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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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Olympics: Learning to Fake from Chinese Media

Alicia Sacramone is Hot!I haven't really paying much attention to the Olympics. Yes, they are on no fewer than 14 channels and as you all know summer prime time television is a waste of time (exception for public television as channel 13), but as we spend many hours in front of the computer screen, we feel as we know what went down even before it airs live.

China did pretty good at the initial illusions but no so good in the PR department. The only truth we al know is that Michael Phelps has no competition on the quest for eight golds. The China organization of Olympics started with the colorful explosions during the opening that actually were faked by computer graphics, then came the 7-year-old girl with her lip-synched because the real singer wasn't cute enough as to sold out Chinese. Now is the Chinese women's gymnastics team, which took the gold medal from the American team and they continue to fight agressively the plague of fake news, reporting that at least two of the girls were younger than 16.

So, what else is real? The horrific accident Janos Baranyai had last Wednesday. The silver medal for Ecuadoran marchist Jefferson Perez and the sad participation Alicia Sacramone had in the finals but ignite the attention of males. According to Google Trends, she reached # 1 position confirming that no matter what happened with those two mistakes, she is for many, real hot!

Until we have something to write on education. Have you all, a great weekend!

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Education Today 08/15/2008

Student and Teacher Blogging that Succeeds

Dean Shareski writes (reposted by Ideas and Thoughts) "we have a wonderfully graphical web and are beginning to recognize that writing is only one way we express ideas and communicate. The use of embedded video, audio and images provides a rich communication that goes well beyond words. Text still has importance but allowing embedding pertinent, interesting media can express ideas like never before."

We don't agree on this one, it might be on the edublogs experience but, blogging goes beyond reading; many even reference blogging as the echo chamber . Serious blogging (as we expect on education) is about writing on ideas, methods, procedures and sharing experiences in any space of the educational pyramid. Audio Embedding Success

How to embed audio from, turning the autostart function off! Anyone has tips as how to do it for Apple generated videos?

Unitierra: Life Without Teachers, Between Discipline and Freedom

Scholars and researchers, teachers and parents are looking into new paradigms for a new system of education. A good first approach was already dropped out by Disrupting Class proposal but there is not enough and there are out there another reliable experiences.

The challenge isn't for American school only but, educational spectrum worldwide. In the 60's and before we could speak about instruction and we all were happy; today we have plenty of tools for successful knowledge sharing and then it appears as if all ideas written on centric-learning, were all plausible.

The other point, however is, how our schools as formal institutions are preparing students for life. Yes, some would start arguing that effectively, students are being trained for life in the U.S. otherwise American students will be a failure (What is failing is the educational system as it is). Are students on others countries being prepared for life? Mexico has created its own apprenticeship university to remedy what traditional school is not doing. Gustavo Steva explains in detail how Unitierra works, where you learn as you do, in other words, the they are applying the 'social learning', as life experience has demonstrated, the best way to transfer the know-how occurs precisely when learning and work is developing at the same time.

The Unitierra experience takes place in very well known community in Mexico, Chiapas and we were delighted to read this part:

One of the most important conclusions of our conversation was the explicit recognition that we learn better when nobody is teaching us. We can observe this in every baby and in our own experience. Our vital competence comes from learning by doing, without any kind of teaching.

Will this work in industrialized countries? What are the points of intersection between the student-centric proposal from C. Christensen and life without teachers in Unitierra?

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Information Literacy: Tomorrow at University of Sheffield (UK)

This is an event not only for Gen V(Generation V) but everyone interested in the flow of information nowadays.

This summer event will take place at Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, Regent Court building, Regent Street, Sheffield. Attendants should set up their schedules, between 1.30 to 4pm. The event is free and it will present a keynote from a visiting academic plus reports on research and activities in progress. With a focus on higher education, the talks will appeal to anyone interested in information literacy in different disciplines and contexts.

Information Literacy Weblog echoes this invitation, where one of its editors will be giving welcoming to the event and as they put it in their weblog "keynote from Dr Yazdan Mansourian, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Tarbiat Moallem University, Iran: Implications of the information visibility model in information literacy research and practice.

Dokphrom Information Literacy of undergraduate students in Silpakorn University Geography Department: emerging findings. Phussadee Dokphrom will report on findings from her doctoral research into information literacy at Silpakorn University (Thailand).

Helen Dobson, University of Manchester Library and MA Librarianship programme Evaluating Information Literacy at the University of Manchester.

Maryam Nazari Conceptions of GIS (Geographic Information Systems/Science) and implications for information literacy.

Pam McKinney, Learning Development and Research Associate (Information Literacy), Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences. Inquiry Based Learning and Information Literacy: a report on CILASS experiences."

If you live nearby, please try to attend. Teas and coffes wil be served.

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Will a Weblog Change in the Web Future?

We want to keep peace so this page 'conveys information in a chronological style' as Sean P Aune just put it. We want to join the project started by Daily Blog Tips, on question What's Is A Blog?

Major difference is the sequence and activity the administrator maintains on the site. There are many genres and if you are a blogger, then you are familiar with blogosphere. We think a blog is an online collection of published items. There are videos, pictures, lifestreaming , research results, documents. As you can see, the variety of subjects is so diverse, as far as its activity doesn't fall on the death sea.

While you join to this thread or drop a comment on how do you define a weblog, I would like to extend the invitation to participate in the Web Future panel. Think of the description they submitted:"The rate of change of the web is accelerating. Radical changes are coming in how quickly we can evolve data, create new apps, find new audiences, and alter the fabric of the browser itself. In this panel, engineers from five areas will present a prediction of the next stage of the web. Expect disagreements, technical digressions, and shouting."


John Tropea at Library Clips blog on the context of blogs, says: "...blogs, as raw and informal as they are, are not a panacea for context, but they are a hell of a lot better than codified documents."

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Education Today 08/10/2008

Stop Trying to Inspire Me: Do it the right way, not the Wong way.

We are about to start new year in classroom and this history really hit my nerves (in a good way). I would like to share with you how was my first day, but it will be done in the future. I haven't being educated in the U.S., so I wasn't familiar with 'The First Day of School' by Rosemary Wong. However, I guess, it happened exactly as Tom puts it: "It was my first day as a teacher and I had already lost them. All of them."

Blown away by Students 2.0

"We make the mistake of thinking that the people that do well in school are the ‘smart’ ones, but that isn’t always the case. These people may just be good at retaining information and reciting it back under pressure, or may just be good at problem solving."

Is this what Clayton M. Chirstensen aims for in his Disrupting Class' book?
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