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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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2010 Top Most Fascinating List of Education Blogs.

Despite many are doing round ups to feature the most relevant news or post of the 2010, we think for educators and for many edublogs a good way to close this year productively, is to endorse en recommend the people who had contributed to education, the editors and bloggers who without being paid have known to share the best info and knowledge at their discretion.

For brevity we only mentioned the Eddies2010 once the announcement was made, but Around the Corner and Doug - Off the Record went a step ahead and published the complete list of education blogs patronized and selected after the edublogawards.com

As Miguel writes, "If your blog isn't on the list, I hope you'll add it in the comments, then copy the list and share it with others.



» Individual blogs



» Group blogs



» New blogs



» Class blogs



» Student blogs



» Resource sharing blogs



» Influential blog posts



» Teacher blogs



» Best librarian / library blog



» Best school administrator blog



» Best educational tech support blog



» Best elearning / corporate education blog



» Best educational use of audio



» Best educational use of video / visual



» Best educational wiki



» Best educational podcast



» Best educational webinar series



» Best educational use of a social network



» Best educational use of a virtual world



» Best use of a PLN



» Lifetime achievement



I wish you have plenty of information during the forthcoming 2011. Happy New Year to all our Education & Tech readers!

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A Dozen of the Most Blogged News About Education | Education & Tech

Finally we are only one day away until we receive a new year. Be optimistic and let’s celebrate the end of this decade with optimism. A quick review of what has been published in this blog deserves your time in the first place:


I think we've had a big year in the Education, this segment of the community has embraced social media more than ever before, so all participants had been able to engage students and colleagues. I'm not listing the events in any particular order, because many of these issues will continue to make headlines in the months ahead.

Read on to reminisce about the most blogged education news in 2010:


In case I've missed some other compilation, I'd ask you to let us know in the comments section. And don't leave without commenting on what you'd think will be your education-related predictions for 2011?

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12 Ethical Principles to Ensure Students' Safety Online

I've been reading Doug Johnson's blog from a while. This particular post struck me and had me reading it some more time. Nor I was slow to read, neither the post wasn't clear enough, it was the interesting information contained in there.

First, Johnson’s 3 P’s of Technology Ethics: 1) Privacy - I will protect my privacy and respect the privacy of others; 2) Property - I will protect my property and respect the property of others; and, 3) a(P)propriate Use - I will use technology in constructive ways and in ways which do not break the rules of my family, church, school, or government. This a textual transcription, but I'll ask you to discuss with your students specially No. 3.

Secondly, the way he argues the school should not only install Internet filters but 'show due diligence' to ensure that once the students are at their own outside school, they can safely navigate de WWW. However, he says teachers are to proactively work with students to show them the path:

    1. Articulate personal values when using technology.
    2. Stress the consideration and application of principles rather than relying on a detailed set of rules.
    3. Model ethical behaviors.
    4. Build student trust.
    5. Encourage discussion of ethical issues.
    6. Accept the fact students will make mistakes.
    7. Allow students personal use of the Internet.
    8. Reinforce ethical behaviors and react to the misuse of technology.
    9. Create environments that help students avoid temptations.
    10. Assess children’s understanding of ethical concepts.
    11. Educate our students and ourselves.
    12. Educate your parents about ethical technology use.

For every single detail of these dozen of principles please read The Blue Skunk Blog

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Education & Tech: 12 of the Best Posts during 2010. [PostRank]

We have come to the time of the year when everyone begins plans to the New Near, some others enjoy a snowing fall as the one we just had, and there are the editors and publishers who are doing the lists to showcase the best and most commented information on their websites.

Here in Education & Tech and after 6 months since we changed our primary web address, things had go as expected, not to say better.

The hits this education blog is receiving had increased and more educators and regular Internet users are getting the benefit of the information without having to subscribe or pay any single penny.

The following are the most recommended and cited articles we have written from July through December of the 2010:


Happy New Year and many thanks for keep visiting Education & Tech!

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Merry Christmas Eve to all our readers out there.

I am a Catholic by tradition and by family. And I also know there are other cultures where Xmas do not exist or simply the meaning is different than the one I was educated in, after all that, please allow me to share with you my dear readers a video which wraps up how I get introduced to Christmas when I was a kid and how this has changed to a Santa tradition nowadays.

We had share almost year by year these greetings and as I said before, for some this means Merry Christmas for some others is Christmas Eve and of course for my family and the people whose roots are Latin means Feliz Navidad!



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Teachers Know How Common is Plagiarism

NYC Educator:

    I once had a young student from Russia, very bright, but not such a great writer. Being resourceful, she compensated for her lack of skill by simply copying things off the internet. Once, she brought me several extra credit papers, one about the joys of Shakespeare. No, no, I told her, people often think I'm an idiot by virtue of being an English teacher, but I'm not as dumb as I look. Also, I've seen your writing before and this isn't it.

    One day, I was in the office and a bunch of kids, for some reason, had a paper she'd gotten an A on. I read it and noted that it was an AP who'd given her the A. I looked up her class, knocked on the door, and pulled her out. I told her I knew she hadn't written this paper, if I could figure it out others could too, and that she could get in deep trouble for pulling such nonsense. That didn't phase her at all. She had but one thing to say:

    "You aren't going to tell Ms. Clueless, are you?"

I encourage you to read the original post at one of the Best NYC Edublogs, particularly the comments section.

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Why Too Many Laptops Are Getting Stolen in k-12 Schools

A study by Absolute Software Corp., a company that offers a way to secure your computers, has found that schools rank as the No. 1 place for laptops to get stolen. The second hot spot for stolen machines is your home.

You were right, cars are the third most popular place for your laptop to banish, and follow in descending order other places like businesses and offices, colleges and universities, hotels and motels, restaurants, stores and shopping malls, taxis, buses, trains, and airports.

I cannot explain how is this happening. We have to consider no too many students carry on laptops to high schools, how come they are able to take a laptop then?

On 2009, a study performed by the Ponemon Institute in the name of Intel Corp. established that costs of a lost laptop reached a value of $49,246. Costs include these seven variables: replacement cost, detection, forensics, data breach, lost intellectual property costs, lost productivity, and legal, consulting and regulatory expenses.

As we are on the proximity of Holidays, it is important you consider John Egan's recommendations to keep your laptop safe and at sight:

10 Ways to Protect Your Laptop From Being Stolen



1. Don't leave your laptop in an unlocked vehicle.

2.Carry your laptop in a nondescript carrying case, briefcase or bag.

3. Don't leave a meeting or conference room without your laptop if you are going to lunch or taking a break.

4. Lock your laptop in your office during off-hours. Specially if you are a teacher.

5. Consider engraving or marking your laptop with identifying information. White correction fluid is a good substance to use. Something that last three years, the life period of a laptop.

6. Back up your data offline or online.

7. At airports, don't send your laptop through the X-ray machine until you are ready to walk through the metal detector, and don't go through the metal detector until your laptop is well inside the machine. Pick up your laptop as soon as it comes out of the X-ray machine.

8. Don’t leave your laptop unattended ---in a conference room, a classroom, a coffee shop, an airport, a hotel room.

9. Use the Universal Security Slot (USS) on the side of your laptop to attach a security cable or alarm when leaving the computer at your desk or in your office.

10. Look into software that can track your computer. When a stolen or lost machine is turned on and connected to the Internet, your laptop will record and send information to a special server or via email.

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2010 Edublog Winners Is Announced!

I haven't neither been nominated nor I am a winner, but for those following Education & Tech here is the list of the winners. Our congratulations to all them, specially to Larry Ferlazzo and Richard Byrne.

All Edublog Winners listed here

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Is the Information Overload a New Concept?

Ann Blair, a professor of history at Harvard University and the author of Too Much To Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age, doesn't think the information overload, as a concept, it is a novelty.

From her post at Boston Globe (We have stressed the ideas important to us):

    In the academic world, critics have begun to argue that universities are producing and distributing more knowledge than we can actually use. In the recent best-selling book The Shallows, Nicholas Carr worries that the flood of digital information is changing not only our habits, but even our mental capacities: Forced to scan and skim to keep up, we are losing our abilities to pay sustained attention, reflect deeply, or remember what we’ve learned.

After comparing the Middle Ages to the Modern Era, she concludes:

    Some of our methods are similar, and others are completely new. Search engines like Google harness technology to do something that wasn’t possible earlier: using algorithms and data structures to respond to search queries that have never been posed before. Many of our tools will no doubt rapidly become obsolete, but a few of those may spawn useful offshoots, just as the note closet enabled the growth of sophisticated catalog systems.


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With Self-Harm, Students Can't Success Academically

How many of you have worked with teens? I don't expect to have answers as for now, but I pretend to call attention to a topic which is happening among young people this age. By now you may be familiar with formspring.me, a social chat network where people can ask as many question as they like and there is not limitation at all.

What Danah Boyd has discovered is that many teens are harassing themselves in order to gain attention. Teens who are the victims of bullying – whether by a stranger, a peer, or themselves – are often in need of support, love, validation, and, most of all, healthy attention, writes Boyd in her blog Apophenia.

As teachers we need to be especially careful when dealing with teens. Most of times they can't sleep well and wake up in a very bad mood. In these conditions they march to school where the first clash is with the homeroom teacher. And that behavior can last until the last period at school.

If you notice a misbehaved student try to confront him with another person being present and if needed find the counselor for help. Can be very risky to control a teen who is suffering of attention deficit or is being bullied. Particularly when they are the ones causing damage themselves asking the most though questions.

Danah thinks there are three reasons teens might be doing harm to themselves asking rude and sometimes bully question on formspring.me:

    1. It’s a cry for help. Teens want their parents (and perhaps others in their lives) to notice them and pay attention to them, support them and validate them. They want these people to work diligently to stop the unstoppable but, more importantly, to spend time focused on helping them.

    2. They want to look cool. In some schools, getting criticized is a sign of popularity. Simply put, you have to be cool to garner hate/jealousy/etc. By posting and responding to negative anonymous questions, it’s possible to look important by appearing to be cool enough to be attacked.

    3. They’re trying to trigger compliments. When teens are anonymously attacked, their friends often jump in to say nice things in response to the negative commentary. Thus, a desirable side effect of attacks is a stream of positive support, compliments, and other loving messages.

Where no parents can deal with this, teachers are on call.

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Computers Might Take You Out to Frustration

Bettys's Blog

Computers have minds of their own. Some people are in sync with that, but I’m not one of them. I envy those people who just seem to know what to do.

Yesterday I taught two parent classes at the hospital. Someone had disconnected the computer and the projector. I’m not sure why they did it, but I’m sure there was a purpose. Of course, it didn’t occur to them to reconnect all of the plugs before leaving. Anyway, I didn’t have a clue how to put Humpty Computer back together. It was a Saturday, so all of the tech gurus were off for the day. I ran around like a goose looking for help. Luckily, I did find someone who was able to reconnect everything for me. He was one of those in sync people. Color me green.

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Gates concerned about video assessment but favors scripted instruction only.

Under classroom observational protocols non-profit but powerful organization like the Melinda Gates Foundation intents a new approach to the evaluation of teachers in situ.

The information about the first steps on that direction and presented by The New York Times, has brought a lot of national attention among American educators.

Rachael Maher, a seventh-grade math teacher at Alexander Graham Middle School in Charlotte, was among the 3,000 teachers researchers funded by the Melinda Gates had recruited in seven school systems: Dallas; Denver; Charlotte, N.C.; Hillsborough County, Fla.; Memphis; New York; and Pittsburgh.

Out the analysis of the 'experts,' Maher is said to be failed at least one of the protocols, called Framework for Teaching, which has a category called Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport. The teacher didn't pay attention to a kid who had his hand up.

Videos like the one volunteered by Rachel Maher will be up by next June. Researchers among them Catherine A. McClellan and Tomas J. Kane, will have about 24,000 videotaped lessons, but the research will eventually involve reviewing some 64,000 hours of classroom video. Dr. McClellan expects to recruit hundreds of educators and train them to score lessons by early next year.

Unionized teachers - and independent ones, are not welcoming the new approach. They think that if we teach to accommodate the conditions for the video or the observer, then it is not a true assessment. Gates favors scripted instruction. So his evaluation method tests script performance and no more than that, tweets Ira Socol.

We don't want to demonize the new project. What concerns me is who are the experts behind the project. How and by whom they were select. Once we know that we will unload our worries as to why, again experienced teachers are on call.

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