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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 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

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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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Ivy League Scholar Breaks the Rules, Waives the Fees, And Welcomes Harlem Residents

Professor Dennis Dalton
By Courtney E. Martin, Utne Reader

True teachers from Socrates to Dennis is that they really are midwives to their students’ thinking. Since thinking is imaginative, unpredictable, innovative, critical, and iconoclastic, it is a danger to the status quo. We live in a world where “those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” Nevertheless, I share Dennis’ dream of a world in which teaching was properly honored so that the best and the brightest longed to take it on. But, alas, we only dream. -jpoverseas

Seventy-year-old professor Dennis Dalton - his bald head, trademark sneakers, baggy jeans, and button-up denim shirt barely discernible at the front of the room - announces with glee, "Ahhh! There it is! The School of Athens!"

Professor Dalton has taught for 38 years in the political science department of Barnard, the all-women's school of Columbia University in Harlem. How did a professor at one of the nation's most exclusive colleges manage to become the people's professor? As with many grand social experiments, it began with an unlikely friendship.

Administrators have not always looked favorably on Professor Dalton's theory of education. After they discovered that he was allowing a group of undocumented students to slip into his lectures semester after semester, he was asked to reconsider his open classroom policy, gently reminded that Columbia University has a formal auditing program and that students pay upwards of $50,000 a year.

The professor smiled and replied without pause, "These are my friends. You wouldn't tell any other professor that he couldn't invite his friends to sit in on his class."

The administration compromised, inviting the professor to hold a weekly evening seminar for the public in the fall of 2004. Though Dalton already had a full course load and a few nagging health issues, he eagerly agreed, inviting his "friends" to a community forum on nonviolence.

This is an abstract of one of the several articles on fixing education. For more, read Putting the Public Back in Public Education, America 101, and the online exclusive Educational Success: Stories of Innovation from the Utne Library.

(Photo: The Teaching Company)

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Among Obama's Goals Are a Major Spending Infusion on Education

It's our hope the Stimulus Plan passes by Senate, so our President can succeed on his goals for the 21th century classroom. It's all possible if Sen. Judd Gregg is elected Secretary of Commerce. The smart move would add another Republican to the Cabinet, but if Sen. Gregg left the Senate, it would be up to New Hampshire's Democratic governor to name a replacement. Only these ifs take place.

Teach and Learning has the note about Obama's goals for the 21st century classroom:

    President Obama has called to invest in technology for the classroom as part of the upcoming economic recovery package and has urged Congress to take targeted action. More specifically, Obama's goals include to "equip tens of thousands of schools, community colleges, and public universities with 21st century classrooms" and to "provide new computers, new technology, and new training for teachers," with the goal of allowing American students to "compete with kids in Beijing for the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future." The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) applauded Obama's call, and have in turn urged Congress to disseminate the new classroom technology grant funds through the existing Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) program. This would ensure that the funds reach the neediest schools first. These 4 groups represent over 100,000 educators and hundreds of high-tech employers, and they believe that a major spending infusion on education technology will create jobs within the education, education services and technology sectors. Furthermore, the funds would help American classrooms address the needs of today's tech-savvy students. SIIA President Ken Wasch says SIIA is "extremely optimistic about their [the Obama administration] commitment to boost classroom instruction into the 21st century through technology, and to achieve that goal through targeted stimulus investment." The four organizations recommend the inclusion of separate, additional broadband and technology infrastructure support for schools in addition to the economic recovery package, since an influx of technology in classrooms will be met with a need for increased bandwidth. The groups also pointed to a recent study by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, which found that a $10 billion investment in broadband would lead to the creation of nearly a half-million jobs.

See also, Throwing Money at Education in the New York Times.

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Facilitate… Stop Teaching the Uses of Web 2.0 Tools

Is very easy to get caught up in the jargon and hype of the current technologies. We are very enthusiastic about tech and still are in the learning stages of exploring the educational possibilities of the Web 2.0 tools. Imagine how would you feel when you realised you have unsuspectingly crossed into the realm of those who use the technowordy and from there they exclude others out of the conversation.

It's good to show new tools to other teachers and giving them ideas of how they can use them to enhance their teaching. We can get there, educating people of the range and limitations of the Web 2.0 tools, the safety procedures that can be put into place and being able to show them some working example that others have set up.

Don’t assume that teachers you know are tech savvy (most are, but not all) that they actually know how to use a tool. Set up rules for the pool, and enforce them diligently. Soon enough, teachers themselves will police themselves. Your education should include password use, proper conduct, reporting procedures, participation expectations, definition of inappropriate conduct, consequences, what information is OK and what is not (i.e. names, addresses, personal references, pictures, school info, etc.), how to log in, and so on.

Facilitate… Stop teaching, is noted in The Teacher Teacher's blog. Bob Martin, editor of the cited blog continues, "This may be the hardest part of using Web 2.0 tools. They don’t allow for front of the room teaching. You have to PARTICIPATE with your [teachers]students in the form of commenting, reading and encouraging. Once the project gains momentum, let it go."

Since an administrator’s job is to ask the tough questions about the ROE (Return On Education) and a tech’s job is to protect the networks. One of the most natural ways to teach administrators and techs about Web 2.0 is keeping it simple. Don't just assume administrators and tech people know everything.

Experience in the field of Web 2.0 can be related to blogging. Martin cites Konrad Glogowski, “If you are reading everything your students are writing then they are not writing enough.” We have to stop to “judge every word” on their writings and look more at the intent and effort. Same procedure is to be followed when we intent to facilitate the uses of Web 2.0 tools. Aren't they
participating? Aren't they engaged? Aren't they active?

Back in September of 2008, Liz Davis wrote an interesting post in answer to Angela Maiers call, what it'll be her suggestions for people starting their Web 2.0 journeys.

Are you up-to-date on all Web 2.0 tools that can be used in the classroom? How are you facilitating the handle and uses of such a popular instruments?

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John Updike: Writing Is Diminished And Reading Is Declining

John Updike passed away yesterday. There was no greater advocate of books than this author who created so many of them and read so many of them. For someone who thought of writing and literature as so fundamental, he was known for writing about the most ordinary of things in eloquent words.

But he has created controversy around his greatest lament that writing was diminished and reading was declining. Is it true that people is reading less than before?

We have to disagree. People may not be reading printed books or any other printed instrument, but there are others, particularly young ones, who are reading on the screen of their computers. Is fair to say that they are not reading books online in the same way we were used to do it a decade now, however, they are certainly reading different kinds of media online, included blogs.

There are students who have a book under the pillow for months. But this same students digest a good amount of literature while online and a single day! Brevity is the clue. And when we talk about writing and reading, brevity is so much important these days. Any clue as to why Twitter is getting so popular with its 140 characters?

The Journal of Educational Psychology, confirms how wordiness can hurt reading and by our purpose, learning. The study they carried, compared three lessons about the same weather process. All lessons used the same illustrations but varied in the number of words. Result: Lesson with the fewest words resulted in the most learning. (pdf doc, pp. 109-115).

So, may be that we are wrong, considering the stature of John Updike, still one thing is true: Reading is not declining. What has changed is the way we read and we prefer concise writing in front of long and wordy books. Don't get me wrong, we appreciate and value enormously the books, only that these instruments of knowledge are no so popular anymore among the new generation.

John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji of The Takeaway share with you a book list from their listeners created to honor John Updike.

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Silvia Tolisano: Building And Having a Sucessfull School Website

EdTech Talk yesterday hosted its School Websites podcast # 29, where Silvia Tolisano shared her experiences with having a reliable school website.

Click the link to download podcast or Listen Right Now!

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Gates Foundation Still Has a Lot to Learn About Education

Our goal as a nation should be to ensure that 80 percent of our students graduate from high school fully ready to attend college by 2025.

This is the goal this fascinating article and worth reading discuss on why Bill Gates Foundation should "never trust what anyone who in education tells" them.

From D-Ed Reckoning on what works in education research:

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From Giroux to a Public Pedagogy through Video Games

I suppose you have memory of Henry Giroux as much as his pioneering work in public pedagogy. After you read James Paul Gee and Elizabeth Hayes' article, your eyes will pop up, learning the educational value of Yu-Gi-Oh cards and how we've come to built a Public Pedagogy through video games.

Derek Wenmoth has read the article and offers a deep insight of what is meant by these two authors:

Gee and Haynes argue that todays television shows, movies, websites and online games, are much more sophisticated in terms of the demands they make of viewers/users than they ever have been before, and that through engaging with them, there is quite profound and real learning taking place - what we often call ‘informal learning’. They further argue that this sort of learning is often wrongly compared with ‘formal learning’ in classrooms, because there is not teaching involved. Gee and Haynes make the point that teaching is a part of the gaming world - albeit implicit in the design, resources and affinity spaces involved.

Next time you want to pull out some these uncountable number Yu-Gi-Oh cards, belonging to your son, think twice.

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Teachers: Practical Advice on How to Remember Students' Name

You don't have to be a new teacher to forget the names of your students since the very beginning. Experienced colleagues also suffer of this problem (included myself). It's first day of class and you are all prepared to make arrangements and discuss what it'll be the schedule, norms and graduation, when all of a sudden you are in front of dozens of eyes, some are already familiar but others are not. That's when Rhett Allain saying that he is terrible at this process, suggests:

    I have students sitting at tables (in this class and in labs). As they are working on something, I go around and write down who is sitting where. Yes, this means that you have to actually ask each student what their names is (I hate that part). After I have a “seating chart” I just keep practicing while they are working. If a student talks to me, I make sure and use their name. I will look it up on the seating chart if I have to. This just takes a couple of class times of practice till I have them all (well, most of them) memorized...

That is not his only shot, he already tried "other things in the past"

Dr. Delaney Kirk, was the source where we got the tip on this practical advice, a part of mentioning Allain's Dot Physics, she also recommends her own suggestions of why learning students' names is The Best Way To Manage Your Classroom.

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Education & Tech News for Educators 01/27/2009

Impoverishment of the Educational Imagination

"Schools operate by the slogan ‘education!’ while ordinary language asks what children ‘learn’". -Ivan Illich

Teach For America, Awhile: Ivy League Temps and Corporate Missionaries

KIPP and TFA have formed, then, a marriage that is mutually supportive and sustaining, and both organizations are now fed by the same deep institutional revenue streams that flow toward social manipulation, privatization of public spaces, and limitless tax credits. Wendy Kopp, CEO and Founder of TFA, is married, you see, to KIPP’s CEO, Richard Barth.

Intelligence theory stolen by magpie

There is often vast amounts of silent evidence. Vast numbers of factors that have not yet been tested. There is always a black swan looming

What is the most important advice you can give to other teachers?

Once a week for a year, Mr D. is going to share an essential lesson submitted by teachers, for teachers. 52 different "mini-lessons" will answer the question of matter.

University of the People - providing low cost online degree courses worldwide

The University of the People will "open its doors" and plans at this stage to charge only nominal application fee ($15-$50) and examination fees ($10-$100), which will be adjusted on a sliding scale based on the student’s country of origin

The rest of my favorite links are here.

PhD Research on Teens and Online Social Networks

Blogger, speaker researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Danah Boyd recently finished her PhD. at University of California, Berkeley, and for those interested in youth culture, social networks and social media, she has posted her entire doctoral dissertation online for anyone to download(pdf document).

His work is entitled, Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics. A fellow working about circadian rhythms and photoperiodism, posted the abstract of Boyd's Dissertation:

Abstract: As social network sites like MySpace and Facebook emerged, American teenagers began adopting them as spaces to mark identity and socialize with peers. Teens leveraged these sites for a wide array of everyday social practices - gossiping, flirting, joking around, sharing information, and simply hanging out. While social network sites were predominantly used by teens as a peer-based social outlet, the unchartered nature of these sites generated fear among adults. This dissertation documents my 2.5-year ethnographic study of American teens' engagement with social network sites and the ways in which their participation supported and complicated three practices - self-presentation, peer sociality, and negotiating adult society.

My analysis centers on how social network sites can be understood as networked publics which are simultaneously (1) the space constructed through networked technologies and (2) the imagined community that emerges as a result of the intersection of people, technology, and practice. Networked publics support many of the same practices as unmediated publics, but their structural differences often inflect practices in unique ways. Four properties - persistence, searchability, replicability, and scalability - and three dynamics - invisible audiences, collapsed contexts, and the blurring of public and private - are examined and woven throughout the discussion.

While teenagers primarily leverage social network sites to engage in common practices, the properties of these sites configured their practices and teens were forced to contend with the resultant dynamics. Often, in doing so, they reworked the technology for their purposes. As teenagers learned to navigate social network sites, they developed potent strategies for managing the complexities of and social awkwardness incurred by these sites. Their strategies reveal how new forms of social media are incorporated into everyday life, complicating some practices and reinforcing others. New technologies reshape public life, but teens' engagement also reconfigures the technology itself.

Congrats Dr. Danah and thanks for such an inspiring work!

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How to Write in an Era of Full Online Distraction

The single worst piece of writing advice I ever got was to stay away from the Internet because it would only waste my time and wouldn't help my writing.

This is the statement Gary Doctorow explains in his relevant post, although not necessarily the ed-tech conventional wisdom, we are accustomed to see in the echo chamber:

  • Don't research
  • Researching isn't writing and vice-versa. When you come to a factual matter that you could google in a matter of seconds, don't. Don't give in and look up the length of the Brooklyn Bridge, the population of Rhode Island, or the distance to the Sun. That way lies distraction — an endless click-trance that will turn your 20 minutes of composing into a half-day's idyll through the web. Instead, do what journalists do: type "TK" where your fact should go, as in "The Brooklyn bridge, all TK feet of it, sailed into the air like a kite." "TK" appears in very few English words (the one I get tripped up on is "Atkins") so a quick search through your document for "TK" will tell you whether you have any fact-checking to do afterwards. And your editor and copyeditor will recognize it if you miss it and bring it to your attention.

  • Kill your word-processor
  • Word, Google Office and OpenOffice all come with a bewildering array of typesetting and automation settings that you can play with forever. Forget it. All that stuff is distraction, and the last thing you want is your tool second-guessing you, "correcting" your spelling, criticizing your sentence structure, and so on. The programmers who wrote your word processor type all day long, every day, and they have the power to buy or acquire any tool they can imagine for entering text into a computer. They don't write their software with Word. They use a text-editor, like vi, Emacs, TextPad, BBEdit, Gedit, or any of a host of editors. These are some of the most venerable, reliable, powerful tools in the history of software (since they're at the core of all other software) and they have almost no distracting features — but they do have powerful search-and-replace functions. Best of all, the humble .txt file can be read by practically every application on your computer, can be pasted directly into an email, and can't transmit a virus.

  • Realtime communications tools are deadly
  • The biggest impediment to concentration is your computer's ecosystem of interruption technologies: IM, email alerts, RSS alerts, Skype rings, etc. Anything that requires you to wait for a response, even subconsciously, occupies your attention. Anything that leaps up on your screen to announce something new, occupies your attention. The more you can train your friends and family to use email, message boards, and similar technologies that allow you to save up your conversation for planned sessions instead of demanding your attention right now helps you carve out your 20 minutes. By all means, schedule a chat — voice, text, or video — when it's needed, but leaving your IM running is like sitting down to work after hanging a giant "DISTRACT ME" sign over your desk, one that shines brightly enough to be seen by the entire world.

We still think that Windows Live Writer and Google Docs are pretty good for this kind of things, but Tom Hoffman doesn't agree with us and he recommends that comes with a simple full screen word processor and, as for the moment, no interruption/notification system.

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Obama 2.0 and Its Impact on Learning 2.0

If you are interested on Web 2.0 topics, then this is a great blog post about Power, both Political and Peopled.

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Weak Economy Threatens Rural Schools

Cash-strapped districts are considering closing small, far-flung outposts. But parents and other residents say that would hurt their children's education and their communities.

Mount Charleston, Nevada - Ron and Paula Marino decided to move from Las Vegas to this village of thick pines and ski-lodge-style homes so their two boys can attend Earl B. Lundy Elementary School.

With its one teacher for a total of nine students, the school seemed like Shangri-La within the underfunded and overcrowded Clark County School District, which encompasses Las Vegas and outlying rural areas.

But by the time the Marinos' 4- and 5-year-old boys are ready to start school, Lundy may be closed.

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Education & Tech News for Educators 01/22/2009

What does learning and teaching look like for me in 2009?
Meme: 5 things you would like to focus on in teaching and learning this year.

The best of the tech that teaches
BBC News snap shot of some of the more interesting BETT ones.

Should teachers blog? A legal approach.
I’ve been wondering where are the cases of student blogs dealing with serious First Amendment issues. I think we’re overdue for more litigation in that area.

A Digital Humanities Manifesto
The Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities at UCLA issued A Digital Humanities Manifesto.

The rest of my favorite links are here.

Obama's "Era of Responsability" Applied to Education

Photo credit: Irina Souiki
No matter whether you are on the right, left, or center, there is an assumption that parents are being irresponsible in the raising their children when basic education is on call. The worst thing, there’s nothing policymakers can do about it. Yeah alright!

Some may think that we’ll never reach 100 percent parental responsibility, just like we’ll never reach 100 percent proficiency in reading and math.

Perhaps President Obama can get parents to show up for their job as their child’s first and most important teacher. Barack Obama, when campaigning back in May, first introduced his now broad concept of "mutual responsibility in education", he said:

There is no program and no policy that can substitute for a parent who is involved in their child’s education from day one. There is no substitute for a parent who will make sure their children are in school on time and help them with their homework after dinner and attend those parent-teacher conferences... And I have no doubt that we will still be talking about these problems in the next century if we do not have parents who are willing to turn off the TV once in awhile and put away the video games and read to their child. Responsibility for our children’s education has to start at home. We have to set high standards for them and spend time with them and love them. We have to hold ourselves accountable.

What can we do to support him in this cause of volunteering our time and aim our responsibilites? Should we accept that there’s nothing policymakers can do to encourage parents to take more responsibility for their children’s education? Mike Petrilli of Flypaper brings up this dilemma: "If KIPP schools can get 10,000 parents to sign a contract promising to be full partners in the learning process, what can all of our schools do to make 100 million parents do the same?"

Comments open for more ideas.

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A Definition of Collaborative Learning in Attention of New Teachers

Last night we had the privilege of listening for the very first time to George Siemens and his concepts on Connectivism & Connective Knowledge. Hat tip to @courosa for spreading word of the webcast (The Elluminate Recording for this Session).

Today, to complete our training, we've come across a great post about doing collaborative learning, but correctly. Connecting 2 the World post a exploration of what is the definition of Collaborative Learning to be differentiated from Work Groups. Does collaborative learning really work?

V Yonkers, Connecting 2 the World's editor, asses of the common mistake of get terms confused. New teachers, he writes, "they equate group work with collaborative learning. Vygotsky, in fact, did not take the teacher out of the equation but rather looked at learning as a social process. Many of my student teachers will put children in groups "to learn from each other."

A recommendation for teachers using collaborative learning, and the hardest one, "is to monitor multiple groups simultaneously, listening and speaking at the same time. It also takes a tremendous amount of management skill to ensure the groups stay on task." But the teacher ( or facilitator for this case) "needs to be able to identify common problems and address those problems either immediately or to create a lesson for the next class to follow them up.", concludes the lengthy post.

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Obama Inauguration Among Top Most Watched Net Event Ever

"We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America." - Barack Obama

These words made news web sites saw about 5.4 million visitors per minute. And making Obama Inauguration the 5th most watched net event ever in history:

    1. Nov. 4, 2008 8,572,042 Barack Obama is victorious in historic presidential election
    2. June 22, 2006 7,283,584 U.S. eliminated by Ghana in World Cup
    3. Mar. 20, 2008 7,008,325 Day One of U.S. College Basketball 2008 Playoffs Coverage
    4. Mar. 16, 2006 5,489,918 Day One of U.S. College Basketball 2006 Playoffs Coverage
    5. Jan. 20, 2009 5,401.250 Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Books, Blogs, Articles, Columns, Which Has the Greatest Impact in Our Careers?

Actually we've borrowed the question from The Blue Skunk Blog. Doug Johnson is the webmaster and also the Director of Media and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools. As a good educator and writer he has released his blog contents under Creative Commons and he' brought this interesting topic we want to pour in some more input.

The following is the cite Johnson included in his referred post:

  • Do you find yourself with too much free time to devote to your family, hobbies, or charity work?
  • Do you feel like you’re wasting time reading books, taking walks, or working on a Master’s Degree?
  • Is your mind so demented that you believe people want to read your every waking thought?
  • Do you want to come home from a full-time job and then work some more? ...

If you answered YES to all 4, Congratulations... you have what it takes to blog. And it is quite possible that you are a moron, slightly creepy, and in a word… breathtakingly odd (sorry, two words… and there is no chance I want to ever meet you in person)

Does a professional have a bigger impact on the profession writing books or blog entries, is the central question here.

We do think that it hasn't a definite answer. As his 'library hero' states, it all depends of different circumstances. First, we all need to remember who is the person who's reading our writings. If these are our colleagues, then both systems, print and online contents will have a great impact. These people have all possibilities to read at his choice and will pick either a book or a computer screen or even a ebook.

On the other hand, if the receivers of this channel of communication are the young ones (not to mention the generations typology), then books will be a waste. New literacy users are more comfortable reading online. They still can read a book on the computer but they will read a print book only in classroom only if the teacher does not allow other outputs. They prefer to do everything online and things are changing with adults, too.

As for ourselves, a blog entry will survive times, it will be there for my son to read it. If not, still some of my friends will check it. The newcomers is highly possible to land any of our posts. Books? We don't even have one, they require much more investment on time and money and we haven't get it yet, a good editor.

What's your takeaway on this hot topic?

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Education & Tech News for Educators 01/19/2009

Phony Facebook pages teach students a lesson
After a college resource company created a legion of phony Class of 2013 Facebook groups--a scheme that could have harvested personal information from thousands of students--some higher-education officials say it might be time for colleges to step in and manage online social-networking sites for their campuses themselves.

Students Spending More and Getting Less
Did you watched last edition of 20/20? This is a very troubling report about the increasing cost of college and where the money is going. But it really pays to go college nowadays?

Why the web is the real pedagogic engine
Web has done more for pedagogy in the last five years than the entire output of academic educational departments and other institutions in the last fifty years. See evolution of Google, Wiki and Social Networks.

What Mean Ye “Blogging?”
CogDogBlog wanted to see if there were ways to do blog-like publishing in things that are not blogs. There you go.

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Social Networks Are for Adults Too, Says a PEW Survey

The Pew Internet and American Life Project have just released a very interesting report about adults and social networks websites. What the track survey made on December 2008 found is that, "The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years — from 8% in 2005 to 35% now"

If you want to read more on this report, grab the free PDF here. Being lazy as we find ourserlves tonight, we will refrain to write more and we will reproduce waht Karine Joly finds as the more relevant findings:

>> 75% of our college crowd, young adults aged 18-24 have a profile (no big scoop here, but always nice to have some recent data, don’t you think?), 57% of online adults 25-34, 30% of online adults 35-44

>> In February 2005, just 2% of adult internet users had visited an online social network “yesterday” while 19% of adult internet users had done so in December 2008.

>> Social network users are also more likely to be students — 68% of full time students and 71% of part-time students have a social network profile, while just 28% of adults who are not students use social networks.

>> Nearly one third 31% of online white adults have a social networking profile, compared with 43% of African-Americans and 48% of Hispanics.

>>So, where are those networking adults?
    * 50% of adult social network users have a profile on MySpace
    * 22% have a profile on Facebook
    * 6% have a profile on LinkedIn

MySpace users are more likely to be women, Hispanic or black, to have a high school education or some experience with college. The median age of a MySpace user is 27 years old. Facebook users are more likely to be men and to have a college degree. The median age of a Facebook user is 26 years old. LinkedIn users are more likely to be men, to be white and to have a college degree. The median age of a LinkedIn user is 40 years old.

>> When users do use social networks for professional and personal reasons, they will often maintain multiple profiles, generally on different sites.
51% of social network users have two or more online profiles
43% have only one online profile

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Web-Teaching Celebrities Based on Knowledge and Inspiration

A thrilling post we've read today and we truly want to share it to you. Chris Anderson answering the question What Will Change Everything, advocates firmly on Teaching:

"For one thing, the realization that today's best teachers can become global celebrities is going to boost the caliber of those who teach. For the first time in many years it's possible to imagine ambitious, brilliant 18-year-olds putting teacher at the top of their career choice list. Indeed the very definition of great teacher will expand, as numerous others outside the profession with the ability to communicate important ideas find a new incentive to make that talent available to the world. Additionally every existing teacher can greatly amplify their own abilities by inviting into their classroom, on video, the world's greatest scientists, visionaries and tutors. (Can a teacher inspire over video? Absolutely. We hear jaw-dropping stories of this every day.)

Now think about this from the pupils' perspective. In the past, everyone's success has depended on whether they were lucky enough to have a great mentor or teacher in their neighborhood. The vast majority have not been fortunate. But a young girl born in Africa today will probably have access in 10 years' time to a cell phone with a high-resolution screen, a web connection, and more power than the computer you own today. We can imagine her obtaining face-to-face insight and encouragement from her choice of the world's great teachers. She will get a chance to be what she can be. And she might just end up being the person who saves the planet for our grandchildren."

Is this a Web Empowered Revolution in Teaching? Hat tip to Weblogg-ed of Will Richardson.

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Research: Meta-analysis of Early Literacy by the National Early Literacy Panel

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This week was the Arne Duncan's confirmation hearing in the Senate and none of the 20 questions prepared to this event were brought in. In place, Duncan faced some "not-so-tough grilling" from senators, according to Christina Satkowski of The Early Ed Watch Blog.

Since Mr. Duncan highlighted early education, the round of Q&A come precisely on early education. Senators Tom Harkin(D-IOWA) and Bernard Sanders(I-VT) were quick to pitch in with questions about Head Start programs and Childcare. Answers can be read here.

Christina Satkowski again writes, "Last week, the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) released the results of its six-year effort to review and synthesize all available research about what works in preparing young children, from birth to age 5, to read. The fact that the report was released on the seventh anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act is no accident - the report serves as a reminder that early literacy programs work, and they are crucial if we are to achieve the law's goals of improving student achievement and narrowing achievement gaps."

And a continuation she stresses, "This is strictly a research report, one that does not come with specific policy recommendations." And she moves on the direction of literacy to say that the report lacks of important data disaggregated by socio-economic status which is naturally important considering the different social strata early education serves in the US.

Literacy, she says, is only one piece of the larger early learning puzzle. Efforts to improve children's early literacy skills must be integrated with broader goals for children's development, such a their social and emotional growth and their exposure to new ideas and content. Strong early literacy programs should be coupled with strategies that emphasize the whole child. Is there any Phychologist around?

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PBS: Free Media and Technology Webinars

We received an e-mail from PBS Teachers we want to share with you. PBS is brand that helps community not only teachers and students. The network composed of 356 member stations, include television and online content. "Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life." says in its Welcome page, PBS.

The only requirement to gain access to the free membership in PBS Teachers, is get registered. So you can access to all its services, including PBS Teachers Connect.

Test of e-mail says:"PBS Teachers is introducing a series of free monthly webinars that provide information about integrating online instructional resources in the classroom to engage students in curriculum lessons. The PBS Teachers Live! webinar series features presentations by leading education experts, authors, or producers of PBS programs who will share their knowledge and ideas on using digital media to create rich learning experiences for students. Classroom 2.0, the online social network founded by Steve Hargadon for teachers interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies, is partnering with PBS Teachers to host the webinars."

If you are a teacher, PBS offers great deal of resources that can be used in the classroom. As for the webinars, please mark your calendars for the next free webinar for members of PBS Teachers:

What: Changing Views of History, Changing Views of Race
Who: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
When: Jan. 28, 2009 at 8 p.m. EST
Where: Online. Login information will be emailed to all members of PBS Teachers prior to the webinar.
How: FREE! Sign up to become a PBS Teacher and enjoy access to PBS Teachers Live! webinars and more.

In what ways you've used PBS material to improve curriculum in your class. If none, what have been your reasons.

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Mr. Duncan: Please, Take Teachers' Word!

While adults agree with educators that schools are not making 21st-century skills a priority, the American Society for Quality conducted a five-minute, three-question survey asking educators to rank education issues in order of their highest priority for the next president of the United States.

Result: 21st-century skills should be the top priority for Obama's education reform plan.

While education might not be front and center [owing] to the immediate economic crisis, educators want to remind President-elect Obama that K-12 students need to be a top priority so that our nation can produce a globally competitive workforce for the future

Educators tune in.

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Education & Tech News for Educators 01/15/2009

Just one more report - online safety
Read this report, but also read Anne Collier's NetFamilyNews post "Key crossroads for Net safety: ISTTF report released." She writes about how this report might change the too common, fear-based approach to Internet safety to one that is "fact-base." Yeah!

Gawk vs geek
Holograph Instructors - that answer questions on any topic (similar to the android 'Data' of Star Trek fame). Of course this would be a computer-operated 'person' that students can contact through their course management platform. It's not that I mind having a human instructor. But an online environment does create a sense of being in a time warp - learning skills that are not yet applicable to present day reality.

Top Teaching-With-Technology Challenges for 2009
#3. Reaching and engaging today’s learners.

We Don’t Need Education Reform
We need a whole new way of looking at the concept of teaching and learning.

Dismissing Critical Pedagogy: Denis Rancourt Vs. University of Ottawa
Critical Pedagogy = Criminal Pedagogy = Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

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Top 50 PostRank Education Blogs

We just reported on Marshall Kirkpatrick's Social Media strategies and today, again another PR specialist, takes on edublogs. Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer compiles the Top 50 Education Blogs

He explains how he got the 50 ones out of 150 blogs selected. An he goes over the numeric value in the chart, this "value is determined by analyzing comments, trackbacks, Diggs, bookmarks and so on. The different metrics are weighed more or less depending upon how much engagement each demonstrates."

Chart is reproduced under Creative Commons license and belongs in its enterity to Social Media Explorer:

Click here.

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Latino Education Is Sobering And Has to Navigate Its Way Up

Latino Education CrisisThe Latino education crisis is not simply a result of immigration.

The US population is more familiar with the term Latino and many still use the Hispanic. But what this word mean for people who themselves are grouped in? Americans see this gender as Latino/Hispanic, but those Hispanic American and even recent arrived from Spanish speaking world, don't see themselves as such. Hispanics belong to other smaller groups, mostly classified by country. They -the people under the umbrella of Latino, don't call themselves Latino, they are Colombians, Peruvians, Mexicans, Spaniards, etc. And that is a problem for the Hispanic community. They haven't been able to work as a great mass, rather they are divided in small groups of different interests.

Among those problems is education. At the end of November 2008, a new book from The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP/PDC) at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, tries to lurk into educational landscape for Hispanics.

The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies is the book authored by CRP Co-Director, Professor Patricia Gándara and Frances Contreras, professor at University of Washington. The book documents where we are now, and where we might go, in our education, and care of, the Latino population.

Fast-growing and largely neglected, this population's characteristics are documented in this article as much as the book itself, with statements like "the overwhelming majority of Latino students are native-born, and, in spite of the recent large increase in Latino immigration, the native-born population is still growing at a faster rate than is immigration." So, forget about those uneducated parents who happen to arrive to the promised land, these kids are Americans and we all should be concerned about.

"Almost one in five students across the country is Latino; by 2050 one in three will be", continues the cited article. Definitely, Gándara and Contreras' book is a call to action and will be essential reading for everyone involved in planning the future of American schools.

Weblog Award Finalist, Education Policy Blog, states having finished reading the book and lists the policy agenda to address the needs in Latino Education.

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Expert Predictions for the e-Learning Community

Lisa Neal Gualtieri eLearn Magazine's editor summarized what lies ahead for the e-learning community, provided by experts in this field like Stephen Downes, Jane Hart, Jay Cross, Harold Jarche and many others

From Education and Technology in Perspective:

I can do many things easier, faster, and more seamlessly than ever before—a trend that will undoubtedly continue, with significant implications for formal and especially for informal learning. But the current economic crisis and its impact on e-learning is clearly the more pervasive issue for many of my esteemed colleagues and rightly so since it affects every aspect of our lives. One change already evident is the further growth of e-learning programs in the corporate and academic sectors due to lowered costs, more convenient access, and increased demand. Enhancing one's skills is always beneficial, especially in times when opportunities abound. The limiting factor is less often technology and bandwidth and more often time.

Every year at this time we turn to the experts in our field to share their predictions on what lies ahead for the e-learning community. While our colleagues here unanimously agree the global economic downturn is the overwhelming factor coloring their forecasts, they do see a great array of opportunities and challenges in the coming 12 months. Their insights never fail to inspire further discussion and hope.

Is there any other expert left out? Please let us know

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Edna's Blogging Corner Is Hosting Its First 2009 Blogging Carnival

Australia's free online network for educators, Edna, is a network of the education and training community. You have to be a registered user to see its work on topics as "government and non-government schooling systems, early childhood, vocational and technical education, adult and community education and higher education."

They've set up the Blogging Corner group, which "is a place for bloggers, would-be bloggers, and blogging mentors. Whether you are just starting out on your blogging journey, are some distance along the track, or have loads of experience, we hope there will be something here for you." reads the main page of Blogging Corner.

Since "almost no information leaks" from Edna groups, it's interesting to follow its Blogging Corner Carnival that will run on February 2.

Alison Hall and Kerrie Smith are the managers of Blogging Corner. They will be using an edublogs space at "At the beginning of each month there will be a post with contributions from educators and we really hope that many educational bloggers will participate."

Whether you are interested on participation or want to spread word of this Carnival, head over to the submission page here. Looking forward to February 2!

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Provinding the Right Tools to Leverage the Power of Technology And Invest in Education

Obama Can't Ignore Education Tech
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President-elect Barack Obama is only eight days away of becoming the new President of the United States and it's interesting to see how everyone wants to be in Washington, ones for need of going with the flow, some others lobbying and those who want to break the unions to target education.

While news are pending of what it'll be the first decrees by appointed President, administrators as much as educators should also begin to push hard for education an education agenda, one that includes a significant key as internet is.

Let's re-read the article published at BusinessWeek. The authors of the Why Obama Can't Ignore Education Tech are plain clear of why even with the downturn of our economy, education plays a key role for our economic recovery.

"School technology investments enable 21st-century learning and provide our current and future workforce with the tools they need to compete and succeed in our globally integrated world. To accomplish this goal, Obama's reported $850 billion Economic Recovery Plan should include two critical components:

1. Investments in school technology and broadband; and

2. Investments in home-to-school technology targeted at low-income families.

Specifically, the federal stimulus package should cover expenses for schools to install or upgrade Internet connections to broadband; hire technical and instructional technology support; and purchase or upgrade hardware, software, and services. And, the home-school investment should enable low-income families with one or more students to purchase eligible learning technology devices (computers, laptops, and other new devices) and educational software, as well as broadband Internet connections.

Short-term economic benefits of this strategy include:

1. Creation of jobs in the technology and telecommunications sectors;

2. School districts hiring technical and technology curricular staff (a vastly understaffed function today); and

3. Upgrading and retooling of school facilities and equipment (which is impossible in the current fiscal environment).

This strategy's greatest impact is that our children would receive an education that reflects the wider world, and would emerge from schooling "future ready" for higher education and our global economy."

What are you doing to make of education a generator of economic benefits?

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Virginity Pledges Are Not a Marker for Less Sexual Activity

This study compares the sexual activity of adolescent virginity pledgers with matched nonpledgers by using more robust methods than past research. Research was conducted by Janet Elise Rosenbaum, PhD., and published this month in Pediatrics.

What Ms. Rosenbaum made was to compare 289 teenagers who had taken virginity pledges with 645 teens who did not taken such pledges but were otherwise similar in religiosity, attitudes towards sex, marriage expectations, and other factors.

While ago we wrote a Spanish post where we confronted this issue from our particular and cultural angle. There we stated that, not matter what schools, churches or families do, they've already learned "sex is not only to procreate, is to try, learn and enjoy it."

According to the cited study, teenagers who took virginity pledges had sex at around the same age, and had the same number of sexual partners, as demographically similar teens who did not take such pledges.

However, those who pledged to remain sexually abstinent until marriage were less likely than their nonpledging counterparts to use birth control and condoms, points out the report's author, J. Rosenbaum, a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore.

Even when we try to hold our beliefs and make commitments, mother nature disrupts any of these human and cultural aspirations.

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Using Social Media Strategies in Education

We landed on a post at ReadWriteWeb and we particularly appreciate how social media gurus, take education as an example to built an easy way to sort blogs and sites of your topics of interest. Marshall Kirkpatrick titles his post How to: Build a Social Media Cheat Sheet for Any Topic

In his post Kirkpatrick writes, "We'll use the field of Education as our example, because there is a lot of activity there and we presume we've got more educators as readers here than butchers or candlestick makers"

I have to say that we handle enough skills as for how to filter the internet and find relevant information in it, but some things Marshall refers to, Education & Tech didn't even have information of it. So we think his recommendations should be given credit.

What we don't like is, he says(as everyone is now expecting) his Cheat Sheet works to find the "top bloggers in any field, view or subscribe to just their most popular posts, search against their archives and befriend them elsewhere around the web!" and as you know, this is a discussion we've having online on the Twitter authority. Which means, not only top bloggers have some important to say and in many cases small bloggers have relevant information that because of this methods of lurking information are relegated to the bottom, unfortunately

Still, we really like this two tips on how to find niche blogs on Education, using the popular delicious. Note that you can change the tag at the end of the hyperlink and accommodate your personal results. The other was a Custom Google Search Engine, where you can go over any time you need to look over at Top Blog we follow in Education & Tech

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With Inequities in Education, Crime and Violence Will Intensify

Inequity in education is the reflection of inequity in society.

I've listened on a popular radio a question to all listeners, asking what it'll be the suggestions for President-elect Barack Obama. Ohio's Laine Alison Zalac is a graduating senior at Columbus Alternative High School and she wrote a essay which resulted as the winner of The Nation's Third Annual Student Writing Contest. She has her suggestion for upcoming 44th President of the United States.

She was focused on an issue we all know, but particularly interesting now, because it comes from a bright student in HS. Basically, what Laine argues is that until inequities in education are eliminated, a permanent underclass will continue to exist and maybe grow, who knows.

From Addressing Inequity in Education:

"In my school, we have a large population of English as Second Language (ESL) students. They are evaluated on the same tests as the rest of the school population, even though they don't speak English and might have arrived in the United States three months ago. In the suburbs, most students come from families that don't struggle every day to pay rent or have enough food to eat. How is it fair that less than three miles from my school, there is a school where students eat at fast food restaurants for lunch and sit on benches in their school's courtyard talking about what they will wear to the school dance? Kids in my school are dashing off to work to support their family and to try to pay for basics. We know the differences exist and we wonder why we are treated differently."

Are your students being treated equally, or is it the same case, Laine Alison Zalac is trying to address.

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How Internet Resources Can Be Effectively And Efficiently Located And Organized

"Asking students to conduct internet searches is like opening the door to let the students out for recess. They go out, all excited and full of energy, but often needing guidance to find appropriate and effective ways to handle the situation. Students leave a structured environment, to one of choices and decisions, and they need coaching to make safe educational gains."

This is a comment left at Learning in Maine from a supposedly teacher, who recognizes we teachers have to 'train' our pupils to learn how to find and organize the internet resources. So we don't get answers when searching the internet like …

"Thinking about using Internet resources in the classroom is like …"
"Asking students to conduct Internet searches is like …"

In order to find relevant information in the internet students first need to learn how to read, and one of the reasons teachers succeed at their environment is that kids read at peace. Remember though, children are made readers on the laps of their parents. So, don't get frustrated whether yours, aren't reading at their level.

Process of learning is not unidirectional, teachers and students need to do their part. We agreed that schoolers need to be trained to grab the gold out of the garbage in the internet, but teachers too, have to give themselves permission to learn from their students.

In other words, we are in support of the idea of encouraging life-long learning in kids by modeling the behavior as faculty. That's the idea of being a Master Learner (listen audio post).

Waiting for further discussion.

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Seeking Applicants for Teacher Exchange to Bangladesh

Relief International (RI) is a humanitarian agency that one of its main functions is to communicate the pronounced needs of the vulnerable and affected populations to the international community.

Today we received an e-mail from Bagladesh Consultant at Relief International, Marie Acemah:

I am an International Educational Development Consultant at Relief International, and I’m seeking applicants for an all expenses paid teacher exchange to Bangladesh this February. This is an exciting opportunity to explore the culture, traditions and education system of Bangladesh.
Unfortunately, I do not have your email address and so cannot attach the application. Please email me so that I can send you additional details and the application.

Since Marie couldn't find our e-mail address, I encourage you to write to her at her e-mail, if you happen to be interested on this matters.

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Education & Tech News for Educators 01/07/2009

Copyright-friendly image source websites

Does anyone have any suggestions for websites to safely download pictures off the internet? Leave suggestion on comments section.

Web Tools for Teaching: Comparing Microblogging Tools

Each group of 3 students at the State University of New York at Buffalo, was assigned to compare Twitter, the best known site, with either Plurk, Pownce or Spoink

Clarifications on “Slow Blogging” and “Fast Reading”

It’s not the length of the post that measures the quality of the writing, but the length of each idea within that post.

Chalk Talk - Best of 2008

These are the tools and sites that got the most response and reaction and the ones that A. Meyers see being used in powerful and productive ways in schools.

Lies, Damned Lies and Pedagogy

The purpose of this hoax was to spend time thinking about how easily information takes on a life of its own online, ethics in the historical profession, and the role of digital media in popular culture.

The rest of my favorite links are here.

ISTE Board 2009 Elections Nominations Are Now Open

Today, through Monday, February 2, ISTE nominations are being accepted for the following open positions, each with a two-year term starting in June 2009:

  • Two At-Large Representatives: General members involved in any area of educational technology.
  • One Computer Science Representative: General member who is a PK–-12 or post-secondary education computer science instructor.
  • One International Representative: General member who is from a country other than the United States, involved in any area of educational technology.
  • One PK–12 Schools Representative: General member who is a PK–12, school-based educator, either classroom teacher or technology coordinator.
  • One State Technology Director Representative: General member who is a director of technology for a state education agency.

Consider nominating yourself or reach out to your colleagues and contacts throughout the world who are ISTE members and have the leadership skills to serve to encourage them to run for a seat on the Board. It is through you, our members who are committed to the goals of ISTE and advancing the field of educational technology, that we can build an exceptional Board.

Details about the nomination process, the three guiding questions, and Board member responsibilities are available at ISTE

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Employment: U.S. Has a Shortage of Math and Science Teachers

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) hope financial and training incentives will help fill the need for 200,000 new teachers.

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo of The Christian Science Monitor, reports on experiences of two new science teachers, Jeremy Kennefick and Geoffrey Gailey and how the U.S. madly needs more math and science teachers:

It's no easy task to recruit people with proclivities for science into schools – and to keep them long enough to nurture a talent for teaching. But over the next decade, schools will need 200,000 or more new teachers in science and math, according to estimates by such groups as the Business-Higher Education Forum in Washington. Already, many districts face shortages: In at least 10 states, fewer than 6 out of 10 middle-school science teachers were certified when the Council of Chief School Officers compiled a report last year...

Most teachers who leave the profession do so not because of pay primarily, Ms. Collins says, but because they feel isolated, or the working conditions in their school are poor, or they start to see it as a professional dead end. In addition to tuition assistance and summer stipends, the KSTF fellowship tries to address those issues in its extra professional-development support for new teachers like Geoffrey Gailey.

Keep reading the original source.

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Global Voices Online Needs Your Support. Will You?

Thanks to Managing Director GAP.

Hit the link to give out some love.

DC Teachers Union Opposed to Rhee's Merit Pay Program

The U.S. spends more per pupil on elementary and high school education than most developed nations.

This is an statement Times recently published to back what Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is doing to behold the title of country's best-known urban school reformer.

By September 2008, the chancellor of one of the nation's lowest-performing school districts in the nation, closed 23 schools as the head of the District of Columbia's public schools, fired 36 principals and cut about 121 jobs from the central office staff. And she keeps on making changes.

She's been doing media headlines nationwide on the reforms she intents for DC schools. But with less visibility and a bit further East, Newark Superintendent Clifford Janey is also working to fulfil a better achievement in another of the worst performing districts school in America, Newark. He's instituted a mandatory uniform policy for students in grades K-8, revised the district's lunch policy and launched a also controversial initiative around teacher quality.

Speaking of controversial, this is how Rhee's proposal is perceived by DC teachers union. She plans to do away with teacher tenure and replace it with an ambitious merit pay program. NPR has an interview of Chancellor Rhee on how her proposal has divided the Chocolate city's teachers union.

Listen the interview made by Claudio Sanchez, here.

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Why Facebook Cannot Be Used by Teachers And Won't Ever Kill Twitter

Both services cater to two different groups of people. Twitter users might be using Facebook, but Facebook users can’t use Twitter without changing their habits. And that, is why Facebook cannot touch Twitter no matter what they try.

We are not sure whether colleges friend Facebook anymore, but we have to accept what people who really understands the inner of this once called by Mike Arrington, Non-Social Network, is writing about the stepping down of Twitter in favor of Facebook, as a social network. Aditya Mukherjee is a student and Facebook's developer who's totally against the beliefs that Facebook any time soon will kill Twitter

Aditya writes a long post explaining his reasons why Nick O’Neill of is all wrong when he asserts that Facebook could kill Twitter.

Head of Geekaholic says he's feeling just fine without following the "A-list-ers", Even when he disagree with O'Neil he still thinks, "Twitter wouldn’t receive as much buzz if it weren’t for the super users," which of course, doesn't happen with Facebook users. While Facebook users are interacting in real life, Twitter ones are not befriending but following what they consider of similar interest.

This discussion is important for educators because there is a great discussion of whether teachers should befriend students and viceversa. This analysis puts teachers at easy, it clearly shows that Facebook isn't a good tool to take it to school. Twitter is.

Finally, Aditya in the same cited post, writes: "Facebook’s crowd in itself will not understand the value of Twitter simply because they are the more of the usual people, who believe in social interactions based on real life events...Twitter on the other hand is all about communication of thoughts, or if you take their question seriously enough, what the person is doing. It’s much more spontaneous, and easy."

Do you still think Twitter will have to step down to allow Facebook's users take the lead?

Experimetal Uses of iPod, May Lift Attention in American K-12 Schools

There is an experimental program being proved at at Shepparton High School in central Victoria, the first in Australia and maybe among the first in the world to use iPod touches in classroom for a global mobile learning project.

Using an online program called Studywiz Mobile, students at Shepparton are able to use the hand-held media players to navigate the internet, download music, do quizzes, research and even submit assignments and collaborate with a school in Singapore, writes Miki Perkins at his DigitalLife column.

What uses of iPod Touch means for Schools in America?

Tim Holt tries to answer this question when annotating his view on this Australian program he says, "There is quite a call for students to be allowed to start using the technology that they are used to and this brings a series of challenges for IT departments. Netbooks, iPod Touches, and other web-enabled devices will begin to strain district IT resources, not to mention filters."

Ric Murry of Why Do You Ask? joins the conversation and stresses that "The beauty of the iPhone/iPod Touch is that one does not need to infrastructure of the school." And parents, as well as teachers are not only blocking uses of these gadgets but they are punishing sons/students for the sin of using mobile communications tools.

Schools, by offering 'appropriate' instruction and net 'citizenship,' could redirect the fear of seeing the bad things back to the rightful authority - the parent/family, finish Ric's comment, left at Intended Consequences, Tim Holt's Blog

LATER: I also found this case of neat use of the iPod Touch in education.

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IBBA Selects Top 10 Worst Education Blogs

A passive aggressive response to not getting an edublogger award this year. BTW, who that hell is that International Baccalaureate Blogging Association? We do know for sure who is IBBA, though.

Nobody new that was a entertaining and pursuing way of linkbait, until you go to the end of post written by The fine print reads, created with The Newspaper Clipping Generator.

For the list of edubloggers who bite the bait visit

Jonathan D. Becker, is explaining all edublog's readers why they should always pay attention to how they handle, Information literacy, Digital literacy and 21st century literacy, as he chooses to put it.

Mike post, teach us "an important lesson about reading the fine print. It also raises issues of authenticity in the digital age," writes PhD Becker. But he share with us another little trick he said learned through Twitter on how easy it is to “fake” or significantly alter images.

Did you show support for MGuhlin? Here we go Miguel.
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