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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

Teacher + Scholar

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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Teaching Basic Concepts Behind Math Problems Are More Useful Than Teaching Children Procedures for Solving Problems

Scientific Blogging

New research from Vanderbilt University has found students benefit more from being taught the concepts behind math problems rather than the exact procedures to solve the problems. The findings offer teachers new insights on how best to shape math instruction to have the greatest impact on

The research by Bethany Rittle-Johnson, assistant professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College and Percival Mathews, a Peabody doctoral candidate, is in press at the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.


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Illiterate Teachers: Is it Ok to Stay That Way?

In a commented post, Pat explains the results of a Survey of the American Teacher, conducted by MetLife. It is an important piece you should read especially that section where the survey (pdf doc) says "teachers just plain haven't embraced digital forums for personal growth."

Education and Tech supports the answer given by Succesful Teaching on this question: Is it alright to be a technologically illiterate teacher? (bold is ours):

Absolutely not. I think that teachers need to take the initiative in learning more about technology. I know teachers have heard about blogs and things like Twitter since it is all in the news. If they don’t know what these are, they need to find out about them and see how they can use them. I read blogs daily in order to stay current on education topics and learn about other tools that are out there for the classroom. By reading blogs, I get inspired and motivated to try new things. By joining Twitter, and Plurk, I have developed a Personal/Professional Learning Network (PLN) that offers support and encouragement when I need it. I have been able to bounce ideas off of others immediately and get feedback on these ideas. I have grown so much professionally by being around other educators and learning from them. As an educator, we need to constantly grow professionally so we don’t become stagnant. It is not acceptable to be technologically illiterate anymore. I feel it is also impossible to be this way and still be a successful teacher.

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Problogger: 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge

Darren Rowse is one of the most popular bloggers and whether you've heard or not about Problogger, it is still time you follow the advice he offers in his blog. Yesterday, Problogger started a series of posts called 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, where all subscribed participants are to follow Rowse' advice and write in their respective blogs about the suggested topic.

This series are particularly important for those who are still performing their first experiences in the blogosphere. There are small but important things you have to keep an eye on, if you want your blog get noticed. Here is our five cents:

First Day. Write an elevator pitch for your blog. "Technology and Thinking on Education by Milton Ramirez."

Second Day. Write a list post. No very common here at Education & Tech but we do have some like 7 Educational Sites Your Kids Will Enjoy.

Third Day: Promote a Blog Post. Not all them but posts like Social Web in Education.

Day 4: Analyze a Top Blog in Your Niche. I've doing it quite a while. Thanks to Free Technology for Teachers and Bradblogging.

Day 5: Email a Blog Reader. If I ever done it before, I would do it and practice emailing some of our commenter.

Day 6: 27 Must Read Tips and Tutorials for Bloggers. Before I started to focus on education and tech I used to and still read successful bloggers to keep peace of what is happening at the blogosphere.

If you still struggle or do not like this kind of post, is better you check Ali Hale 10 Steps to Write a Perfect List Post.

Why we are into this, anyway? We are teachers and are trying to teach students how to blog. Writing for print media is one thing and write outstanding posts to online consumption, is another. Our students not only need to have a blog and know how to write, his work needs to be read and as Derek Markman puts it, "It's very similar to any other business, in that even if you have the greatest product ever, but nobody knows about it, you won't sell any."

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'Speegeeking' an Innovative Way to Do a Faculty Meeting on Technology Integration

"SpeedGeeking is just like Speed Dating - a way to quickly introduce people to a wide variety of new ideas in a short amount of time," defined this idea Kim Cofino.

This is the second time she and all members of the team at her place of work, organize successfully this kind of events. Teachers apparently were excited and energized by the discussion and it seems that "everyone found at least one thing that sparked their interest in the 30-minute session." Isn't tha great?

In along detailed post Cofino explains how to organize and develop a SpeefGeeking meet up and includes 5 reasons as for why she likes this short but effective reunions. Why not to emulate same process when you have a faculty at large and in need of speed up technology integration. Here Mrs. Cofino's reasoning:

  • Because we had so many groups, we were able to highlight so many teachers - we made sure to have some specialists present, as well as some teachers who had never worked with technology in their classroom before this year.
  • We enabled teachers to interact with others outside of their grade level. It’s amazing how rarely teachers get the opportunity to just talk with teachers outside of their team.
  • We focused on the positive, on the commonalities among our colleagues, on the successes that we all have in our classrooms every day. Sure, we can all be doing things better, but that doesn’t mean that amazing things aren’t happening already.
  • We empowered others who are not normally highlighted and we helped build networks and infrastructure for supporting teachers who may need assistance.
  • We laughed, a lot, together. How often can you say that about a faculty meeting?

That's more that enough to keep learning, writing and sharing the technolgy applied to education. Hat tip to Always Learning!

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