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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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Natural selection is also posible in weblogs

This is a translation from Ojo al Texto [ES] where Mario Morales a Colombian journalist and Javeriana University's professor, as guest journalist and academic was interviewed by He is a professional who is far from rejecting the contribution of blogs. Please, pay close attention to what he has to say:

What is your opinion about the concept that the publication of blogs, being easily accessible to the public, is displacing the role of a professional journalist?

"I don't think so. Blogs arrived at the right time, to empower audiences who had never had the opportunity to express themselves because of the verticality of the media. The blogs, discussion forums and other tools of the Internet have raised at the hearings and, increasingly, have to live up to the producers of news and mass media in themselves. From that perspective, it's happening the very same process that worked with traditional journalism, to become credible it needed to built on quality standards. What is being done today with blogs is a process of natural selection. While a Google blog is born every 5 seconds, one dies every 2 and it's because there is a job. A blog requires a journalistic work and therefore this implies intellectual training and routine. For a blog to stabilize in the network, it requires the same standards of quality journalism, namely that has a stamp of quality represented in credibility, confidence, precision and accuracy. What is published in the blog, every day, is subject to such a review of the audience. If you build trust and credibility you are saved, but there is not a displacement, what we have is another way to reach those journalistic niche."

Paidos and Ethics

I've came across to the great David Warlick and I would like to reproduce two very interesting thoughts he's being working on lately in his blog. The first, is the necessity of ethics that needs to be part of the basic information/literacy skills taught to our children.
- Respect for intellectual property (copyright, etc.)
- Respect for intellectual integrity (respect truth)
- Respect for each other (cause no harm)
- Respect for the information infrastructure

And the second one, where he tries to elaborate the answer for this question. “How do we train teachers to work with today’s information and communications technologies?”
We suffer from the myths of old world education, that you go to school so that you will be prepared for the next 30 or 35 years. But the teacher we are at graduation from college, is not necessarily the teacher we need to be five years later. Those days are long behind us — and I think that the job has become a whole lot more exciting as a result.

Is this a new concept of dynamic pedagogy or is it a change in the roots all educational system had been built up?

How to validate online information?

It comes as a subject in Wesley Fryer' page. And it has to be with the approach Mr Obama just had to the popular Flickr. How do we know whether Obama is really behind that account? Yes, we know he's many people to help him out but as Fryer says, we can go to his page and verify effectively there is a link to his Flick account. So, no spoof at this point. However, in school how these kids and students can learn to validate this kind of info?
If one or more of your current or past students created a “spoof page” purportedly made by you on any social networking website, how would others be able to verify whether or not it was truly yours? Do you have a personal website where you link to other websites you maintain and have actually made? I know most teachers don’t, but should they? It’s an interesting question to consider.

Until then follow Wesley suggestion: check back with The Quality Information Checklist.

Getting to know the number of subscribers in Google Reader

Evidently I still have a way to go in the number of my subscribers. After a respectable 7th position for education & tech (see screenshot) in case some changes are in its way. Surely will be discrepancies among the reports of Technorati and Techmeme but, Google Reader now can tell you how many subscribers you have. Great!

For a long time, I was using Bloglines as my feed reader but in like two months now, I am checking my subscription in . Many bloggers had found interesting since it's just in had and they don't have to switched pages just to check it in Feedburner or so.

Scoble, as always showed me how to look it up. I should confess that at the very beginning I was messed up! Why? Because it said go to "Add Subscription" and I was typing in the name of our blog but hit the "Add" button (What do you call that?). Obviously I was getting nuts. I should be typing in the name of our blog and hit 'enter' in the computer. Thanks God I've figure it out!

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