own blog almost immediately. Great bloggers provide this missed assistance nowadays: BlogU , Beautiful Beta and Bloggerbuster.

It's hard to explain in a single post, all three new features offered since last week in Blogger in Draft, at least we can begin with the explanations from Flisha Fernandez, who's currently finishing her last year of Masters in Computer Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. Random Detoxification is her blog and she's worked out one of the features we've talking about here. How to embed a Comment Box in Blogger.

Head over her blog to learn how to deal with it. Be aware, though, this how-to works only with Blogger in Draft enabled, " If, however, you downloaded a customized Blogger template from another site or made your own changes to the template, doing this won't work", she explains.

What are the blogs you've found useful in order to built your blog on Blogger?

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Resources for Teaching Without Textbooks

It was seen at deanstalk.net but since they just moved the post I have to link to the orirginal source which is teachingtips blog and written by Laura Miilligan.

'Before you can toss out the textbook and replace it with technology tools, you’ll need to understand how your students — whatever their age — respond to and work with technology', Milligan points out.

And she list 100 assessments you should watch for, of which we've included only the very first ones.

1. Assessing What Students Learn in Technology-Based Learning Environments: Read this report to understand what students gain from technology tools in the classroom.
2. GT Prof: Students Learn Better Via iPod Versus Lecture: This article from Campus Technology cites a Georgia Tech professor who believes that iPods are more effective teaching tools for some students.
3. Critical Issue: Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement: Chapters in this report include "Technology and Youth: Wired Schools and Wired Lives," and "Inclusion: Reaching All Students."
4. Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students: From change in student and teacher roles to more collaboration with peers, this report argues for using technology in the classroom.
5. Students’ Evolving Use of Technology: This article considers a study of how college students use and benefit from information technology systems.
6. Kids Outsmart Web Filters: Sometimes, teachers are faced with students who know way more about technology than they do. Learn how to prepare yourself by reading this article.
7. In Class, I Have to Power Down: This article questions "why are schools lagging so far behind" their students when it comes to using and understanding technology.
8. Better Students Through Technology!: This guide helps teachers in their plan to implement technology-rich lesson plans and environments.
9. College Students Score Higher in Classes That Incorporate Instructional Technology Than in Traditional Classes: ScienceDaily reports that technology in higher education classes is very beneficial to older students.
10. Regular Computer Use for Work, But Not Play, Aids Student Test Performance: Find out how computer practice helps students perform on standardized tests.
 
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