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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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Art Can Solve Social Problems

Artist, Yanira Cartagena explains how art can solve problems. Much of her work has to do with El Salvador and issues of marginality. This video is part of large colection of video work performed by Chuck Cirino and published in Weird America.

Get Your iPhone Working On T-Mobile Networks

This week I was talking with a friend of mine about his iPhone. He was very disappointed with the very first bill he just received, the deal was closed and the clerk told him that the increase in his bill will be only 40 dollars, but he was reading a large bill that over passed the 700 hundreds! Why the iPhone has to be so expensive and so closed?

Europa has already mastered a way to get the iPhone working in their networks, copying information from the Subscriber Identity Module, a small card with a chip that identifies a subscriber to the cell-phone network. Being this expensive gadget available only in the US for now it's quite useful to have George Hotz from NJ, to get your iPhone unlocked an working with the only carrier which is compatible with, T-Mobile. This young teen outlines 10 steps to unlock the iPhone but you better be careful it is not that easy and you screw it up then your phone will become a piece of junk. The hack is complicated and requires skill with both soldering and software, and missteps may result in the iPhone becoming useless, so it's unlikely to become a household procedure.

Once again do not intent to unlock it by yourself, Hotz had four more guys for helpers, two of them from Rusia. He didn't waste his summer, as some of his friends have been saying. The following promise to be a easier way to unlock this phone trhought software implementation.

LATER: There is step=by-step post here, where you can learn how to unlock your iPhone using QuickPwn firmware.

How to Engage Students in a Good Behaviour

I haven't told you I am a frecuenlty reader of Teacher Magazine and now Teacher Leaders Network. While browsing around I've found in the Teacher Magazine an article from Anthony Cody where he tries to outline procedures to engage students in good behaviour while they really learn with the so called hands-on. Anthony points out:
The secret to behavior management is really about having the students fully engaged in the learning process, and it involves more than just rules and office referrals. After all, the whole point of getting the class to focus is to do some meaningful work—to reach new understandings, to create new expressions of their knowledge, and to build new skills. But we have to know how to manage our teacher-student relationships in order to get there.
Here his recomendations:

1. Post a short list of clear, unambiguous rules and enforce them consistently.

2. Learn how important it is to phone parents early in the year, with positive news if at all possible. When he had to call about some problems a few months later, parents were there to back him up 100 percent.

3. Balance a negative phone call with a positive one. It felt great to be able to point out that he was working with their parents in their best interests, and that he would make positive calls when behavior improved.

4. Learn to keep a record of student behavior, along with any referrals to the office, so that the problems you had with a few students were clearly documented.

5. Learn how easy it is to get into entertaining but fruitless dialogues with students when you are trying to enforce rules.

6. Learne it is important for students to understand that you care about their well-being, and that you are on their side.

7. Students refuse to memorize the textbook facts—they were bored with, and their behavior reflected their boredom. Look for different ways for students to demonstrate their understanding through more creative projects, and you will find the students become more engaged!

School: Real and Fake Learning

This is in defense of what happened in Newark at the beginning of August with these poor defenceless students, the sad history of Anthony Soltero and all that stuff that incongruous school's contents are generating in the internet era.

How can these youngsters enjoy learning if we the teachers generate fake learning, some knowledge that kids and teens don't really need it right away. First, let me say that I agree with many of you that our schools are married with far too much fake learning. I love your litmus test of whether or not something is real learning. When I read it, my mouth practically dropped thinking of all the things that I teach that I would not want to be a part of … I am embarrassed to say that some of the things I teach are not even engaging to teach, let alone engaging to learn. It is, of course, a constant journey, looking for ways to improve my teaching and move towards more 'real' learning experiences.

My friction with this is, is there a realistic balance between 'real' and 'fake' learning? Can we turn everything into something so engaging that we would want to participate in, or are there some things that, at least for some students, are not going to be engaging but are important enough to learn.

I am thinking a lot about math lately, and many math activities might fit what you call 'fake' learning. I know that fourth graders need to learn their multiplication facts. Even with all this technology around us, multiplication facts are something that, I believe, people still need to know. Now, some student may be engaged by the way that you teach and practice those facts, but for some, it just isn’t engaging. Does the benefit of learning sometimes outweigh the need to engage students? Do we just need to work harder to find a way to engage the students, or does the cost of doing so outweigh the marginal benefit?

Perhaps this is where games or competition might come into play. A video game might easily turn something rote like fact learning into something more fun and engaging.

The text above was a comment left at Speed of Creativity by Matt. I would like to follow him up in his blog but I couldn't find a rational way, but certainly he has a point about this fake learning we are immerse everyday!

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Blogger Still Has Some Miles to Hit the Road

I don't like to yell nobody just to be heard or use Gmail with emoticons/smileys just to look kool as many of you will be thinking. This post pretend to show you some issues still Blogger has to work on.

Error Performing Your Request bX-vjhbsj. Is one of the most typical issues TonNet has to face once in while trying to republish a post or editing the template.

Once you cache get to know what language are you using to blog, Blogger neglects to switch a different one, something so obvious that shouldn't need a drop down box!

If you already had bought a domain through Blogger you must be happy whether all the process of redirection is working but if you tried *.mil as an option then you might get into trouble.

Surely you are using Firefox (if not is time to get it) and even when this browser works beautifully we still have some tricks to learn, have you ever tried a faster way to type Internet addresses? Go and grab it!

Have a wonderful beginning of week!

George Bush is God

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Mmmmm.. after Irak, failing immigration proposal and many guys unemployed in the american streets, someone still believe in this God?

Ask americans about our Dear Mr. President!

Should We Close the Net? -E. John Says So

May be that Sir Elton John has authority to express his own opinions but at some point he might have a point or users disagree with it. All this rant came from a column in The Sun Online and this post.

Instabloke follows the conversation and list of the blogosphere's benefits:

1) Anyone who can’t write can now publish a blog and pretend they can write.

2) Kids (and parents) can disconnect from natural communities and join virtual ones.

3) Gambling is now easier than ever.

4) Local merchants, workers and businessmen can become "disintermediated" by online multi-national corporations.

5) Now we can go to the coffee shop (how pathetic) and hunch over our laptops and not even know who is sitting next to us.

6) Eventually, our whole lives can become digitized. Hey, maybe quantity IS more important than quality and more data is better.

8) We now have more "information" than we even asked for... unfortunately, 99% of it is scam, spam, more marketing, "bait link" or just plain poor quality.

9) Perhaps we will all like the "Singularity." By the

10) Oh, yes.. the "paperless office." Funny, though, our offices now consume several times the amount of paper they used to.

11) Soon blog content will be computer generated, if some of it isn’t already.

12) Luddites will have to master internet technology in order to destroy it.

Now, please tell me everything said in here is wrong and I'll quit blogging right in the spot!
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