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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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The False Idea of Overloading of Information

TechWhimsy says that overload of information on the www sounds like a First World problem and refers to it on these terms, "a bunch of hyper-connected individuals who have found that 'Life 2.0' has left their brains crammed with more information than they can process, leaving them anxious, jaded, or worn out (or all of the above)."

Some people also think that the internet will collapse into a few years, will it be a problem generated by the overload of information? The editor of TechWimsy wants to give you a clue on where the real problem is:

"Where does the problem lie? Consuming large amounts of media is actually pretty easy. You can see a video from 2007 by 4 hour work week guru Tim Ferriss of Robert Scoble outlining how he reads 600+ news feeds every day as just one example of how to do it (although I don’t know if Scoble still consumes media in quite this way). The difficulty is in absorbing the information, filtering it and synthesising and sharing it. Normal people don’t have this problem. I’m sure that most people who consume massive amounts of data do it for fun and personal interest and don’t have the inner need to process it to a level that writers and other web professionals do.

The people experiencing the most difficulty are the amateurs writing, digging, twittering, friending, stumbling and otherwise staying connected for the fun of it. These are people who have a full time job and often families of their own where reading and processing information is done in their spare time, time that could be spent de-compressing, socialising, unwinding and experiencing. Be aware that I’m not passing judgement on how people choose to spend their spare time (I’m one of these people described above after all), but it explains to me why this malaise seems to have become the echo-meme du jour."

Wonder what is the solution?

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Education Today 07/31/2008

Objections to Social Learning: Wasting Time!

John at Library Clips weighs in on 15 Objections to Using Social Learning:

"Kevin shares a classic success story at Intel, involving finding a person with the right skill to help you with your task, simply because they participate, their on the map, they are visible and findable in their blog posts. Further to this they are now a new contact in your network.

“There was a person who needed to accomplish a task. To do so, that person needed to use a piece of software they had never heard of, let alone knew enough about to functionally use it. It would take months to learn it and complete the task.

Instead of forging on, they searched the blogs and found someone who mentioned that they did another project using the software. This second person was contacted and asked to help. Within a matter of a few weeks the project was done.

Now, tell me, how many blog posts was the efficiency gain worth? Add up not only the time saved by one individual, but the advantages for a quicker ‘time to market’ for this project.”

Collaboration Is important, But Persistence Is Critical

"A valid source is a valid source, forget which news organization came up with it. In the linktribution environment, you link to content."

This is part of a post buzzed about Monica Guzmán's (Seattle) incident where her The Big Blog couldn't link to the competition, because editors haven't agree on this matter.

One time Guzman wanted to link to a Seattle Times story because didn't have the story. At first her editors didn't want her to do so because that was the competition's work, but she insisted. Her editors eventually said if the PI doesn't have a story, she can link to the Times as a last resort.

She dropped out from the group blog experience! We are glad she acted her own way, because as she established, "It's about the collaboration, not the scoop!"

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DEN NI 08: Following the Ed-Tech Conference

Discovery Educator Network National Institute for 2008. Discovery is doing an ed-tech conference with about 100 attendandnts, all this week, and Academic Aesthetic is there to offer you by pictures, liveblogging (not so live, affirms the AA editor) or video, all incidents around such important event.

I really liked the video and same as the 'Art Guy' says, I would like to challenge you to find "how many faces you can recognize."

We should be broadcasting events with same experience this 'geek' educator does it. So sad the only thing we know is, he loves teaching technology, but he also loves teaching art, and in this day and age he doen’t think he can really separate the two.

Great page you should bookmark it and visit. It is encouraging to see what else is going on in the educational world…and world wide web!!!

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How Education Emerged in Old Scot Empire

When I was going to the University, I remember our teacher was asking for us to read many books on Philosophy and while visiting the Public Library last month, I just happen to grab a great book written by Arthur Herman, How Scots Invented the Modern World.(or How Scots Contributed to the Modern World, as some claim, the title of the book should be. We don't write reviews on books but that way he presents History is pleasant and we were refreshing our memory on Enlightenment, not the French that most of you had learned but the Scottish.

Scottish immigrants were poor but more educated and skilled than their European counterparts. Herman makes the case that the American system owes more to Scotland's revolution than to France's. And then, Scottish Enlightenment deserves more credit than it gets. John Knox, a writer and strict evangelical preacher pursued as goal, turn Scots into God’s chosen people and Scotland into the New Jerusalem. He wiped out Catholicism and embraced Calvinism. So, Scottish society enveloped these principles. The author claims that Knox is for Scots what Luther meant to Germans.

The formula for democracy is own to Knox and Buchanan, rather than John Locke, as many assure. They believed that political power ordained by God was not vested to kings or nobles but in the people. What American Constitution says, We the People. For these two Scottish, "all political authority ultimately belonged to the people...The people was always more powerful that the rulers they created; they were free to remove them all" (pg. 18)

Enlightment Scotish people explained better than anyone else has ever done, why British market-oriented (or Whig) notions of liberty allowed both freedom and prosperity to flourish. In justifying the Whig theory of liberty, the Scots prepared the way both for the framers of the American Constitution and for the classical liberalism of the last two centuries -for free trade, The Edinburgh Review, the Manchester School, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

And we've stopped to read attentively the reference to the Act for Setting Schools, it was in 1696 that Scotland Parliament passed this act. Adam Smith and David Hume wrote not only for intellectuals but for a reading public. "Library's records show books were loaned to the local baker, the blacksmith, the cooper, farmers, stonemasons, quarriers, tailors and household servants."(pg. 25) And that's how Robert Burns become a respected poet in Scotland.

The Middle Ages in Scotland were represented by great universities like Glasglow and St. Andrews. The problem of faith between Episcopalian (English) and Presbyterian (Scottish)made almost impossible to interchange universities for students. Only Episcopalian were allowed in Oxford, Cambridge or the Trinity College in Dublin. That's why the University of Edinburg, Aberdeen's Marischal College and King's College, like Glasglow and St. Andrews were international centers of learning but they never became the ivory towers as the eighteen century Oxford and Cambridge did.

Smith in the Wealth of Nations certifies that almost the whole common people was taught "to read, and a very great proportion of them to write and account." It was the beginning to universalize education. So, they had seated basis to literacy and numeracy as fundamental skills for living in a complex modern society as today we have.

Here you can read a summary of the book chapter by chapter.

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Education Today 07/27/2008

Learning Communities Nurture Graduate Teacher-Researchers

Doctoral education and postdoctoral training programs fail to prepare future faculty to be effective teachers.Teaching as Research is deliberate, systematic and that's why Delta (part of the National Science Foundation) has a proposal of four core elements of a learning community:

1) Shared learning and discovery -Teacher is not the only one who knows, his roll changes to a 'facilitator.'

2) Functional relationships -Create an environment of meaningful connections.

3) Inclusive learning environment -When working in groups, these produce a higher quality output if diverse perspectives are represented.

4) Connections to other learning experiences -Again, connectivity is the vehicle for the sharing resources and delegation of responsibilities.
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