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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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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
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