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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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Will Technology Eliminate Teachers From the Classroom?

This post was contributed by Heather Johnson, who writes on the subject of teaching certificate programs in New Jersey. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Unless there are other worlds like the fictional one where Superman originated from, I’d like to think that we have reached a level of technological advancement that could not even have been dreamed of a decade or two ago. The advent of computers and the omnipresence of the Internet have made the world one big classroom (or playground depending on your point of view) that is free from the limitations of physical boundaries. E-learning, wikis, online courses from respectable institutions like MIT and the like, and the general proliferation of information on any topic under the sun on the World Wide Web have made learning much simpler and easier than it was a few years ago.

The classrooms I remember from my school days are long gone – every student is equipped with gadgets and gizmos that they hope will aid the studying process; notebook computers, iPods, smart cell phones and PDAs are the staple diet of every self-respecting college student. But now concerns and questions are being raised about these gadgets replacing teachers altogether.

E-learning initiatives do not require teachers; they offer students the advantage of learning anywhere and anytime according to their convenience rather than at set times that depend on teachers and institution authorities. The teacher in this scenario is reduced to just framing the syllabus or guiding the student as to what to learn. There is no classroom interaction and no actual teaching being done.

In spite of the newfound popularity of e-learning, teachers are still in demand around the globe. There’s something missing in the learning aspect when you have to play both the roles of the teacher and the student; maybe it’s the lack of motivation in the absence of an authority figure and classmates whom you can compete against - which is why live online classes are being held around the world.

These combine the advantages of both classroom teaching and e-learning – with teachers working from all parts of the globe, students are able to find one online at any time, thanks to the time differences between different parts of the world. They can learn at the convenience, with the help of a teacher, and with other students from different geographical locations.

The Internet has made this a reality, and no matter how advanced we become in terms of technology, as long as there is a demand for more knowledge of the highest standards, there will be a demand for teachers who are dedicated to their jobs.

Education Today 08/30/2008

New Schemas for Mapping Pedagogies and Technologies

Research looking at how students are appropriating technologies points to similar changes in practice: students are mixing and matching different tools to meet their own personal needs and preferences, not just relying on institutionally provided tools and indeed in some instances shunning them in favour of their own personal tools.

Teachers propose, donors choose

Donors Choose [] lets teachers submit projects that need funding. Donors can pick an idea they want to fund.

Learning Styles Don't Matter

You are all different. You already know this, of course, on a less than formal basis. You recognise that when one student pipes up with, "Can I just ask a question...?" you can expect something really stupid and irrelevant, and that when another starts the same way it will really put you on the spot. Some will make notes even of your jokes, and some will relish the little exercises you set up to break up your presentation, while others will whinge that you are holding back on the correct answers."

IE8 Beta 2 and Firefox Add-on You All Must Have

We here at education & tech love Firefox and of you happen to be using IE still will notice some strange behaviour in displaying our pages. However, people from Microsoft had said, "While Beta 1 was for developers, we think that anyone who browses or works on the web will enjoy IE8 Beta 2. We haven't downloaded it yet but it's matter of time. Try it out!

And speaking of browsers, did you know that Firefox allows you to play videos from your favorite video sites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, MetaCafe, MySpace right from within your Firefox sidebar? There is an add-on that you can download here. This is a must-have Firefox add-on.

Please, share with us what else is going on apart of BackType in the OpenSocial lab!


Listen CNET Review of IE8

Surprise, surprise... IE8 will not trigger standards-compliant mode by default :(

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Education Today 08/28/2008

Reverse Engineering A Curriculum for Excellence

[If] "Most secondary school curriculum models are actually based upon a “trickle down” effect why not recognise the power of the reverse engineering of the curriculum and seek instead to build a different engine – which would still serve the needs of higher education – but which would also serve the needs of every young person and the needs of society."

Build Discourse Communities, not blogs

"Getting students to post online is easy. Sustaining a learning community with diverse cultural origins and social preferences - is substantially more complex. But not impossible."

DNC/RNC: Time to Voice your Educational Concerns

The presidential nominating conventions just started this week with the DNC, and educators, journalists, writers and bloggers are taking note and wondering why education is remaining so far in the stage. There is a question on the minds of educators, advocates and American citizens everywhere -where are specifics, and where are proposals for a sweeping change? And why isn't the public hearing more of them?

Education Election is following is covering at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. There is nothing quite like a U.S. Presidential election to highlight the importance of media literacy, critical thinking, and not taking media messages as 100% truthful, because what we need is an electorate of critical thinking citizens who are not easily manipulated by emotionally charged disinformation.

Some at this point, are saying what we need to build is discourse communities, not blogs. Effective Digital Classroom published a post today that sustains the discourse about such communities. They wrote, "Getting students [as much as citizens] to post online is easy. Sustaining a learning community with diverse cultural origins and social preferences - is substantially more complex. But not impossible."

Don't let pass this opportunity and write, ask, comment on what are your expectation on your career, about learning and education, the technology en education or anything you are interested in. There are plenty of tools you can use and take advantage of this momentum. Heard what happened with former Virginia Governor Mark Warner and Twitter? The instant messaging is a good resource but not academically such as The American Phychological Association just found, "Students who are managing busy lives may think they are accomplishing more by multitasking, but they will actually need more time to achieve the same level of performance on an academic task". Or the very popular Friendfeed, and get firsthand advise from one who really knows, without being obsessed on seeing everything that floats by.

You have the voice. You have the tools, Use them!

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Edublogger Event 08: Passionate People Talking About Education

In the United State this is an election year and no matter who wins, Democrats or Republicans, change in education is in the wind (not for the first time, though) and think tanks, experts, politicians and bloggers are all again looking for the things that need to be "done to" improve the quality of the American education. We think that teachers should offer up their thoughts to politicians and others about what you think needs to happen. Surely , there are organizations preoccupied on these issues, but what about teachers around the world, across practice, across theory, grade level just talking about the things they would like to see happen in education.

Last year, we participate in the Edublogger Event07 and this, Steli Efti kindly invited us, but we couldn't be part of such a select group of speakers. At least, we want to participate to all of you the Best of Edublogger Event08.

"There are so many passionate people out there who are devoted to improve the future of education and change the world to the better and bringing some of you together for one day, was a special honor for us!" wrote Steli, thanking great participants this year, just to mention: Vicki Davis, Jeff Utecht, Jonatan Castano Munoz, Daniel J. Guhr, Alexa Joyce, Peter Bihr among other valuable participants.

We don't profess to know it all by any means, but we think this is as an opportunity to start a conversation about the things that will truly improve education. Nobody can doubt that taking the 30,000 foot view ever hurts!

So, we want to congratulate SuperSchool and we hope to be on board next year. In the meantime, please head over to see what happened the 2007 and follow the conversation of the amazing virtual speakers this year.

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Babla: Love your Words at Lexiophiles

I think this is a smart way to conquer sympathizers and visitors. Today we've received an e-mail from where they notify us about a new project they are working and developing. We don't believe much in this directories anymore, but they have made a point, saying "no system is perfect, but we based our ranking on objective values, which were assigned according to the blog’s content and features." So, we've take it as ours.

This company is based in Germany and they feature education and tech among their first 67 language and education blogs. We want to thank the guys who found content, consistency and interactivity in this blog as to select it and feature it in their project.

This kind of blog are useful when you work in an environment where many cultures come together, our experiences in Global Voices Online as author or translator are valuable and we can tell from those experiences, that language lovers we encounter them worldwide. We hope guys at succeed and pass by and check out by yourselves, if you find that list interesting and useful for people reading and searching about languages and education.

As we said before, we don't pay attention to this lists but if you like them and want us to do the favor, and vote for education & tech, please head over their page and vote us. Thank you all.

The following is a chart we've taken from lexiophiles where they've categorized what are the 10 most spoken languages in the whole world:

1 -->Chinese [1,210,000,000]
2 -->Hindi [487,000,000]
3 -->Spanish [358,000,000]
4 -->English [341,000,000]
5 -->Arabic [320,000,000]
6 -->Portuguese [250,000,000]
7 -->Bengali [207,000,000]
8 -->Russian [160,000,000]
9 -->Japanese [125,000,000]
10 -->German [100,000,000]

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Socializing a Lesson's Plan. Using Wikis...

We hope you know what to do with a wiki(not always a good tool for design of curricula) and how they are handy tools helping you elaborate and construct lesson's plan as has reported today. He helped someone else hanging up a wiki, a project a fellow teacher is working on, here.

He's working on a scope and sequence for my class. The scope and sequences will be built for the 6-8 TA TEKS and he's pulling from a variety of sources to put it together. Even if you feel like you may not be able to help then periodically check it out, e-mailed Miguel this fella.

MGuhlin has made his part and he's found some points the curriculum the author should change:

-Course seems computer literacy more than technology literacy focused.
-Why not use Moodle glossary instead of MS Word for a WordWall?
-What is Tech Connect accounts?
-How is this relevant to anything? It seems like the journal entries are fabricated with no relation or connection to the power that social computing offers.
-The Read/Write Web isn't a part of this.

The editor of Around the Corner closes his post when he recalls Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay's work to get conversations rolling on "content that matters that is relevant to the technology that is being used, rather than coming up with content that has no purpose except to encourage students to learn a technology."

I will incorporate under "Create Rules" the following contract(sorry I don't remember where I've found it, but it's not mine), to be signed by teacher and student.

Remember:Even if you feel like you may not be able to help then periodically check it out

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