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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 L. Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is an instructor with UoPeople, is a 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 blogging and I'd written articles about education and technology almost every day since 2003. In the gazillion of notes, Education & Tech provides you with education news, tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants

G. Siemens writes in his Elearnspace about the New Media Literacy: digital natives and digital immigrants! His opinions about this tendency are based on Henry Jenkins. Here the needs for policy and pedagogical interventions:

1. The Participation Gap -- the unequal access of youths to the opportunities, experiences, skills, and knowledge which will prepare them for full participation in the world of tomorrow.

2. The Transparency Problem -- The challenges young people face in learning to see clearly the ways that media shapes our perceptions of the world.

3. The Ethics Challenge -- The breakdown of traditional forms of professional training and socialization which might prepare young people for their increasingly public roles as media makers and community participants.

Two other interesting articles for those in the Education field and also written by Siemens are: Science Education and Mobile Learning.

The Future of Education

"You can never fix a bicycle enough for it to be an airplane"
- Changing Tools

Class Divisions: Socialnetworks vs. Income

I've spotted a very interesting essay published by a Ph. Student in the School of Information at Berkeley, Danah Boyd. She writes an essay about what it means to a american teen. According to this young student the class divisions in the United States have more to do with social networks, social capital, cultural capital, and attitudes than income. And this is a serious hipothesis that sociologists should take care of.

I do agree with many thigs she's saying in her essay Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace. However, being a hispanic and not a teen anymore I should point out something she is talking about:
MySpace is still home for Latino/Hispanic teens, immigrant teens, "burnouts," "alternative kids," "art fags," punks, emos, goths, gangstas, queer kids, and other kids who didn't play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm. These are kids whose parents didn't go to college, who are expected to get a job when they finish high school. Teens who are really into music or in a band are on MySpace. MySpace has most of the kids who are socially ostracized at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers.

I am not sure only minorties are still using MySpace or even teen for the same race and etnicity. TonNet as said before is not white and is over his thirties but it doesn't mean I haven't move up to Facebook or feel socially higher just because I have my personal network in Facebook. "For all of 2005 and most of 2006, MySpace was the cool thing for high school teens and Facebook was the cool thing for college students. This is not to say that MySpace was solely high school or Facebook solely college, but there was a dominating age division that played out in the cultural sphere." This statement isn't true either.

Please, go and read the whole essay and come up with comments. I still think Apophenia deserves all due respect, nobody has had the courage to say things like that, knowing all the controversy this statements might arise!

LinkLove from Australia

Thanks to our readers even when we are not updating this blog as it's supposted to be. I want to show appreciation to Colleen who's doing a e-learning project in Mission Beach under TAFE Institutes.

Mo_Vir in her Xanga blog finishes one of her posts quoting Darwin: It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent but the most responsive to change.

Blogger in Draft: Uploading mp3 files

Blogger: how to upload MP3 files to play in blog posts - A Consuming Experience

... Blogger still don't allow users to upload audio files like MP3s. So, my suggested workaround to add audio files is this (sounds like a recipe doesn't it, though no scissor

My Thoughts About Politics, Education and YouTube

I am not quite sure if this happening only on my mind but it seems like our politicians are not talking straight about minorities in the U.S. First, they play with the interest of million of undocumented people making noise in the Senate and leaving things same as before. Not Immigration Reform!. But, these very same politicians who haven't voted for the Immigration Reform in the Senate try to play Hispanics saying they speak Spanish in some cases and in others turning down Spanish Networks as Univision. In other words, Presidential Candidates Flunked Spanish.

Did you know that blogging can make you smarter? I don't think after many hours blogging my neurons are working better or faster. I am not sure. Somebody else can say something for our own benefit?

Now I have an Sony Ericsson 810i and very unfortunate about the Mobile YouTube. I can see nothing in the screen because the player ever starts. At the beginning I thought it was my cellphone the faulty one, but after reading some other complains, I've come to the conclusion that we’re a long way from getting mobile apps on cell phones that work.

Great Blog Award!

I haven't enough time to post these days and this blog hasn't being updated I it should. However, today while I was tracking our inbound links I've found two interesting topics that I would like to share with you. RugJeff has named this blog a great one! I am not sure what a great one is this but surely we are pleased to be selected at that level, specially when it comes from fellow bloggers who know how hard is to keep a blog with fresh content. Thanks RugJeff!

Another big surprise is the link that Repta gave us in his Internet y Noticias [ES]. Sometimes it pays to be bilingual and be able to follow what other fellow bloggers have to say in a different language than English. See a good example here.

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The Female Thing

I have been reading an interesting book about feminism, written by Laura Kipnis and she talks about the dirt part of female's sex, their concept about sex, the envy the male sex has for their attributes and as counterpart the vulnerability of women to conserve their diamond at all costs. However she touches the rape case as a state of punishment for all women and the submission that carries all that stuff once it is committed and the many ways men can get away without being penalized for such a felony. The problem she says is that a woman doesn't have enough credibility and many of those judges and the people wouldn't believe what she's saying about a rape and always someone will say that she was the one who started everything!

The author quoting Nancy Friday in her book My Secret Garden, says:
Rape does for a woman's sexual fantasy what the first martini does for her in reality: Both relieve her of responsibility and guilt...She gets him to do what she wants him to do, while seeming to be forced

Is there any men or women who see things differently?

15 Most Popular Blogs!

I don't understand anymore how Technorati ranks our blog. Obviously there are some differences between what it's been done by them and the conclusion of eBizMA. They (EbizMA) have a list of the 25 popular blogs that differ from the top popular 100 blogs in Technorati. Is there any chances that some day our small blogs figure in these lists, as important as it appears to be?

Technorati Favs


5. HuffingtonPost

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BlogBloke Is Coming Back

It's been a long time since our fellow blogger from BlogBloke had to be off blogging because health situations. We are pleased he's back in business and even when we have not placed a comment in his blog as he is requesting and he had find a better balance in his life between the virtual and the real world. Great challenge this one considering many of us are blogging addictive or as Scobleizer calls it: Continuous Partial Attention Problem.

Being in a continuous partial attention state all the time is making us ill. I do believe it -Scoble, says. I will start working out in a week now for the first daytime. You’ll probably notice me doing less and less online as I try to bring my health up. You also should do it. I have a female friend of mine who happen to enjoy her weekend in a different way that mines. She goes out to dance, parties, has a partime job, etc. I can't do that. I've been spending about four hours per day online.

You know what? If you really want or love to write even when writing is not your forte, then you just jump up 10 years now. Writing is how business gets done nowadays. Communication inside corporations will shift somewhat away from email to wikis and blogs, but that doesn't really change the need for this skill. But this is the point, you don't have to be online in order to write a good essay or document, you still can do it offline en enjoy many minutes with your friends and family face to face!

What's your challenge?

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Real Video Player 11

A few days ago I was talking with a friend of mine, he told me Microsoft has in its way a new release of Windows Media Player and as always should be in the market at the end of the year for reasons he couldn't explain but the Gate's company is very much aware of.

Today, looking for some related tags about technology I happened to find a post about what is expected in the new Real Video Player 11. The revision has said it to be a powerful download manager for Internet Videos but not only that, you might be able to download multiple videos at the very same time.

The new RealPlayer will be available for public download in few weeks time but if you are willing to try it today, please drop a comment with your email here(courtesy of Amit).

Technorati: How Much is Your Blog Worth?

My blog is worth $48,550.44.
How much is your blog worth?

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SEO: Wall Street Advise

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Google Street: Still Concerned About Privacy?

I remember way ago when Google launched Gmail everyone was giving their opinions about privacy and such a violations. Now, Gmail is the most used Web mail services and personally enjoyed it since it was launched, forget about Hotmail or even Yahoo (now they offer unlimited storage). Google is doing great stuff, they just bought Feedburner and are planning good services (free) for their users.

However, Google Street is under surveillance and same as Gmail many are freak out about privacy. I know there are some bastards that would love to publish negative imaginary but for the good use Google Street is useful and I think people will get used to it. What's next? Well, let's hope for video.

Now an example of our surroundings here in NY. (Link)

Paul Stamatiou has also his bit.

Truths About Life!

1. Without your consent, no one can spoil your day, even not a single moment.
2. You are as happy as you make your mind up you should be.
3. No one can stop you, if stops, it is temporarily, it is the you who stop yourself permanently.
4. Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have.
5. Happiness and Success stops to come to you, when you stop working in favor of them.
6. When your ship comes in. … make sure you are willing to unload it.
7. You will never “have it all together.”
8. Life is a journey … not a destination. Enjoy the trip!
9. The biggest lie on the planet: “When I get what I want I will be happy.”
10. The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.
11. I’ve learned that ultimately ‘takers’ lose and ‘givers’ win.
12. Life’s precious moments don’t have value, unless they are shared.
13. If you don’t start, it’s certain you won’t arrive. It’s the time to step forward.
14. We often fear the thing we want the most, you too can be a part of it. Believe in yourself, you can do it.
15. Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you have to say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say!
16. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints. Today is the one of the most beautiful day of your life. Live it without any complains.
17. Look for opportunities…not guarantees.
18. Fortune and preparation are best friends. You can separate them apart. Be a part of it and success will touch your feet.
19. Life is what’s coming….not what was.
20. Success is getting up one more time.
21. Now is the most interesting time of all.
22. When things go wrong…..don’t go with them.
23. Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.
24. God can mend all broken hearts. You just have to give Him all the pieces.
25. A person who asks a question might be a fool for five minutes, but a person who doesn’t ask, is a fool forever.
26. A best friend is like a four leaf clover … hard to find, and lucky to have.
27. A friend is someone who reaches for your hand but touches your heart.
28. A coincidence is when God performs a miracle, and decides to remain anonymous.
29. I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.
30. Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace … and your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.
31. Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look back.

Are You Still Thinking of your Roots?

For long time readers of Latina Lista, you know that there is a push by our friend Robert Rose at AIM TV to get Nielsen to recognize that not all Latinos in this country watch Spanish-language television. He is spearheading the campaign Help! Change TV.

Aside from politics where issues are put to a vote by an assembly of people, I'm talking about the kind of politics that basically are mandated (and labeled) by one entity. In this case, it's Nielsen Media Research

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