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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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10 Social Networks for People Involved in Education

Credit goes to Schröder+Schömbs PR on FlickrDavid Kapuler of Technology Tidbits came up with a list of the Top 10 Social Networks for Education. If you are an experienced person handling Internet tools you don't need to read this, but if you thinks you still can learn something new every time you visit this blog, then pay attention to it.

Of course you can read the description for each one at Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero:

1. Twitter - http://twitter.com
2. Classroom 2.0 - http://www.classroom20.com
3. Facebook - http://www.facebook.com
4. Plurk - http://www.plurk.com
5. Educator's PLN - http://edupln.ning.com
6. Learn Central - http://www.learncentral.org
7. ISTE Community - http://www.iste-community.org
8. Edutopia - http://www.edutopia.org
9. Collaborative Translation - http://collaborative-translation.ning.com
10. IT4ALL - http://integrating-technology.ning.com

Hope you enjoy them and we could add other sources, but I'll hold them for a new post. Stay tuned.

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Is the Value-Added Modeling a Solution to Education Reform?

The New York Times picked the issue on a national view of the standards to judge what teacher is better than another. As hard as this question seems to be answered, the value-added modeling calculates the value teachers add to their students’ achievement, based on changes in test scores from year to year and how the students perform compared with others in their grades.

But as the NYT points out, no every teacher agrees on this topic and most are opposed to take tests as a parameter to determine effectiveness. Teacher accountability continues to be iceberg point to Secretary Duncan and President Obama on education reform. While people outside the faculty groups claims for an evaluation of teachers, they do their homework and explain why setting up a method to measure teacher accountability is not something easy to be done.

Edward Haertel, a Stanford professor co-author of Problems With the Use of Students Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers says that in the value-added modeling, "People are going to treat these scores as if they were reflections on the effectiveness of the teachers without any appreciation of how unstable they are."

On the other hand William L. Sanders, a senior research manager for SAS, a company that does value-added estimates for districts in North Carolina, Tennessee and other states, added "if you use rigorous, robust methods and surround them with safeguards, you can reliably distinguish highly effective teachers from average teachers and from ineffective teachers."

Whatever the method is, one thing is for sure, America needs a better education and a new curricular design so community can catch up with speedy changes that are happening thanks to technology.

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At a Mississippi Middle School Race Still Counts.

Gawker:

Thinking about running for eighth grade class president at Mississippi's Nettleton Middle School? Are you white? Because only white kids can run for president. Black kids can be vice-president, though! But only black kids. Update: They changed the policy.

A few days ago, Nettleton Middle School students brought home the following memo, which spells out the requirements for students who want to run for class office and was provided to blogger Suzy Richardson by a parent:

Okay, so obtain 10 signatures from classmates... check. Maintain a B average... check. Have "good disciplinary status and moral character"... okay, I haven't sexted anyone recently, check. White... ch... what? They must mean, like... wears white clothing? Right? Or like... the color... of their lockers? Right? Uh, well, not really.

More over the case at the original article written Max Read.

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Reflection time will help students to learn how to read

I have found an interesting article by Amanda DeCardy. She wrote a piece on her blog Some Tech Sense, where DeCardy explains how the Little Maddie, her daughter, has managed to learn technology at very early age, and now is using it to learn how to read.

While this mom tries to boost the reading on her daughter, she has come up with some questions she expect to be answered in the process. Amanda writes:

    Maddie is the youngest child in her class and needs a bit of a boost with her reading. By introducing the technology component, I am hoping to answer some of these questions over the next couple of months:

    - How does recording herself reading stories and listening to herself impact her reading fluency and comprehension?
    - How does listening to pre-recorded stories that I have made for her on her iPod impact her reading development?
    - How does her attitude toward reading change by using technology to enhance her development?

And Maddie es doing great progress as you can see in this video. Which, by the way, she uploaded it by herself with little help of her mom.

There is a lesson we as parents and teachers have learn here: "As educators, we build reflection time for our students to enhance their learning. As a mom, I believe the self reflection process will give my child the confidence to encourage her reading development."

I wonder whether this self reflection might help my 13 years boy, who still has problems with spelling. And if you know of any method of technique, I'll appreciate very much you let me know about it in the comments section.

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