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Education + Tech

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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Milton Ramirez Endorses Obama for President of the U.S.




We all know people who might not vote this year. So moveon.org created this funny news video about Obama losing by a single vote. It's a great, fun, scary way to remind everyone you know to vote.

Can you send this video to your friends?

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Learning to Write and Writing to Learn

Every time you write audience and purpose should first be defined – even if that audience is yourself and is just work-in-progress or stems that may grow or graft onto other ideas. Since we here are talking about writing on blogs and it's the activity teachers and students perform online, so they see their work standing alongside that of their peers, I do resist to accept the invitation extended by Wired Magazine this week: Stand-alone bloggers can’t keep up with a team of pro writers, like Engadget or The Huffington Post, who crank out up to 30 posts a day. The advice for bloggers, – shut down your blogs and take refuge in places like Twitter, Flickr or YouTube.

Our kids at school are learning to write, no matter whether they are using a blog o any social network as MySpace, for example, they may be still using in the wrong place words like "were/where" . This means, we teachers need to work deeper on how to teach parts of a sentence. Gilbert Halcrow, in a comment left on Beyond School Blog asks:

Why are English and Humanity teachers so concerned about writing and not enough about audience?



Let me share what happened today at home. I received a letter from Mrs Meigh saying "Your child knew that the 45 minute persuasive benchmark would be given in class today, and your child finished hi/her final copy done for us to review before the benchmark was assigned for final comments and suggestions". My son who is a sixth grader, was so happy to show me that letter and was way motivated. Now, let me tell you, he's no the one who loves to write but the single option that makes him look better, push him to work harder and avoid himself looking weak!

The theme of work was persuasive writing and he wrote about saving a Park for the kids enjoy. He was set to an audience first. That's how they feel more compelled to write or keep writing at school projects.

But let's hear Halcrow again, If I am engaged with my peers in developing my ideas (I think that is what you mean by writing to learn) then who cares if the spelling is wrong or OMG I use textese. For that audience it is understood and efficient. If the teacher (us old farts) are involved in the collaboration then students should adapt their writing appropriately. If the text being created has to meet a formal template or a wider designated audience then different standards of writing will need to be engaged in.

Extensive explanation of Blogging to Learn and a Dialogue can be read here.

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Education Today 10/29/2008

NYT's Front Page Coverage Hides the Story of "Nearly 100 Failure of All Schools"

Their front-page coverage (cont'd on A14), in fact, misses the primary finding of the Cardullo study that most people would find shocking if the New York Times or the L. A. Times could leave their unwavering "take names, kick ass" editorial support for NCLB on the shelf long enough to report the news.

Raising the bar in New Jersey

New Jersey has a plan to require all students to take pass chemistry, to pass Algebra II, to be ready for college or the workforce.

LinkedIn: Make Yourself Findable and Approachable

LinkedIn, which raised $53m in June at an eye-catching $1bn valuation, it's on its way again. This time the social network for professionals has pulled in another $23m - and at the same valuation, despite the collapse in stock prices since then, according to TechCrunch.

A company being this solid, deserves to be followed and pay attention where is it going. Education Professionals can miss the boat at they should all open their own profile at LinkedIn. (And why not befriend me?).

Jeff Cobb of Mission to Learn wrote on last Tuesday, his 7 LinkedIn Tactics for lifelong Learning and one of them is about how important is to make yourself findable and approachable:

"One of the best ways to build your own knowledge is to teach others what you know. So, the flip side of the scenario above is to make yourself available for connecting with others to share learning and knowledge. Make sure you have Expertise requests selected in the Contact Settings for your profile. Also, take the time to fill in your Specialties, Interests, and Groups and Associations. These all provide clues to the sorts of expertise you may be able to offer others. Be sure to note things like any foreign languages you may speak (and how fluently) as well as time spent traveling or living in other countries. Remember, LinkedIn has global reach," writes Cobb.

So, if you don't have a profile on www.linkedin.com, it's time to do it so. This social network it's here to stay and won't be part of the Web 2.0 meltdown!

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Welcome to the Online Encyclopedia of Peace Education

The online Encyclopedia of Peace Education provides a comprehensive overview of scholarly developments in the field to date as well as new insights from across the globe from various actors involved in advancing peace education. This online resource serves as a living reference guide that traces the history and emergence of the field, highlights foundational concepts, contextualizes peace education practice across international and disciplinary borders, and suggests new directions for peace educators.

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Paulo Coelho: What Is a Teacher?

Paul has graciously made a number of his quotes available as e-cards and signature lines so if you are fond of this kind of cards, head on over and see which one captures your intent the best.

Paulo Coelho as many remember, has gained fame earlier this year by pirating his own books and seeding the torrents on websites. Want to know the results? Visit his page or follow him either on Digg or Facebook.

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Education Today 10/26/2008

The Social Media Classroom

The Social Media Classroom (we’ll call it SMC) includes a free and open-source (Drupal-based) web service that provides teachers and learners with an integrated set of social media that each course can use for its own purposes—integrated forum, blog, comment, wiki, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging, widgets , and video commenting are the first set of tools.

The Belief and Faith Equation For School Change

Teachers do not believe in the students and the parents.
Administrators do not believe in the teachers and the parents.
Students do not believe in themselves.

Educational Learning Log Awards 2008

We only learn from experience...if we reflect upon experience - John Dewey.

Best Education Blog

Cast your vote to the best blog about education, such as home-schooling, school related items, college, and the like. This is not a category for the best blog educating its readers on a particular topic.
 
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