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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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When Generosity Hurts: Bill Gates, Public School Teachers and the Politics of Humiliation

You must understand that in the attempt to correct so many generations of bad faith and cruelty, when it is operating not only in the classroom but in society, you will meet the most fantastic, the most brutal, and the most determined resistance. -James Baldwin

Baldwin's words offer a glimpse into a legacy of bad faith, culture of cruelty and politics of humiliation that seems to have gained momentum in American society since he spoke those words in 1963. His words reflect something of the all too evident brutish transformation of the revolutionary zeal that marked an earlier era's investment in substantive democratization to that which piously and patriotically calls itself revolutionary some 50 years later, and seeks nothing less than the total destruction of the democratic potential of American education. Not only have such pernicious practices descended on America like a dreadful and punishing plague, but they are now ironically embraced in the name of an educational reform movement whose "revolutionary" pretension is antithetical to the civil rights revolution for which Baldwin was fighting. Once eager public servants in the fight for equality and justice, teachers are now forced to play with a severe handicap, as if assembled on a field blindfolded and gagged. The one constancy that runs through these last several decades, less obvious only because of its utter pervasiveness in public life, is summed up by Baldwin as the legacy of "bad faith and cruelty." Bad faith and cruelty are now combined with a power-assisted politics of humiliation, all the more acute, because such commitments circulate continually as spectacle in a 24-hour media cycle universally assessable in a digital and commodified culture.

The complete article by Henry A. Giroux can be read at Truthout.

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Academic Integrity Is a Vital Component of Any Professional Educator

The Internet is a two way street. While teachers are tough on students plagiarism, the latter can also backfire using the same tools educators often use to identify plagiarism ---the Internet. How? Simply by typing a line or two from an assignment or even other teaching materials on Google.

When you hear about faculty plagiarism, it mostly involves a publication, writes Miki Crawford. But he also asks to reflect on these questions: "Do you create PPT from text content? Do you use ideas or handouts from colleagues? Do you copy a chapter from a book as supplemental reading without providing the source information? Do you use pictures or trademarks from the Internet?" Think twice.

In this post, the cited author, at Faculty Focus lists the Top Five Overlooked Citations Faculty Should Watch When Creating Course Materials.(bold is ours):

    1. Place a citation at the bottom of your PowerPoint slides (or better yet, on the master slide) to reference your textbook. If you use a direct quote/definition from the text, include the page number afterward.

    2. Provide credit where credit is due when using ideas, organization of content, or quotes from colleagues.

    3. Provide references on any copied materials that you use as supplements and consider the Fair Use Law.

    4. Write or type Web links or references on any articles that you send to students or upload on a course content site such as Blackboard. After recording the citation on the article, it can be copied as a pdf. Merely citing these on Blackboard may not be enough.

    5. Do those pictures from the Internet that you wish to use have a copyright sign or is the website copyrighted? If so, request permission before you copy. There are plenty of open source pictures and graphics on the web that are for anyone’s use. However, trademarked images should not be used without permission.

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