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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

Teacher + Scholar

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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Looking Into Learning Necessities

Education is part of Humanities and we all know how diverse are the subjects referring to human beings. As such, find a particular niche in Education it's being hard all the time, and still we are far from get it. In this blog, we try to find the best posts about this subject although, it's out of our hands to cover everything related to the Educational Sciences. Research is a word so costly that not all scholars or researchers can pay. That's the reason of why we don't see much investigation on any of the areas of education.

Of course, we are not to be discouraged. Humanities now and then, have had to fight all its way and get to the position and representation they have today. Research is been made but we need more to get Education to its level. While we checked blogs today, we've found two gems about what we talking about, searching for what are the necessities of the people involved in education, in this case teachers and students.

Sue Waters reports on the results of her poll(How to use polls on blogs), what you most want to learn more about? "Using blogs with students’ was the #1 response for both (41% votes - Vizu, 20 % - PollDaddy). While Blog design was second/third choice (Vizu/Polldady) ranking of the other answers varied considerably between the two polls."

On the other hand, Gareth Long, encourages people in power positions to pay more attention to students. he shares an experience lived by the Students from High Tech High School in San Diego. They pleaded with passion: Please, build buildings that allow us to want to learn, rather than containing the learning process! and they went on to be more specific: Create somewhere relaxing and bright, so you can open the windows and see out, you know, somewhere you want to be 7 hours a day!

We all have worries and concerns in about what we should be learning, but we here are taking about formal learning. We need to know what people is in need of, so we can help you find the answers. As for us, we need to learn PHP, to switch our template to another place by ourselves? What about yours?

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Great Classroom Tech Help from Florida

Looking for screencasts, PDF files, video and other resources to be used in the classroom? All these resources are available completely FREE to anyone, whether or not you live and teach in Florida.

Who is behind of all these wonderful projects supported by iTunes? The Tech-Ease website and resources are part of the the Educational Technology Clearinghouse (ETC) by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology.

Links at ETC are deep and wide in terms of rich content. One single example is the No Strings Attached: Wireless Laptops in Education. "This website features exemplary models of technology integration across Florida, including lessons from the school districts of Bradford, Broward, Collier, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, St. Johns and Walton counties."

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Education Today 10/02/2008

eduTwitterin’ Yahoo Pipe!

The aggregated feed is a bit slow - it takes time to pull out tweets for each edutwitterer, and there is the potential for feeds being cached all over the place (by Yahoo pipes, by your browser, or whatever you happen to view the pipes output feed etc. etc.)

Academic's tree worldwide. Spread the word and sign up!

100+ (E-)Learning Professionals to follow on Twitter

The list is by no means complete, so Jane will continue to add names. Is it yours on the list?

Discuss, Implications, New Tools And Methods for Work And Learning

You cannot talk about the impact of wikis, blogs, social bookmarking, tagging, even search unless you actually use them. That's precisely the problem staggering journalism right now, who is going to do the hard work of investigative journalism? How will internauts ensure that the information shared is credible? William Dutton popped similar questions in Journalism, the Internet, and Empirical Research. He says that many concerns exist not only in internet journalism but in the information consumption habits of people in any media. What about education? In education we are facing similar concerns!

We've missed the post of Harold Jarche in about his Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals. On September 23th he announced this online course which is in its second day because it started yesterday Monday 29th. "This is a six week (or is that six step?) program, covering the basics of Web 2.0 tools and methods, with room for the more experienced to join in and add their expertise to the mix."

Work Literacy is the place for this online event and over one hundred professionals are attending the course. You can still sign up and get the benefit of a FREE price tag.

Hope to see you at the Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals!

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Teachers Looking for Help in the Growing Diversity of Student Body

First-year educators feel themselves well prepared in aspects like direct instruction and classroom management, according to a survey report (pdf) from the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality and Public Agenda, but confirm they were ill-equipped to deal with the growing ethnic and racial diversity in the American schools, and special learning needs of children in their classrooms.

Most teachers say although, they were trained in teaching an ethnically diverse student body, fewer than 4 in 10 say that their training "helps them a lot in the classroom."

Rachel Gang has first reported about this findings at and she shows up charts from two particular questions:

*Was how to teach an ethnically diverse student body covered in your classroom?. 76 % answered YES.

*How much did this training help? 52% said "Just a little"

The report based on interviews of 641 first-year teachers, found that although 76 percent had received instruction in teaching ethnically diverse students, only 39 percent said that the training significantly helped them in the classroom. Findings were similar for teaching special-needs children. Nearly 82 percent of the new teachers were taught to work with children with special-needs, but only 47 percent said the training helped 'a lot.'

Respondents were given a list of proposals to improve teacher quality, they ranked two items significantly on top of the others: reducing class sizes and training in adapting instruction to meet the needs of a diverse classroom.

Second one can be easily solved. The first, it all depends of governments funds, hard to get it with the No Child Left Behind program.

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Education Today 09/28/2008

More 'Open Teaching' Courses, and What They Could Mean for Colleges

It will be interesting to see how traditional academic reacts to the idea of opening learning to, um, students. In the mean time, like Tony Karrer said, a growing movement.

Open Source Spanish Resource Using Curriki

This open source Spanish curriculum addresses the needs of a comparatively small group of children--those who began their study of Spanish in kindergarten or 1st grade and are now entering middle school.

Table of Contents for Opening Up Education -The MIT Press

These essays by leaders in open education describe successes, challenges, and opportunities they have found in a range of open education initiatives.
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