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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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Are Teachers Being Overpaid? That's a Falllacy

Now that almost everyone, even those without enough authority and knowledge, speak and write about education reform, it is healthy to read a favorable, well written article in the New York Times. Nicholas D. Kristof makes a case for American educators, something many are afraid to shout in these precise days. Teachers, here and worldwide are underpaid whether we consider the standards comparative to others careers.

I'll invite to read the article in its entirety, but to me the most powerful paragraph is this one: "You might get the impression that we’re going bust because teachers are overpaid."

That’s a pernicious fallacy. A basic educational challenge is not that teachers are raking it in, but that they are underpaid. If we want to compete with other countries, and chip away at poverty across America, then we need to pay teachers more so as to attract better people into the profession.

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Education & Tech: News for Educators 03/17/2011

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The Stinky Methods of the "Online Dregree Schools"

I used to receive requests to write a guest post about whatever I picked. The condition, I should provide a link back as it was. Of course that link read, accredited online schools or any variation of the last two words. You still can find those post under guestpost category.

Stephen Downes, who I respect and read on a daily basis, has pointed more than once, his doubts about lists of education blogs. But he's not alone, Dan Meyer posted today a very descriptive article about the wide spread "Top 100 Blogs" lists.

What Meyer is doing is call our attention to the messy business of linking, tweeting and re-posting articles coming from this type of lists. The problem is, many innocent ---no bloggers, but aspiring college students--- people goes straight to Google and look for resources about education online. And there is the catch. These lists get to the top the results in Google, thanks to our links, the set of all links gotten from many different blogs.

Stop being a predator, writes dy/dan. If you are really serious about education do yourself a favor and don't you ever link back to those lists, sites or e-mail requests. When you reply to them, I'll suggest you include these lines: "No. You're a liar. You made that list so you could take money from people who don't need more predators in their lives."

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Cooney Center: "The new digitial media habits of young children"

Sesame Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released a report about children social media habits. The mission of Cooney Center is to foster innovation in children's learning through digital media.

On the preface of this report Claudia Wallis is cited to conclude, "New technology sometimes brings change that is so swift and sweeping, that the implications are hard to grasp." And that's precisely what Aviva Lucas Gutnick, Michael Robb, Lori Takeuchi and Jennifer Kotler try to explain:

    Today’s parents, academics, policymakers and practitioners are scrambling to keep up with the rapid expansion of media use by children and youth for ever-larger portions of their waking hours. This report takes a fresh look at data emerging from studies undertaken by Sesame Workshop, independent scholars, foundations, and market researchers on the media habits of young children, who are often overlooked in the public discourse that focuses on tweens and tweens. The report reviews seven recent studies about young children and their ownership and use of media. By focusing on very young children and analyzing multiple studies over time, the report arrives at a new, balanced portrait of children’s media habits.

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Education & Tech: News for Educators 03/13/2011

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