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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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Blogging Is Not About ‘Intellectual Property’ But About Professional Sharing

Nina’s Arena-Teaching & Learning in the Australian primary classroom

"...Why does anyone bother with that and who’d be interested in what I do all day. I’m growing accustomed to this! I didn’t respond, but I should have said ‘I am’. I am interested in what my colleagues are doing. I am interested in teaching and learning outside my arena. Someone then said, Nina has an educational blog. Silence!

However, my colleagues are visiting my blog ‘on the quiet’. They’ve been speaking to me and asking questions. They want to know, for example, ‘what books I’m using’, how to get ‘interactive writing going’ and so on. I’m hearing my writing vocalised. That’s what this is about. I haven’t publicized what I’m doing at my school, but my readership among my own staff is growing. I can feel a shift in attitude. This is not about ‘intellectual property’, it’s about professional sharing."

Read more here at the original post written by Nina Davis

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Education Blogs Classified by Making Teachers Nerdy

One of the reasons why I keep blogging and writing at no cost, for free and to the benefit of everyone, is the information and the discovery of new minds and blogs on Education. The reference was posted by Free Technology for Teachers

Making Teachers Neardy is a blog you should be reading and subscribed. Mrs. Smoke, the editor, has built a catalog of educational blogs by categories: Technology Integration, Administration, Librarians, Art, Business Education, Industrial Technology, Elementary General, all known grades and even more.

She writes, "If you own a blog or know of another one that would fall under this list, please consider adding it to the comments. The better the list, the better we all will benefit."

Get to know others educators and bloggers. See the list here.

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"Level of Effort" vs "Quality of Work" When Grading Tests @School

Students often confuse the level of effort with the quality of work. There is a mentality in students that ‘if I work hard, I deserve a high grade.'

The New York Times ran a report about a study where the lead author is Ellen Greenberger, called Self-Entitled College Students: Contributions of Personality, Parenting, and Motivational Factors.

The article focus on how students' opinion, differ with that of their teachers when grading tests. University of Maryland's Professor, Marshall Grossman stresses:

    “I tell my classes that if they just do what they are supposed to do and meet the standard requirements, that they will earn a C,” he said. “That is the default grade. They see the default grade as an A.”

    A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found that a third of students surveyed said that they expected B’s just for attending lectures, and 40 percent said they deserved a B for completing the required reading.

Hat tip to Dr. Delaney Kirk

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Cost Estimates of Dropping Out of High School in America

There is no generally accepted definition of a dropout that I know. Some use school enrollment figures; others rely on US Census population surveys. Some include GED recipients; others do not. Some keep records of transfer students; many do not.

Today, thanks to Stephen Downes it came to our knowledge the participation of Wesley Fryer in the Oklahoma State Superintendent’s Dropout Summit and it gave me a great opportunity to speak about what is happening with the long discussed drop out trend.

The IES has statistics for 2004-2005 years. Which means we have not collected data for the 2008 yet.

Having so dispersed the numbers and information about what are tendencies of drop out in American high schools, it seems every state has been working in this field but there is not a place where we can find appropriate number as what is the actual cost of a drop out, as for example Canadians have right now.

Investment in human capital creates a multitude of positive personal and social externalities which fosters economic development and growth specially now in this economic downturn we are living.

Dropping out of high school imposes very high costs on the individual who drops out of school mainly through poor labor market outcomes but also from restricted access to higher education and training and a weaker voice in the political and electoral system.

As a result of their higher levels of joblessness and lower annual incomes, dropouts will pay less in payroll and income taxes (state and federal) and receive considerably more cash and in-kind transfer assistance (food stamps, Medicaid health insurance, rental subsidies) from the state and federal government than their better educated peers, at least that is what is been said by the State of
Massachusetts (pdf doc)

Margaret Spellings while addressing to a Hearing before the Committee on Education and the Workforce, House of Representatives said, dropouts “cost our nation more than $260 billion dollars… That is in lost wages, lost taxes, and lost productivity over their lifetimes. In federal dollars, that will buy you ten years of research at the National Institutes of Health.”

Well, those $ 260 billion are not actual because they correspond with the 2006. Data from Canadians, on the other hand is real and for them high school dropouts cost Canada's social assistance programs and criminal justice system more than $1.3 billion annually!

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Web And Google Are Making Us Smarter So We Re-discover New Ways to Learn

It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins. It almost seems that they go online to avoid reading in the traditional sense. -The Atlantic

That was a quotation from Nicholas Carr’s assertion that Google is making us all stupid. Ph.D. Trent Batson has a substantial refutation and he, indeed, asserts that Google is making us smarter. We liked the analysis about the impact of the changes of reading and the new hybrid orality:

    ...We are reading as we speak when we are in a group. We "listen" to one statement, then another and another in quick succession: Our reading on the Web is like listening to a bunch of people talking. It's hybrid orality. We find ourselves once again the naturally gregarious humans we always were. We find ourselves creating knowledge continually and rapidly as our social contacts on the Web expand. We have re-discovered new ways to enjoy learning in a social setting.

I read both books and web and certainly there are differences but by no means, web content can possibly make us dumb. Not at all. Point to Trent Batson!

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Education Today 03/23/2009

Ning: Games in schools

This project has been collating and analysing the pedagogical uses of electronic games everywhere from Estonia to England. It’ll be the first place to see the results of the pan-European project or to find out about games initiatives

Ambitious school technology plans run up against budget deficits

Ninth-grade science students usually learn Newton's second law of motion by copying and memorizing it. But in Oak-Land Junior High in Lake Elmo, freshmen learn it using other instrumentals and laptop computers. It makes a huge difference.

10 Rules From The Incompetent Educational Leader's Handbook

# 4. "Treat problems as a sign of failure." Huh..

How to help people better use the net - go to them, let them copy, open up

The reaction to this might be 'teach the kids and teach the parents'. But we're now in an era where it's not so much about signposting where to go on the web, but teaching society how to navigate the net without even a map, says clinical psychologist Tanya Byron

Digital Natives: Fact Or Fiction?

People are questionning the concept, including some of the people who helped spread the word in the first place. But there must have been something in the idea to have captured people's attention and imagination so effectively.

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Why Did Obama Make False Claims on Education?


In his first major education speech last week, President Obama misinformed the public with major claims that simply weren't true. The cumulative effect of these untruths was to paint a picture of public education that is much gloomier than it really is. Before turning to and other sources to set the record straight, a larger question needs asking: Why did Obama make these false claims? Logically, the possible answers seem to be either: a) Obama himself was misinformed by his advisors and/or speech-writers, and was unaware that he was misrepresenting the truth; or b) the president knew about the distortions, but found it expedient to spread them anyway. (If I'm missing other possibilities, fill me in.)

Both answers are disturbing. If Obama innocently passed his talking points along from Arne Duncan's team at the DoE, then we have cause to worry that our Secretary of Education lacks either knowledge or intellectual integrity, and neither explanation is encouraging. If Obama did know about the distortions, then we have to ask what his motives were for spreading them.

Read the whole story: Clay Burell

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