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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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Poorly Trained Math Teachers in the U.S.

A math study was analyzed by the New York Times today. The study included 3,300 future math teachers at 81 colleges and universities in the United States who were given a 90-minute test covering their knowledge of math concepts as well as their understanding of how to teach the subject, and were compared to their counterparts in other 15 developed and undeveloped countries.

The study reveals that America’s middle school mathematics teacher preparation is not up to the task, is attributed to be said by William H. Schmidt, the Michigan State University professor who is its lead author.

The study shows a problem in the background of elementary math teachers, but its aim to force learning of linear algebra and calculus among middle school math educators, goes beyond career expectancy.

The following were the results found in the study, applied to elementary and middle school math teachers:

"On the elementary test, students from Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan scored far above their counterparts in the United States. Students from Germany, Norway, the Russian Federation and Thailand, scored about the same as the Americans, and students from Botswana, Chile, Georgia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland and Spain scored well below, the report said.

On the middle school test, American students outscored students in Botswana, Chile, Georgia, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, the Philippines and Thailand, the study found."

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How Smartphones Could Unleash Childhood Creativity

"American children now spend 7.5 hours a day absorbing and creating media"

I have to thank @hello_maklein for the reference to the very interesting article in fastcompany.com. It clearly shows why it is important teacher and service ones get in touch with what is going on technology.

As the article says, there is a huge difference between the revolution caused by television and the big leaps that handhelds are forcing people to do. "They are tools for expression and connection, not just passive absorption."

Anya Kamenetz, the article's author, writes that studies and pilot projects show smartphones can actually make kids smarter:

And as the search intensifies for technological solutions to the nation's and the world's education woes -"Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age," as the title of a summit at Google HQ last fall had it- growing sums of money are flowing into the sector. The U.S. Department of Education has earmarked $5 billion in competitive school-reform grants to scale up pilot programs and evaluate best practices of all kinds. Major foundations are specifically zeroing in on handhelds for preschool and the primary grades. "Young kids and multisensor-touch computing are a huge area of innovation," says Phoenix Wang, the head of a startup philanthropic venture fund called Startl -funded by the Gates, MacArthur, and Hewlett foundations- that's entirely focused on educational investing. Google, Nokia, Palm, and Sony have all supplied handheld devices for teaching. Thousands of new mobiles -- not just smartphones but also ever-shrinking computers -- have come into use at schools in the United States and around the world just in the past year.

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