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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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More Media Consumption Means Less Formal Learning? - Generation M2 Report

Generation M2: Media in the Lives of Youth 8-18 years old, was presented the third week of January, 2009 by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is the third in a series of nationally representative surveys about young people's media use conducted by this Foundation. It includes data of 1999, 2004, and 2009.

Kaiser's report reflects what was already found in 2008 by another study funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project, where the authors actually suggested education institutions, to keep peace with the rapid change digital media has been introducing.

The MacArthur's findings and carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, asked for a new role of education(.pdf): "Rather than assuming that education is primarily about preparing for jobs and careers, they question what it would mean to think of it as a process guiding youths’ participation in public life more generally."

As I said, prior report supports Kaiser's study. Whether we talk about text messaging, tweeting, watching YouTube videos on cell phones, or lurking on a social networking site like Twitter, Myspace or Facebook youths are spending more time than ever before consuming some sort of media, included the old box TV. Is this the reason why they feel tired, do not make homework or are dormant in the classroom? You, as teacher, are on call.

Meredith of Ypulse has posted a response to Kaiser's report. The author cites two sources where they found that in contrast with what Kaiser Foundation suggests, music, TV and social networks are generating by the contrary, happiness and alleviating stress in teens.

Kaiser's study shows that cell phone ownership among the respondents jumped from 39% to 66%, while ownership of iPods and mp3 players jumped from 18% to 76% compared to 2004. What the report fails to mention, as Meredith thoughtfully stresses, is that a lot of screen time is also spent creating and sharing content, engaging youth in ways that passive screen time does not.

And even when parent lack of the decision to establish limits, three in 10 had any rules regarding their use of mobile devices, says the report. More and more, mobile devices are replacing the talking to other people and that, as a citizen, should be a concern. Are they growing humanly isolated?

And to think, time spent texting was actually not included in the times for media consumption. It will actually increase from the average of seven hours and 38 minutes the respondents said used media in 2002(Date of Kaiser's survey) to 10 hours and 45 minutes of media consumption, due to media multi-tasking.

I would like to quote the closing paragraph in Ypulse because I deeply reflect on her questioning:

...Can some young people overdo it? Of course (I think we all suffer from information overload). Especially when parents don't set any limits. Will some young people use screen time to escape reality or avoid the pain of real life to a disconcerting extent? Yes, some will, and we should look out for them. Does some multimedia multi-tasking impact young people's ability to concentrate? Yep, and parents and educators should be pointing this out and helping young people to focus. Instead of sounding yet another alarm about youth and technology, let's use studies like this to help young people learn to self regulate. And more importantly, let's not forget all of the positive changes this new media has brought about.

Still, if you want to elaborate on Kaiser's Generation M2 study for yourself, I invite you to apprehend the information on the slide we insert here:



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A True Digital Native Can Expand Ideas in Ways You Had Not Considered Before.

[The internet] it’s not about presenting content or managing knowledge, it’s a new platform for communication and collaboration, for building communities.

eSCHOOL NEWS. Educators should change the way they view technology’s role in everyday life in order to understand students’ educational needs, said Don Tapscott, chairman of nGenera Insight, during a Jan. 19 Consortium for School Networking webinar on the digital generation.

The nation is at a turning point, Tapscott said, and many institutions that have served us well for decades or even centuries -including education- have come to the end of their life cycle and must be “rebooted” or reinvented for a new age.

“This is an age where human communication is possible on a global basis,” he said.

For complete article by Laura Devaney, please pinch here.


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5 Characteristics Innovative Educators Should Mirror

Agatha Gilmore writes about the results from a survey of 3,500 executives over six years. According to three researchers from INSEAD, Brigham Young and Harvard, most innovative leaders possess five key discovery skills, characteristics we need in all our education administrators and why not in many , if not all, educators:

1. Associating, which is the ability to connect seemingly unrelated questions, problems or ideas from different fields.
2. Questioning, which means constantly asking “Why?” “Why not?” and “What if?” as well as always keeping an open mind.
3. Observing, which is scrutinizing the marketplace and common business phenomena, including behavior of potential customers.
4. Experimenting, which involves rigorous testing of new ideas via prototypes and pilots.
5. Networking, which means making a conscious effort to speak with and visit others to expand one’s own knowledge base.

Every teacher is an innovator. What we fail to do is to keep track of what we do every day to manage and assess our challenging classrooms.

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Steven Strogatz Writes About the Elements of Mathematics

Cornell University professor Steven Strogatz, will be offering a series of math articles in The New York Times. The mathematician says, he will be covering subject matter from pre-school to grad school.

The information it's not intended for young people, this time Strogatz writes from an adult perspective. It’s not intended to be remedial, either. In his first installment, From Fish to Infinity, he writes: "The goal is to give you a better feeling for what math is all about and why it’s so enthralling to those who get it."

Where exactly do numbers come from?



After describing the dual aspect of the concept of number and decide that its conception requires a great percentage of abstraction, the mathematician comes to conclude:

"A further subtlety is that numbers (and all mathematical ideas, for that matter) have lives of their own. We can’t control them. Even though they exist in our minds, once we decide what we mean by them we have no say in how they behave. They obey certain laws and have certain properties, personalities, and ways of combining with one another, and there’s nothing we can do about it except watch and try to understand. In that sense they are eerily reminiscent of atoms and stars, the things of this world, which are likewise subject to laws beyond our control … except that those things exist outside our heads."

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