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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 "Culture of Poverty" Theory, Applied to the American Education

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The role that the education system should be in the game which people live, is to educate them to be aware, critically thinking people know not to accept passively, but the question of knowing how it is taught. Education should be taught to the students the skills and intelligence they need to understand the world and how the world works in order to survive in it. However, the American educational system has been known that students who are frightening, produce ignorant about the world and different cultures. One of the reasons is because the education system in its current state is not much room for critical thinking, but also trains individuals to be docile worker bees in a global economy, the rich the status quo and "others" believes it can hardly do. The problem becomes clear when we consider the many themes, the curriculum and are taught to search. There is a lack of emphasis on academic learning, and the only thing that counts is high investments tests. The schools in this country have teamed up with fuzzy curricula, which flooded expect to be prepared by the continuous assessment, students living in a new global society... whatever that is.

I recently had a conversation with a staff and we discussed how African Americans were treated forty years ago, and I was amazed by her naivete on the subject, given the fact that it is a college graduate and an African-American . From the moment I stepped College, I was concerned, the history of African and Afro-American history from a perspective, which they themselves do not seem sub-human and provides college students to explore this possibility. I could not help wondering, but what kind of history and sociology classes, she had none of their conversation. But the sad truth is that when most people make the decision to attend college, it is harvested for the purpose of economic success, not for the expansion of consciousness.

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The "culture of poverty" theory, which is used by some politicians to account for differences in learning between the different ethnic groups is a blatant attempt to get the status quo, to "blame" people for their poverty as the education system would be restructured can to fulfill the needs of all students, not just the rich. There are large gaps between rich and poor students are not students because the poorer students have to adapt their miserable existence, but because they have no resources necessary to succeed in school to be. If the students have with textbooks that are outdated, lack of toiletries and computers from the late 1980s to do, the opportunity to advance academically is dark and deserted their chances in the school, probably.

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The So Expected Change in the New School Year

I was inspired by this post written by a Philly Teacher, Mary Beth Hertz. School year just started and all Summer fun we had is vanishing to embrace a new collective of new faces, challenges and work. All that time we've spent on Twitter, learning and interchanging ideas has reduced and sometimes we "often feel powerless at (our) job," as Mary says.

For some education professionals, as Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, they've encountered on Twitter, a place that resembles a big noisy teacher’s lounge. Being so far away, in Kitakyushu, Japan, she also believes on the strength of social networks included Twitter, Ning, and Diigo to mention only a few.

But what to do when you arrive school and discover nothing has changed?



The change was still in you mind and you have fresh memories of what has been said in your PLN (Personal Learning Network). If you feel discouraged that nothing has changed indeed, remember that process like this, first occur in our minds. So, go back and appeal to your social network. Why? Because, in Philly Teacher's words: "A supportive and innovative PLN will help you grow in your career, help you grow as a person and give you a place to bounce new ideas around, ask simple questions or get help when you need it. It can also be a place of comfort and belonging when you feel isolated or alone."

This is the third day of school while our son attends one of the three schools immerse in the Gifted and Talented Program, I've been signing papers where teachers make me acknowledge of a contract among teacher, parent, student and where they tell me about assessments, grading and discipline. Test/Quizzes and Centers are with the highest percentage of grading, 30 % each.

Despite what we've been talking and learning in our PLN on Twitter, we have to say that nothing has changed, at least at our son's school. There is a policy from The Board of Education on Cell Phones and Electronics Devices, which states: "Cellphones, Iphones, beepers, headphones, radios and other electronic devices are not to be used in school. They will be confiscated and a parent must come to school to pick up the confiscated items. Schools are not responsible for lost, damaged or misplaced electronic devices (EBOE Policy Code 5131)" But what really, makes me laugh , as a parent in this case, is this note about discipline (prohibit behavior), sent out by the Principal: "Use of students' cellular phones and other electronics inside the school, including before/after school hours." (After school hours, really?

I think parents, as teachers are to overcome the strict internet phobia, students need to learn hands-on what is expected of electronics and technology devices as cell phones. We have to be open-minded not only to 'control' students in class but among ourselves as colleagues or administrators. There is a long way to overcome the internet filtering but your PLN are going to be there to help you out and to patronize the aimlessly call of change in American schools.

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All Invited to the LEARN NC's 2009

LEARN NC, the organization that makes Instructify possible, will hold its 2009 conference on October 1 in North Carolina.

Event will run on Thursday, October 1st from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The face-to-face morning session is full, but you can log in virtually and get lots of great information during the afternoon for FREE!

In addition to a presentation from Instructify writers Bill Ferris and Jason Don Forsythe, you’ll see sessions on sharing free resources, technology integration, professional development strategies, and more. Interact with fellow educators from around North Carolina via web conference software, Twitter, and the online back channel. Virtual participants may join for the entire afternoon or for whatever portion of the conference is convenient. For a full rundown, please see the conference agenda.

Teachers, media specialists, technology coordinators, professional development coordinators, administrators, and other leaders in curriculum and instruction will all benefit from this conference. But you have to register!

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Top 10 N.J. High Schools - Newsweek

In New Jersey the back-to-school day is tomorrow and while I am helping my wife to set up everything around our 7th grader, I though it is a great opportunity to remember what are the choices parents have to enroll their sons in a High School, this year.

There more than one list about Gold Medal High Schools in the U.S., Top Performing High Schools in N. J., and the New Jersey Monthly Rankings. We will abide by Jay Mathews's methodology and had extracted the first 10 High Schools we've found in his list, appeared back in June, 2009:

1. McNair Academic - Jersey City (86)
2. Millburn - Millburn (172)
3. Ridge - Basking Ridge (177)
4. Bernards - Bernardsville (200)
5. Princeton - Princeton (213)
6. Cresskill - Cresskill (311)
7. Demarest - Demarest (388)
8. Governor Livingston - Berkeley Heights (426)
9. Summit - Summit (429)
10. Glen Ridge - Glen Ridge (462)

Parentheses indicates the rank established by Jay Mathews at Newsweek.

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How Does Technology Help in Learning Languages?

It’s something almost all of us pick up from our parents and those around us, this thing we call our mother tongue. We learn it instinctively and through repeated usage, and we hardly give it a second thought. However, development of language skills and excellence in a tongue comes about only when you engage in exercises that further them, like reading, writing and experimenting with other aspects of the language.

How Does Tech Help in Learning Languages?A second language is harder to learn for most people, unless they’ve grown up in households or places where they are surrounded by people who speak in two dominant languages. Some of us learn a new language through necessity while others do so because of an interest in the lingo, and the rest just pick up bits and pieces through intermittent usage. Whatever the reason to learn a second or even third language, technology does help in picking up the basics and even mastering it, because:

  • It provides us with access to variety of resources: It’s easy to learn a language without a tutor today simply because of the multitude of resources that exist on the Internet and through other technological avenues. You have online lessons and worksheets that you can access for free or at a reasonable cost, some of which are interactive and so much more useful than books. Besides this, social networks like Second Life hold virtual classes for those willing to learn languages, so you can enroll in these just as you would in a regular class.

  • It allows us to learn when time permits: When you use technology to learn a language, you don’t have to set fixed times to attend classes or take lessons. You can learn anywhere, anytime. Besides the resources available on the Internet, you have applications that can be accessed using your iPhone, iPod and other smartphones, so you’re always connected and in a position to tap the various opportunities that exist online.

  • It provides handy and instant answers: If you’re struggling for a word in the language you’re learning, you now have the answer at your fingertips through online dictionaries and other translation resources. It’s easy to pick up words and phrases that are commonly used and which come in handy when you visit a new country and need to communicate with the locals for information.

  • It allows us to practice: Using technology to learn a language means you don’t need other people who speak the tongue to practice your skills and develop them further. With television programs in foreign languages and other interactive tools, you can pretend to engage in imaginary conversations and improve your vocabulary and sentence making skills.

This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of online degrees. Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address:adrienne.carlson83@yahoo.com

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