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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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Why Witing Your Own Dissertation Pays Down the Effort

No all of us want or like to write or use, in a good way, our skills learned either in school or in our daily activities. With enough instruments at hand, many if not most of our students today, are forgetting how handwriting is like. No more epistolary interchange, internet has come and the revolution is only comparable to the transition from the trivium to the quadrivium, to revolutionize that way we save and sustain knowledge and information in ths era.

To write or not to write? It is a general question for all students who are to make up their minds whether to choose or not to choose a writing dissertation. Everybody realizes the amount of difficulties that comes with writing a dissertation. What about the pros and cons of starting your dissertation work. Actually, the advantages of a dissertation writing work are obvious:

Writing a dissertation is a way to a scientific degree. If you think that science is your calling and your vision about the career of a professor in reputable University, then writing this dissertation is vital for you.

Writing is a big advantage for every career and for teacher is not less important. If you do not want to be a teacher, but want to follow a perfect career in any other field, writing a dissertation work will still be valuable for you. Every employer will understand that you are a knowledgeable and consequently valuable worker. If you have special interests in some fields, you will make huge research and you can regard yourself as a real expert of this field.

However, there are some drawbacks of a dissertation work that you need to consider too:

If you are a busy person who has a job, a wife, two kids and who knows a dog, then it is more probable that writing a dissertation is not for you. You simply will not have enough time and strength to do this work properly.

If you are a kind of person who cannot sit at one place and do the same work day by day for a long time, and belong to the Gen-X generation, then writing a dissertation can turn into an eternal punishment for you. That's what my son call it when I ask him to show me his drafts.

If you think that your education and the degree you have is enough for that particular career you would like to do, then it is not necessary to spend time on this kind of writing.

All and all, learning and practice of writing are not an obstacle for a really concerned person.

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Education on Being Tamed, Domesticated And Subdued

Ed Tech Journeys

At birth we are blessed with a natural curiosity. There is a great wildness in it. A shaft of sunlight illuminates a world of dust and delicate objects floating in air, as if by magic. A child who catches a glimpse of this will stop whatever it’s doing and begin to explore what it sees. We are called to learn.

Our natural curiosity is like a wild animal; it hunts where it needs to in order to satisfy its deep hunger. As children, we awaken each day with an insatiable appetite to learn. It is in our early years that we are “wolves of learning”. There is a deep, DNA-based, natural connection between learning and survival; call it the burning relevance of the empty stomach.

Over the centuries, as we have institutionalized learning, we have taken something precious from our children, our young “wolves of learning”; and from ourselves. The wildness of our natural curiosity has been tamed, domesticated, and subdued.

Read the whole story by Pete Reilly
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You Are a "Social Media Snob" if You Do Not Follow Many People on Twitter

I've discovered (and subscribed) to a blog about Educational Technology, written by Mike Arsenault in Maine. Today, he brings up an interesting discussion about twitters in the educational field. He builds a chart where you can easily spot great figures in Education than I will not mention here in its enterity.

The central point is: Are you a social media snob if you do not follow equivalent number of people who is following you?

Twitter needs interaction and lately, there is a bunch o posts trying to impress you how to become a microcelebrity. Think before you tweet. Ask, will this add value? Will this help someone? wrote Tim Bursch, on what I consider an interesting post.

Many people nowaday are concerned about numbers and they might also be worried about the ratio of Followers to Following. But the real thing is interaction, as I said before, I usually unsubscribe from people who almost ever appear on my streamline. Why? They are not contributing neither to me nor to the social network. They, as well respected David Warlick and Will Richarson may be busy doing other stuff. They contribution is different from that one we expect in Twitter.

We tend to keep a balance between these two groups of Followers/Following and we clean up our list every now and then. Last, we do have to agree to Mike, " I would mostly attribute that to still being somewhat of a snob and still figuring out how to best filter the information that comes from so many different sources as I try to balance doing my job, reading RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, and having a personal life."

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Update: Kevin Jarret respond to Mike and corrects him: Whether they follow me on Twitter is irrelevant. It’s just how they choose to use the service. Period.

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Call for Papers on Applied Research in Workplace E-Learning

The new Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-Learning is based in Australia, reports Will Thalheimer, the online journal will publish both refereed and non-refereed articles "from both researchers and practitioners relating to the design, implementation, evaluation and management of workplace e-learning across a range of sectors and industries."

Editorial Policies are at Impact, which contains general information on the journal's focus and scope, including topics of interest and types of articles accepted. Key dates include:

Manuscript submission deadline: 1 June 2009
Notification of acceptance: 1 July 2009
Submission of final articles for publication: 1 August 2009
Publication of inaugural issue (online): 1 September 2009

The theme of the first issue is: Current issues and future directions in workplace e-learning: Mapping the research landscape(pdf doc)

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Warlick at the 2009 Educational Technology Conference in Palm Beach

Featured Speakers:Steve Dembo, Kate Kenker, David Warlick, Karl Fisch, Mark Benno, Dean Shareski. -Photo by David Warlick and used under CC License

For those who wasn't able to attend the 2009 Educational Technology Conference, keynote speaker was David Warlick. Video of his presentation is here and some of his remarks were published in his blog, as well:

He starts by saying that this conference was "one of the best organized and idea-rich conferences that I have been a part of - better than any I can remember." And speaking about the participation of students, Warlick stresses, "it is another demonstration of how we need to come to respect the learner - not just demand respect as the teacher, but pay back with respect for the learner and the places they’ll take what we teach."

Interested in education and wishing to follow more about Warlick's activities? No desperation here is another CoLearners wiki from him.

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Education Today 03/31/2009

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Suitable for students as well as workplace learners and lifelong learners - as well as teachers, educators and trainers. Good stuff!

Angela Maiers Tests the Waters of Digital Publishing

Digital publishing will bring us one very significant step closer to the reality of David Weinberger’s notion of filtering on the way out rather than on the way in.

"Knowing the Public Mind."

This is the same issue faced by all instructors who are trying to teach, but the web is a more complex instructional environment in the sense that at a minimum there are more voices and in particular unlike the enclosed classroom in which the teacher's voice is often respected, teachers on the web have more difficulty in establishing credibility, web credibility is often quite different that classroom credibility.

Why Great Teachers Are Story Tellers

When we think of a good teacher, we tend to focus on personality and on the way the teacher presents himself or herself. But that’s only half of good teaching.But then how do we make sure they think about meaning? That is where the second property of being a good teacher comes in-organizing the ideas in a lesson plan in a coherent way so that students will understand and remember.

The rest of my favorite links are here.

Teacher: Why Do You Teach?

The “Holy Grail” of teaching is making such a difference in a child’s life that you positively impact their life trajectory.

Photo Credit: Wonderlane

The Asymmetry of Using Twitter

David Weinberger (@dweinberger) has liberated contents in his JOHO, the Blog. Taking advantage of his Creative Commons license to reproduce one of his posts, we want to share with our readers the idea of why Twitter has such a success and how it handles the social asymetry approach:

From 4.5 things Twitter teaches us:

    1. Twitter in its native form assumes we’re ok with not keeping up with the abundance. Tweets are going to scroll by when you’re not looking, and you’re never going to see them. Twitter assumes you will let them go, the way most of us cannot leave unread the messages in our inbox.
    2. Social asymmetry addresses the scaling problem. At Twitter, the people you follow are not necessarily the people who are following you. That’s exactly not how mailing lists and weekly status meetings work, and Twitter’s approach impedes the back-and-forth development of ideas. But, maybe that’s not what Twitter is primarily about. And the asymmetry means that some people can have lots of followers but still participate as listeners.
    2.5. (Maybe in an age of abundance, the back and forth development of ideas isn’t the only process. Sure, having a small group kick around an idea often works. But maybe in some instances it also works for an idea to be lobbed like a beach ball from one group to another, each putting their own spin on it.)
    3. Twitter is an app that scales as as platform. That is, it comes with a set of features that makes it usable and popular. But it’s open enough to enable users and third parties to add capabilities that make it useful for what it wasn’t designed for. For example, a convention has arisen among users that “RT” will stand for “re-tweet” when you want to publish someone else’s tweet to one’s own followers.
    4. We’ll complicate simple things as much as we have to. We’ll invent “hashtags” (tags that begin with #, embedded within a tweet) to let people find tweets on a particular topic, getting past the “it already scrolled past” issue. We’ll invent layers upon layers of aggregators of tweets. We’ll just bang away on it as hard as we have to in order to accrete significance. We truly are meaning monkeys.

Photo credit to: Matt Hamm

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