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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

Teacher + Scholar

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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Tagging vs. Dosages of Gotten Instruction

No matter your not being paid enough, if your a teacher (not a professor, in US. a professor makes enough money and do research) in US or anywhere around the world you're going to feel like Greece first school, slave's career. In case you didn't know the first instructors were picked among slaves to start transmitting knowledge to the 'Patricios'. However, pay attention to this report, 28% of Internet users tag. Taggers with broadband outnumber those without almost 2:1, and the higher your income and the better your education, the more you tag. The race/ethnicity with the highest percentage of taggers is black, followed by Hispanic.

The roll of teachers had changed during the last century, now we need to speak of Teacherly Scholarly Service Teachers are professionals that continue their career development, their membership in an academic fields, with its body of traditions, its dialogue, and its evolving practices. Is through service they reconnect their teaching practice with the traditions and new developments of such field. The have moved from establishing the dosage of knowledge students should get to a new way of redefine the school through uses of new technologies.

You don't have to convince nobody. Facts are out there to be watched and analyzed. You have plenty of tools to get the level you want, the topic you need to investigate, the circle to wish to belong. Citizendium is a good example of collaboration and service not precisely for teachers but professionals and experts in different fields. Results can be covered under the popular concept of Creative Commons.

The results will be widely spread by the media, such as sugar in the gas tank or the webby uploading services. May be we are still on time to pursue this Presidential Awards.

Tag, get in touch with colleagues, offer service and be a teacher!

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American Government Is Not Above the Law

Picture says more than a bunch of words. If you're not aware of what we talk about, go and see the original post:

Cheney Handwriting

Please, take a minute and try to answer yourself: Is the american government above the law?

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Wanna Be Heard

I know, I know. The title should be Want to be heard? Allow once in a while to break the rules. Moving at Speed of Creativity brings back a post from Stephen Downes where he wrote about how to attract readers to your blog. That post was written back in 2005 but we still can pick up good substance about writing first to change yourself, then to change your world. Jesus was right on the money when he addressed that issue about 2000 years ago.(Cit. by Wesley Fryer).

Blogs are a window where everyone can show his house if not his family or even their very own personality. Being that kind of crystal cage I guess everyone should learn about blogs the same way as we are taught in school about how to speech and a way of do it properly. No all blogger are looking for prestige but I deeply believe all human being per nature loves to live in society, in groups, where they are able to interact in order to accomplish their objectives, wishes, envision a family or even keep their digital signature of ADN. It is important to get readers then, Steve Jobs a PR guru is paving our way up.

Darren Rowse step a little further and makes a list of 23 points which can be summarized in five steps (the others are also important but these are very uncommon to read about):
1. Join Forums:be active in discussion forums related to your blog topic; 2) Persist: Persistence is key; 3) Ask Questions of Other Bloggers:ask questions of other moderately successful bloggers and try to network 4) Guest Bloggers:invite other bloggers to guest blog and allow always one link back to their site; 5) Pitch Your Posts:reach out to bloggers using tactics successfully employed in the world of professional media relations.

I going to leave not without a recommendation. Please read this Spanish blog which is dedicated to publish everything about tutorials. The author is a programmer with little steps in the Web Design field. Visit El rincón de los tutoriales.

Did you know about the last policies in Flickr? If not, go to Thomas Hawk's blog and participate or follow the thread!

Theory of Blogging

Even when Blogger sucks today at least after like four times to try, I've got to publish today's post.

Ken Smith came up with this idea. Please pay attention of what your reading is and not only summarize but synthesize and generate new ideas. See for yourself what his Theory is
1) Somebody creates a new tool or technique, such as blogging. In time, 2) some people realize that it is powerful, and 3) they make it a way of life for themselves as individuals, 4) then as members of a small community. 5) As the community grows, 6) a culture is created, 7) which solidifies the power in the lives of many people, 8) even if they are still a small portion of a wider society.

You can also check and vote for few but destacated blogs, why not?. This is the Seventh Annual Weblog Awards. Please, Pinch In, before is too late!

The Longer I live, the Less I Know

This is a saying everyone should take care of or at least pay close attention. Last night I watched The Beauty and The Geek series and one of the participants said something lively interesting, she said what I've learned is that there are not beauties and geeks, we all are human beings! and reading what David Boles writes today, there is not doubt that Socrates was correct when sentenced:'The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing'. All the complexity around knowledge makes so hard to say definitely, it’s all right or It’s all wrong. It’s only what you do about it that matters now and the longer you’re alive, the less you know what you think you knew, as his writing mentor used to say.

What I said before has to be with the problem of how to be considered by A-list bloggers and being in the rest of blogs I feel honored that Blog Bloke had been considered TonNet to be as part of the thread about the responsability of A-bloggers with those small ones who are not yet so big as Engadget which is not considered a blog anymore. Thanks InstaBLOKE and I hope this works better than a comment in your post.

The searching behaviour of the e-citizens has changed quite a bit and for example they are not using the browsers, in place they are googling whatever they need it quick, that's why if you go and look for most searched terms in Google you will find MySpace, because users are rooting their searches through big search engines. Probably the impact will be superior if those same citizens start using what Google now calls One Box.

The 'knowledge society' that Dr. Tony Wagner claims for a reform in the American educational system is brought by Stephanie Sandifer who had the fortune to assist his presentation for a Reinvention and a Theory of Change that sustent the dynamic throughout a change of leadership in the educational field. I don't think it will be enough but is qualitatively important that voices arise like those in Harvard, in order to get a better education for our kids and our families.

This post is coming to the end and I want to participate for those who are using MyBlogLog, Yahoo already started its migration and that means Flickr, Delicious and MyBlogLog integrated!. Want to see the same applications in your phone? Then, head to not before reading what Rug Jeff has to say to you.

Have a warm beginning of week. Around here is so cold that I would love to stay home, but you know, I have a family to provide.

Will a tag get oversaturated and become meaningless or will it grow indefinitely

Now that tags had been accepted worldwide almost nobody is asking about the real meaning or its taxonomy anymore. Fortunately, in the Sapienza Roma's University, a group of physicists had taken seriously the issue about the Semiotic Dynamics and collaborative tagging very seriously.

The report is presented by Nikhil Swaminathan from the Scientific American and the head of all this statistical method known as Power Law is Ciro Catuto, Vittorio Loreto and Luciano Pietronero.

The problem was to study the behaviors of tags (other people prefer to refer to them as folksonomies and categories)on the social bookmarking/collaborative tagging sites like , Connotea or Flickr. After studying the manner in which certain tags were associated with a pair of selected ones this group of researchers found that user behavior in collaborative tagging schemes followed a Power Law in which certain words were highly associated with the chosen tags.

Being the first time we've got quantitative procedures to determined the tag's behaviour, not matter what's the coolest term but what the fundamental structures within the system are. Normally, according with the results of this new structure, information stays fresh on the Web for only about 36-48 hours, they also found that users on collaborative tagging sites would likely prefer recently added tags to older ones. Be careful with all those memes and tagging systems dear bloggers.

Catuto, writes:
Our simple modelling is able to account quantitatively for the measured frequency-rank properties of tag association, with a surprisingly high accuracy. This is a clear indication that collaborative tagging is able to recruit the uncoordinated actions of web users to create a predictable and coherent semiotic dynamics at the emergent level.

And he tries to put it simple, with an example:
[...] linking to a photo or article about New York City. The person posting the link can tag the item in several ways, a few of which are "nyc," "newyork_city," or newyork. The choices of previous users, however, are likely to influence the next group of users. "There is pressure, in essence," [...] "because if you use tags that are already widespread within the system, people are able to find your entries—so, using popular tags makes your content findable and makes you more visible.

Pixel 2000 Bloggers!

The Thinking Blog has made a step forward with the 2000 bloggers of Tino Buntic. The new baby project as he likes to call it, is Happy Pixel Hunting, a project in progress, though. Keep visiting his blog to get the updates when the project is complete, as he promised.

You can hunt us in the position 503. Not so hard fo find it if you remember the basics of computing areas.


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