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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 L. Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is an instructor with UoPeople, is a 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 blogging and I'd written articles about education and technology almost every day since 2003. In the gazillion of notes, Education & Tech provides you with education news, tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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Milton Ramirez Endorses Obama for President of the U.S.

We all know people who might not vote this year. So created this funny news video about Obama losing by a single vote. It's a great, fun, scary way to remind everyone you know to vote.

Can you send this video to your friends?

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Learning to Write and Writing to Learn

Every time you write audience and purpose should first be defined – even if that audience is yourself and is just work-in-progress or stems that may grow or graft onto other ideas. Since we here are talking about writing on blogs and it's the activity teachers and students perform online, so they see their work standing alongside that of their peers, I do resist to accept the invitation extended by Wired Magazine this week: Stand-alone bloggers can’t keep up with a team of pro writers, like Engadget or The Huffington Post, who crank out up to 30 posts a day. The advice for bloggers, – shut down your blogs and take refuge in places like Twitter, Flickr or YouTube.

Our kids at school are learning to write, no matter whether they are using a blog o any social network as MySpace, for example, they may be still using in the wrong place words like "were/where" . This means, we teachers need to work deeper on how to teach parts of a sentence. Gilbert Halcrow, in a comment left on Beyond School Blog asks:

Why are English and Humanity teachers so concerned about writing and not enough about audience?

Let me share what happened today at home. I received a letter from Mrs Meigh saying "Your child knew that the 45 minute persuasive benchmark would be given in class today, and your child finished hi/her final copy done for us to review before the benchmark was assigned for final comments and suggestions". My son who is a sixth grader, was so happy to show me that letter and was way motivated. Now, let me tell you, he's no the one who loves to write but the single option that makes him look better, push him to work harder and avoid himself looking weak!

The theme of work was persuasive writing and he wrote about saving a Park for the kids enjoy. He was set to an audience first. That's how they feel more compelled to write or keep writing at school projects.

But let's hear Halcrow again, If I am engaged with my peers in developing my ideas (I think that is what you mean by writing to learn) then who cares if the spelling is wrong or OMG I use textese. For that audience it is understood and efficient. If the teacher (us old farts) are involved in the collaboration then students should adapt their writing appropriately. If the text being created has to meet a formal template or a wider designated audience then different standards of writing will need to be engaged in.

Extensive explanation of Blogging to Learn and a Dialogue can be read here.

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Education Today 10/29/2008

NYT's Front Page Coverage Hides the Story of "Nearly 100 Failure of All Schools"

Their front-page coverage (cont'd on A14), in fact, misses the primary finding of the Cardullo study that most people would find shocking if the New York Times or the L. A. Times could leave their unwavering "take names, kick ass" editorial support for NCLB on the shelf long enough to report the news.

Raising the bar in New Jersey

New Jersey has a plan to require all students to take pass chemistry, to pass Algebra II, to be ready for college or the workforce.

LinkedIn: Make Yourself Findable and Approachable

LinkedIn, which raised $53m in June at an eye-catching $1bn valuation, it's on its way again. This time the social network for professionals has pulled in another $23m - and at the same valuation, despite the collapse in stock prices since then, according to TechCrunch.

A company being this solid, deserves to be followed and pay attention where is it going. Education Professionals can miss the boat at they should all open their own profile at LinkedIn. (And why not befriend me?).

Jeff Cobb of Mission to Learn wrote on last Tuesday, his 7 LinkedIn Tactics for lifelong Learning and one of them is about how important is to make yourself findable and approachable:

"One of the best ways to build your own knowledge is to teach others what you know. So, the flip side of the scenario above is to make yourself available for connecting with others to share learning and knowledge. Make sure you have Expertise requests selected in the Contact Settings for your profile. Also, take the time to fill in your Specialties, Interests, and Groups and Associations. These all provide clues to the sorts of expertise you may be able to offer others. Be sure to note things like any foreign languages you may speak (and how fluently) as well as time spent traveling or living in other countries. Remember, LinkedIn has global reach," writes Cobb.

So, if you don't have a profile on, it's time to do it so. This social network it's here to stay and won't be part of the Web 2.0 meltdown!

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Welcome to the Online Encyclopedia of Peace Education

The online Encyclopedia of Peace Education provides a comprehensive overview of scholarly developments in the field to date as well as new insights from across the globe from various actors involved in advancing peace education. This online resource serves as a living reference guide that traces the history and emergence of the field, highlights foundational concepts, contextualizes peace education practice across international and disciplinary borders, and suggests new directions for peace educators.

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Paulo Coelho: What Is a Teacher?

Paul has graciously made a number of his quotes available as e-cards and signature lines so if you are fond of this kind of cards, head on over and see which one captures your intent the best.

Paulo Coelho as many remember, has gained fame earlier this year by pirating his own books and seeding the torrents on websites. Want to know the results? Visit his page or follow him either on Digg or Facebook.

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Education Today 10/26/2008

The Social Media Classroom

The Social Media Classroom (we’ll call it SMC) includes a free and open-source (Drupal-based) web service that provides teachers and learners with an integrated set of social media that each course can use for its own purposes—integrated forum, blog, comment, wiki, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging, widgets , and video commenting are the first set of tools.

The Belief and Faith Equation For School Change

Teachers do not believe in the students and the parents.
Administrators do not believe in the teachers and the parents.
Students do not believe in themselves.

Educational Learning Log Awards 2008

We only learn from experience...if we reflect upon experience - John Dewey.

Best Education Blog

Cast your vote to the best blog about education, such as home-schooling, school related items, college, and the like. This is not a category for the best blog educating its readers on a particular topic.

Looking Beyond the Physical Student To Be Successful in Teaching.

We are very close to Nov. 4th elections and as Clay Burell suggests, everything is political - except for edubloggers. For his I Didn’t Wordle as Rome Burned go here.

Not that we don't care about the crises Beyond School speaks to, but we are not in a position of suspending our edublogging assignments. Some other times we've also written about politics, today we want you to look beyond the physical appearence of a student and see him within if you really want to be successful in performing your career on teaching.

For this to be understood, we will cite a paragraph from Succesful Blogging:

I am concerned about how we label students so that they qualify for special education services. Now that the law requires a different way to determine if a student has learning disabilities, I think it has opened up the door for many different interpretations... (Read complete article)

Pat hopes that when you look at students and notice that they are having difficulties, you look beyond the standard generalizations of “it must be laziness”, “it’s just teenage angst”, “they will get over that”, “peer pressure will take care of that”, or “there is just no hope for them”. I hope that I don’t expect them to run when they really can’t do it. You need to remember that all disabilities are not easily recognized. You need to look beyond the physical student and see the student within if I want to be successful in teaching.

I am afraid many mistakes we as teachers are doing in this field and that is that reason why I have to put away hot election politics to attend a issue all teachers are confronted on a daily basis.

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Pragmatic Uses of Social Media

Two months now we wrote a post about a book, where the author challenges traditional instruction in America. through uses of social media. Today, and from a different point of view, Darren Draper, talks about the hacking of the curriculum and comes to extract a prediction already established by Clayton Christensen:

"…the delivery of education via online courses will change the entire landscape of course development and control of the curriculum. Each academic field will supply its experts to help create the courses in that field. Once these courses are created, the notion that a teacher at a local school should be creating their own course no longer makes any sense whatever. (Roger Schank & Kemi Jona. 1999.,p. 19)"

All this means students and teacher need to be prepared. Changes in education technology brings in the importance of blogs as medium to transmit and proliferate the knowledge the 'experts' will create according to Schank & Jona.

Harold Harche collects what he's picked from the Work Literacy Webinar, about the good use of blogs and trends of how communication (knowledge) is delivered:

Blogs act as the glue between synchronous events.
Blogs are ways of mapping the learning journey.
Every blog is unique and gives a whole-person view, which you don’t get with assignments.
Blogs encourage dialogue and show how to relate to an audience, which is good for photographers in training.
There is peer group feedback.
Blogs allow for rich media - images, video, sound, links to other resources; all of which can be mashed up, tagged, recomposed, mixed - by all participants.
Blogs can also be emotional and playful.

But let's pay attention to Drappe's four questions on how you, as a teacher, are feeling about the perspectives and future of the education. One of his questions is:"Ultimately, as a teacher, are you willing to relinquish instructional control in your classroom to a piece of software or another instructor, possibly better qualified, but inconveniently located thousands of miles away?"

There are certain things that can only be taught when face to face with a real live person and other purely mechanical where you don't need the personal touch. For those mechanical outputs I will cede control on software of a person miles away. In the other hand, it's not possible to relinquish power. Thing is how to find the perfect balance to the benefit of not the teachers but students and the future of our society.

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American Industry Wisdom Taking On Schools and American Classrooms

I’ll bet most (all?) of the big-time school reform outfits today are headed by people who have not read more than one or two of the 100 books I recommended at the end of "In Schools We Trust." They have no idea that their latest gimmicks have been tried before. In 1971, the Center for Urban Education published a book called "Education and Jobs" by Ivar Berg. It’s controversial, outrageous, and worth reading if that subject interests you. In 1974, David Tyack wrote "The One Best System." Worth a read if one's current pursuit is “systemic” replication. I spent the summer before opening CPESS curled up with "The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform" by Seymour Sarason. Right or wrong, these are works that anyone tackling the same issues today and claiming to seek a new paradigm for solving them ought to be aware of. Then there are the works of Meier and Ravitch, of course.

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How to Take Advantage of Simple Lesson Learned at Elementary School

We are subscribed to Dumb Little Man a while now and this week they've come up with an interesting post dedicated to the elementary school attendees. Ali Hale of Alpha Student makes a wonderful post, we all should read, even when it remind us all how simple were the rules at elementary school.

School Elementary Lessons for Today's Grown Up

Post is based on its original 5 Elementary Lessons That Can Help You Today.

1. Handwriting and presentation -Remember how your teacher insisted on the neatness and proper handwriting presentation? Nowadays, this applies to simple things like your clothes. Although, good presentation is important in so many other areas too – from writing a letter to a potential mentor to trying to write the About page of your blog. "Good presentation is vital in life; we judge based on appearances, even though we might not mean to."

2. Silent Time - Teacher used to ask you to work silently, that's the best way to keep yourself focus. Have to courage and power to tell your co-workers that you want them to be quite in order to finish a project. "silent time could mean logging out from instant messaging applications and switching off your mobile."

3. Put your hand up - It has to be with the art of listening, you had to raise your hand and wait for your teacher to call your name. Give the opportunity to speak to other people, particularly those shyer ones. "The principle is to make sure that everyone has a chance to participate."

4. Do your homework -Agrr!... Still talking about homework? Yes, it might seem boring or tedious but we had to get it done! Give detention to yourself when in a middle of something. After all, "doing your homework can make all the difference between success and failure."

5. Play time - At school and your work place, we enjoy breaks because it means free time. It pays to enjoy such a short breaks when we are on duty. Walk, make some exercise or drink a sip of coffee. After that you will be "able to concentrate on your work far more effectively if you have a regular break."

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Are Vouchers the Only Concern of Our Candidates?

Those who watched the last night debate might agree with me that for candidates, education in the U.S. is worth five minutes and spent at the very end. Thousands of hours of political talk, hardly seems like enough for an issue most everyone declares to be vital to our future.

Eduwokette has named its Carnival of Education after the Debate: The Debate Edition. This is what they say about the interest both candidates have on Education:

McCain: My friends, since I’m so busy talking about earmarks, I never talk about education.

Obama: Come to think of it, I am so busy talking about change that I don’t either.

However, if you happen to watched the third debate, McCain (Obama followed) was concentrated on the DC Vouchers, that "has not done a thing to improve public schools, something which supporters of those programs claim will be a primary benefit." as Tim says.

Well, presidentials seems that don't even care about those students, that beginning in elementary school, are sent up through the grades unprepared, with a lack of preparation that grows exponentially until they hit college. What the colleges are told? Fix it. Do whatever needs to be done to prepare these students for careers and meaningful lives!?

It's truth, we are confronted to a economical situation that is supposed to be attended first, but isn't education the one resource that will grow fortune and will get this crisis up? Education is funded by local property values. So, be attentive, in the end it will be the devaluation of property and the revaluation of citizens that will change schools.

Students in American public schools are like those chocolates in classic episode of I Love Lucy. They’re being sent down the conveyor belt before they’ve been properly wrapped. Workers hide unwrapped chocolates in their hat as supervisors call out for the belt to go faster. As administrators analyze, review and make decisions, the unwrapped chocolates either fall on the floor or wend their way to their graduation boxes. Collectively, the establishment put children on this conveyor belt and appears to still reject warnings of problems.

Do Nov. 4th elections will change the course of education? I bet not. While educational administrators think that parents aren’t asked for input on district curricula because they don’t have the background required to offer informed input, all official will stay in a perpetual silence. It’s too bad none of the parents in a district ever went to college; ran a business; tutored children; became engineers, mathematicians, writers, teachers, professors or tradespeople. Any of that would have been so helpful. Let's revaluate this conception and the role school-parents!

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No Excuses, All It's About You Dearest Teachers!

We haven't been following lately Mr. Richardson, but many of his colleagues are, and of a exposition at Powerful Learning Practice (PLP), dskmag of Effective Digital Classrooms quotes a so powerful expression about Web 2.0., by W. Richardson:

It’s not about the students, the system, the syllabus or the the technology … it’s about you … what do you want to do in your classroom that will better prepare kids for what comes next.

Is there any other teacher reading this blog? This is about YOU!

We really like the poster dskmag uses to sustain his Yeah, but...

You also would get impressed by his new conception and definition of what it'll be the next revolution in education: The connectavist-school.

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Education Today 10/15/2008

Citizen Journalism and intellectual property

While I agree with those who hold asking for permission to republish images that are CC licensed attribution-only (as mine are) is NOT required, I do see the utility in asking permission “just to be sure.”

The Hook for a person who is learning to read

While we might be able to try our hand at accessible English language materials, we suspect that someone is already doing that - just without enough people knowing about them.

Social Media and The Role of Personal Branding In Education

In an age where the boundaries between private and public life are becoming increasingly blurred and personal (and corporate) reputations are defined by Google results, it is crucial to monitor and define our online identities.

What Really Matters in Girls' Education.

We are living in a culture that is telling girls you can’t do math — that’s telling everybody that only Asians and nerds do math. And this assertion seems to be repeated for the boys and girls' education.

Newsweek published about a month now, a post on It’s Not Just About the Boys. Get Girls Into School. Newsweek talks about a project of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations, which was started by former top economic adviser to President Bill Clinton (and currently advising Barack Obama),Gene Sperling, in 2002.

Educating girls will change the world, as this report and others like it show. Investing in girls' education doesn't just mean more literate women. It means healthier mothers and children, more sustainable families, growth in productivity and income, and fairer and more democratic societies.

The first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary for the first two years of the Clinton administration, was Dee Dee Myers. She writes at the Buzz Board of The Daily Beast and today, she also recommends Sperling's Book What Works in Girls' Education.

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Fazar Kamangar: Urgent Action Appeal

Human RightsFarzad Kamangar is an Iranian teacher, officer in his union and defender of Kurdish minority rights was sentenced to death by an Iranian court for "enmity against God." In fact, he is being accused of being a terrorist for his activist activities. His lawyer, who was not allowed to defend him at trial, has said that there is no evidence of Farzad committing any those pre stablished activities.

According to the latest news on Farsi websites, the situation of Iranian teacher trade unionist Farzad Kamangar remains critical. Farzad is still alive, but facing the death sentence which has not yet been commuted. At present, he is in solitary confinement in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison in section 209, the section for political prisoners.

Many national and international organizations have attempted to have this sentenced commuted, but despite their efforts the death sentence is still upheld by the Iranian Supreme Court. Those who have shown solidarity with Kamangar are now also being subjected to intimidation by Iranian officials.

Your support is still urgently needed. Get to know how over here.

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Work Literacy's Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals

It's the third week now since the Webinar Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals started as preparation for the DevLearn 2008 Conference to be held in November 11-14 in California. Today Michele Martin released theme for this week. Blogs.

Blogging is Learning. Blogging is Networking.

"Bloggers continually search for interesting information they can post. When they post information, they must synthesize that information, formulate additional questions, contrast and make sense of differing viewpoints, and identify patterns and trends.


The process of connecting can be sped up by posting interesting questions, linking to other blogger’s posts, participating in activities such as the Learning Circuit Blog’s Big Question. Of course, it’s also a good idea to get together with other bloggers at industry events. There are rumors that bloggers like beer."

Read the entire article here.

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Working Out Math's Achievement in the U.S

Janet E. Mertz and an oncology professor at the University of Wisconsin and Jonathan M. Kane,a professor of mathematics and computer science at the same University, lead a study that will be on the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. and which particularly is among the first to examine data from the most difficult math competitions for young people, including the USA and International Mathematical Olympiads for high school students, and the Putnam Mathematical Competition for college undergraduates. For winners of these competitions, the Michael Phelpses and Kobe Bryants of math, getting an 800 on the math SAT is routine.

The United States is failing to develop the math skills of both girls and boys, especially among those who could excel at the highest levels, and girls who do succeed in the field are almost all immigrants or the daughters of immigrants from countries where mathematics is more highly valued, the New York Times stated.

People contributing to the Slashdot entry among other things, had pointed out: The problem is related to probability in a way Success at sports is highly rewarded but difficult to achieve (as defined by a standard of playing in a professional league at a national level). In academics, success (attainment of a graduate degree) is easier (number of people able to reach the goal) to achieve though still a difficult task.

What would help is some good publicity for all of the cool science, math, and engineering being done. MythBusters, despite what the purists would say, has done a lot to encourage a love of science -- or at least something resembling the scientific process. Junkyard Wars, and even the various robot-battle shows help get kids (and us older kids) interested in science and technology.

Some of you might want to pay attention to the Darius' story which is based on the Immersive Repetition Learning Model (IRLM) headed by Jerry Reed. He also refers to the problems the study has found.

College algebra is the most failed class in US colleges nationally, according to Mr. Reed. Algebra is at its heart a course in logic and helps to build the skills required for critical thinking. Unfortunately we are not taking care to educate the gifted and more specifically the exceptionally gifted population (We cherish mediocrity over bringing harm to the self-esteem of others). There are more dollars spent in all fifty states on special educational needs for those in the bottom 10% by far than those in the top 10%.

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Teaching in the Digital Age

There is no question that technology has changed the way we do school, business and live our own lives, but how has it changed the way we do teaching? The following presentation made by Angel Myers, explores the role of technology in education, moving beyond the textbook in the digital lives of your students, and what we can do as teachers to use technology in powerful and productive ways in our classrooms to develop a holistic new vision of education.

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Twitter: The Single Tool that Changed the Classroom Dynamics

Is no news that Twitter has changed life for many. At the beginning we were in doubt of keep course with Twitter or switch to Pownce. Time has given the reason to Twitter users, they remain highly solicited by avid users who wants to communicate from simple familiar things to very sophisticated themes.

In Forget E-Mail: New Messaging Service Has Students and Professors Atwitter, an assistant professor of emerging media and communication at the University of Texas at Dallas, David Parry, tells that reluctantly tried Twitter and now calls it 'the single thing that changed the classroom dynamics more than anything I’ve ever done teaching.' There is a classification for Twitter uses and Jeremiah Owyang prefers to name Twitter a Social Computer.

Using a microblogging tools like Twitter will encourage students to be more accountable and also for teachers to communicate more often with their students. It reaches beyond the classroom walls into the daily life of the teachers and students.

All this process, helps make school not so much 'out there' so to speak. It is an ongoing, lifelong learning tool. As a educator and while teaching a subject, you will begin to see and get excited about how you can use a microblogging tool for the classes.

Students need answers quickly and it seems as though this kind of tool would be helpful in that aspect. All the opposite with experiences lived by NYU Journalism professor, Mary Quigley, that is not up to speed on social media.

Are you already using Twitter in the classroom or on your daily activities? If so, don't hesitate to add me to your Twitter account.

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Web 2.0 Should Be Used More Often in the Classroom.

There has always been a layer of distrust in stats and research that has not been peer reviewed, to the extent that there has been a great excuse for the lack of change by haughty educators and States that don't want to make the effort.

However, Becta (the UK government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning) has made a research which results are to be peer-reviewed and they've released a report of such a major new research into the use of Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, blogs and social networking, by children between the ages of 11-16, both in and out of the school environment.

People related to these field, the Web 2.0 applied to education, have found that such technologies do improve learning:

  • Web 2.0 helps to encourage student engagement and increase participation – particularly among quieter pupils, who can use it to work collaboratively online, without the anxiety of having to raise questions in front of peers in class – or by enabling expression through less traditional media such as video.

  • Teachers have reported that the use of social networking technology can encourage online discussion amongst students outside school.

  • Web 2.0 can be available anytime, anywhere, which encourages some individuals to extend their learning through further investigation into topics that interest them.

  • Pupils feel a sense of ownership and engagement when they publish their work online and this can encourage attention to detail and an overall improved quality of work. Some teachers reported using publication of work to encourage peer assessment.

Is this the new trend of the Web 2.0 in education?

Economists (Not Teachers) Write: In Hope of a Social Inequality Reduction

The Race between Education and TechnologyImmigration and globalization trade are significant causes of rising inequality. Two Harvard economists, Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz, in their book, The Race Between Education and Technology wrote that still something can be done to contend the economic polarization, root cause of America’s political polarization.

The NYT reads the new book where "the authors skillfully demonstrate that for more than a century, and at a steady rate, technological breakthroughs — the mass production system, electricity, computers — have been increasing the demand for ever more educated workers. And, they show, America’s school system met this demand, not with a national policy, but in grassroots fashion, as communities taxed themselves and built schools and colleges."

If other countries are at higher level in education, is it caused by the teaching models? Or is it that we are holding American youth back?

Well, authors of this book say that a reconfigured financial industry and possible new tax policies might affect the 30-year trend toward greater inequality. In such a data-rich book, we all should remember that greater investments in human capital once put Americans collectively on top of the world, now that economical 'emergency' requires more than ever.

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Teachers Matter!

World Teachers’ Day underlines the importance of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. Another UNESCO recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel was also adopted in 1997.

Both recommendations lay down the guidelines on issues such as training and employment conditions for teachers worldwide; participation of teachers and their representatives in educational decisions; and measures that should be taken in each country to promote quality teachers and learning environments. They are the only comprehensive international standards for the teaching profession in existence.

With low salaries, overcrowded classrooms, low job security, inadequate training – The World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on 5 October, is the occasion to pay tribute to a profession whose role in the education of young people and adults remains essential.

The emphasis this year is on developing teacher policies, the only foundation for ensuring sustainable and high-quality recruitment. Happy World Teachers' Day!

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Who Is in Power to Stop Finally the Cyberbulling? Parents.

Most don’t mention it, anyway. This has long been the case on the playground, in the cafeteria, in the gym locker room, on the athletic field, and the lavatory. As well as for the last few years in which teens have come to call the Internet their digital home, where friendly faces meet taunts and teases and out-and-out venom and aggression that inevitably gets tagged as the classic war amongst peers. The problem is that the graffiti is particularly hard to erase on the Web.

A study was organized by Jaana Juvonen and Elisheva F Gross, a fellow and a professor at UCLA, respectively, and the core finding is that bullying is prevalent among teens (at least 41% of the 1,454 surveyed). Go figure. Also, Juvonen and Gross found that teens think slander is only being directed at them.

Read the whole story here.

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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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.)

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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?
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