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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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Rebecca MacKinnon: Presenting the GV Summit 08

Global Voices is working hard in Budapest and if you are not being able to assist, please follow the the reunion on all channels available, here.

Second Life offers more than Second Language Skills

Guest post written by Sarah Scrafford*

The human brain is arguably God’s greatest creation – it has the ability to continue growing in intelligence and sponging up knowledge for as long as you live. All you need are the catalysts called enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Though we are inundated with phrases, nuances, pronunciations and words from one or more languages from the time we’re born, there’s no doubt that if we up and moved to a different country where a totally new tongue is spoken, we’d learn the local lingo in just a couple of months.

Being a linguist offers various advantages – at work, you can interact with people from other cultures more freely, on vacation you can fit right in if you speak the language of the locals, and of course, generally speaking, you can show off your multiple tongues in the presence of the opposite sex.

The best way to pick up a new language is to be surrounded by people who speak only in that tongue at all times – desperation and a sense of survival force you to learn the lingo or be left out. But there’s no need to move to Rome in order to be able to speak fluent Italian, not with Second Life around. The virtual world has made headlines for various things, one of them being the ease with which foreign languages are taught and picked up by interested students.

The advantages to learning a new tongue on Second Life are many:

- The courses are more cost-effective than those offered in the real world. Some of them are even free of cost.
- There are instructional videos which teach you the right pronunciation and diction, things you would find hard to pick up from a book of phrases.
- Voice chat options allow you to correct your pronunciation.
- You can interact with other students and probably set up a study group so you can practice what you’ve learned using other members.
- And best of all, there are virtual cities that communicate entirely in foreign languages. So if you’re learning French, hang around a French community and practice what you’ve learned. It’s the next best thing to (and much more economical than) moving to France!

That Second Life has 5,000 language students and 1,000 instructors, numbers which are growing by the day, is itself a testimonial to how this application which began life as a virtual game, morphed into one of the best online, interactive educational tools of our time.

(*)Sarah Scrafford is an industry critic, as well as a regular contributor on the subject of Capella University review. She invites your questions, comments and freelancing job inquiries at her email address:

Global Voices: Citizen Media & Citizenhood

Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2008 in Budapest

The 'most influential citizen media projects in the world' is presenting its 2008 Summit to be celebrated in Budapest(Hungary) during this weekend June 27th and 28th. 'Global Voices has been an experiment in new media. A meeting in late 2004 at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, held at a time when blogging was just taking off in many regions of the world, was the starting point for the project, which has since grown steadily in size and scope.'

This 'experiment' has a wide range of projects. Among them are Rising Voices, Global Voices Advocacy, Voices Without Votes and Lingua. About this last one, one of the participants in the Summit Program has written and interesting report published in the Vol.12 No 3 of He is Chris Salzberg a Japanese-English translator, writer, and graduate student at the University of Tokyo and place where we've extracted this post quotations.

You are still on time to register. This 'event will bring together the members of the Global Voices citizen media project and its wider community with a diverse group of bloggers, activists, technologists, journalists and others persons from around the world, for two days of public discussions and workshops around the theme Citizen Media & Citizenhood' says the main page of the GlobalVoices Summit 08.

Is in this conclave that will be discussed in deep the lingustic impact of internal project Lingua. Into this Lingua are 14 different languages that GVO covers: German, Spanish, French, Malagasy, Portuguese, Albanian, Macedonian, Arabic, Farsi, Bangla, Hindi, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Japanese, and Italian. To understand better where we are going, let's bring Clay Shirky (quoted by C. Salzberg) to explain it a bit and which conjecture was brought in back in the 1999 "the definition of proximity [will change] from geographic to linguistic: two countries [will] border one another if and only if they have a language they can use in common"

Here we go. You all are very welcome.

Arnold Wasserman: Keynote at Microsoft Innovative Teachers Conference

A Difference is a blog written by Mr. Kuropatwa and he uses a template we used to have for Education & Tech (B.P.L.E., before) which is nice and really, really bring us back when we started to blog and we're building our first steps into blogging life.

Mr. Kuropatwa reports on the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Conference that sadly we missed and offers a podcast of what Arnold Wasserman had said about his conceptions on Education Innovative. The enclosure of podcast belongs to his author and we reproduced it here under Creative Commons deed.

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Integrating Technology into the Classroom

Guest post written by Heather Jonhson(*)

As a teacher you have the responsibility of making learning fun and interactive for your students. These days that means you have to take advantage of the technological advancements available to you. If you’re unsure of how to integrate computers or other technology into your classroom you’re not alone. The challenge is to make it a seamless addition to your lesson plan. This can be a daunting task, so here are a few tips to help you along the way:

1. Use technology to your advantage. Use an electronic grade book or a word processor to write your tests and handouts. You can use these programs to save time and that’s always the one thing teachers never have enough of.
2. Design your classroom into different stations. Position your classroom computers in an area away from the desks so that your students aren’t distracted when they’re not using them. Students will feel like it’s more special to use the computer if it’s in a section of the classroom that isn’t used that often. It will be more of a treat for them to use the computer if it’s something that isn’t in full view all the time.
3. Sign up for a course. If you’re not adept with computers then take a course so you can be on a par with your students. It seems that even the younger kids are pros with computers that you need to be able to be on their level. If you can’t find a course then talk to a colleague that you feel comfortable approaching and see if they can help you get up to speed.
4. Stay organized. If you have a computer in your classroom that the students use then be sure to keep the computer up to date. Erase files that aren’t necessary to avoid slowing down your system. Avoid letting your students clutter up the desktop. It can be detrimental to your lesson plan if you’re trying to use the computer to teach a lesson and it’s going slowly. You will lose your students’ attention and your message will be lost.
5. Experiment. On your own time explore the Internet for sites that you think will be useful in your lessons. Get to know them thoroughly before introducing them to your students so you can be prepared for any questions they may have for you. Be confident about the web site so that you don’t get rattled when you’re actually utilizing the site.

(*)This article was contributed by Heather Johnson, who is a regular writer on the subject of nursing college grants. She welcomes your questions, comments and writing job opportunities at heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com.
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