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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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Looking Beyond the Physical Student To Be Successful in Teaching.

We are very close to Nov. 4th elections and as Clay Burell suggests, everything is political - except for edubloggers. For his I Didn’t Wordle as Rome Burned go here.

Not that we don't care about the crises Beyond School speaks to, but we are not in a position of suspending our edublogging assignments. Some other times we've also written about politics, today we want you to look beyond the physical appearence of a student and see him within if you really want to be successful in performing your career on teaching.

For this to be understood, we will cite a paragraph from Succesful Blogging:

I am concerned about how we label students so that they qualify for special education services. Now that the law requires a different way to determine if a student has learning disabilities, I think it has opened up the door for many different interpretations... (Read complete article)

Pat hopes that when you look at students and notice that they are having difficulties, you look beyond the standard generalizations of “it must be laziness”, “it’s just teenage angst”, “they will get over that”, “peer pressure will take care of that”, or “there is just no hope for them”. I hope that I don’t expect them to run when they really can’t do it. You need to remember that all disabilities are not easily recognized. You need to look beyond the physical student and see the student within if I want to be successful in teaching.

I am afraid many mistakes we as teachers are doing in this field and that is that reason why I have to put away hot election politics to attend a issue all teachers are confronted on a daily basis.

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Pragmatic Uses of Social Media

Two months now we wrote a post about a book, where the author challenges traditional instruction in America. through uses of social media. Today, and from a different point of view, Darren Draper, talks about the hacking of the curriculum and comes to extract a prediction already established by Clayton Christensen:

"…the delivery of education via online courses will change the entire landscape of course development and control of the curriculum. Each academic field will supply its experts to help create the courses in that field. Once these courses are created, the notion that a teacher at a local school should be creating their own course no longer makes any sense whatever. (Roger Schank & Kemi Jona. 1999.,p. 19)"

All this means students and teacher need to be prepared. Changes in education technology brings in the importance of blogs as medium to transmit and proliferate the knowledge the 'experts' will create according to Schank & Jona.

Harold Harche collects what he's picked from the Work Literacy Webinar, about the good use of blogs and trends of how communication (knowledge) is delivered:

Blogs act as the glue between synchronous events.
Blogs are ways of mapping the learning journey.
Every blog is unique and gives a whole-person view, which you don’t get with assignments.
Blogs encourage dialogue and show how to relate to an audience, which is good for photographers in training.
There is peer group feedback.
Blogs allow for rich media - images, video, sound, links to other resources; all of which can be mashed up, tagged, recomposed, mixed - by all participants.
Blogs can also be emotional and playful.

But let's pay attention to Drappe's four questions on how you, as a teacher, are feeling about the perspectives and future of the education. One of his questions is:"Ultimately, as a teacher, are you willing to relinquish instructional control in your classroom to a piece of software or another instructor, possibly better qualified, but inconveniently located thousands of miles away?"

There are certain things that can only be taught when face to face with a real live person and other purely mechanical where you don't need the personal touch. For those mechanical outputs I will cede control on software of a person miles away. In the other hand, it's not possible to relinquish power. Thing is how to find the perfect balance to the benefit of not the teachers but students and the future of our society.

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American Industry Wisdom Taking On Schools and American Classrooms

I’ll bet most (all?) of the big-time school reform outfits today are headed by people who have not read more than one or two of the 100 books I recommended at the end of "In Schools We Trust." They have no idea that their latest gimmicks have been tried before. In 1971, the Center for Urban Education published a book called "Education and Jobs" by Ivar Berg. It’s controversial, outrageous, and worth reading if that subject interests you. In 1974, David Tyack wrote "The One Best System." Worth a read if one's current pursuit is “systemic” replication. I spent the summer before opening CPESS curled up with "The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform" by Seymour Sarason. Right or wrong, these are works that anyone tackling the same issues today and claiming to seek a new paradigm for solving them ought to be aware of. Then there are the works of Meier and Ravitch, of course.

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