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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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Pre-K Teachers Have a Long Lasting Impact in Education

Thanks to Richard Lee Colvin who presents a link to Martha Barnett which explains in detail why and how well trained teachers matter especially in the pre-K level. Here the extract of the most important paragraphs:

"Qualified teachers are the backbone of any educational system. Teachers guide their students' personal and mental development and make them want to achieve. Most of us can point to that special teacher who made a lasting difference in our lives."

"The emerging research clearly shows that better educated pre-k teachers with specialized training are more effective, respond more sensitively to children's needs, and provide more positive feedback and encouragement. Their students score better on language tests, have higher self-confidence, are more sociable, and present fewer behavior problems."

This document was written as an analysis of what will happened in Florida after voters passed the pre-K amendment. The Legislature should adopt a plan during this session to mandate that every pre-K child in Florida has a qualified degreed teacher in every pre-K classroom!

He's married, He has a child.. I love him.

Netvibe is back in business and I've found a portion of philosophy in this particular text:
Go on and cry until your tears run dry.

Go an and cry at broken dreams, it's alright.
Let sorrow have its day and when its gone... will go on.

What will you do. It's matter of heart, brain or plain love?

The Anti-Intellectualism in American Schools

As always I've browsing my subscription and today there is a very interesting document published in Education Week Magazine by Nel Noddings who is professor of education, emerita, at Stanford University and her latest book is Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach. What she is doing is to work around these questions: All students need more mathematics today than people did in previous generations? What sort of mathematics? Must it be traditional algebra and geometry? Why?
In a bow to analytic geometry, the distance formula is memorized, but with no mention of the Pythagorean theorem. In many geometry classes, no proofs at all are done. (Reducing the emphasis on proof is justified, but eliminating it entirely casts doubt on whether the course should be called geometry.) The end result is that many students have “algebra” and “geometry” on their transcripts, but they can’t pass state tests in math, and they need remedial courses in college. They have had pseudo-algebra and pseudo-geometry. This is pedagogical fraud, and such students are doubly cheated. They do poorly in the required courses, and they are deprived of courses in which they might have done well

We are not promoting intellectual habits of mind. Her objection is to the virtual elimination of intellectual content in many of today’s academic courses.

The second signal is that the overuse of specific learning objectives in all subjects works against the development of intellectual habits of mind. We should expand the possibilities, not narrow them. Intellectual life is challenging, enormously diverse, and rewarding. It requires initiative and independent thinking, not the tedious following of orders. It should not be reduced to mental drudgery, she says.

Take a walk and what are the Best of Blogs in a summary presented by Alexander Russo. So, we can help our students o little one understand better what a blog is and try to help them better.

Now, a little quiz. Do you know who created the very first blog? You might want to start here. No matter what Scoble has said about his former employer: Microsoft sucks!

History of the Blog: Evolution of Blogging.

Wikipedia as Style of Curriculum

Are we still thinking of obsolete curriculum?  Well, probably  we will need to look it over, specially nowadays with infinitesimal changes not only in education but in the information field.  The following is a extract from Remote Access of how Wikipedia without being 100% accurate is foundering in an ocean of rapidly changing times.

"We may have trouble with Wikipedia; it is certainly not a flawless system. But it is good enough for now, for here. As a first source of information that needs to be backed up by more research, Wikipedia is a fabulous starting point that I encourage kids to use.

But the same is true for our official curricula documents. They are good enough for here, for now, but they are certainly not infallible and they will need to change over time at an increasing pace to keep up with our changing ideas of what counts as knowledge".

How long does it take before our officially mandated outcomes need to be updated?

Contest of Ideas for Web Applications

I have received a note in my MyBlogLog network and I had to pay a visit to Juan Fernando who's the person behind this new project.

As himself put it in his own words: The main objective of the contest is to obtain as many ideas for web applications as possible (maximum three ideas per contestant) and then a team of judges must select the ten finalist ideas for the contest.

He promise to launch the very first winner application. But of course in first place you need to contribute and become a winner. The process will consider among other the following characteristics: design, development, marketing, legal.

If you still need further information please visit the homepage of iDeoApp. Just for the record, I am not being paid for this post.

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