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Education + Tech

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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Australian Police Thinks Blog Posts Are Evil!

Are Blog Posts evil? That's what some people think still think. In Australia, a man named Al Upton was teaching his students how to blog and all the stuff involved, when the Australian police came in and told them they had to destroy all of their blog posts. Mr Al Upton's students literally cried because they had to destroy their blog posts that they had worked so hard on. Can you imagine why they would have to do this? Blog posts are not evil and they should be allowed all over the world because it's one of the best ways for kids to express themselves.

I wonder what Australian police will say about this mockery.

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Amplifying Possibilities: k12 Online Conference '08

This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2008 conference theme is Amplifying Possibilities. This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 13, 2008. The following two weeks, October 20-24 and October 27-31, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog for participants to download and view.

k12 Online Conference

Writing With a Purpose: Four Ways to Let your Kids Learning it!

This is one of the reason why the internet is fantastic, you can get in touch with unimaginable sources that teach you and inspire you. Today, while reading our subscriptions I came across to this post written by the editor of Higher Up and Further In. Lindafay was asked a question by one of her readers and she elaborates her answer recurring to personal experiences that we think can benefit more that her reader alone.

The question was: "I was wondering what your advice would be to get a 12 yr old going in writing. I have neglected this a bit (Ok maybe a lot) and now heading into 7th grade I really need to get him going :) I've been looking over all your narration/composition posts trying to come up with a plan for my 8 yo so we don't end up in the same situation. Thanks for all the great info on your blog!"

I also have a sixth grader with some problems on spelling and if you happen to read this post, I will be glad if you can suggest anything to improve my son's inconveniences.

The inspired by Charlotte Mason Education, writes about the success of her children in the process of writing. She recommends the following activities (We've added only one more):

1. Daily oral and written narrations - In order to become a good writer, everyone must put in their time. Have your son begin writing on a daily basis. Start slow, maybe beginning with just a paragraph a day, but keep raising the bar.

2. I let my children write about their interests as much as possible - No one wants to write about something that bores, even if you are using a writing program, don't be afraid to change the topics to suit your son's interests.

3. Children need an audience - Knowing that they have an audience it makes them keenly aware of their spelling and grammar errors. Everyone loves some show off. Let them do it.

4. Go beyond homework
- Teachers have assignments and they need to be completed but the daily narrations are based on your son's personal interests.

Knowinly that your kid loves to play electronics (Gameboy, Playstation, PSP, etc, it's better that you take some of that time and put him to work on his own benefit. Reading and writing time is about you. They (kids) cannot stop playing those games until you made them stop. Do it so, and distribute his/ her time.

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Education Today 09/16/2008

Top 10 Tools lists

A daily item of e-learning interest selected by Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.


Open Source; a better model for all of us

There is a major difference between open source and a free Web service...The beauty of the open source model, of which there are several variants, is that it is more difficult for a project to be controlled by special interests. This is definitely something to consider as we use more and more web applications for education.

What if learning technologists ruled the world?

How decentralised and uncoordinated activity appeared to be for educational technologists working in the educational sector.

Web 2.0 is about giving up some control

Teachers need to say less of: 'let's open up a book.' and more of: 'let's open up a conversation.

Shanghai Learning 2.008 Conference

As last year from Learning 2.0 Beta 2007, during this weekend will take place the Learning 2.008 in Shanghai (SCIS - Hongqiao 1161 Hongqiao Road Shanghai, China 200051 Telf: 86-21-6261-4338 Fax: 86-21-6261-4639).

"Discussions, workshops and main speakers will focus on topics such as film making (documentaries), project-based learning, alternative assessments, how to use new technologies effectively to increase student learning, the effects of social media, media literacy and exploring further the concept of personal learning networks."

Among international presenters are: David Jakes, Clarence Fisher, Ewan McIntosh, Jeff Utecht and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach.

The Ning created for The Learning 2.008 Conference says registrations are closed, but if you still want to get information, please head over here.

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