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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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How Big a Tuition Bill College Students Want to Pay?

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The Wall Street Journal tackles this question today, both qualitatively and quantitatively. On the latter, it points to HumanCapitalScore.com, an interesting-sounding site that, the WSJ reports, “will generate a 10-year range of students’ likely postgraduation income based on their test scores, high school and college attended, grades and major. Developed by People Capital, New York, a peer-lending concern, as a tool to predict students’ creditworthiness, the calculator can also be used to compare the likely outcome of various possible choices of colleges and majors. It makes projections based on data sets from more than a half-dozen government and private-sector sources, encompassing hundreds of thousands of actual grads. Prices start at $19.95 to compare two scenarios.”

Original post was written by Eric Osberg


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Free Blogging and Networking Tools for the Classroom

Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about online classes for OnlineClasses.org.

Most students love to blog and communicate online. Educators can easily bring this passion for tech into the classroom with blogging and social networking tools. If your school doesn't have a budget for this sort of thing, you can take advantage of the many free tools that are available online. Here are ten free blogging and communication tools that would work well for both students and teachers.

Web 2.0 Tools for the ClassroomWikidot - Wikidot is a wiki publishing site. Education wikis are automatically free and include a wide range of features, such as a private sites, SSL security, unlimited pages, unlimited members, 5 GB for file uploads, and unlimited revisions.

21Classes - 21Classes makes classroom blogging easy by allowing teachers to create a Classroom BlogPortal. The free 21Classes package provides blog accounts for up to 10 students; the paid package provides accounts for up to 100 students. Blogs are ad-free and offer full control over student accounts and entries.

Edublogs - Edublogs are great for teachers who want to quickly and easily create, manage, and monitor multiple student blogs. Edublogs are fully customizable, podcast ready, and allow for simple uploading of files, images, and videos.

Edmodo - Teachers and students who like the idea of Twitter but prefer a more private platform will like this site. Edmodo offers free, safe, and secure microblogging, file sharing, and more. A mobile version is also available.

SlideShare - This business media site for sharing presentations also works well for students and teachers who want to upload and share ideas, documents, and other information online. SlideShare supports PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, and Adobe PDFs and allows uploads to be shared privately or publicly.

WiZiQ - WiZiQ is a web-based education platform. It can be used to conduct live online classes, share content, create and administer online tests, communicate over the web, and much more. Both free and premium account options are available.

HotChalk - Designed specifically for K-12 classrooms, this free learning management system makes it easy for students, teachers, and parents to communicate and collaborate online. Teachers can use it to automate daily classroom tasks, find materials to enrich lesson plans, and connect with students and colleagues. Students can use it to track homework, receive and send in assignments, chat with classmates, and ask teachers questions.

Engrade - Used by more than 150,000 teachers, Engrade is an online classroom community that can be used to communicate with both students and parents. Administrators can also use it to message teachers and monitor class rosters, attendance, and grades. Engrade includes a free online gradebook, attendance book, assignment calendar, and progress reports.

SocialGO
- SocialGO makes it easy for anyone to create a website with built-in social networking features. Users can choose from a free version or premium versions. The free version includes 1 GB of storage, 10 GB of bandwidth, and the ability to customize sites. Ads are present on the free version but can be eliminated for less than $5 per month.

Elgg - Elgg is an open source social engine that provides the building blocks for individuals, groups, and schools who want to create their own social networking site or environment. Elgg is easy to work with and was recently recognized as the best open source social networking platform by InfoSource.

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Ed. Reform: Are Charter Schools the Solution?

National Online Journal:

...Two major studies on charter schools released this year had dramatically different findings. One study (.pdf) found that charter schools nearly closed the achievement gap between students in poor and affluent communities, while the other (.pdf) found that most charter schools deliver academic results that are no better, or worse, than those in regular public schools.

Eliza Krigman has justified reason to ask, then: Do charter schools deserve the attention that the Obama administration is giving them? Why or why not?

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5 Recommendations to Survive Writing Blog Posts

I've felt like it. Why I keep blogging? What matters and who cares about what Education & Tech publishes. But we still have bloggers with the experience of Chris Brogan, who comes in our help. His recommendations, however, are to people who seek to blog somewhat professionally or about their profession, he writes.

Write Better Blog Posts



1. Subject Matter. Look for a way to corner a certain aspect of what you love about education, but one still broad enough to give you multiple topics. Consider writing about something that will be useful to others. Equipping other people to succeed is key.

2. Goals of the Post.
Know your goals before you post. Each post serves a different function: If you want to engage your audience, ask them questions. If you want more bookmarks, write something long and encompassing, or with many resources embedded.

3. Titles Matter. Write headlines that someone may Google or will stop to read in his feed reader. I will tell you from experience.

4. Style and Language. Save the big words for your crossword puzzles. Blogging is a bit more conversational than traditional journalistic style, written as if you and I are conversing.

5. The Call to Action. Be clear about whether you delivered what you intended when you started the post. This another point we always miss, since we forgot about the object of our posts, the call to action gets down to zero.

There are other considerations like think of other ways to drive value into your posts. The more you can give others, the more they’ll give you back.

On this matter, Darren Rowse of problogger.net has great advice but we wanted to share Brogan's work.

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