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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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The Most Complete List of Education Blogs

We haven't done much research but we keep reading blogs everyday especially if those are written by teachers. The lists are so popular in the internet for many reasons but it does not mean that all education blogs are included in those lists.

There are categories, different criteria and ultimately the sense of quality we all exercise. What could it be of excellent content fro some, may well mean standard for others. Our only expectation is to make information available so you can select gold out silver.

Last list has been updated and contains the 100 Most Inspiring And Innovative Blogs for Educators. Suggestive title, isn't it?

Other list of interesting education blogs can be found at:
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Schoolwork Using Laptops And Without Any Cheatings

The biggest obstacle in schoolwork has been cheating, and this article addresses that issue. It seems teachers had found a way to keep the students from cheating with computers and who knows with the iPod.

From the BBC News:

    About 6,000 students in Norway are doing exams on their laptops in a trial that could soon be rolled out across the country.

    Every 16-19 year-old in Nord-Trondelag county in Norway has been trying out the laptop-based system.

    The secondary students are given a laptop by the government when they turn 16 to help them with schoolwork.

    During exams the specially-tailored software springs into life to block and record any attempt at cheating.

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School: Childhood Bullying Linked to Teen Psychosis

Today on my way to work, I was listening The Takeaway aired at NPR. The guest was PhD Dieter Wolke, a professor of developmental psychology and individual differences at the University of Warwick, England.

Scientists reporting in the May issue of the journal Archives of General Psychiatry (subscription required) say that childhood bullying can lead to teenage psychotic episodes such as hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.

The research led by Wolke, followed 6,437 children from birth to 13 years. The children took part in annual face-to-face interviews, psychological and physical tests. When they reached 13 years of age they were interviewed about experiences of psychotic symptoms in the previous six months.

Professor Wolke has stressed: "This indicates that adverse social relationships with peers is a potent risk factor for developing psychotic symptoms in adolescence and may increase the risk of developing psychosis in adulthood."

Chronic peer victimisation, where bullying had continued over a number of years, was found in 13.7% of children when interviewed at ages 8 and 10. Severe victimisation, where children are both physically and emotionally bullied, was reported by 5.2% of children at age 10.

Professor Wolke also added: "All children have conflicts occasionally and teasing and play fighting occurs. Children learn from these conflicts of how to deal with this. When we talk about bullying victimisation it is repeated, systematic and an abuse of power with the intent to hurt. Children who become targets have less coping skills, show a clear reaction and have few friends who can help them."

To listen the interview please click here. And for other sources of help visit: Stop Bullying Now, and Tips to Stop Bullying at Work.

Also some other posts we've published on Bullying:
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Education Today 05/05/2009

Top Tech skills a student needs to know | My Tech Reflection
10 things a students needs to know once they leave school; to survive in higher education, to get a job and to communicate and contribute in the global world.

Why Teachers Should Blog: An Example
Read a textbook for what it is worth; Call bulls**t when it seems facile or exclusionary; Do research online or elsewhere to verify/challenge the textbook's assumptions, or to discover a fuller account.

Taking a stand for education
Rekha is a little girl from India. She has refused to get married.What she wants is to get an education!

Teachers Pay Teachers
An empowering place where teachers buy & sell original and used teaching materials and make teaching an even more rewarding experience.

9 Swine Flu Educational Technology Multimedia from the U.S. Government
The CDC is actively investigating isolated human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) in several states (CA, TX, OH, KS, NY) and is working closely with Canada and Mexico and with the World Health Organization (WHO).

What happens to education during a pandemic?
James Sigler, Derrall Garrison, Doug Symington, Matt Montagne and others discuss issues surrounding pandemic planning in schools.

The rest of my favorite links are here.

The Outbreak of H1N1 Also Works for Goofing at Schools

With panic of the Swine flu causing hysteria around the country and closing many major school functions already, the media over dimensioning the case and people afraid of o level 6 warning, a junior student decided to tap into that fear with a little goof of his own.

Brockton School officials weren’t laughing Wednesday when a Brockton High School senior thought it would be a funny to wear a surgical face mask to school and tell people he had swine flu, the principal said.

The student, who was not identified, had been out sick Tuesday with an unrelated illness and walked into the main building after school, said Principal Susan Szachowicz.

“He’s a good kid, but he was just being stupid,” Szachowicz said. “What he did was mean and it was not funny. People are upset and rightly so.”

The student arrived in the building after the school day was over to bring a doctor’s note to the nurse for his actual illness, which was not made public, Szachowicz said.

A secretary in the main office noticed him wearing a mask and asked him what he was doing, she said. He began to ask for Szachowicz, she said, but the secretary took him to the nurse’s office.

“He wasn’t even tested for (swine flu),” she said. “He did not have the symptoms for it.”

But the rumor had already gotten out. Teachers e-mailed Szachowicz expressing concern and parents called all morning saying they heard a student had the virus, she said.

The teen will be brought into Szachowicz’s office today with his parents and the headmaster to account for his actions, she said.

Via [WickedLocal]

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Learning Mobile Devices Are Not Quite New

Michelle Pacansky-Brock was presenting and attending the MoblEd Conference in Pasadena, CA and she posted her experiences about what she saw and tries to find an answer for this question: How are mobile devices impacting education?

The discussion is aimed to be placed at top private universities but it does not go so far from what we have been trying to encourage here. The good uses of smart cellphones in the American classrooms. To private universities are quite easy hand out iPods, but student body at schools are already carrying smart phones. The only challenge is that the are not being allowed on the school grounds. With all the stuff students are familiar, "we clearly have a passion to have information with us at all times." writes Pacansky-Brock.

Mobility though, contrary to what people thought, is not something we just got with mobile electronic devices. It's a matter of emerging technologies:

    ...Writing in the classical period used to be preserved only through directly writing by hand on a scroll. A scroll was a long stretch of "paper" (actually vellum or animal skin) that was rolled at both ends and stretched when it need to be read. Scrolls could become very heavy and cumbersome to work with the longer the text became. At the end of the Roman period, when Christianity began to spread but had not yet been legalized, Christians needed to flee for their lives and the one item they would always desire to take with them was their scripture. This was when reading became "mobile." The need to move from place to place created a demand for a mobile "device" to transport the written word. This wasn't exactly the "birth" of the codex or the book but it was when it became more popular. Books still needed to be copied by hand, however, and it wasn't until Gutenberg's invention in the 15th century that provided for movable type and multiple copies of texts.

We will reflect on the questions at the end of her post. How will our public schools stay in sync with the private ones who have the enormous funds to support these innovative ventures. Try to be thoughtful in answering these question: Is it a matter of not having enough funds? Or is it a matter of values and priorities?

I think all it's about priorities, at least where Boards of Education handles large flow of money as for example the Elizabeth Board Education in New Jersey.

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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.
    [...]
    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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