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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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2013's Top Reads: Education & Tech

In 2013, we saw a number of exciting education news emerge. Although predicting the future is always a risky business not only in technology but education, but we've made our homework to make the latest best-of-2013 installment using Google Analytics. Among the stories on this list are items reaching into the literacy, changes in elearning, and classroom changes due to technology.

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1. 7 Great Free Online Writing Tools for Spirited Writers
Students and teachers alike will benefit from the free writing tools they can procure anytime, any day.

2. Top 10 Educational Trends in 2013
The educational system, being the bedrock of all other specialized fields, has a significant stake in the "State of the Union."

3. How Students Benefit Through Social Media Networking
You cannot ignore the benefits that students are getting through social media.

4. Teaching Kids the Right Way - The Cognitive Process
Children consistently do better writing with a pen when they write essays. Find out, why?

5. Ecuador: New National Rankings Leaves Only 10 Percent of Its Universities in Category A
Ecuador’s higher education system is undergoing dramatic changes.

6. 5 Technologies That Changed Education
The emergence of hi-tech gadgets towards the improved style of delivering education really turns our minds to a tech-based learning.

7. How Technology Is Changing the Face of the Classroom
Technology is overtaking chalk dust for better or for worse and changing not only how classrooms operate, but also how students learn.

8. 3 Ways That Technology Can Be Helpful in Education
Studying in today’s world has become easier as compared to the traditional ways of studying.

9. Why Most 'Terrific Teachers Often Have Teeth Marks on Their Tongues'?
In education there is not a formula for everything says outspoken critic of education, Alfie Kohn.

10. Best Education Apps for K-12 Students
Wonderful mind-stimulating android education apps to please any K-12 student.

11. The Importance of YouTube in Education
In 2011 YouTube announced that they had an 80% increase in hits on their educational videos and they believe their investment on this has been fruitful.

12. 8 Ways You Can Engage an Introvert in a Classroom Activity
Introverts take time to think and respond in classroom activities. Should they then be considered as slow learners?

13. Find Music Lessons In Your Neighborhood With This Incredible Web Resources
Web resources can include lessons involving the sole use of technology, or a blend of technology and face-to-face lessons, like live video conferencing.

14. 10 Things To Bear In Mind When Organising A Successful School Field Trip
How to make sure that your best intentions come to fruition during a field trip with your students.

15. 10+ Smart Educational Apps Incorporated In Google Apps For Education
Google apps have the potential to help the academia that aims to enhance the teaching experience of educators and the learning experience of students.

16. Top 7 Things To Remember When You Are A Freshman
College is not just a pleasant time, but a big responsibility as well. It is a new social structure, that may be quite difficult for you to accept after high school.

17. Discovering the Innate Potential of QR Codes in Education
With the advents of QR codes in education, it has become more convenient and less painful to share information across the network.

18. How Can Teachers Enhances Their Teaching Efficiency
Lesson plans are not only for teachers. A carefully designed and organized lesson plan can also be used for different training purposes other than teaching.

19. Teaching Career Tips: 12 Highly-Informative Blogs for Aspiring Teachers
Popular education blogs that are usually maintained by teachers who regularly post important and edifying content related to education and teaching.

20. Colleges and Universities Using Social Media More Than Ever
Innovative and effective efforts by forward thinking colleges and universities are helping to change traditional student outreach.

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8 Ways You Can Engage an Introvert in a Classroom Activity!

By Cressida Mary*

As human beings, we are divided into two groups: extroverts and introverts. Extroverts are people who are more social, i.e., they love being with others. They draw their energies from outside world and therefore prefer the company of people rather than being alone. Introverts, on the other hand, are group of people who are more comfortable in their own space and avoid gatherings. Introverts are reflective in nature and take time to adjust with new situations. This is why they are poor learners and often struggle with group-based learning.

Introverts are slow learners as they take time to think and respond in classroom activities. Teachers often have to tackle with introverts as they are more passive and hesitant to open up. Their lack of interaction becomes more visible in group discussions that require team work.

Let’s take a look at how educators can make this 'asocial' group of people engage in their classroom activities.

Immersed in her innocent wonderful world by greekadman, on Flickr 1. Wait for their turn: As a teacher, you need to be more patient and accommodating with an introvert. Introverts are not quick to respond questions. Introverts possess excellent critical thinking skills which is why they never respond in haste. Therefore you should give them the time to process their thoughts. Instead of forcing them to respond, you need to wait until they raise their hand.

2. Use their writing forte: Introverts tend to be good writers. Use this strength in a classroom for group discussions. Ask them to give written analysis of a topic. As they have strong critical thinking skills, you can expect well thought-out answers from them.

3. Do not bring them onto stage: Introverts will be least responsive when they get under the spotlight. They might not speak up a single word if they are in front of a whole class. They want to keep a low profile and you must respect that. Make it more convenient by dealing with them in private. Rather than putting them on center stage, it is better to engage them within their space.

4. Pair them with an appropriate partner: Never pair an introvert with a bunch of extroverts in the hope of getting his participation. Introverts only like their own company or someone with the same temperament. They will be more comfortable with someone who shares the same wavelength with them, like a friend. As they both understand each other, they will get along quickly.

5. Give them a demo in private: Introverts hate group activities out of the fear of failure. As they are shy, they do not want to be singled out. You can make them more comfortable by giving an intro of the topic just before the discussion. A slight introduction of the topic will give them the confidence to participate in a group activity.

6. Utilize their intellectual side: Introverts have bundles of ideas. They have sharp thinking skills which make them an ideal person for brainstorming sessions. So the next time you conduct a group discussion, motivate them to give their ideas for an activity. This will grow their interest in the group discussions and encourage them to participate actively in group-based projects.

7. Give them a meaningful role: Everyone feels obliged when given a responsibility. You can engage an introvert in a discussion by assigning them a task. Ask them to do the calculations for a geometrical equation while others perform the task. Similarly, you can ask them to check the accuracy of a science laboratory activity as a supervisor of the task. These little efforts will make them more interested in the task and they will be more active in the activity when it is carried out the next time.

8. Provide prompt help: Introverts are silent learners. They never put across issues to their teachers. They might have problems with a topic or activity but they will not complain about it unless it is exposed. This might be an underlying factor why an introvert is reluctant to participate in a group discussion or activity. Try discovering any such issues and provide instant feedback and support. Make sure that the guy is comfortable with sharing any problem he might be going through.

(*) Cressida Mary has written several dozen articles on essay & career tips that were published in educational sites. She is considered as a prolific academician in education sector due to his exceptional academic skills. Currently she is associated with essay villa as an academic coach.

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Wishing Our Readers a Joyful Merry Xmas!

We are done with 2012, or nearly done. The festive season is upon us and here we are wishing all of you taking one the most relaxing and peaceful Merry Christmas, and for those of you who aren’t for whatever reason, please don’t work too hard.

I want to thank you all for visiting Education & Tech, for your guest posts, your comments, your friendship, and your support throughout this year.

Again, I wish you all peace, love, joy, merriment, safe travels, good cheer, and kisses under the mistletoe. Enjoy the seasonal break, play in the snow, get cozy with the ones you love, decompress, eat chocolate, and have a glass of bubbly or two. This time of the year you all are forgiven.

As ever, though, if you think there are things we are doing wrong or that there are ways in which we can improve what we offer you, please let us know.

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