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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

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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Q&A: How to Use Blogs with Students

Sue Walters, The Edublogger, wants ho hear from you about all your experiences on how to use blogs with your students, and how to bring into a meaningful conversation all topics discussed in your classroom.

Here the topics you might want to comment on or post about:

"Why you blog? How does it benefit you or your work?
How you use blogging with your students and how it has helped them (if applicable)
Examples of class and/or student blogs for them to check out
What are your 3 most important tips for educators, new to blogging, who would like to blog with their students?"

Contribute and help her/us to carry out a great conversation on these topics.

The Content Pyramid and Why Corporate People Shouldn't Worry About High End

Clive on Learning: Three tiers in the content pyramid

Tiers on the Content Pyramid"High end, rapid and user-generated content are not in competition with each other, any more than Hollywood movies are competing with corporate videos or with YouTube movies shot with a camera phone or webcam. They all serve different purposes and, as a result, adopt different production values. Professional designers should not feel threatened by this proliferation of content created by enthusiastic amateurs - the more experience people have with creating content for themselves, the more they will appreciate the skills the professionals bring to bear."

Konrad Glogowski: On Conversational Assesment

Today while reading reading our subscription I've found a quote from John Dewey on Pedagogical Theory, written precisely by the author of Blog of Proximal Development. After my attention was caught, I kept reading the post and enjoyed reading the experiences around Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl.

It's quite interesting how Glokowski describes his initiatives and experiences in the classroom and how he works to engage himself as a participant in such conversations. Students and teacher at the end, feel comfortable and happy working together and not concentrated in a lesson plan only. "..Their work emerged from meaningful conversations with each other and the teacher." concludes in its part I this post.

I am sad all schools belonging to my son's Board of Education are asking to read the same books on summer vacations, while in the Library we've discovered all 6th graders are supposed to read the very same books: Number of the Stars by Louis Lowry, The Islander by Cynthia Rylant, The Skirt by Gary Soto, Bigger by Patricia Calvert, Las aventuras de Sherlok Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (yes, in Spanish) and so on. Is it against what Glokowski says? "I wanted to create an avenue for a personal connection - not an easy task in a classroom setting where every text we study is likely to be perceived as a literary text first and a personal experience second."

Not easy to find educational blogs where teachers describe their experiences (and challenges) in the classroom. That's why we should pay close attention to this paragraph we selected to quote in its entirety:

"Of course, it is not easy to have meaningful and authentic conversations with students about a literary text that they’re reading. First of all, they know very well that I’m an expert - even if I don’t see myself as one. Therefore, they are absolutely convinced that they cannot contribute anything to the discussion that I don’t already know. No matter how much I try to show them that there are still many aspects of a given topic that I am not very familiar with, students persist in their belief that teachers are experts."

Anybody else writing on classroom laboratory? Please, we will appreciate you let us know in comments.

Help Firefox Get Its Mark

Firefox3 Screencast at Education & Tech WeblogToday is the beginning day of the Firefox 3 download record! Whether you are still using IE or Flock, why not give it a try, you lose nothing. Downloading it here (Don't do it from the mirrors because those, don't count as downloads to the 24 hours mark and before their servers melt down again.) you're helping yourself to browse the Internet in smart and very fast way.

Firefox 3.0 loads webpages three to four times faster than Firefox 2.0 and more than seven times faster than Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) - BBC

How Firefox 3 Works?

See it live in this screencast. Thanks to Mike Beltzner.

Aren't you happy with this presentation?

Follow the Full Coverage (Power Guide) prepared by Lifehacker.

*Picture taken from Nelson Piedra's Blog

There Are Teachers.... Then Educators

The author of the post we are going to quote, ask us for a link. We went to his blog and checked out his contents and what we've found was the chronicle of a certain private school in Sydney (and anywhere else where we've got teens or schoolers):

Difference between Teacher and Educator

"A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom.

After they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night the maintenance man would remove them and the next day the girls would put them back.

Finally the principal decided that something had to be done .

She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man.

She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night - ( you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses).

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.

He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.

Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror ..."

Happy Father's Day!

I am writing this short post to honor my father. VR is in Ecuador and barely can hear him by phone today, when what I'd love is see him, hug him and tell him how his punishments, his remarks and all that experiences he shared with me had make the man I am right now.

I am father too, my son still sleeping but hope he can still learn something from myself and can practice all the values, generation behind generation, has been accumulated in our family!

Wish you all blessed, a very Happy Father's Day!
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