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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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Ecology of the Indegenous Education Community

I've found the paper written by Mark Fettes,enlightening, because it gave us a clearer picture of how Indigenous communities might approach education. Not much has been written about this 'community education' explained on the basis of the model of cultural negotiation (by Arlen Stairs) Being an educator myself, I have never set foot in an Indigenous classroom, not even in my home country where we have many Indigenous communities, but now I may be able to start compiling information just in case I do visit one in the future here in the States or back in Ecuador.

The 22-page paper consists of information that helps in defining how Indigenous education has been influenced by four fundamentally different concepts of community. The author's paper cites David Corson to say that 'although the point of community education is sometimes to question taken-for-granted structures that oppress people, it usually leaves these structures in place'. We think Indigenous Education and the Ecology of Community is well suited to work towards a redefinition of Indian education.

It is interesting to note that the author of this paper has no background in any Aboriginal culture, neither a practising educator, nor tied closely to a community in the traditional sense of the word, which under our understanding, makes his reflections more objective.

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The Art of Listening: Teaching Our Children How to Be Students

I’m biased but I see the Obama Education Policy as one of the best proposals I’ve heard. The reason, I suspect, is the President Elect’s ability to listen. Listen to kids, and they will teach you how to teach them.

A challenging student came to class tardy, annoyed, and using a disciplinary referral as a pass. Because of his exceptional E.Q. I deferred as the student took over my role. Remember middle school? he challenged a class of sophomores.

"Yeah! It was wild ... A fight every day! Yeah, middle school was great.

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Education Today 11/12/2008

We're all in the Connected Generation

Almost every economically active individual today is “connected”, so the fact that it is only youth that are connected, is a myth.

Is the paperless school in sight?

Direct your students either towards using Photoshop Elements, which has most of the features they use in school or to an open-source alternative called The Gimp. For free software, Artrage is one of our favourites, along with Blender for 3D enthusiasts, Open Office and Audacity for audio.

New Classroom 2.0

Do the new classroom technologies represent an educational breakthrough, a threat to teaching itself, or something in between?

Learning About Wikis and History of Education

Wikispaces is inviting you to its Education Webinar on November 13th at 5pm PDT. You'll be learning about the basics of setting Wikispaces up in your classroom and hear from Jeanne Simpson, an educator who has used wikis to create and organize math resources for the classroom. Sarah Cove of the Wikispaces Blog has written, "Steve Hargadon has offered his Classroom 2.0 Elluminate room for the event. To join the meeting, simply click this link. We hope you are able to attend.

On the other hand, we've found a recently created blog under the name Libertatis Æquilibritas and the editor has started writing a serie, called 'Educating the Children'. It's precious piece of History of the Education and the author explains how through the process of the history, the responsibility of who is in charge of educating kids, has changed.

We will cite the last paragraphs, so you can contribute with the conversation and give you too, the opportunity to answer some of the questions brought up. Here's the excerpt:

"I offer you this brief history of education so that you can see that it has not traditionally been the state which educated children. Traditionally it has been provided, either for profit or charity, by communities, religious institutions, families, and employers. It is only in the last few hundred years that it has even been mandated by the state, and only for slightly more than a hundred that it has been provided by the state, and even then only in the first world.

But what was the quality of schooling before compulsory education? What opportunities were available to parents who wished to educate their children? What was the literacy rate and education level of the population at large? What did society look like before the state took over the education of the youth?

And what has society looked like since?" []

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'No Child Left Behind' Has Blocked Educational Progress

We have medium and small town papers around the U.S. with some first-class reporters who still believe in collecting, writing, and reporting the news without the filters of editorial boards paid for by the education-industrial complex. Below is what Jim Horn has called, The Best Education Report 2008:

The next Congress has the task of renewing and likely revising the federal No Child Left Behind Act, a law that is applauded in theory and mostly despised in practice.

Passed in 2001, the law embodied the notion of school accountability, then proceeded to set standards that will ultimately categorize nearly every school in the country as a failure.

“Accountability is a good thing, but what the law really is is a recipe for failure,” said Jack Sturgis, a veteran teacher and president of the Missoula Education Association. “The bill is designed to fail public education.” Said Alex Apostle, superintendent of Missoula County Public Schools: “No Child Left Behind is punitive. It actually makes what we do - and what we do is student achievement - more difficult.”

Read the whole article written by Michael Moore at The Missoulian.

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DevLearn08 : Learning in Web 2.0 World

If you live nearby San Jose, tomorrow is a good chance to learn about web 2.0, learning 2.0, and everything else 2.0. Beginning Nov 11th until Friday, Nov 14th the DevLearn 2008 Conference & Expo will take place in California, where "the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the e-Learning industry convene each year to explore, discuss, and learn about the best ideas and technologies for e-Learning."

Whether you are in the business or wish to see someone in person and shake a hand or give a hug, bring yourself great spirit and a good bunch of business cards. Yes, these are some of the recommendations have had, the readers of Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Last Friday, Brent Schlenker, Elerandev's Editor, made a list of what is expected you take, if you happen to attend the conference. He writes, "Check out everything and familiarize yourself with the program. DevLearnLIVE is a great place to find social networking for the event."

To Do: a) Subscribe to the event in Twitter; b)Enable your cell phone to decode QR codes; c)Please, bring your laptop; and, d) Get your cellphone with you.

Hope you enjoy and post about the event!

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Can Facebook Be Used in Education?

More than a year now we've hung a post about how to use Facebook Professionally. Things have shifted and now Facebook has over passed the number of MySpace's users worldwide. It might be the reason why so many bloggers abandon his practice to just jump wagon and integrate what Nicholas Carr foresees, either to Facebook or Twitter.

I am not so sure whether Sibertiger is a professional in education but I am sure he picked the right theme to publish it at his Saudixpat Blog. He says he has "found no empirical evidence validating the use of Facebook in secondary or elementary education. He did find evidence for using it in post-secondary education."

I will steal two paragraphs from his blog, knowingly that he won't take us further for such a crime. He writes:

"After some searching, I came across some blogs that advocated using Facebook in education. One blog had examples, including using the Files and Questions modules. The blogger states that, “All assignments and other items get posted to the “Files” module and you can use the “Questions” module to send out questions to your students.”. I didn’t even know that Facebook had Files OR Questions modules you could install on your facebook page (along with the Coffee Module, Gangster Wars module, Are You Canadian module, Cities I Have Been module, and so forth)."

And he continues writing, "At the famous (or infamous) Horace Mann School in New York City -the use of Facebook by students, was very negative. However, this was balanced as I stumbled across a CNN story from Missouri which highlighted a teacher’s viewpoint about using MySpace and Facebook to reach reluctant students at the high school level. I also came across a YouTube video about college admissions being affected by student’s Facebook or MySpace postings."

If you're active and in practice of teaching, would you mind to share your experiences using Facebook at your school?

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