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Education + Tech

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

Teacher + Scholar

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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Advocating a better education system for the 21st. century

This is the subtitle the author has been using in her page Change Agency. Stephanie Sandifer is a professional in education working in the southern Houston. I wasn't reading my subscriptions lately and I haven't realized how much information our mind had lost. We are followers of what Change Agency publishes everyday!

What today caught our attention was the dynamics of this page: interesting post links for teacher's business, introduction of new hand-on experiences, quotes, etc. Et al.
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Why should we quote like this? Don't ask me, ask her!

Stephanie has being talking about interesting experiences that we believe every teacher should be paying attention, it's no matter of vanish some technology tools or application but how we teach them and a different approach how we are using the technology in education. Read her IMing experience.

Do you know what is the Ghost Walk concept? Well, let us ask again Stephanie Sandifer.

Don't leave yet. The most interesting topic still coming. Did you ever happen to use Google Doc in the classroom? I'm not. I do have this application in use but for other business than education. Follow the mob and for any reason miss this screencast that explains everything!

How economic class can affect children’s education

I've been reading Catherine Gewertz' post in Education Week and reminds of my Doctoral thesis I'd written a few years ago precisely about the impact of the family income in the learning process. The conclusions were almost the same but the difference is that our study was conducted in our mother country and now this study has been made in the United States.

The study conducted by Joshua S. Wyner, John M. Br idgeland & John J. Di Iulio, Jr. under the title of Achieventrap (pdf) analyses data of 3.4 million k-12 children in American schools. They've found that children who come from households with incomes below the national median had score in the top quartile on nationally normed tests. They start school with weaker academic skills and are less likely to flourish over the years in school than their peers from better income families.

Civic Enterprises LLC, a Washington-based research and public-policy group, and the Lansdowne, Va.-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation establishes that higher-achieving children from lower-income families enter school with a disadvantage that shows up in their national test scores. More than 70 percent of 1st graders who score in the top quartile are from higher-income families, and fewer than three in 10 are from lower-income families.

In the ensuing years Catherine writes, the higher-achieving lower-income children are more likely to lose ground, 44 percent fall out of the top quartile in reading between the 1st and 5th grades, compared with 31 percent of high achievers whose family income is above the national median ($48,200 in 2006). They are also more likely to drop out of high school or not graduate on time than those from economically better economically positioned families. The difference persists through college and graduate school, with lower-income students less likely to attend the most selective colleges or to graduate.

However, the report does offer some optimistic notes. "Of the higher-achieving students, it says, 93 percent of those from lower-income families, and 97 percent of those from higher-income families, graduate from high school in four years. Those rates are much better than the 70 percent of all students on average that researchers estimate get their diplomas on time. But the data still show too many 'unrelenting inequities' that harm the prospects of capable children from lower-income families."

They -the authors, even say that Asian students perform better than Africa-American kids (not mention of Hispanic students) but Hewertz brings into discussion to Michelle M. Fine, a professor of social psychology and urban education at the City University of New York who says: "Something is clearly working for those lower-income Asian kids that isn’t working for the lower-income black kids".

Social Networks Really Work Out

Academic studies over the last thirty years show that young people's interest and enthusiasm in schoolwork has declined precipitously. Social Networks in the other hand have become so engaging. Look at today's curriculum, though, and you won't find much interactivity, seems we are still learning through reading and regurgitating!

I am not a N-Gener anymore but enjoy while join online communities such as StumbleUpon or Youlicit. I don't even belong to the generation born between 1977 and 1996 (Baby Boom), this new Net Generation (G-Gen) is bigger and stronger than the baby boom itself. This is the first generation to grow up in the digital age, and makes them a huge force of collaboration. My son I can conclude is among those majority of Americans kids who learnt how to use computers at very early age and for studies, almost 90 percent of American teenagers are using the Net!

I was having fun while browsing around StumbleUpon and what I've found is again a world teeming with great opportunities and possibilities for education, work, and entrepreneurship. What do we need? We need the skills, motivation, capacity for a lifelong learning, and a basic income level to get connected.

So, begin for acquire knowledge and develop skills in order to build up your very own social network that will pay in the future.

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What it takes to be a blogger

Today as always I was reading my subscriptions in Bloglines and one of the most interesting things I've found is a post about how to keep readership and be happy about what you have say or you've seen in the online highway of information. Many of you dear readers might be thinking how come a person can spend hours and hours reading blogs without substantial information, no pertinent data or simply personal diatribes about innumerable facts that only human beings would be involved in.

Certainly is hard to convince bloggers such as fake Steve Jobs to stop writing facts and colloquial information challenging the most respectable man in the computer business. No word about another top influential blogger in the techie field, Robert Scoble. Tip of the hat. Not to mention young rockies in the amalgam of 68 million blogs according to Technorati. This our Science & Tech showed up a while ago and was written in Spanish at the very beginning. Spanish is the second language where you might find blog info about. English language is the dominant language, no matter what the Chinese bloggers have to say. That was the reason why we had to switch from Spanish to English and many readers come to check what we have to say, sometimes no original content but readable and pertinent. We are receiving hits aver the 100 hundred daily and our MyBlogLog goes right now over the hundreds. Thanks everyone for the dedication you take and come back everyday to check out what's going on in our neighborhood.

TonNet is not moving from Blogger or Blogspot, we prefer them over Wordpress, no matter what the these guys have to complain about our blogs hosted in Blogspot. We will keep reading and writing about what we like: education, hacks, gadgets, technology and all stuff about new developments and progress in the scientific field and technological spectrum. You are seeing new template because we wanted to keep fresh design and easy readiness. You tell, I've already received reports about what it looks like and how easy is now to load this page, well before we decided to show up all post, hem. We've all have discussed how important it is the content and the socialnetworks, with millions of people with access to the online content we have not only to dedicate time to excel content but keep a wide range of social connectors. It is not casual many websites had being created to keep up with the growing market of socialnetworking. Take a look at what's going with Facebook, how MySpace have changed and why Yahoo is struggling to keep up with the collection offresh money.

Blog Recognition: Thanks!

We've never really looked for any form of recognition over this blog other than share and publish interesting stuff to a mixed and varied edtech and want to be edtech audience. Over the course of this weekend I had the chance to publish the logo Rose DesRochers awarded this blog, I actually wanted to say thank you to the readers who have helped get the blog to this point!

Personally I'm quite surprised that she even noticed us. I guess the reach of Education & Tech is starting to make it's mark across the globe rather than just on the US side of things. It's always lovely to read the comments from our readers and even lovelier to be thanked for it. I, me and myself are honored that someone thinks we are worth being noticed. Kinda luv your Blog Award !

Technorati picked up a new site linking to our one. It happened to be Knit 1 Blog Too. It appears that they have been on the search for new up and coming blogs and they like our Blogger Betta Resources one!

Kudos for Jaloe who also picked our Blogger Templates and believed it's worth it to have it in his top left header.

Thanks to all!

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