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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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How to Take Advantage of Simple Lesson Learned at Elementary School

We are subscribed to Dumb Little Man a while now and this week they've come up with an interesting post dedicated to the elementary school attendees. Ali Hale of Alpha Student makes a wonderful post, we all should read, even when it remind us all how simple were the rules at elementary school.

School Elementary Lessons for Today's Grown Up



Post is based on its original 5 Elementary Lessons That Can Help You Today.

1. Handwriting and presentation -Remember how your teacher insisted on the neatness and proper handwriting presentation? Nowadays, this applies to simple things like your clothes. Although, good presentation is important in so many other areas too – from writing a letter to a potential mentor to trying to write the About page of your blog. "Good presentation is vital in life; we judge based on appearances, even though we might not mean to."

2. Silent Time - Teacher used to ask you to work silently, that's the best way to keep yourself focus. Have to courage and power to tell your co-workers that you want them to be quite in order to finish a project. "silent time could mean logging out from instant messaging applications and switching off your mobile."

3. Put your hand up - It has to be with the art of listening, you had to raise your hand and wait for your teacher to call your name. Give the opportunity to speak to other people, particularly those shyer ones. "The principle is to make sure that everyone has a chance to participate."

4. Do your homework -Agrr!... Still talking about homework? Yes, it might seem boring or tedious but we had to get it done! Give detention to yourself when in a middle of something. After all, "doing your homework can make all the difference between success and failure."

5. Play time - At school and your work place, we enjoy breaks because it means free time. It pays to enjoy such a short breaks when we are on duty. Walk, make some exercise or drink a sip of coffee. After that you will be "able to concentrate on your work far more effectively if you have a regular break."

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Are Vouchers the Only Concern of Our Candidates?

Those who watched the last night debate might agree with me that for candidates, education in the U.S. is worth five minutes and spent at the very end. Thousands of hours of political talk, hardly seems like enough for an issue most everyone declares to be vital to our future.

Eduwokette has named its Carnival of Education after the Debate: The Debate Edition. This is what they say about the interest both candidates have on Education:

McCain: My friends, since I’m so busy talking about earmarks, I never talk about education.

Obama: Come to think of it, I am so busy talking about change that I don’t either.

However, if you happen to watched the third debate, McCain (Obama followed) was concentrated on the DC Vouchers, that "has not done a thing to improve public schools, something which supporters of those programs claim will be a primary benefit." as Tim says.

Well, presidentials seems that don't even care about those students, that beginning in elementary school, are sent up through the grades unprepared, with a lack of preparation that grows exponentially until they hit college. What the colleges are told? Fix it. Do whatever needs to be done to prepare these students for careers and meaningful lives!?

It's truth, we are confronted to a economical situation that is supposed to be attended first, but isn't education the one resource that will grow fortune and will get this crisis up? Education is funded by local property values. So, be attentive, in the end it will be the devaluation of property and the revaluation of citizens that will change schools.

Students in American public schools are like those chocolates in classic episode of I Love Lucy. They’re being sent down the conveyor belt before they’ve been properly wrapped. Workers hide unwrapped chocolates in their hat as supervisors call out for the belt to go faster. As administrators analyze, review and make decisions, the unwrapped chocolates either fall on the floor or wend their way to their graduation boxes. Collectively, the establishment put children on this conveyor belt and appears to still reject warnings of problems.

Do Nov. 4th elections will change the course of education? I bet not. While educational administrators think that parents aren’t asked for input on district curricula because they don’t have the background required to offer informed input, all official will stay in a perpetual silence. It’s too bad none of the parents in a district ever went to college; ran a business; tutored children; became engineers, mathematicians, writers, teachers, professors or tradespeople. Any of that would have been so helpful. Let's revaluate this conception and the role school-parents!

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No Excuses, All It's About You Dearest Teachers!

We haven't been following lately Mr. Richardson, but many of his colleagues are, and of a exposition at Powerful Learning Practice (PLP), dskmag of Effective Digital Classrooms quotes a so powerful expression about Web 2.0., by W. Richardson:

It’s not about the students, the system, the syllabus or the the technology … it’s about you … what do you want to do in your classroom that will better prepare kids for what comes next.

Is there any other teacher reading this blog? This is about YOU!

We really like the poster dskmag uses to sustain his Yeah, but...

You also would get impressed by his new conception and definition of what it'll be the next revolution in education: The connectavist-school.

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Education Today 10/15/2008

Citizen Journalism and intellectual property

While I agree with those who hold asking for permission to republish images that are CC licensed attribution-only (as mine are) is NOT required, I do see the utility in asking permission “just to be sure.”

The Hook for a person who is learning to read

While we might be able to try our hand at accessible English language materials, we suspect that someone is already doing that - just without enough people knowing about them.

Social Media and The Role of Personal Branding In Education

In an age where the boundaries between private and public life are becoming increasingly blurred and personal (and corporate) reputations are defined by Google results, it is crucial to monitor and define our online identities.

What Really Matters in Girls' Education.

We are living in a culture that is telling girls you can’t do math — that’s telling everybody that only Asians and nerds do math. And this assertion seems to be repeated for the boys and girls' education.

Newsweek published about a month now, a post on It’s Not Just About the Boys. Get Girls Into School. Newsweek talks about a project of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations, which was started by former top economic adviser to President Bill Clinton (and currently advising Barack Obama),Gene Sperling, in 2002.

Educating girls will change the world, as this report and others like it show. Investing in girls' education doesn't just mean more literate women. It means healthier mothers and children, more sustainable families, growth in productivity and income, and fairer and more democratic societies.

The first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary for the first two years of the Clinton administration, was Dee Dee Myers. She writes at the Buzz Board of The Daily Beast and today, she also recommends Sperling's Book What Works in Girls' Education.

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Fazar Kamangar: Urgent Action Appeal

Human RightsFarzad Kamangar is an Iranian teacher, officer in his union and defender of Kurdish minority rights was sentenced to death by an Iranian court for "enmity against God." In fact, he is being accused of being a terrorist for his activist activities. His lawyer, who was not allowed to defend him at trial, has said that there is no evidence of Farzad committing any those pre stablished activities.

According to the latest news on Farsi websites, the situation of Iranian teacher trade unionist Farzad Kamangar remains critical. Farzad is still alive, but facing the death sentence which has not yet been commuted. At present, he is in solitary confinement in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison in section 209, the section for political prisoners.

Many national and international organizations have attempted to have this sentenced commuted, but despite their efforts the death sentence is still upheld by the Iranian Supreme Court. Those who have shown solidarity with Kamangar are now also being subjected to intimidation by Iranian officials.

Your support is still urgently needed. Get to know how over here.

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Work Literacy's Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals

It's the third week now since the Webinar Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals started as preparation for the DevLearn 2008 Conference to be held in November 11-14 in California. Today Michele Martin released theme for this week. Blogs.

Blogging is Learning. Blogging is Networking.



"Bloggers continually search for interesting information they can post. When they post information, they must synthesize that information, formulate additional questions, contrast and make sense of differing viewpoints, and identify patterns and trends.

[...]

The process of connecting can be sped up by posting interesting questions, linking to other blogger’s posts, participating in activities such as the Learning Circuit Blog’s Big Question. Of course, it’s also a good idea to get together with other bloggers at industry events. There are rumors that bloggers like beer."

Read the entire article here.

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Working Out Math's Achievement in the U.S

Janet E. Mertz and an oncology professor at the University of Wisconsin and Jonathan M. Kane,a professor of mathematics and computer science at the same University, lead a study that will be on the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. and which particularly is among the first to examine data from the most difficult math competitions for young people, including the USA and International Mathematical Olympiads for high school students, and the Putnam Mathematical Competition for college undergraduates. For winners of these competitions, the Michael Phelpses and Kobe Bryants of math, getting an 800 on the math SAT is routine.

The United States is failing to develop the math skills of both girls and boys, especially among those who could excel at the highest levels, and girls who do succeed in the field are almost all immigrants or the daughters of immigrants from countries where mathematics is more highly valued, the New York Times stated.

People contributing to the Slashdot entry among other things, had pointed out: The problem is related to probability in a way Success at sports is highly rewarded but difficult to achieve (as defined by a standard of playing in a professional league at a national level). In academics, success (attainment of a graduate degree) is easier (number of people able to reach the goal) to achieve though still a difficult task.

What would help is some good publicity for all of the cool science, math, and engineering being done. MythBusters, despite what the purists would say, has done a lot to encourage a love of science -- or at least something resembling the scientific process. Junkyard Wars, and even the various robot-battle shows help get kids (and us older kids) interested in science and technology.

Some of you might want to pay attention to the Darius' story which is based on the Immersive Repetition Learning Model (IRLM) headed by Jerry Reed. He also refers to the problems the study has found.

College algebra is the most failed class in US colleges nationally, according to Mr. Reed. Algebra is at its heart a course in logic and helps to build the skills required for critical thinking. Unfortunately we are not taking care to educate the gifted and more specifically the exceptionally gifted population (We cherish mediocrity over bringing harm to the self-esteem of others). There are more dollars spent in all fifty states on special educational needs for those in the bottom 10% by far than those in the top 10%.

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