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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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"Induction/Inferential Model of Learning"

When a picture is worth a thousand words.



Firstly posted at D-Ed Reckoning

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4 Tips Can Help You During First Days of Class

I agree with Professor Robert Talbert about the importance of the first day of class. He writes that students (in college) "form their conceptions of the class...in the first few moments of the course."

This is true for all other levels, as well. Since the very beginning, students need to know what to expect form the course or subject. They need to make a contract/compromise that workload needs to be taken seriously.

These are the recommendations Robert gives in his blog Casting Out Nines:

    1. I prefer a quick, energetic launch directly into the course material. I spend maybe the first 7-10 minutes on course structure. Then we start right into the course content through a lecture/activity combination.

    2. To help with the first point, I will often create screencasts for some of the course management stuff (like this screencast for how to navigate Moodle) and email students the links to these, often before the first class meets.

    3. I do not go in for icebreakers, get-to-know-you activities, exercises intended to discover students Myers-Briggs types or learning styles, or any of that. Not that I think such things are not useful. But I’d rather the students get to work and get to know themselves and each other in the context of working, rather than get to know each other instead of working.

    4. I give a full-bodied assignment on the first day of class to do for the second day of class — something that would really take about two hours outside of class to do, if the class meeting took one hour. Here’s the assignment list, for example, for my calculus class. That’s about 2 hours worth of work, although if you look closely, a lot of it is watching instructional screencasts and playing around with course software, so it’s less work than it looks like. But still, students have to do stuff.

Of course Professor Talbert is a math teacher and are to expect such discipline. In lower level though, we will have to adjust the system described in the prior list. However, these are suggestion all teachers should embrace.

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Top 20 Edublogs According to Intercepts

Intercepts is a blog about education business, and as far as I respect and appreciate their commitment to offer us great information, its list published yesterday, on Top Education Blogs is incomplete or leave out other blogs that rank equal or higher that those in the list.

There is not a methodology present, it is only stated that Technorati is the reference and that political blogs are on top of the educational ones.

For your convenience, you can access the full list in here. Remember that the ranking number along the name of each blogs change every time. As for today, those number do not match anyome.

I said the list didn't include, at least, three blogs with high ranking on Technorati:

Free Technology for Teachers - 606

Larry Ferlazzos' Blog - 563

Stephen's Web - 512

I haven't made an investigation. This is only my first attempt to probe the list over there needs to be reviewed it. For other lists of education blogs, just click on the link.

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What App: A Tool to Protect Your Privacy

Before downloading and installing a new application, whether on your computer, Facebook, iPhone or Android or other smartphone, you can now check reviews of web and mobile apps for their privacy, security and openness.

Reviews on the What App site, by a team of about 15 lawyers, computer scientists, and privacy and security experts from Stanford University and other institutions, were recently thrown open to all visitors (who can request as well as post reviews). "Think Consumer Reports blended with Wikipedia and Yelp, but focused on the narrow issue of Internet security and privacy."

The site also reviews web browsers like Firefox and Safari, social networks including Twitter and Facebook and mobile platforms like Apple's iPhone, Windows Mobile and Google's Android.

Read more at A Consumer Experience Blog.

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