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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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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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Is Homework Cruel, Inhumane, Stressful And Unhealthy?

Homework is Cruel, Inhumane, Stressful and Unhealthy

Story: Fifth Graders of the Nation: Unite Against Homework

I don't think we agree with Benjamin Berrafato because we never really liked them either, but here, things get to the level of social networks where this fifth grader certainly got the idea. But at the same time, is one the reasons why elementary school students can not take decisions in education. What do you think?

Learn Me Good has come up with a very suggestive ol' homework excuses

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Google Moderator: iPod touch and iPhone Apps in Education

iPod touch/iPhone Apps
By Tony Vincent, and reproduced under C.C. lincense from Learning in Hand

iPod touch and iPhone Apps in Education is a Google Moderator series where educators are encouraged to vote on suggestions for educational apps and to submit their own suggestions. The apps suggestions are ranked so when you visit the list, the apps that netted the most votes are listed first.

With over 15,000 apps currently in the App Store, there are lots for teachers to sort through. Perhaps this list can help us find apps that would otherwise be lumped in with the hundreds of apps in the Education category of the App Store.

When submitting, please list the name of the app, a short description of how it could be used in education, and the price (if it isn't free). In order to vote or submit, you'll need to sign-in with your Google account information (or sign up for a free account). Unfortunately Google Moderator doesn't allow for linking to the apps. So, if you read about an app you might want to download, search for it in the App Store.

Photo by LuisRaa.

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Model of School Mr. Obama Thinks , All Should Be

The Capital City Public Charter School CCPCS in D.C., after listening President's remarks, sounds like a wonderful place to send your children. Doyle a brilliant H.S. teacher in NJ, was following the visit Mr. Obama had made to the CCPCS and in his post he list the names of the money contributors who make this school "an example of how all our schools should be." Both, money can buy a decent education and involved parents have a tremendous influence over their children's success, writes the man behind Science Teacher.

Mr. President, we already know how this works and how important is funding for schools. Please, make real education transformation your goal. What about the rest of us, outside Capitol surroundings? And Science Teacher goes on with a round of "I want to know" questions:

    I want to know how Bancroft does it.
    I want to know if anyone at the national level has a clue about teaching kids.
    I want to know how Mr. Obama is going to get my class sizes down to 12 students.
    Mostly I want powerful people at high levels of government to stop playing us in the trenches.

We have to resonate what Doyle ends up stressing: Why not pay a visit to a truly public school in your neighborhood, Mr. President. Then we can talk. Ironic, but it's the truth!

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AP Courses For Average Students. Is it the Solution for Lack of Scientific Reasoning?

While educators have long been reluctant to tinker with a system that worked for their best students, college admissions have grown more competitive and the middle has become harder to ignore. -Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at Stanford University’s School of Education.

In a recent interview, Education Secretary, A. Duncan said, he's looking for changes in the No Child Left Child program, either he will hold on positive things (not the over testing) and probably rename it in order to comply with the new government strategies. Today, New York Times, brings in an interesting note about socializing AP courses and we think this is something, a part funding, Mr. Duncan should start working just now. Normally, we as educators or parents are concentrated in the low-low or high-high levels of achievement, but what about those who aren't getting into Ivy League schools neither hit the Intel Science Talent Search?

This group stays in the middle, and socializing AP courses is a good way to make them proud and at the same time, make them learn at their own peace. We were told to watch the education pyramid and, there only high achievers are the successful ones. Unfortunately, there are only a few who can perform to very top. The immense percentage of students just get to average and then, this is the place where we have to work harder to perform better in science and research at early stages.

The story takes place in Port Washington, Long Island, where seventh graders relate to what is like to be "included" in the AP classes"

    Port Washington, a prosperous waterfront town, has long attracted top students with extras like its three-year research program preparing students for the Intel competition. The program accepts 30 of the approximately 400 freshmen each year and has produced 44 Intel semifinalists since 2003, including three announced last month. Starting in third grade, students with I.Q.’s of 130 or higher are selected for the gifted and talented program.

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London Knowledge Lab: Learning, Context And the Role of Technology

Professor Rosemary Luckin from the London Knowledge Lab gave a inaugural lecture at the Institute of Education on the 27th January. After her session, she concluded that there are 3 pairs of key issues and interestingly 3 illusions:

    The Knowledge Illusion.
    The Technology illusion.
    The Institutional illusion.

The challenging of a monolithic instruction has made possible that 21st. century developments in technology and education allow learners to decide how, where and with whom they learn. However, as Bob Harrison points out, "current technology rich learning development models need further work if they are to result in applications that enable learners to take full advantage of this situation."

Now this is true for technology but teachers have to work in the context, too. Here's where sharing and meta cognition are to be inseparable. This is not about them using technology, it’s about sharing. "I’m not saying you have to share to be a great teacher, I’m saying if you do, you are. I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.", writes Dean Shareski in a post titled Teachers Who Share.

Shareski also offers a list of blogs that share something in common, "their classrooms are open to the world." Get to know them:

Carey Pohanka
Chad Brannon
Chris Harbeck
Colleen Glaude
Donna Fry
Eldon Germann
George  Mayo
Jaqlyn Schmitt
Jeff Whipple
Jennifer Clark Evans
Karen Chichestor
Moira Moritz
Anne Smith
Kristen Leclaire
Kelly Hines
Kyle Stevens
Lois Smethurst
Maria Knee
Mavis Hoffman
Matt Montagne
Jessica Lipsky
Debby Cothern & Michelle Ellis
Tracey Ruark and Cathy Daniels
Nellie Duetsch
Sandi Kerney
Seth Dickens
Sheri Edwards
Sophie Rosso
Stephanie Affield
Stephanie Olson
Susan Carter Morgan
Paula White

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Science: American College Freshmen Compared to Their Chinese Counterparts

All time we hear complains about math exercise of knowledge, but few comment on math experiences, or the meanings of symbolism in math. We even were told that U.S. struggling with a shortage of math and science teachers.

But what's happening with all students coming to college and universities. Are they proficient about science and have developed a great ability to reason scientifically?

This question tries to be answered by David Moltz in this article:

    American college freshmen know fewer facts about science than do their Chinese counterparts, according to a new study, but both groups have a comparably poor ability to reason scientifically.

    The original research, published in this week’s issue of Science, suggests that educators in both countries must not simply change what they teach in the classroom but how they teach it if they hope to improve their students’ ability to reason. Lei Bao, the study’s lead author and director of Ohio State University’s Physics Education Research Group, said this runs contrary to the commonly held belief that reasoning skills develop as students are “rigorously taught the facts.”

    The study compiled the test scores of almost 6,000 incoming freshmen majoring in science and engineering — prior to receiving college-level instruction — from four American and three Chinese institutions.

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Gratitude for Extending Education Conversations

Thanks for linking back to Education & TechIt's ok to follow trends and look for some popularity, without being a famous person. This post was inspired by Lidija Davis and Angela Maiers. Lidjia showed us the 8 Tools to Track Your Footprints on the Web and I was quick to use them, and Angela continues to encourage her readers to follow the conversations with her monthly Reflection and Gratitude.

Without further delay, please allow me to thank the following sites and people who have been kind enough to link to us during these last days:

Albine Cavite of Albine's Corner has included our blog in her blogroll what is deeply appreciated. Please, be informed that there are other blogs that have decided to include Education & Tech in their blogrolls, but this section starts just now. Thanks to all them.

Keith Lyons of Clyde Street wrote a whole paragraph making a round up about our posts and saying that indeed we had a very "busy week!"

Tellio a "journeyman curmudgeon" of Tex2All annotated one of our posts, adding "Dump the classroom model entirely." No need to say more.

Vicki Davis of Cool Cat Teacher also annotated one of our posts. She was grateful that more educators were speaking out about Google Lively!

Joseph of Teach Street in reference to a eduConference we attended together, was so kind as to remember our personal name. Don't miss the next online eduConference on February 8, 1:00pm PST under theme: Turning Teachers into Rockstars!

Jenny Mackness of Jenny Connected integrated into her conversation a reference from Stephen Downes, which in turn was commenting on one of our posts. She as much as we, is thanking to those who have encouraged her to keep blogging.

Claudia Pena a long time fellow blogger picks our top 10 extremely cool psych experiments by Mission to Learn. Delighted.

As we said at the beginning, this is the first time we do this. For other conversations please visit our Delicious or simply hit "search" in the Google page.

This is the time to say thank you again and let you know that links are blood to our body when blogging is the subject!

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Education & Tech News for Educators 02/02/2009

The digital generation gap explained

The report mentions that the Internet has created the greatest generation gap since rock 'n' roll.

Why twitter matters - Timothy DeVries

Twitter is about listening to the voices around us and trying to soak up all of the information you can and learn from the network. You say and contribute enough to never be accused of lurking, but you also know that your value is in putting pieces together, not in being the first to tweet out a story.

Preparing Students for a Future We Can’t Describe

To understand the change that is coming one needs to understand how business addresses societal needs.

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