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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 Challenges 21st Students Are to Face

David Warlick comes to the conclusion, after two polls and his own experience, that teachers can do good without technology, term defined by Alan Kay as anything that was invented after you were born.

If teachers in this century are not required to use technology at their disposal, then what are the students challenges, bombarded with plenty of information, gadgets and application used not only in the classroom but out of their live experiences?

Warlick gives us insights as to what the 21st students are to comply to be considered literate:

    This changes what it means to be literate. It changes what it means to be a learner. Today, being able to read and write and pass a test are not enough. They are not nearly enough. Today our students must become information artisans, able to learn, work, play, contribute, and prosper in a new and constantly changing and enriching information environment, and do so in a way that conserves the planet — rather than consume it. We can not do this today by scratching and printing on pulp-based paper. Teaching and learning must be digital.

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How to Build a First-Class Educational System for the U.S. History

We always focus on the process of education, talk a lot about technology in and out the classroom but very few times an educator or journalist has the courage to voice his/her concerns about the color of skin or race of children attending American schools. Esther J. Cepeda takes the lead and makes her point to stress that 'colorblindness' is necessary to fix education in U.S.

    It is the year 2009, folks, there is absolutely no reason why the National Center for Education Statistics should be releasing a report about a Black/White achievement gap for U.S. school children to the exclusion of Hispanic students, not to mention Asian and many other ethnicities.

    And no reason why newspapers and television and radio stations across the country should be reporting on this admittedly sad state of affairs (see Illinois numbers here) while excluding the context of every other struggling kid in the U.S. – be they poor and white, from a foreign country, or Latino.

Esther says that even when Hispanic community has grown to overpass the African Americans, still American media lacks of interest to make those comparisons we were used to between White vs. Black. Shouldn't they be posting headlines about a special report highlighting Hispanics? Esther, continues (bold part is ours):

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a statement Tuesday in which he said: This report makes clear that … when schools serving children of color are primarily staffed by less experienced, less effective teachers, the effects are tragic.

    He is wrong because the part about less effective teachers is a true statement for every child, even poor white or Asian ones.

    And that’s how we need to look at this problem if we have any hope of fixing it. Enough of trying to overhaul our education system while looking at the issue through the prism of a black/brown/white/blue-eyed/brown-eyed divide.

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Education & Tech a Nominee as One of the 'Top 100 Language Blogs 2009'

Update: We have been informed that Education & Tech hit the 3rd spot, only behind Jose Picardo and Steve Dembo. Yay!

On June 22, 2009 LexioPhiles called for nominations of the Top 100 Language Blogs 2009. Since then, we've been kindly reminded that Education & Tech was among those nominated under the category 'Language Technology'

education & tech - http://www.educationandtech.com/ <-- This is how you will see our site highlighted, scrolling down to middle of the voting page.

Marc L├╝tten, the person behind LexioPhiles says, they have received 473 nominations for the top 100 language blog 2009 competition. For each category, they have admitted 100 blogs into the voting phase.

The 50% of the final score will be based on user voting. So, we are asking your support to make to the finals on July 28. Voting just started today and winners will be announced July 30.

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Duncan Has to Explain Why He Did Hype Inflated Test Scores

The Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago, a supporter of Duncan, revealed its research (pdf doc) results which has key findings about contradictory Chicago schools reports issued by Obama and Duncan.

The report's findings are "reminiscent of revelations from Houston in 2003, when state investigators found that 15 high schools had under reported dropout rates under former superintendent Rod Paige, who by then was George W. Bush's Education secretary."

And to refresh your memory, the USA Today continues: "In December, Obama said that during a seven-year tenure, Duncan had boosted elementary school test scores "from 38% of students meeting the standards to 67%" — a gain of 29 percentage points. But the new report found that, adjusting for changes in tests and procedures, students' pass rates grew only about 8 percentage points."

Should we assume the President was misinformed again?

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