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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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School Buses and Podcasts Are Incorparated As/In Classrooms

Turning School Buses Into ClassroomsPay attention to innovators. We always appreciate colleagues that jump from the traditional method of learning and teaching and look beyond horizon to give kids a new opportunity. Now two researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville are looking for funding their project The Aspirnaut Initiative, launched in April 2007 by Vanderbilt professors Billy and Julie Hudson.

In essense, what they want is to turn school buses into virtual mobile classrooms! They have already performed a successful yearlong pilot program. With a rate of 2,000 students per they pretend to equip more school buses with laptop computers, iPods, allowing more students to take math and science courses online while commuting to and from school. "Anything to make learning the thing to do!" says Uncle Jim about the greatness of this iniciative.

Now this is a geographical move. But what's happening in the classroom? There is another person following suit with research. Psychologist Dani McKinney from SUNY released a study where he interprets, students that received instructions from listening to a podcast did better than if they had received the live lecture.

The abstract is available online and Tim Holt speaks of the implications of new process of transmitting knowledge: "Students can learn just as well, if not better via distance learning or via podcasting, perhaps because they have the ability to easily review the lecture."

We hear too much about Education 2.0 and top educators are working hard in the field of Education, but what is the real implication and application of such work? Well, here we've seen only two of them. We have to innovate and make study a fun activity, so students don't neither get discouraged nor are bored!

Students need to love school, not hate it. Learn how to engage them through great speeches.

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What Obama's Secretary of Education Is Doing to "Reform" Education in America?

President Obama tonight acknowledged that education needs to be reformed and he bet on results of charter schools. But he also said, part of the success rests on parents shoulders. We do agree with turning off TVs, setting off video games and reading more to our children. However, What the Secretary of Education of President Obama is doing to reform education in America?

Read Diane's letter and say if she wrong on her statement: "I am sorely disappointed in Arne Duncan. I don't see any change from the mean, punitive version of accountability that the Bush administration foisted on the nation's schools."

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DetentionSlip.org Is "The Perez Hilton of Education News "

How can I've missed this one. Not so late to congratulate Anthony David Adams and Chuck Steinfurth. They have been named TIME's Best Blog.

Running an underground school newspaper in Erie, Pennsylvania is a long way from achieving international media credibility. But that's just what high school buddies Anthony David Adams and Chuck Steinfurth achieved this week, when they were named among the best bloggers in the world by Time Magazine.

Earlier today the pair's irreverent blog, DetentionSlip.org - referred to as the Perez Hilton of education news for its reports on gun-carrying Texas teaches and students handcuffed over skimpy prom dresses - defeated over 200 million blogs around the world to secure a coveted spot on Time's Top 25 Blogs of 2009.

Learn more on the press release.

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Three Posts You Cannot Miss From Stephen's Web

We were falling behind on the subscriptions we are supposed to be checking out, and we discovered posts from Stephen Downes were piling up to fifty. So, we decided in place of bookmark it or just share it with our friends in Google Reader, to post it here the most relevant (for us) findings of Mr. Downes:

- For all those who are crying about TOS in Facebook, he asks a simple question: "Try exercising your rights on an iPhone."

- He mocks about the incompetence of some Scottish education authorities.

- Setting things straight, he asserts the fact, the Educational Writers Association (EWA)is willfully misleading online education as an imperative.

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Two Links That Help You Find Great Edublogs

I'm not into listings and I do appreciate the effort other people makes to make our work easier. One of them is Technology Instructional Coach, Mrs. Smoke and the person blogging about eTeaching and eLearning, Carol Cooper.

>> Blogs are divided by subject and grade level for you to quickly reference.

>>User friendly list for those starting to look at Edublogs.

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"Obama's Education Policy a Third Term for Bush"

Diane Ravitch a historian of education and a Research Professor of Education at New York University has reacted about Linda Darling-Hammond not being offered a position in Arne Duncan's Department of Education, saying "It looks like Obama's education policy will be a third term for President George W. Bush. This is not change I can believe in."

But no everyone agrees with Ravitch even when people agrees in some points.

We still are waiting for some more actions from Mr. Duncan.

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Details About the $650 Million in the Economic Stimulus Specifically for Educational Technology

Stimulus Package Gives Boost to School Technology is today’s Education Week post.

    The $787 billion stimulus bill, signed into law last week, includes $650 million for an existing educational technology program and opens additional opportunities to find money for such purposes as improved broadband access for rural schools and enhanced data-management systems.

It was reduced from the original $1 billion.

Too bad it's available for subscribers only.

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Social Web in Education and Good Use of Technology

Once cellphones are in the hands of the rebel, pupils can start using technology for the right things, and with direction they would stop using it for the wrong things

There is an ongoing investigation performed by an aspiring EdD that is part of the edonis project (Educator Online Impact Study). David Noble is the author of his thesis: How are educators using the social web to develop their practice? This three year project hopes to gather about 100 educators together in an online community to discuss issues, complete questionnaires and respond to questions on their use of the social web.

The study it's been performed in England and some others like Steven Hastings are also contributing to social web in education. Unfortunately, there in UK as much as here in the US, Some teachers are on top of technology but too many are not. Colleagues still feel afraid or discouraged of knowing less or nothing respect of their students. We have to hand credit to the students here, they've been born in a different age and of course they had the opportunity to learn quickly topics that for us, took it a long time.

Will of great interest to read the conclusions of David Noble to learn (yes, we all are learning everyday, even from our youngest student), and compare what we are doing in the States. We do have to accept that schools are in need to bridge the digital divide. And as Hastings put it in his article published at tes.co.uk, "This generation gap can easily leave teachers feeling bewildered and intimidated. Knowing your pupils understand the latest technologies better than you do can be daunting. The trick may be to hold on tight and go with the flow, letting pupils show you what the latest gadgets can do, and then using your educational expertise to find the classroom potential in it."

I'm still not convinced whether we have enough reasons to ban the use of cellphones. These instruments or gadgets as ICTs would like to name them are in the pockets of almost everyone in the developed countries. Why can they use them for good in class, because once you banned them what you asking is from a breaking of the rules, and kids are just learning to cheat that is something we eagerly want to eradicate.

In the same article written by Steven Hastings he relates an experience from students at King James’s School in Knaresborough. When they were talking about a subject topic, even shy students were typing on cellphones their opinions and answers, which on time appeared of a big screen for all students to read.

I think we all teachers need to think it out again!

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