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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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American Schools To Advance In Diversity Issues

Loudoun(VA) had the highest median income last year among counties with 250,000 residents or more, with the average Loudoun household making about $107,000 a year, according to US Census Bureau. Loudoun is still among richest U.S. Counties.

This county first earned that distinction in 2005 and was overtaken by Fairfax County in 2006. In 2007, Loudoun was about on a par with Fairfax, where the median income was about $105,000.

However, forty years later(1968), even after the Brown v. Board of Education, more than 30 percent of the 54,047 students in Loudoun schools are minorities, according to 2007-08 figures. But,like most school systems, this county continues to struggle with achievement disparities between racial groups and problem is complicated by language barriers and socioeconomic issues. That's why officials are paying attention to 'access' and 'opportunity.'

School officials had came under fire from minority activists for not renewing the contract of Beverly Bennett-Roberts, the district's outreach supervisor and this is seem as a violation of the rights of the single advocate for those who felt they had no voice.

The Washington Post this ending week brought in an article where writer Kameel Stanley, exemplifies that differences of population services and the Loudoun NAACP:

"White students made up 67 percent of the student population in the 2007-08 school year, the most recent data available. Black students accounted for about 8 percent, Hispanics 12 percent and Asians 11 percent; fewer than 1 percent were Native American.

About 92 percent of the school system's licensed employees are white. Blacks make up about 4 percent and Hispanics and Asians 2 percent each."

The article speaks of frustrations black people had to confront back in the 60's but they forgot what Hispanics struggles to get the counterparts even.

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Education Today 09/12/2008

Being Specific About Education Plans

Education always ranks among the issues voters most care about. But this election season, it has been overshadowed by the economy and the war. Both candidates favor charter schools for example. However, voters still don’t know what either really would try to accomplish when it comes to schools, because neither has been specific.

Teaching 'Evolution' to Hostile Students

I had a Michigan-based science teacher who personally did not believe in evolution [ Where faith and science clash] tell me the best he could do was teach it half-heartedly. Which had me wondering how many other classrooms faced that challenge?

Blogs Can't Deliver Education Deep Coverage

This is a statement hard to explain, considering there are a great number of educators who can go deeply about education issues. It's true that bloggers (talking about education in general) by themselves can't go a long way without relying on traditional media, but saying 'education coverage needs traditional media sources because free-standing education blogs could not provide the depth of coverage necessary for quality commentary on the issues without relying on traditional journalism.' It's hard to believe.

Can journalists answer the following questions? Should educators/trainers become technologists? Or should the tools of design become so easy to use that technical skills are minimal? Or do we move the technology to specialized design teams and educators remain the subject matter experts? These questions were brought by George Siemens trying to let us know what's happening at the University of Manitoba in about designing learning. I pretty much sure bloggers talking about education will be quick to answer them all.

They (journalists) can do research, but teachers can do too. Of course, in this open source movement I am not closing doors to journalists, what I am saying is that is too quick to say bloggers all by themselves can have an opinionated criteria about what they know the most, integrating social media and technology in the classroom.

So, while Scott Elliott is certainly right about his topics about education, when he says bloggers can’t really go it alone without traditional media, this may not remain so much true going forward!

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Taking Advantage of Lulu Book Self -publishing

Bloggers in some way are all publishers, but when we talk about books it's better if we find the professionals and places where it's no so hard to publish your contents, as well as your creations as for example a book. Lulu.com offers the possibility to not only self-publish your very own book, but it's a good place to find advise in how to be an author.

Aida Guhlin is a teen and his proud father is helping her to spread word about her work, Alone in the Middle.This book is a fiction novel and its price is very affordable.

Alone In the Middle is a truly engaging book about the ups and downs of being a teenager. The main character, Lisa Jenkins is a teen who has to deal with two perfect older sisters, and annoying younger brothers. Laugh out loud when Lisa and her two best friends scheme their ways into the inner circle, let your heart pound when Lisa meets the right guy, and exclaim to your friends over one of the most interesting books you will ever read.

Support youth writing by buying this book, because at least one of these reasons: 1) read because you can; b) read to keep in touch; c)read to exercise your mind; d)read to have fun; e) read to make a good decision; f) read to create great things; g) read to visit new places; h) read to plan for your future; i) read to explore your world; or; j) read to understand the past!

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Symbolic Math Found Linked to the 'Sense' of Numerosity


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One of the thinks I've doing for many years is to be teaching instrumental matematics and it's quite hard to work around concepts when learners lack of some 'number sense'. Major complains are always received from students struggling in math and teachers sometimes have to curb in order to justify credit and grades. Justin Halberda, an associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University brings good news to us, he was leading a research, which asked 64 14-year-old boys and girls to look at videos on a computer screen and estimate whether there were more flashing yellow dots or blue dots.

Results showed that teenagers who did well on a test that measured their number sense were much more likely to have gotten good grades in math classes. This is the first time scientists have established a link between a primitive, intuitive sense (concept) of numbers and performance in math classes.

We are talking about here, is what you and I use when we're getting on a bus and trying to figure out which door to go through, we quickly scan the bus to see if there are more people on the front of the bus or the back of the bus. "We've discovered that a child's ability to quickly estimate how many things are in a group significantly predicts their performance in school mathematics all the way back to kindergarten," quotes to Halberda, the author of the original post in the New York Times.

French neuroscientist, Stanislas Dehaene, who has pioneered research in the filed has praised the new work saying, it's a "Beautiful demonstration...we long suspected that symbolic mathematics was linked to the sense of numerosity or 'numerousness' of sets of concrete objects."

Why this is important for education? Because, the results of this work could lead to ways to identify students lacking the 'number sense' and who may have trouble with math in their scholar future, which is very disturbing both for students and teachers.

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Education Today 09/09/2008

California Educators Sue Over Algebra Rule

The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, says the action by the state board was taken in violation of the state’s open-meeting laws. It says the public was not given adequate time to comment on the policy.

Engaging Reflective Writers

How to use 'reflective writing' to encourage your students to write beyond classwork activities.

Tech in the Classroom Is More Than a Tool….It’s a Connector!

Don't be surprised when you trying to find information on education and technology, you are directed to multiple web sites or blogs, speaking, reproducing or creating on technology. All people is talking about technology as it is the most modern and sophisticated term nowadays.

Whether you have a site about integrating technology in the classroom or new applications recommended to smart use in your class, the only sites or blogs for that matter, listed on the top three google positions are those about technology but not referred precisely to education.

The thing is, even when you've mastered in the process of using the RSS feeds in the classroom, you still keep using the concept of technology per se and not connected to the learning process of your students. Jeff Utech from The Thinking Stick has arose the topic and wrote an excellent reflexion saying "that teachers’ use of technology is not the same as supporting teachers teaching with technology."

Teacher communications goes beyond what we understand as teacher's use of technology. This process implies a deep comprehension that technology for learning in the school room is about connecting students to disperse information and using applications that allow students to collect and manipulate data, ask questions and interact with this information.

"Let’s focus on learning, let’s focus on creating an atmosphere in which technology is more than a tool, but is an embedded part of our classrooms, our own thinking as we plan lessons, and a gateway to inventive teaching." continues Utech.

Teachers must be aware thought, technology knowledge is more than publishing a weblog or using copy/paste from Microsoft Office, thinking beyond replacement into a world where you can create, invent, and think about information and learning in new ways does not come natural to many educators. We need training and see things differently that everyone else is seeing or following throughout search machines or social networks.

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