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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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10 Secret Google Earth Spots [video]

Thanks to Mikitrix.

Learning 2.0: Learners of all ages are discovering the amazing power of publishing formats like blogs

I haven't writing very much and I won't in the next days to come. I am into something new in my daily business. I am not an engineer but I have to master autoCAD and Bryce just because of my duties in the QC Dept. where I am working right now. Does anybody knows the shortest and easiest way of learning those applications? You will help a lot!

Not being able to take a trip to educational blogs let me introduce you to some topics of your interest. It seems that we need to get deep on some definitions and concepts related to foundation technology. As many educators are proclaiming themselves adepts to the value of openness...but are predominantly using closed tools. Or as Elearnspace put it: "Content tools with great functionality and ease of use...but which are closed in format. Openness and free are being confused."

This is not an opinionated issue brought in by any current array of ideologues, know-nothings or self-promoters. This something that is flourishing in the Web era, the actual concept social media literacy, the influence of not only the scientific circle or even the educative theorists, all the big talk about Learning 2.O rely on ideologies and metanarratives that explains the impact of new media on our society. Sounds complicated but we need to go (again) deep in our research about what it means reassembling the social.

Those who create content for others (Citizen Journalism) also bear some responsibility for the ideas and the effects of those ideas when they are shared with others, however. A teacher using creativity and available resources, would be a good example to open doors of learning not only for the homebound student, but also for every other learner in the classroom, that wouldn't have been open otherwise!

In other words, we all need to move to the new era. While owning the network, we all are entitled to start using and getting educated at the youNiversity. Does it look like youTube? Maybe. May be not. This is only a heads up for all educational issues readers! Hope you dear visitor have a great weekend.

Does the public really want to know how gadgets run and how organisms work?

Statement: There are200 million Americans out there who cannot read a simple story in, say, Technology Review or the New York Times science section and understand even the basics of DNA or microchips or global warming.

Conclusion: "This level of science illiteracy may explain why over 40 percent of Americans do not believe in evolution and about 20 percent, when asked if the earth orbits the sun or vice versa, say it’s the sun that does the orbiting--placing these people in the same camp as the Inquisition that punished Galileo almost 400 years ago. It also explains the extraordinary disconnect between scientists and much of the public over issues the scientists think were settled long ago--never mind newer discoveries and research on topics such as the use of chimeras to study cancer, or pills that may extend life span by 30 or 40 percent."

Increase the Quality of your Blog

Not only with the amount of places you summit your blog but with preparation and research.

Academic Work Without Google

This comes from a personal experience dealing with written articles on the Web . Nobody asks for help anymore.  Kids don't think they need help when they've got Google or Wikipedia. Their searches are over.

Diana Day  on Getting kids off Google.

"It worked like a charm. Suddenly, students were asking for help. (Of course, they also asked why they couldn't simply use Google.) But the teacher and I held on, demonstrated advanced search techniques and helped the students improve the precision of their keywords. When they located articles, we helped them skim the material and judge whether the information was appropriate for the assignment. A-ha! Research skills, taught in context. What a concept."

"Now, I'm not saying the kids loved being limited to an online database with an unfamiliar -- and sometimes wonky -- search interface.  But I am saying that the experience forced them to become more strategic searchers." (underlined is ours)

iPhone.... $ 500!! Too Much for Steve Ballmer

'Microsoft CEO Ballmer laughs at Apple iPhone'

10 Ways to Fight your Gobbledygook

This post pretends to be instructional , I am no so sure if this could be educational, or should it be considered as a blog assignment. What I am sure is, this can't be a new theory.

Terence Denman is an instructor with the Plain English foundation where they use the term gobbledygook to show a mistake we usually make while trying to speak and write clearly.

Here the 10 points he suggested in his book, How Not to Write:

1. Don't use the passive when the active works better.
2. Don't use a noun when it hides a verb.
3. Don't use any noun you don't need.
4. Don't use a complex preposition when a simple preposition will do.
5. Don't waste words at the beginning of a sentence.
6. Don't intensify a word unless you have to.
7. Don't use an unnecessary adjective.
8. Don't use unnecessary auxiliary verbs.
9. Don't forget to use the imperative mood of the verb; and,
10. Don't use the of-genitive too often.

Yes, I know. It should be called the 10 Don't points! Let it alone. Further information can be reached at Terence Denman's book.
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