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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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Does the Internet Make You Smarter? Yes!

I guess you still remember when the Internet was shaken by Nick Carr when she wrote: Google is making us stupid. It was a year ago. Now, pundit Clay Shirky has taken the question back, but he concludes that Internet, no only Google, is making us way smarter, or at least better equipped on writing and reading.

According to the NYU Professor, there are three reasons to think that the Internet will fuel the intellectual achievements of 21st-century society.

From the Wall Street Journal:

"First, the rosy past of the pessimists was not, on closer examination, so rosy. The decade the pessimists want to return us to is the 1980s, the last period before society had any significant digital freedoms. Despite frequent genuflection to European novels, we actually spent a lot more time watching "Diff'rent Strokes" than reading Proust, prior to the Internet's spread. The Net, in fact, restores reading and writing as central activities in our culture.

The present is, as noted, characterized by lots of throwaway cultural artifacts, but the nice thing about throwaway material is that it gets thrown away. This issue isn't whether there's lots of dumb stuff online—there is, just as there is lots of dumb stuff in bookstores. The issue is whether there are any ideas so good today that they will survive into the future. Several early uses of our cognitive surplus, like open source software, look like they will pass that test.

The past was not as golden, nor is the present as tawdry, as the pessimists suggest, but the only thing really worth arguing about is the future. It is our misfortune, as a historical generation, to live through the largest expansion in expressive capability in human history, a misfortune because abundance breaks more things than scarcity. We are now witnessing the rapid stress of older institutions accompanied by the slow and fitful development of cultural alternatives. Just as required education was a response to print, using the Internet well will require new cultural institutions as well, not just new technologies."

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No iPhone -> iPad Tethering

An interesting excerpt from TechFlash:

    Responding to a question posed on TechFlash by Steve Rubel, an AT&T spokeswoman told us via email today that it won't be possible to tether the iPhone to the iPad to share Internet access with the Apple slate, citing the fact that the iPad doesn't have any USB ports to enable a wired connection between the devices.

    Wait a second, what about Bluetooth? Apple own support page makes it clear that the iPhone allows wireless Bluetooth tethering. But in another TechFlash comment, Mac expert and Seattle journalist Glenn Fleishman notes that he "discovered in testing that the iPad includes the Bluetooth profile required for tethering, but it is not enabled."

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What Is the Easiest Way to Get Rid of Backgrounds on Stock Images?

Once in a while we find really valuable information among our feeds. Today has been that day:

As I researched this topic, I quickly discovered why we’re all so frustrated: there is no silver bullet technique for background removal. On the one hand, removing backgrounds from photos can be tedious and time-consuming work—often with only so-so results. On the other, if there’s any one thing that sets apart a standard-looking presentation from an exceptional-looking presentation, it’s the visual integration of images into the slide background.

Still, Trina Rimmer made an investigation, and at the end she came up with great video tutorials for 5 tools that she commonly uses: PowerPoint, Fotoflexer,, GIMP, Aviary.

For the explanatory video tutorials, please head over M!ndFlash Blog.

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