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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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How Can Educators Capture Youth's Attention?

And one more question: How can educators captivate students love for school when home life is so tough and at times impoverished?

School as we know it is a safe place for the children it serves. We can capture their attention by instilling in them that there is someone that does care about life. Showing children a new path and direction we can help them open up their eyes to things they have never explored before.

Almost most teachers are willing to go the extra step to help find interventions for their most troubled students. It takes hard work to get a child to gain trust and open up. It even takes teachers to act like parents of these children. But in the long run it pays to do that.

Many need confidence that can be gained by celebrating their successes. In other cases, teach those students simple tasks as how to get stains out of their uniforms (yes, in this part of the U.S. students already use uniform)when others can not do so, shows an educator do care about these children. And they notice it.

Schools are safe heavens because children, in most of the times, spend more time in school than they do in their own home.

What are you doing to gain attention and love from you own students?

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Education & Tech: News for Educators 04/02/2011


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School Structure: Don't Blame the Others, Blame Yourself

If you are a teacher, you may have heard countless times that the previous level teachers are responsible for ensuring that you have now, in your class, unprepared students. Well, that's what Tom Whitby discussed in his blog today.

According to my curriculum classes, that's what is known as fracture of the education system. The fact that each level try to exist separately and nobody is responsible for interrelations with others, is really an issue.

It is a complex state of the education. But I think every teacher should begin by looking for its role in the educational system and not just in their own educational level or class. This is what we need to do, according to our appreciated Whitby:

    We need to discuss more about what we expect and what we need from teachers of other grade levels. It would also be great if we could all spend a day in the shoes of an educator on another grade level. We need to understand where our students came from in order to take them forward. We cannot be drawn into this teacher against teacher battle that is being stoked by politicians. Sharing and collaborating amongst educators is much more positive than the alternatives. Those who close themselves off and engage in empire building hurt all educators. We need to consider the whole picture in education for our students. We need to be educators first and not grade level labeled. We need to enter kid’s lives as a team, not have kids meet us as separate entities. I know this is the ideal, but shooting for higher goals beats where we many view us today. Again, this post was not directed at you but all those other educators who fall into this description.

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Why Do We Need More Face to Face Communication

The fact we cannot see the face of the other person while we interact using social media and tools like Facebook or Twitter, it can be contributing to "more senseless violence in the world." Why? Because "We don’t know how to interact with each other," writes in a interesting article, Ray Ebersole.

    We need to talk to each other, we need more face to face communication. We need to teach our children how to communicate with others as people with emotions. Because of social media and email we talk to others the same way we write an email or the way we tweet, without others feelings in mind. Do a quick practical test yourself.

    Look around as you walk or are working, how many people have their cell phones out checking email, tweeting, texting? They aren’t looking at the people around them, they are transfixed on a gadget, an inanimate object. Now, look at your Facebook and Twitter account, how many “friends” or followers do you have? Do you really have 1,463 friends? Do you really have thousands of “Followers” that you really know?

I have been writing about education and good uses of technology in the classroom for quite a while. I have been doing it both in English and Spanish, and what I"ve noticed is most people nowadays is embedded in technology wherever I go. This means I have to agree with the author in the mentioned article, "There are a lot of great things that technology and social media can do for us, but we need to use them in moderation or we are going to become exactly like the movie WALL-E."



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