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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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Using Facebook Professionally

I've already dugg it but I would like to share this link with you because certanly many people is running to Facebook just to get a piece of this big social cake.

I've jumping around with all socialnetworks that had been launched. I am part of LinkedIn, Peopleized, Spicy not to mention iLike, Twitter or Pownce. But one that make me stop, think and stand is Facebook not only because it's for college students but all people looking for contacts, information and sharing. However, using professionally this socialnetwork application has other connotations:
If you haven’t gotten drawn in by the hype, it may surprise you to learn that many people have already found Facebook to be an essential addition to their web working toolbox. Why? Because the Facebook social networking experience can be precisely what you want to make of it. Think of Facebook as a professional tool, and that’s what it is. It doesn’t matter how millions of high school and college students are using Facebook to get out of doing homework.

Follow up all others interesting post Judi Sohn has written in Web Worker Daily. As for me this is one of the most important ones.


Facebook is so over.

Math lab experiences from a doctoral candidate

I am reading frecuently the Jenny's blog who proclaims to be called very soon Dr. Jenny!! She's being observing a class of rising 5th graders in a two-week math lab class in a district that struggles in terms of student achievement. The class is made of 27 fifth graders and her dean is working with them as a laboratory for learning about teaching and learning.

One of the problems to get solved is: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8. Where the goal is to get students to learn this in a way that lets them think flexibly about any base they work in, rather than just learning base 8. Want to try? Remember this is 5th, graders stuff.

In other period she was confronted with a number arrangements in order to arrive to concept of fractions. After 30 minutes on the train problem, students spent an hour on fractions.

Jenny points out the problem of conceptualization about what it means to be teaching, she says:
...Teaching is an active practice involving everthing from the teacher's words and physical movement in the room, to the quality of the notation on the board, to the type of homework (completed every night by math lab students)...

And this candidate finishes her report about Math Lab saying that she felt constantly amazed at the level of work it takes to be a great teacher. "For here, it takes deep content knowledge of mathematics, as well as the knowledge of how to prompt learning, how to present new problems and encourage students to use knowledge they have to begin to solve new problems. This isn't easy."

Dear reader, do you think is an easy procedure try to explain a kid nine years old the propieties about adition or substraction?

Learning: A Holistic New Vision

Many years now I've been trying to explain myself why the process of is so powerful and what are the reasons why step up and always start with the concept of teaching as if our brain will first show knowledge than absorb information. The following ideas are based in three post published by W. Richardson and reflect our very personal experience.

It’s not just about the Read/Write Web. It’s more than that. It’s the Read/Write/Connect/Reflect Web as well. It is, in the words of Jay Cross in his book Informal Learning the “Learning is Optimizing the Quality of One’s Networks”. Richarson quotes Jay:

'What can you do' has been replaced by 'What can you and your network connections do?' Knowledge is moving from the individual to the individual and his contacts.

After all I wasn't so wrong as I've stated in this post.

Is it just such a focus on curriculum delivery that 'learning' is all about how to do that job better? Is changing the way we do our own business just too darn hard? Or is this such a huge shift, this idea that we can actually learn through the use of technology that most people just don’t think they have to go there, that they can just keep using it as a way to communicate without the surrounding connective tissue where the real learning takes place? Does anybody want to answer this crucial questions David had brought to us?

I love being taught but I also enjoy learning new things everyday. And that is where some of my thinking really solidified, that passion part. I know this sounds corny, but I was really wishing that every one at could have experienced the same connection that some of the participants felt to this community. The one here where we’re just all talking about how we figure out what needs to happen, what we can do, what the world is going to look like, and how we can help shape it. Where, yeah, we ooohhh and ahhh over someone’s iPhone, but a minute later we’re back to talking about where all of this is headed. Thanks Mr. Richardson for such reflexions and the formal/informal way you present topics related to education business and learning communities.
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