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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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Education & Tech 10/02/2009

Who Is America's Next Top Model Education Blogger?

You can nominate someone else's work just make sure to indicate clearly that you're not submitting it as your own.

The winner gets the chance to write a weekly column on this site . Alexander Russo will give you a byline and pay you $100 per column!


The Renaissance: Leonardo daVinci & the Creative Mind by Bulent Atalay

I had called my book “Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci” originally “The Two Leonardos” but publishers didn’t think it would sell with that title...


Social network statistics

The internet knows us at an aggregate level!

What is good eLearning?

There are many things that work together when we are creating programs to produce something that learners will actually want to take part in. These three things all together are so important: content, resources & people


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Some of the Reasons Why Administrators Should Blog

After attending a workshop entitled Unleashing the Power of Web-Based Tools for Every School Leader: Using Digital Tools for Instruction, Communication, Community building, and Professional Development presented by Dr. Kathleeen P. King, Professor of Education at Fordham University. Iroquois Superintendent Neil Rochelle and Kimberly Moritz had to talk on the 'regional applications' of such tools. That is , more or less how Moritz started her post to announce she was starting a series of post about the reason as to why administrators should start raising their voices through a weblog.

While many people already are familiar with this powerful tool, it seems to me that very few administrators are using blogs to share experiences and knowledge. If you take a look on the Twitter stream referred to education administrators, there are only few posts. With every reason, http://billswartz.com/ asked to summit Twitter users acting under the administrators umbrella, but to our delight, there is someone else who already took the lead: Follow some educational administrators.

Back to the blogging benefits. The practice of blogging has tremendous power. Let me tell you that, as far as you keep writing about what you like, there is always the chance someone is reading what you have to say. Most importantly, when you have a blog, you have a voice, you have internet presence, that little by little grows and in the meantime gives you authority. Administrators are leaders, suffice to say it, they are in charge of many ongoing topics that may well be shared, reinforced or abandon, after listening (or reading for this matter) comments on their posts or at any social network they participate.

Reasons for Admistrators to Blog


From Kimberly Moritz BlogPosts' Blog:

1. Connect to other administrators.
2. Get your word out, influence thinking.
3. Perform transparency in leadership.

In any way, Blogging is Hard!

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Education Blogs for Teachers And by Discipline

Over and over we have said lists are not our specialization. Although, some time we have spent compiling the list we considered were the most influential by that time. Below is the list of 7 posts we have included in education and tech since we started blogging. The list is presented from newest to the oldest to give attention to most fresh information available.

If you still think this list incomplete - well, most of the list really are, drop a comment and let us know what we have missed.

The Most Complete List of Education Blogs - Link

Education Blogs Classified by Making Teachers Nerdy - Link

Two Links Which Help You to Find Great Edublogs - Link

Top 50 PostRank Education Blogs - Link

100 Mejores Blogs Educacionales (Spanish) - Link

All Time Top EduBlogs - Link

Social Media Explorer Top 50 Edublogs - Link

And, the "list subject-specific P-12-oriented blogs that are worth sharing with others." - Education Blogs by Discipline.

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Top 5 Web Resources for Students

There are various reasons why students use the Internet, and although I’m sure social networks take up a major chunk of their time, they do utilize the web for practical purposes too. While the Internet has made life a whole lot easier for the entire world, it opens up opportunities for students that never existed before. They have access to a host of resources at their fingertips, the best of which are:

  • Scholarships: To a student, no word can be sweeter than scholarship. It means free money to earn your education. It means freedom from debt and the headache of using all your hard-earned money to pay it back for most of your life. And it means having a little more spending money in college than living like a pauper and scraping to get by on a minimum allowance. So naturally, every student wants to grab hold of a scholarship if it’s being offered at no cost at all. The Internet helps the identify opportunities that they’re qualified for and send in applications according to guidelines.

  • Networking: Networking with friends is one thing; using connections to secure a job is another. The Internet helps students find and apply for jobs that are located in other places, states and even countries. The sky’s the limit when it comes to looking for a job with the web at your disposal. And this is why students prefer it to the traditional method of visiting offices they know and asking for work.
  • K12 Online 2009: Bridging the Divide

    On September 26, 2009, the K12Online Conference in partnership with EdTechTalk will host a worldwide, synchronous “LAN party” (free web meet-up) from 2:00PM EDT (6:00PM GMT) to 5:00PM EDT (9:00PM GMT).

    K12 Online 2009Organizers encourage educators around the world to get together with colleagues and engage in lively, online discussions during this time using links provided by EdTechTalk. Past presentations will be shown, and participants are invited to engage in live conversations about the presentations with the featured presenters during and following each session. A K12Online Conference overview is scheduled at the EdTechTalk website 30 minutes prior to the LAN party. This event provides an opportunity to try out the synchronous EdTechTalk environment and platform, which we will be using for the 2009 K-12 Online Conference in December.

    For more background about LAN parties, see Jeff Utech’s post from Sept 2006 and the K12Online08 Shanghai LAN Party wiki. The Shanghai LAN parties are models we hope educators around the world will emulate in 2009. You do NOT have to gather face-to-face with other educators to participate in this Saturday’s live LAN party events, but F2F connections are encouraged!

    Here’s the schedule. (Times below are EDT. Start time for the first presentation is 6:00PM GMT. Use this WorldTimeServer link to convert this time for your local time zone.)


    mathew needleman2:00 – 2:45 EDT Film School Mathew Needleman, Apple Distinguished Educator, has been integrating video in the classroom for seven years as a teacher of kindergarten, first, and second grade. Make better classroom movies with simple tips that will help elevate your vodcast to the next level in terms of artistic and technical merit. Learn how to storyboard like a pro, choose shots that support the telling of your story, and capture better lighting and sound.

    alec couros3:30 EDT Open, Social, Connected Dr. Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. This presentation unravels a recent open graduate course offering titled “Open, Connected, Social” that was offered at the University of Regina, Winter 2008. The presentation describes the theories influencing the course, types of open practice, reflections and outcomes, and goes on to describe the emergence of “open teaching”.

    mark wagner 4:15 EDT Wiki While You Work (Basic) A former high school English teacher, Mark Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at Estancia High School, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, and the Orange County Department of Education.  His session briefly introduces participants to the Read/Write Web, and to wikis in particular. A live demonstration of wikispaces.org and wikipedia.org will illustrate that…, “If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki.”

    5:00 EDT We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff With Blogging Mentors Kathy Cassidy is a grade one teacher at Westmount School in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada.  In the winter of 2008, Patrick Lewis’s university class of pre-service teachers were blogging mentors for Kathy’s grade one students. This presentation talks about that collaboration and the results of the research that was conducted about the effect this mentorship had on the students’ writing.

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    Kudos to the K12Online09 Live Events Committee for organizing and hosting this event! Please plan to join us and share this learning opportunity with your colleagues!

    Reproduced and modified from Kim Caise, Patrick Woessner, Dean Shareski and the K12Online09 LAN Party Wiki. Please copy, reblog, and tweet this information!

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