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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

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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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.

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