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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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Games to Play a Decisive Roll in the Workplace

If you have a kid as I do probably you'll be stunned in the way they love to play games and use all kind of consoles for this matter. I've had a hard time trying to limit his time spend in these games among playstation, gamecube, nintendo,etc. Fortunately, it seems they won't need too much science or math in order to get immerse in the labor market for next decade. Aili McConnon has published in the BusinessMeek a draft of what it means to be playing around for these kids and how the next labor force will be challenged and get benefits from these players.
The fledgling corporate games and virtual worlds are not nearly as sophisticated or visually stunning as some of the most popular consumer games involving millions of players, such as World of Warcraft, but they are precursors of what's in the pipeline. In a recent survey of nearly 1,500 people in large and small companies, the eLearning Guild—a group investigating the design and management of e-learning tools for business, government, and education—found that the number of people using games for work in the financial and banking industries alone had increased from 33% to nearly 40% in the past nine months.

So, if you're still thinking that you should hide the video game controller from your kids because they're spending too much time in front of the TV or computer, don't. What you perceive as it's slacking may just be preparing them to become productive members of the workforce when they get older. Their future office room are likely to be heavily digital—especially if they work remotely—and their work may resemble the online games that many now spend hours trying to decipher and playing.

Future of Learning Agents

W. Richardson was in this workshop and in his blog presents a preliminary compendium of his own appreciations about the future of teaching or how the teaching process might look like at some point down the road. What caught our eye was the quotation he records: There are 1,300 teacher preparation programs that are preparing teachers for schools that none of us think should exist.

Obviously we still have a way to go in discovering the new teacher qualification for the teacher of the future. No the tradicional one! Socialnetworking is a plus and as Richardson says, teachers most centered on the ability to facilitate or connect, and an understanding of social technologies and deep collaboration.

For a better context you might want to check out the Education Map of the Future.

Web is the No. 1 workplace media.

The study was performed by Ball State University's Center for Media Design and a compendium of those results are published in CNET -News.

They "...tracked the media use of 350 people every 15 seconds. The subjects represented each gender, about equally, across three age groups: 18 to 34, 35 to 49 and 50-plus. The people were monitored by another person for approximately 13 hours, or 80 percent of their waking day."

Will internet kill newspapers?

Is a PhD. Worth Six Years of Study?

This is the question Grew Mankiw answers in his blog, being a a professor of economics at Harvard University. Originally he asks himself:
Would you recommend someone to do a PhD if he knows he's unlikely to become a star in the field (weak math background due to lack of trainings and not being particularly gifted; lack of confidence in his creativity and talents) and does not have a burning desire to do research, but has interests in social science, enjoys learning, and likes to be able to interact with people he admires and respects? Or do you think it's better for him to work first until he's certain that research is what he wants to do?

And then he concludes that a PhD takes quite a bit more time and concerted effort than most graduate degrees and the passion for the study of any carrer you've chosen.

IMfied: Posting from IM to Web

Thanks to our dear friend Avatar we've got to know this new tool for publishing online, IMfied. Still in Beta but certanly it "is a productivity tool that offers instant access to a growing number of web applications over your instant messaging client. Imified simply helps you get things done faster", according to Dave & Anthony, their dvelopers.

I you check their forum you will notice they ( the community) is working real quick to provide integration with other application like Facebook, Powce and the New Blogger itself.

The process of registration is very easy but you will need to have an account i any of the mayor IM providers, add imfied as a friend and ther you go. I just made it. Quick and easy. I haven't tried though, but I do believe what Avatar is saying about this application. Imagine all people who use IM now with chances to publish their blogs without even sign out of IM clients! Is this productivity? I don't know but as for me it really sounds interesting. Let's see what happens in the days to come.

Education, Why Is So Important And Still Matters

Clarence Fisher. About insolated learning spaces:
They are only learners who need to be alone if they want to be. We have proved that allowing students to work collaboratively with others around the globe is not only possible, but very positive. We need to develop a culture in that makes flexible teams that consist of both local and international members something that is not only possible, but is respected. We need to move the technical and cultural bars in our classrooms towards making these possibilities happen. We as teachers not only need to help students form these networks, but make accessing them a regular part of how learning happens in classrooms.

George Siemes. What's wrong about predicting educational future:
I distrust reports that tell me what will happen in education, technology, economy, and society in the next 25 years. Let's be honest. We don't have a clue. Predictions were easier to make when we could extrapolate periods of slow change to logical outcomes. But industries are now re-written overnight. Music, software, videos, mobile phones - pick a field...the development pace is so rapid that predictions which turn out to have merit may well have more to do with luck than insight.

Mr. Lawrence. I lost it! -Little sense of privacy or boundaries:
I paused and he smiled. Hoping he wasn't telling me what I figured he was telling me, I responded, "Your cell phone? Your mind?" Soon, one of the other students in the class (a female) spoke up, "Oh my God, now you told everybody, it's no big deal." He was beaming, and proud.

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