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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

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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Web 2.0 Should Be Used More Often in the Classroom.

There has always been a layer of distrust in stats and research that has not been peer reviewed, to the extent that there has been a great excuse for the lack of change by haughty educators and States that don't want to make the effort.

However, Becta (the UK government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning) has made a research which results are to be peer-reviewed and they've released a report of such a major new research into the use of Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, blogs and social networking, by children between the ages of 11-16, both in and out of the school environment.

People related to these field, the Web 2.0 applied to education, have found that such technologies do improve learning:

  • Web 2.0 helps to encourage student engagement and increase participation – particularly among quieter pupils, who can use it to work collaboratively online, without the anxiety of having to raise questions in front of peers in class – or by enabling expression through less traditional media such as video.

  • Teachers have reported that the use of social networking technology can encourage online discussion amongst students outside school.

  • Web 2.0 can be available anytime, anywhere, which encourages some individuals to extend their learning through further investigation into topics that interest them.

  • Pupils feel a sense of ownership and engagement when they publish their work online and this can encourage attention to detail and an overall improved quality of work. Some teachers reported using publication of work to encourage peer assessment.

Is this the new trend of the Web 2.0 in education?

Economists (Not Teachers) Write: In Hope of a Social Inequality Reduction

The Race between Education and TechnologyImmigration and globalization trade are significant causes of rising inequality. Two Harvard economists, Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz, in their book, The Race Between Education and Technology wrote that still something can be done to contend the economic polarization, root cause of America’s political polarization.

The NYT reads the new book where "the authors skillfully demonstrate that for more than a century, and at a steady rate, technological breakthroughs — the mass production system, electricity, computers — have been increasing the demand for ever more educated workers. And, they show, America’s school system met this demand, not with a national policy, but in grassroots fashion, as communities taxed themselves and built schools and colleges."

If other countries are at higher level in education, is it caused by the teaching models? Or is it that we are holding American youth back?

Well, authors of this book say that a reconfigured financial industry and possible new tax policies might affect the 30-year trend toward greater inequality. In such a data-rich book, we all should remember that greater investments in human capital once put Americans collectively on top of the world, now that economical 'emergency' requires more than ever.

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Teachers Matter!

World Teachers’ Day underlines the importance of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. Another UNESCO recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel was also adopted in 1997.

Both recommendations lay down the guidelines on issues such as training and employment conditions for teachers worldwide; participation of teachers and their representatives in educational decisions; and measures that should be taken in each country to promote quality teachers and learning environments. They are the only comprehensive international standards for the teaching profession in existence.

With low salaries, overcrowded classrooms, low job security, inadequate training – The World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on 5 October, is the occasion to pay tribute to a profession whose role in the education of young people and adults remains essential.

The emphasis this year is on developing teacher policies, the only foundation for ensuring sustainable and high-quality recruitment. Happy World Teachers' Day!

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Who Is in Power to Stop Finally the Cyberbulling? Parents.

Most don’t mention it, anyway. This has long been the case on the playground, in the cafeteria, in the gym locker room, on the athletic field, and the lavatory. As well as for the last few years in which teens have come to call the Internet their digital home, where friendly faces meet taunts and teases and out-and-out venom and aggression that inevitably gets tagged as the classic war amongst peers. The problem is that the graffiti is particularly hard to erase on the Web.

A study was organized by Jaana Juvonen and Elisheva F Gross, a fellow and a professor at UCLA, respectively, and the core finding is that bullying is prevalent among teens (at least 41% of the 1,454 surveyed). Go figure. Also, Juvonen and Gross found that teens think slander is only being directed at them.

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Looking Into Learning Necessities

Education is part of Humanities and we all know how diverse are the subjects referring to human beings. As such, find a particular niche in Education it's being hard all the time, and still we are far from get it. In this blog, we try to find the best posts about this subject although, it's out of our hands to cover everything related to the Educational Sciences. Research is a word so costly that not all scholars or researchers can pay. That's the reason of why we don't see much investigation on any of the areas of education.

Of course, we are not to be discouraged. Humanities now and then, have had to fight all its way and get to the position and representation they have today. Research is been made but we need more to get Education to its level. While we checked blogs today, we've found two gems about what we talking about, searching for what are the necessities of the people involved in education, in this case teachers and students.

Sue Waters reports on the results of her poll(How to use polls on blogs), what you most want to learn more about? "Using blogs with students’ was the #1 response for both (41% votes - Vizu, 20 % - PollDaddy). While Blog design was second/third choice (Vizu/Polldady) ranking of the other answers varied considerably between the two polls."

On the other hand, Gareth Long, encourages people in power positions to pay more attention to students. he shares an experience lived by the Students from High Tech High School in San Diego. They pleaded with passion: Please, build buildings that allow us to want to learn, rather than containing the learning process! and they went on to be more specific: Create somewhere relaxing and bright, so you can open the windows and see out, you know, somewhere you want to be 7 hours a day!

We all have worries and concerns in about what we should be learning, but we here are taking about formal learning. We need to know what people is in need of, so we can help you find the answers. As for us, we need to learn PHP, to switch our template to another place by ourselves? What about yours?

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Great Classroom Tech Help from Florida

Looking for screencasts, PDF files, video and other resources to be used in the classroom? All these resources are available completely FREE to anyone, whether or not you live and teach in Florida.

Who is behind of all these wonderful projects supported by iTunes? The Tech-Ease website and resources are part of the the Educational Technology Clearinghouse (ETC) by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology.

Links at ETC are deep and wide in terms of rich content. One single example is the No Strings Attached: Wireless Laptops in Education. "This website features exemplary models of technology integration across Florida, including lessons from the school districts of Bradford, Broward, Collier, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, St. Johns and Walton counties."

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The aggregated feed is a bit slow - it takes time to pull out tweets for each edutwitterer, and there is the potential for feeds being cached all over the place (by Yahoo pipes, by your browser, or whatever you happen to view the pipes output feed etc. etc.)

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