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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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The Notion of Neo-liberalism as Public Pedagogy

We came across to CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) blog where Joyce Middleton writes about Vorris Nunley's work. Professor Nunley is interested the intersections of rhetoric, space, and episteme. He works as an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.

The studies on Rhetorical and Critical theory, public pedagogies and composition, visual culture, neo-liberalism and African American expressive culture of Nunley are based in part on Henry Giroux’s notion of the neo-liberalism as public pedagogy:

    At this point, I ask readers not to misread my critique: Compositional diversity is important. It carves out a space for marginalized folks to have a job in the academy and elsewhere. In the classroom, it allows previous, backstage student voices (to borrow Erving Goffman’s term) to occupy center stage. And if neo-liberal diversity is merely about center staging marginalized academic and student voices so that they can be slotted into the normative political rationality, then let’s celebrate the inclusive dance, but not the illusion of a transformative political rationality that seduced many of us to purchase admission tickets to the diversity ball in the first place.
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    If we take seriously Henry Giroux’s notion of neo-liberalism as public pedagogy as he argues in his book, Against the Terror of Neo-Liberalism, then we must also understand pedagogy and learning occur across a spectrum of social practices and settings through the educational force of the entire culture...

I am familiar with epistemology and it sure is dense, what is precisely what I love it. It's been a while since I don't read or hear about this matter and I just wanted to share with you something that I used to do back then when I was interested in the origins of knowledge. Did you learn about the Resistance Pedagogy?

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Student Suspended After Sending Text to His Classmates

It's not news that as much as technology evolves education, it also cause trouble for administrators and students, as well. Before Spring break a student from a Union County school got suspended for spreading text message where he asked his friends to stop talking with another student he just got in trouble with at school.

Principal arguing he took all statutory steps suspended the students for two days as a sanction for sending 'intimidating messages.' As far as the suspension ended, the student was back to school again. Surprisingly, he got in hot waters immediately after, now he was charged of bullying because the student allegedly pushed a girl over the floor.

My question is, should a student with a blank record, to be suspended intermediately for two different reasons. Aren't suspension to be avoided at all costs in the first place?

Since bullying starts at home, shouldn't we parents and teachers start working on educating all the way through of consequences of using technology in and out school? The very same initiative to spread word using a cellphone may be of good use if used properly. How do a student knows what is allowed and what not. If you check the procedures y regulations for every and each school, you don't always find guidelines further that the typical chapter of bullying.

What is wrong with receiving a text which wasn't aimed to you as is the case with Dayton Public Elementary School, such as Detentionslip.org reported last week. When 90 per cent of school students maneuver a cellphone, isn't our responsibility to handle this avalanche in a pretty smart way than asking them, to shut them down?

I know, too many questions and a single answer. Let the kids use their cellphones and challenge yourselves same as principal is doing it at Passage Middle School

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100 Days Are Down With Obama

100 Days of President ObamaPresident Obama has been in office for 100 days now and Andrew Rotherham of Eduwonk posted on this matter a paragraph we need to share:

    Over at NPR Claudio Sanchez looks at education 100 days in to the new administration. But Claudio may be the only one who cares? If there was an education question at the presser last night I missed it… Also from NPR, guess it’s going to be easier to get upgrades on flights to all these edumeetings over the next few months…

The White House has released a large collection of images of President Obama's first 100 days in office.

Seems like Mr. Obama is the most photographed man on the planet. MailOnline has an article and a selection of photos, too.

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The Most Frequently Identified Barriers to the Use of Web 2.0 Technology

A survey, commissioned by Lightspeed Systems and Thinkronize Inc., creator of the kids’ search engine netTrekker, shows that online communication tools for parents and students have caught on quickly, but online social networking for instruction has a long way to go.

The survey organized Web 2.0 technologies into seven categories related to student instruction and learning environments, reports Meris Stansbury of eSchools:

1. Student-generated online content;
2. Teacher-generated online content;
3. Online social networking used as part of instruction;
4. Online learning games and simulations;
5. Student use of virtual learning environments;
6. Digital multimedia resources; and
7. Online communication tools for parents and students (outside of school hours).

The most frequently identified human-factor barriers to the use of Web 2.0 technology were:

– The need to monitor appropriate use of online social networks (range 55%)
– Lack of teacher knowledge about how to use the technology effectively (range 51%)
– Teacher perceptions about its lack of instructional value or appropriateness (range 48%)

Also, the most frequent technology barriers were:

– Concerns about student safety (range 76%)
– Concerns about district network or data security (range 35%)
– Limited support systems, including technology personnel (range 27%)

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Arne Duncan: 'Go Ahead And Boo Me'

I fundamentally think that our school day is too short, our school week is too short and our school year is too short

Chris Lehmann explains why David Warlick is angry about Duncan's assertion and adds: "He is right to worry that the path we're heading down does not lead to smarter, more passionate students and teachers, bur rather it leads to teachers and students thinking that school is something that is done TO students, not with or for."

But there are some other reason to boo Mr Duncan. Clay Burell suggests that if it were on the Secretary of Education, a 8-Year-Old Woodrow Wilson wouldn't have college for him. And he asks helping to cite a Duncan interview on the value of standards and standardized test data:

"[We have to be honest enough to] look a second grader in the eye and tell them if they’re on track to get into a good college or not."

Is it the reform we were looking for in our school system?

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Schools get instructions about how to protect against swine flu

Philissa Cramer originally wrote this note at Gotham Schools

...The UFT and DOE last night issued guidelines for schools, encouraging teachers to maximize air circulation by opening classroom windows and to stay home if they feel sick. The DOE also instructed school nurses to place surgical masks immediately on students who have a fever over 100.5 degrees and any other flu-like symptoms. Both sets of full instructions are after the jump.

Earlier this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that dozens of students at a Queens Catholic school are suspected to have contracted swine flu, although none has become seriously ill. (Two of the cases suspected there are the daughters of State Sen. Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., according to Liz Benjamin at the Daily News.)

Some Brooklyn students might have escaped exposure after the DOE cancelled their spring break trip to Cancun. Parents from MS 447 were angry about the last-minute cancellation, which the department said was needed because of heightened violence in Mexico. I’m guessing those parents are feeling relieved right now.

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Education 101: The Best Learning Scenario

Teaching - What’s it all about?

    The one class that I teach collaboratively on a regular basis is an English class with possibly one of the best teachers I have met. This teacher’s leitmotif and driving conviction is ‘It’s not about what you teach them, it’s the connections you make’. Absolutely. If you don’t connect to the student, they haven’t picked up. If they haven’t picked up, they’re not going to hear anything you say. And once they pick up, they need to want to stay on that line. And that’s all about a personal connection. The teacher I’m referring to makes the positive connection with each individual student, and then goes on to create the group connection. This really is the best learning scenario - a student who’s happy with the relationship with his/her teacher, feeling accepted, acknowledged, liked, respected, and also confident as an accepted member of the class. This is where learning can take place. If you look into a classroom you can immediately see where this is happpening and where it is not. We’ve all seen it before: the class where students look distracted, bored, all looking in different directions, eyes switched off, and the class where facial expressions are turned on, students are bursting to contribute, focussed discussion or activity is taking place.

Read whole article: Brave New World

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