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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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Carnival of Education. Getting Close to the Two Hundreds

Carnival of Education
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I am writing on this blog for more than four years and I've read many blogs, surprisingly I've never felt the necessity to write on these events that are created to support those bloggers, educators and writers, who stepped forward on determined issues, as in our case the Education.

Today, while reading on Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen, I happened to check out his links and what I've discovered was an excellent blog written by NYC Educator. After this long period, writing and reading blogs on education and technology, I thought no more blogs needed to be find. How wrong I was.

An interesting aspect of Carnivals of Education we came across, while reading NYC Educator, was the number of carnivals these blogs had patronized during month of July. All three pages we will refer to, are getting close to the two hundreds of voiced links and post on education, in a particular sequence! And I even wrote a single post on these matters. Why do you think is important to subscribe to this kind of events? Or, is it irrelevant that you might to skip it and keep moving?

Carnival of Education, July 2008

Carnival of Education, 178 Edition. Held by Educator Blog.

Carnival of Education, 179th Edition. Held by Scheiss Weekly; and,

Carnival of Education, 180th Edition. Held by Steve Spangler.

There are some precious jewels to grab among these carnivals. Surely you will benefit from at least one of them.

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One Web Day: September 22, 2008

I came across to a website dedicated to promote the celebration of Internet good use. All bloggers are invited, and there is a contest about writing a story on how the web has transformed your life or the lives of a community you belong to, or the city you live in or your country, which means it goes worldwide. The story needs to be factual but you have the choice to be businesslike, narrative or even poetic. The stories can be reflections of how the web has transformed people’s lives, in the individual, political, economic, cultural and spiritual sphere. is calling on this contest and has published the experiences from a student from a locally popular Institute of Engineering in India, currently in his third year of Information Technology. What it wonders me is his conclusions that he hasn’t learned anything from the Internet! Well, here in the States we have a great respect for students and professionals coming from India. Will Sivasubramanian Muthusamy be asserted on his appreciations? He explains the reasons why this student has learned anything from the Internet. "While we have institutions in India such as the Indian Institute of Technology where the facilities and quality of education match if not surpass the standards of some of the most renowned institutions in the world, this story truly reflects on the Internet access facilities and the attitude of the authorities in several schools / colleges across India."

One of the reasons developed countries enjoy a great advancement and their social networks work perfectly is the access to the Internet. David Sasaki has reason when he says there are three obstacles to a truly global conversation, he writes that censorship, lack of digital inclusion and language are the causes not all people are and feel included in mega networks as the Internet is. This is precisely what could be happening in India with Prabhu (the student who shared the story).

Those are good reasons not only to the hear when the world is talking but to join One Web Day 2008. Are you listening? The world is talking.

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Teacher's Roll Model: Learning to Fail!

All people interested in education weren't present at the NECC 2008, that's why, still after two weeks we keep reading notes and trying to pick what it's interesting for us. We will pick a post from Bud Hunt from Colorado, where he speaks about the Day of Teacher Play and we've found one of his paragraphs quite not only interesting but philosophical:

Our students need to see us struggle and reach and grow and try and explore and learn and fail and stand back up at the end and say, 'Wow. What’d I learn here?' That’s probably the best motivation for them to get their hands dirty. And we’ve never any credibility if we ask kids to do something that we won’t do.

Isn't that a jewel! How many colleagues are thinking of this. It's human nature to be scared of failing but teachers are humans and then, they are also entitled to fail. Nothing wrong with failing, teachers fail, students fail. The fact of the matter is, we wouldn't the knowledge accumulated today, if scientists were always correct.

I was trying to find a related post in Technorati about Geoff Powell session, What Effective Computer-Using Educators Know about Teaching: An International Perspective and unfortunately we couldn't find any. While focusing on increasing their technical fluency, we run the risk of assuming that all teachers understand foundational learning theory and child-centered classroom practice.

The only record I've found is the liveblogging made by Bud the Teacher. (Bud Hunt).

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Education & Tech News for Educators 07/16/2008

Web 2.0.: Ideas for Educators

Thanks to a friend of mine who's working towards the making of a wiki around Open Educational Resources. I've discovered this CC place where researchers and writers share their work on education.

Quentin D’Souza is the author of these Ideas on web 2.0 and he is an Elementary Resource Teacher in the Academic Information and Communication Technology Department at the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

The document [pdf] is geared towards an introduction to RSS, but carries on a bit further into topics such as tagging, social bookmarking, wikis and more.

Drupal: A Tool For Classroom Connections

I am not familiar with this management content's tool but many people is using it and it's said, Drupal is not so difficult to learn as other mangement content applications in the market.

Must be that easy that Reggie Ryan was able to help a teacher to set groups for 125 kids!

'Drupal runs on the familiar combination of Apache, PHP and MySql. It is supported through a vibrant community anchored by, an incredible resource. Drupal has won numerous awards and is widely regarded as one of the best choices for deploying a system to manage content and users on the web.'

Web 2.0.: Social Media Strategies

Ken Steele, in his presentation to the 2008 AARAO Conference, 'Diverse Perspectives: A New Generation of Students', has written an interesting and lengthy presentation on how universities and colleges can connect with learners who are educated and active in social technologies. gives it credit on Connecting with the Facebook Generation: Social Media Strategies for Web 2.0 [pdf]. Here the most relevant paragraph:

"Web 2.0 is already old hat for today’s high school students, who take for granted the streaming video of YouTube, photo-sharing on Flickr, the three-dimensional experience of virtual worlds like Second Life, and “always-on” friendships via Twitter and Facebook. What should guidance and admissions professionals know about social media, and how can they leverage social networks as a potentially powerful channel for communicating with a new generation"

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Education & Tech News for Educators 07/14/2008

Marzano and Web 2.0: Ed Tech That Works - NECC 2008

Stephanie Sandifer has opened up discussion on the topic: "In this day of high-stakes testing and frequent complaints from teachers that they “don’t have time to use technology” in the classroom, this presentation seeks to bridge the gap to help teachers see that technology doesn’t have to be an add-on that distracts them from focusing on the curriculum."

Disrupting Class: An Approach to a Student-Centric Learning

Do we already have tools and online apps that allow for at least some of this (student generated learning)? Perhaps not as seamless and as easy as the 'Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns' author describes, but do we not already have Web 2.0 tools that can be used in combination with one another to create an environment where this kind of user-developed product can be created and shared?

Are you interested in answer these questions?

EFL Teachers for Cuenca City, Ecuador

The Centro de Estudios Interamericanos (CEDEI) is situated in Cuenca, Ecuador. The organization seeks qualified EFL teachers for October 2008. The Center is a not-for-profit institution of higher learning founded in 1992, dedicated to the study of American languages and cultures. To foster understanding among the people of the Americas, their organization sponsors a variety of academic activities independently and in conjunction with universities in North and South America. CEDEI has three locations in Cuenca, offering English classes to more than 700 students with a staff of at least 40 teachers.

Cuenca is a province of Ecuador and it is located high in a valley in Ecuador's southern Andes. Cuenca city has more than 400,000 inhabitants and is the third largest city in the country (after Quito and Guayaquil). Cuenca enjoys spring-like temperatures year round, during night time it's a bit chilly. In 1999, Cuenca was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site

The positions available are EFL teachers for children, high school, and adult groups.

Qualifications required: a Bachelor's Degree, a TEFL/CELTA/TESOL or other related certificate, and must be a native English speaker. Desired qualifications also include experience working with all ages starting at 7 years old to adults, teaching Business English, Pronunciation, and TOEFL Preparation.

Teachers are expceted to work between 15-20 contact hours per week with opportunities for extra tutoring and conversation classes. Most classes are Monday-Saturday but teachers will have a five-day week. CEDEI [es] also offers an environment where teachers are supported in their professional development with frequent workshops, curriculum shares and a well-stocked resource room.

If you meet the needed qualifications send via e-mail your updated resume and attach letters of recommendation – one of your references should be able to describe your teaching abilities.

Starting pay is $275 USD per 50-hour adult class, $220 USD per 40-hour children’s class, and $234 USD per 36-hour Saturday class. They offer classes over a 10-week and 5-week teaching cycle. Starting pay for tutorials is $5.50 per hour. While teachers don’t earn a lot of money by international standards, they do earn enough to live comfortably in Ecuador and gain much in teaching experience and cultural exchange. There are other perks included.

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Education & Tech News for Educators 07/13/2008

School 2.0: Progressive Pedagogy and 21st Century Learning

Videos and slides(very well designed) of Chris Lehmann's presentation at NECC Summit. Original ideas, experiences, we all should continue talking about. Chris is the principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

How do we convince people that progressive pedagogy (integrating tech. or not) is not inconsistent with the goals of federal and state policy?

As for me, Progressive Pedagogy is a new concept, all teachers should participate. Try to understand it: "We teach kids, not subjects"

How important are Lehmann's ideas? Well, Wesley Fryer calls him "one of the most visionary school administrators in the United States."
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