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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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A Comment on "Cellphones in the Classroom"

Little by little teachers and citizen are taking into account how important it is for our kids (students)to use what they know, some times, better than us: The cellphones.

Jesse Moyer weights in and says:

    I think we can all agree that this type technology; cell phones, smart phones, etc.; are here to stay. Why would we leave it up to our courts to educate students on the proper uses of these devices? Now, some may argue that it is the parents’, and not the school’s, job to teach their children how to appropriately use this technology. I would whole-heartedly agree, and maybe the parents of the teens in this case did; maybe they didn’t. Either way, why wouldn’t we want to take the opportunity to educate and train our young people to use devices that will be part of their lives and, in some cases, a large part of their lives for years to come?

    ...I believe students should learn to use these devices in proper ways, and I think our schools can be a major factor in this education.

Teachers, raise your hand please...

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Obama Administration to Cut Funding for the Enhancing Education Through Technology

EETT funds under Economic Recovery Act will flow by July, 2009 and this has many educators disappointed. ETAN is updating on this matter. They belong to the Consortium for School Networking and the International Society for Technology in Education:

    Earlier this month, the Obama Administration proposed to cut funding for the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program by 63% for FY10. This would slash funding for EETT from $269.9 million to only $100 million.
    We need your help to convince Congress to reject this funding cut. ACT NOW!
    As you will recall, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) invested $650 million in new education technology funding, to be spent between now and September 30, 2010, because this program is so vital to our children's future.
    If Congress agrees to this cut, much of the progress made with the new ARRA dollars - modernizing classrooms, training teachers to use technology and ensuring the technological literacy of our students - will be lost!
    ACT NOW! Contact your U.S. Senators and Congressional Representative to oppose the President's proposed cut and support funding EETT at a minimum, its FY09 funding level.
Mike Petrilli writes about what education would be turned in America because of funds and education reform. He cites experiences lived by parents and citizen in Seattle. Referring to the 'school poverty gambit' he adds: '"last hired, first fired" is an outrage.'and continues, "It makes a mockery of meritocracy. It saps the energy from our youngest teachers, and rewards longevity over effectiveness. And it’s been sitting there for a long, long time. Maybe now is the time that it comes to be seen as the scandal it is, and maybe now is the time that it will spark the populist outrage necessary for reform."

God bless our schools and gives light to the education officials in Washington!

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Google Waves Goodbye to E-Mail, Welcomes Real-Time Communication

From Stephen's Web:

A couple of non-event announcements today, Google's Wave, a communication tool (replaces Outlook?) and Microsoft's Bing, a search tool (replaces Google?). You can't actually use either of these yet, so what you're reading from the various reports is pre-launch publicity.

See also the promotional video. Is Google Wave the future of e-mail for real?

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Sotomayor: From the Projects to the Ivy League


President Obama has selected federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the Supreme Court. Education Week’s School Law blog has a nice quick summary of her background. My first reaction is, “wow, another Catholic.” She would make six, and she attended Catholic schools, too. The legislative and executive branches have found themselves utterly incapable of staunching the bleeding from Catholic school closures in the inner-city. Maybe she’ll turn her judicial activism to solving this problem from the bench.

Read whole post by Mike Petrilli.

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Reexamining Our Roles as Teachers

Dr Delaney Kirk of Ask-Dr-Kirk blog, links to a very well framed post from Adobe Education Leaders.. Johanna Riddle is the author and she explains how digital media has transformed the role of educators, that is taking us to a new breed of learners and communicators. The main creation here is that interests and focus of this new generation goes beyond the classroom walls. "And it holds deep implications for the future form, and role, of educators."

Riddle writes , "When we embrace the notion that how we teach is as crucial to the learning process as what we teach, we naturally begin to expand and reexamine our roles as teachers." and asks, "Isn’t that when teaching, and learning, really start to matter?"

She goes on to say that we will have new roles as frameworkers, connectors, and enablers.

Citing Magda Kahn, ESL instructor at Groves High School in Garden City, Georgia, the author of the noted post stresses how we all are together in the technology inclusion: If I’m trying to take my students through a step in the technological process, and I get lost, I ask them to help me through it. I have to be willing to learn with them. Sometimes, I will ask each student to identify a function on the toolbar or menu, spend some time exploring it, and prepare a short expository presentation on that skill. That way, my students meet the ESL goals of written and oral language, while we all become more proficient at technology.

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Duncan Announces His Senior Staff Appoinments

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan today announced the following nine appointments to his senior staff. Get to know them:

Margot Rogers, Chief of Staff
Margot Rogers comes to the Department of Education from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she most recently served as special assistant to the director of education and managed the development of the foundation's five-year education strategy, working closely with the director on organizational development, strategy and personnel. Prior to her tenure at Gates, Rogers served as an independent consultant providing education-related program, policy, and strategy work for a variety of clients, including New American Schools, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and the Gates Foundation. Rogers also worked for six years as a staff attorney at the Center for Law and Education, providing strategic guidance and content support for legal services and other attorneys around the country working on improving education for low-income students. Rogers also served as a senior program officer for the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. Rogers received her master's degree in history from Emory University, her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia and was a Rotary International Scholar at the University of Toronto.

Juan Sepulveda, Director of the White House Iniciative on the Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
Juan Sepulveda has been a senior executive, strategist, and advocate in the non-profit and philanthropic communities with a focus in community development, capacity building, and transformational management for over 20 years. Sepulveda comes to the Department of Education from The Common Enterprise (TCE) where he has been president since founding the organization in 1995 to help build stronger communities across America by making nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, governments, businesses, and communities more effective in their public work. Sepulveda has also worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, as a talk show host on KLRN, a biographer and a Latino voting rights advocate. Sepulveda received a B.A. in government from Harvard, a B.A. in politics, philosophy and economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and a law degree from Stanford University. Sepulveda served as Texas state director for Obama for America.

Judy Wurtzel, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development
Judy Wurtzel comes to the department from The Aspen Institute, we she has served as co-director since 2005, helping local, state and national education leaders improve the education and life chances of poor and minority students. Prior to her tenure at the Aspen Institute, Wurtzel served as executive director of The Learning First Alliance, a partnership of leading national education associations formed to improve teaching and learning. Wurtzel also served as senior advisor to the deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education from 1993 to 1999 and as associate counsel to the president in the White Office of Presidential Personnel. Wurtzel received her B.A. in literature from Yale and a law degree from New York University.

David Hoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communication Development
David Hoff has worked as a reporter in the education field for nearly 20 years, most recently serving as associate editor at Education Week, writing on issues facing K?12 education including school finance, assessment, and curriculum. Recently, Hoff founded and authored NCLB: Act II, a daily blog tracking issues related to the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act and led the newspaper's coverage of both the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions. Hoff has regularly appeared on television and radio shows as an expert on federal education policies and spoken at education conferences. In addition to his work as a reporter at Ed Week, Hoff has been published in a variety of publications, including The Washington Post. Hoff received his B.A. in history from Hope College.

John White, Press Secretary
John White comes to the department from Prince George's County Public Schools where he served as chief communications officer for the nation's 18th largest school district since 2004. Prior to his tenure in Prince George's County, White managed Public and Government Relations in Maryland for AAA Mid-Atlantic, and served as the director of communications for the Maryland Aviation Administration at Baltimore/Washington International Airport. Previously, White served as the press secretary for Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State and worked as a reporter from 1991-1997 at The Daily Banner Newspaper and for the Capital-Gazette Newspapers. White earned his B.A. in English at the University of Maryland, and an M.B.A. from University of Maryland University College.

Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools

Kevin Jennings is the founder and former executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an organization that works to make schools safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Prior to his tenure at GLSEN, Jennings served as History Department chair and a history teacher at Concord Academy in Massachusetts and before that as a history teacher at Moses Brown School in Rhode Island. Jennings has also authored six books including Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir which was named a 2007 Book of Honor by the American Library Association and Telling Tales Out of School which was the winner of the 1998 Lambda Literary Award. Jennings received an A.B. in history from Harvard, an M.A. from the Columbia University Teachers College and an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Stacey Jordan, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Stacey Jordan comes to the department from The Education Sector where she has served as communications manager since 2002 working with executive, policy, research and marketing teams to develop communications strategies on education policy. Jordan has also served as special advisor for education policy to the mayor of Providence, R.I., and as director of The New York City Department of Education Office of Strategic Partnerships which was created by the New York chancellor to engage the private and public sector to support improvement of New York Public Schools. Jordan earned a B.A. in philosophy from Wheaton College and a master's in social welfare policy from the University of Texas in Austin.

Dianne Piche, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Office of Civil Rights

Dianne Piche joins the department after serving as the executive director of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights which monitors the civil rights policies and practices of the federal government, and an attorney at the Law Office of William L. Taylor where she specializes in civil rights, education law, and federal litigation. Piche has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland in College Park, as a counsel on the Independent Commission on Chapter 1, and as a consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor. Piche has published extensively and testified on numerous occasions before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. Piche earned her B.A. in English and women's studies from State University of New York at Albany and her J.D. from Catholic University.

Julius Lloyd Horwich, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs
Julius Lloyd Horwich most recently served as education counsel and policy advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education where he works with House, Senate and executive branch staff to develop and reauthorize legislation and secure appropriations for education and children's programs. Prior to his tenure in the house, Horwich served as education counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Children and Families and as Policy Counsel to U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin where he worked to develop and reauthorize legislation and secure appropriations for disability and education programs. Horwich also served as the director of federal relations for the University of Pennsylvania where he worked with university officials, deans and faculty to develop and secure Congressional support for the university's legislative priorities. Horwich received his B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University, his J.D. from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Public Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin.

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Facebook: Pros and Cons of Using it in the Classroom

Facebook can be used poorly or incorrectly.

Being an adult doesn't mean you can always manage your time responsibly and always be aware of what's is or is not convenient for yourself. Not to mention the molding conduct and personality of young people who are the ones flocking to social networks sites as Facebook, today. Are they using them to their advantage and correctly? That is a question Mike Qaissaunee tries to answer on this post. He presents both sides of using Facebook, one experience (one out of his 12 years teaching) with one of his students who was addicted to Facebook in a poorly manner and consequently grades will be affected for mentioned student.

    Just this last semester (yes it's over) I had a student that was very active in Facebook - 90% of the activity was very frivolous, for example sending virtual items to friends or playing countless hours of "Mafia Wars." I suspect that this student's grade is probably a letter grade lower than his or her potential. I'm sure there are other reasons students get distracted and lose motivation, but I was able to simultaneously watch the ramp up in Facebook activity and the decline in classroom performance. No scientific correlation here -just my gut - but I've been teaching full-time for twelve years now, so you get pretty good at making these assessments.
But he also remembers what happened with Ryerson University freshman Chris Avenir. as to set the good side of using social networks.

Did you give up of using social networks as a good resource to improve education. communication and complex process of socializing and learning?

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Tech Trends: TechCrunch Attends Annual Churchill Club Event

Read how the rundown took place and what was the wrap up by M.G. Siegler:

Energy, data and more energy were definitely the main themes discussed with the trends this year. There was also a lot of back and forth that many of the ideas being brought up were old ones. That rang true to me, but perhaps that’s to be expected we’re in down times, so you stick with what works (or has been predicted to work in the past).

Overall, the panelists trends seemed almost too specific while the crowd-sourced trends were too general. Likewise, the discussions on those topics went from too focused, to not nearly focused enough.

There were some interesting discussions on the energy front, as well as a bit on the mobile space — though surprisingly only Shriram really singled it out. Jurvetson’s talk briefly hit on the real-time web and Twitter which everyone was very opinionated about — but then boring crowd-sourced topics would come up and kill the discussion.

Before the panel began, the moderators went over last year’s trend to see how the previous panel had done. Most didn’t do too well, and I would suspect the same from this panel. Too many of the ideas are still a long time out, or are rehashed trends that no one really seemed to want to even talk about.

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Twitter Guide: Job Search And Personal Branding

This post appeared originally at The Bamboo Project and it is reproduced under Creative Commons license.

Twitter--the 140 character social networking site--is becoming increasingly useful for job seekers. It doesn't work for everyone, of
course, but it can certainly turbo-charge your networking, a key strategy for successful job hunting. It can also be an effective part of your personal branding campaign.

Here, then, is a (somewhat) definitive link guide to getting a new job (or losing your current one) through Tweeting. (I put this together for a client, so thought it would be nice to share).

Getting Started on Twitter - If you're new to Twitter. . .
- Newbie's Guide to Twitter
- Getting Started on Twitter in Plain English
- Surviving the Twitter Learning Curve
- An Illustrated Guide to Using Twitter
- 13 Twitter Tips and Tutorials for Beginners

Twitter Skills & Culture - You'd think it would be easy to type 140 characters and go, but like all social networks, Twitter has a culture that requires some skill to navigate. Ignore this section at your own risk.
- Twitter Vocab - note that using 'tw' in a word (as in tweeps instead of 'peeps' or twirting for 'flirting') is a fundamental Twittering skill. Or at least it shows you're one of the cool kids.
- 10 Twitter Etiquette Rules
- Top 7 Twitter Commands Everyone Should Know
- How to Use @Replies
- How to Retweet
- To Follow or Not to Follow: That is the Question
- 9 Useful Sites for Finding People to Follow on Twitter
- Find the Right People to Follow on Twitter
- How to Unfollow with Class
- The Twitter Hashtag: What is it and How Do You Use It? 
- The Ultimate Guide to Twitter Hashtags

Pimp Your Profile - Think of your Twitter profile as your "digital interview suit." First impressions count.
- Pimp my Twitter Page
- Twitter Avatars as Personal Branding
- How to Give a Personalized Touch to Your Twitter Page
- Develop a Twitter Landing Page
- Brand Your Twitter Profile Page
- TwitPaper: Free Twitter Themes, Backgrounds and Layouts

Twitter for Job Search - The nitty gritty of job searching on Twitter.

People and Sites to Follow
- Twitter Users Every Job Seeker Should Follow
- 50 People Every Job Seeker Should Follow on Twitter
- 50 Twitter Users to Follow for Your Job Search
- The Job Search "Twibe" (Twitter users interested in job search)
- Twitter Job Search Resources--job boards to follow, many for specific career areas.

Job Search Tips and Tools
- How to Find a Job on Twitter
- 15 Twitter Applications for Your Job Search
- Leverage Twitter for Your Job Search
- 5 Twitter Applications to Find Out Who is Hiring
- 50 Terrific Twitter Tips for Job Seekers
- The Beginner's Guide to Finding a Job with Twitter
- Use Twitter for Your Job Search
- The Twitter Job Search: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

Case Studies
- Tweeting for a New Job: A Case Study
- How David Murray Found a New Job on Twitter

Twitter Brand Building - The Twitter job search is also about building your online brand.
- Twitter for Personal Branding: Getting Started
- 30 Minute Brand-Building for Twitter
- 10 Ways to be Useful on Twitter
- 7 Ways to Be Worth Following on Twitter
- 30 Personal Branding Experts on Twitter
- Personal Brand: How to Build Yours on Twitter
- Leveraging Twitter to Market Your Personal Brand
- Using Twitter Hashtags to Boost Your Credibility and Visibility

Twitter Fails - Twitter isn't rocket science. These mistakes can be avoided with a little forethought.
- The Top 10 Tweets to Get You Fired
- 13 Fatal Twitter Mistakes
- Top 7 Mistakes Twitter New Twitter Users Make
- 30 Ways to Lose a Job on Twitter

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Elementary Classroom Teachers Do Not Have a Strong Background in Math

While some researchers look for new Math Lab Experiences, others find meaning in the numerosity. That's not enough according to a Boston University disclosure of results of the state's licensing exam.

Is it true that U.S. Has Shortage of Math Teachers but it may be all caused by unpreparedness of math teachers countrywide.

The Boston Globe says that nearly 75 percent of teachers who were administrated a test back on March about algebra, trigonometry, and calculus, fail revamped section of state licensing test:

    Education leaders said the high failure rate reflects what they feared, that too many elementary classroom and special education teachers do not have a strong background in math and are in many ways responsible for poor student achievement in the subject, even in middle and high schools.

    Elementary school teachers, including those in charge of first-grade classrooms, are considered the front line of math instruction, providing the building blocks of computation and mathematical reasoning that students must master before tackling algebra, trigonometry, and calculus later in their academic lives.

If we lack of math teachers and those in the work field are failing, then we have to form and train new teachers or create incentives to attract and retain those who hold the best backgrounds.

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Food for Thought: The Quality of Education for Low-income Families

Why should we expect education markets to succeed in bringing higher quality schools to low-income communities?

We really got stunned by this sentence: "It costs money to be poor." That's how begins a post on The Quick and the Ed, his editor Erin Dillon says that individuals living below the poverty line pay more for many things middle and upper income people consider basics, including food and banking services, hah!

Grocery Stores, Banks, and...Schools? was written to comment on his report Food for Thought: Building a High-Quality School Choice Market. The chains for distribution of fresh food and bad management of checking and savings accounts have failed in many low-income, urban neighborhoods, says Dillon. The result: "communities with little or no access to fresh food, like fruits and vegetables. And it means that the little money low-income families may have to save at the end of the month goes to check cashing fees and outrageous annual interest rates for short-term loans."

From the research for Food for Thought:

    This is equally true in the market for public education. The growing charter school movement has spurred the creation of new education organizations like the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), which recently opened a shiny, new 85,000-square-foot facility four miles north of the Super Giant. KIPP has become a national model of high-quality, urban education, posting impressive achievement gains with low-income student populations. Sixty-six new KIPP schools have opened in 19 states and the District of Columbia in the last 15 years. KIPP is what school choice proponents claimed would happen with market-based reforms in education: entrepreneurial educators successfully teaching the students who need help the most.
Despite this, the neighborhoods of Southeast Washington, D.C., continue to be among the poorest in the city and traditional public schools in the area still post some of the lowest student-achievement results in the city. Not substantial improvements are being achieved from the supposedly increased competition coming from charter schools.

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MiFi to Replace Costly Cell Phone Plans

Is Verizon rolling out the thing that could kill the cell phone?

From The Atlantic:

    Finally, there's a product that puts a wireless hotspot in your pocket: the MiFi, a battery-powered device the size of a thick business card that provides its own password-protected wireless network (NYT's David Pogue reviews here). This is cool for all the obvious reasons -- with MiFi in your pocket, your computer, phone and iPod Touch are connected to the Internet whether you're on a road trip or the beach. But it's especially cool for a reason Pogue doesn't mention: It could signal the end of cell phones.

And as the Derek Thompson assumes, the big question is how many costumed users are willing to jump service for a price almost comparable to a cell phone plan service?

We are on the crowd of don't see, don't tell. As always changes are important even when such migrations tale time to really take fly. Good luck Verizon!

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Research Book on Neuroscience And Learning

This post is originated after a tweet that was posted by @edtechcowgirl. We were checking our subscriptions and we found a book recommended by Clark Quinn that would fit Donna Feledichuk's necessities.

The book title is Why Don’t Students Like School and after reading the review made at Learnlets, his editor says the subtitle tells you a bit more about this book: “A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for your classroom”.

    ...In nine chapters (this isn’t a long book, just deep and relevant), he covers motivation, learning styles, cognitive skills, and more. He answers the core questions and the ancillary questions that emerge. And, no, I don’t agree with him on quite all of it (e.g. on making content meaningful, he’s concerned that too familiar or interesting tasks may overwhelm the intrinsic lesson), but I suspect we’d find if we sat down that we’re agreeing furiously.

    I have to say that if all my children’s teachers read this book, their schooling would be a lot better. If all our children’s teachers read this book, schools would be a lot better. So, if you’re a teacher, read this book. If you work with teachers, know teachers, or influence teachers, get them to read this book. And if you design learning experiences, even if you don’t actually teach, you should read this book.

    Cognitive science research oriented towards making better learning, in a digestable form. It doesn’t get much better than this. I have no higher praise for a book than 'I wish I’d written it', and I do. Highly recommended.
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Education Today 05/15/2009

  • Teacher gadgets New technology hits the classroom

    Promethean: It's an interactive white board that allows teachers to program lesson plans with a student participation component. It also allows teachers to program photos, graphics, or brief film clips and videos into a lesson plan, and the board can be used for any subject matter – math, social studies, history, etc.

  • Electronic bullying of students has real effect

    When it comes to bullying, computers and cellphones have become the near-perfect hiding place for teens who may not otherwise take the aggressive stance. While these threats tend to happen off school property and outside of the school day, the repercussions can affect classroom performance.

  • Debtor grad: ‘I wish I’d gone to prison’

    Going to college was “the biggest mistake of my life,” says Hernan Castillo... The 30-year-old California man earned an accounting degree but can’t find a new job, so he’s still working at a warehouse.

  • BLOGS: Best Posts Of The Day

    From David Brooks to Megan Meier...

The rest of my favorite links are here.

You Could Be Teaching Differently if it Weren't for ‘The Tests’

Students in New Jersey started this week the NJASK and they spent much time on rehearsals. Surely, at least one teacher in the Garden State will be saying: We could be teaching differently if it weren't for ‘the tests.’

Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrelevant asserts that successful teaching and student achievement has little to do with tests and plenty with ourselves as educators. He asks: "Have we all forgotten that school has been boring for generations?"

Change and transformations in educations are not part of a gift. Since human being has started educating in a formal process, the student has been confronted with innumerable challenges. It has been the social revolutions which committed to education fundamental changes, not the governments. No Arne Duncan!

It's of shortsighted professionals to think that are the tests the instruments killing our creativity. They limit core curriculum at many schools, but teachers are the ones to improve and develop activities to meet students necessities. When inexperienced teachers start working they look for anything that make their lives easier and to honor their career. However, as years pass by, we do conform with the Establishment and forget about what our mission was: Teach and tech it differently no every academic year but on a daily basis.

Test slow many aspects of schoolwork but they are not absolutely the reason to stop our professional development and slow down our personal achievements as educators.

Do not blame the tests. It is us!

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Edublogs: Steal But Do Not Get Caught! Give Credit.

Do you think school districts "pirating" content from your education blog and sharing it with their staff - with or without attribution - is right or wrong?

This is the question which the author of this post, closed it. And since we are reproducing some content from other blogs and sites, we think we have an opinion here. At the far bottom of this blog you will see © Education and Tech which is aimed to state that our contents are free to be used under Creative Commons license.

When we do use content from other sites, we are doing it because we believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

In about the question, once a blog is up to share its contents under Creative Commons, it is about the user to attain by the rules. Remember the internet is huge and many are copying contents to make money. If that is the case, you should follow suit and ask to stop with such practices. Here, since the purpose of the consumer is educational and none of the content quoted you could see is altered or transformed, there is no reason to get concerned.

They are to respond for the linking, and owner of contents should politely ask the consumer to abide by the Commons license, if they still ignore your rights, then make it public and let them know you advice against this practice and fight all your way down.

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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Suffer in School

Children exposed to domestic violence not only have more disciplinary problems at school, they perform considerably worse in math and reading than other students.

They also have a negative effect on their classroom peers, resulting in decreased test scores and increased disciplinary problems, according to a new study by economists Scott Carrell of the University of California–Davis and Mark Hoekstra of the University of Pittsburgh, published in the summer issue of Education Next.

Carrell and Hoekstra find that adding one troubled student to a classroom of 20 students decreases student reading and math test scores by more than two-thirds of a percentile point and increases misbehavior among other students in the classroom by 16 percent.

The whole press release was originally published on The Hall Monitor

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Assignments That Work On Technology-rich Learning Environments

The Journal:

...It's vital to realize that when technology is integrated into a learning environment and students are using technology in their learning process, the assignments must also include technology use. That is, if, for example, students are using computers to work on projects, do research, collaborate with their peers, or interact with content and then the assignment set is to write a paper on a set topic and for which no aspect of the technology use is involved, the assignment will seem unnecessary to the students and dissociated with their learning experience.

Read whole article by Ruth Reynard, Ph.D.

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Common Sense With Uses of Cellphones in Classroom

It turns out these little devices are useful. That must be why we use them so much.

Katie Hanifin is sad she cannot compete with Cornell University researchers. Students at Canastota High School in a number of 70 approx. will be given iPhones for the next month to be used during the school day. This is part of a nutrition project funded by Cornell, the students will be tracking their meals and relaying information.

In the article she wrote at Education Week,Teaching Generation Tech, Katie relates as what is it to be in her High School and how faculty deals with uses of cellphones:

    However, to many educators, the cell phone is the bane of our professional existence. My school has a no cell phone policy that is completely ignored by students and heavily debated by faculty. These devices are everywhere, either hanging out of the pockets of their low-slung jeans or glued between their ear and their shoulder.

    In the midst of a heated discussion on cell phone confiscation at a faculty meeting, where a prize was suggested for the teacher with the highest acquisition, at least one phone went off. We collectively looked around the room for the interruption, knowing it could very well have been our own.

Educators, stop banning cellphones in the schoolwork. Learn how to deal with it and introduce good uses of cellphone in the curriculum you had to develop or follow during an academic year.

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Obama's Budget Slashes a Critical “Change Agent” in Schools

On Friday May, 8th the Obama's administration released a new where they asserted a cut of Education Technology funding by 63%. Mike MGuhlin has been following events and wrote a interesting piece about why administrators as educators should switch to the Open Source movement.

What would you write for expectations for principals and teachers?
is a central questions he brings on. Mike challenges a Superintendent and a Curriculum Specialist to either "publish slideshow presentations to the Web instead of having your secretary do it" or "model differentiation of instruction for adult learners, as well as students in face to face and online professional learning environments."

We ask you to reflect on this paragraph and come to discussion on this topic:

    So, yes, if technology continues to be irrelevant to teaching, then cut it out. Excise funding on technology from the budget. If you're not going to make it a requirement, if you're not going to fire superintendents who dance around using technology except to put it in so that it looks like something is happening, if you're not going to require teachers to learn how to use it and CHANGE their teaching, if you're not going to transform curriculum specialists and how they work, then it's a waste of money.

I don't think I agree with Obama's administration decision even in though times but I have to second Mr. MGuhlin on the quoted paragraph.

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Fundamentalist Baptist School Asks Student to Skip Prom


A senior at Heritage Christian School will be suspended Monday for attending Findlay High School's prom because the event involves dancing and rock music.

A Heritage School committee decided Wednesday that Tyler Frost, 17, will be suspended if he attends Saturday's dance because the school's policy forbids dancing, rock music, hand holding and kissing.

Frost plans to attend prom anyway with his girlfriend, a senior at Findlay High.

The rest of the story here.

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The Most Complete List of Education Blogs

We haven't done much research but we keep reading blogs everyday especially if those are written by teachers. The lists are so popular in the internet for many reasons but it does not mean that all education blogs are included in those lists.

There are categories, different criteria and ultimately the sense of quality we all exercise. What could it be of excellent content fro some, may well mean standard for others. Our only expectation is to make information available so you can select gold out silver.

Last list has been updated and contains the 100 Most Inspiring And Innovative Blogs for Educators. Suggestive title, isn't it?

Other list of interesting education blogs can be found at:
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Schoolwork Using Laptops And Without Any Cheatings

The biggest obstacle in schoolwork has been cheating, and this article addresses that issue. It seems teachers had found a way to keep the students from cheating with computers and who knows with the iPod.

From the BBC News:

    About 6,000 students in Norway are doing exams on their laptops in a trial that could soon be rolled out across the country.

    Every 16-19 year-old in Nord-Trondelag county in Norway has been trying out the laptop-based system.

    The secondary students are given a laptop by the government when they turn 16 to help them with schoolwork.

    During exams the specially-tailored software springs into life to block and record any attempt at cheating.

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School: Childhood Bullying Linked to Teen Psychosis

Today on my way to work, I was listening The Takeaway aired at NPR. The guest was PhD Dieter Wolke, a professor of developmental psychology and individual differences at the University of Warwick, England.

Scientists reporting in the May issue of the journal Archives of General Psychiatry (subscription required) say that childhood bullying can lead to teenage psychotic episodes such as hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.

The research led by Wolke, followed 6,437 children from birth to 13 years. The children took part in annual face-to-face interviews, psychological and physical tests. When they reached 13 years of age they were interviewed about experiences of psychotic symptoms in the previous six months.

Professor Wolke has stressed: "This indicates that adverse social relationships with peers is a potent risk factor for developing psychotic symptoms in adolescence and may increase the risk of developing psychosis in adulthood."

Chronic peer victimisation, where bullying had continued over a number of years, was found in 13.7% of children when interviewed at ages 8 and 10. Severe victimisation, where children are both physically and emotionally bullied, was reported by 5.2% of children at age 10.

Professor Wolke also added: "All children have conflicts occasionally and teasing and play fighting occurs. Children learn from these conflicts of how to deal with this. When we talk about bullying victimisation it is repeated, systematic and an abuse of power with the intent to hurt. Children who become targets have less coping skills, show a clear reaction and have few friends who can help them."

To listen the interview please click here. And for other sources of help visit: Stop Bullying Now, and Tips to Stop Bullying at Work.

Also some other posts we've published on Bullying:
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Education Today 05/05/2009

Top Tech skills a student needs to know | My Tech Reflection
10 things a students needs to know once they leave school; to survive in higher education, to get a job and to communicate and contribute in the global world.

Why Teachers Should Blog: An Example
Read a textbook for what it is worth; Call bulls**t when it seems facile or exclusionary; Do research online or elsewhere to verify/challenge the textbook's assumptions, or to discover a fuller account.

Taking a stand for education
Rekha is a little girl from India. She has refused to get married.What she wants is to get an education!

Teachers Pay Teachers
An empowering place where teachers buy & sell original and used teaching materials and make teaching an even more rewarding experience.

9 Swine Flu Educational Technology Multimedia from the U.S. Government
The CDC is actively investigating isolated human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) in several states (CA, TX, OH, KS, NY) and is working closely with Canada and Mexico and with the World Health Organization (WHO).

What happens to education during a pandemic?
James Sigler, Derrall Garrison, Doug Symington, Matt Montagne and others discuss issues surrounding pandemic planning in schools.

The rest of my favorite links are here.

The Outbreak of H1N1 Also Works for Goofing at Schools

With panic of the Swine flu causing hysteria around the country and closing many major school functions already, the media over dimensioning the case and people afraid of o level 6 warning, a junior student decided to tap into that fear with a little goof of his own.

Brockton School officials weren’t laughing Wednesday when a Brockton High School senior thought it would be a funny to wear a surgical face mask to school and tell people he had swine flu, the principal said.

The student, who was not identified, had been out sick Tuesday with an unrelated illness and walked into the main building after school, said Principal Susan Szachowicz.

“He’s a good kid, but he was just being stupid,” Szachowicz said. “What he did was mean and it was not funny. People are upset and rightly so.”

The student arrived in the building after the school day was over to bring a doctor’s note to the nurse for his actual illness, which was not made public, Szachowicz said.

A secretary in the main office noticed him wearing a mask and asked him what he was doing, she said. He began to ask for Szachowicz, she said, but the secretary took him to the nurse’s office.

“He wasn’t even tested for (swine flu),” she said. “He did not have the symptoms for it.”

But the rumor had already gotten out. Teachers e-mailed Szachowicz expressing concern and parents called all morning saying they heard a student had the virus, she said.

The teen will be brought into Szachowicz’s office today with his parents and the headmaster to account for his actions, she said.

Via [WickedLocal]

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Learning Mobile Devices Are Not Quite New

Michelle Pacansky-Brock was presenting and attending the MoblEd Conference in Pasadena, CA and she posted her experiences about what she saw and tries to find an answer for this question: How are mobile devices impacting education?

The discussion is aimed to be placed at top private universities but it does not go so far from what we have been trying to encourage here. The good uses of smart cellphones in the American classrooms. To private universities are quite easy hand out iPods, but student body at schools are already carrying smart phones. The only challenge is that the are not being allowed on the school grounds. With all the stuff students are familiar, "we clearly have a passion to have information with us at all times." writes Pacansky-Brock.

Mobility though, contrary to what people thought, is not something we just got with mobile electronic devices. It's a matter of emerging technologies:

    ...Writing in the classical period used to be preserved only through directly writing by hand on a scroll. A scroll was a long stretch of "paper" (actually vellum or animal skin) that was rolled at both ends and stretched when it need to be read. Scrolls could become very heavy and cumbersome to work with the longer the text became. At the end of the Roman period, when Christianity began to spread but had not yet been legalized, Christians needed to flee for their lives and the one item they would always desire to take with them was their scripture. This was when reading became "mobile." The need to move from place to place created a demand for a mobile "device" to transport the written word. This wasn't exactly the "birth" of the codex or the book but it was when it became more popular. Books still needed to be copied by hand, however, and it wasn't until Gutenberg's invention in the 15th century that provided for movable type and multiple copies of texts.

We will reflect on the questions at the end of her post. How will our public schools stay in sync with the private ones who have the enormous funds to support these innovative ventures. Try to be thoughtful in answering these question: Is it a matter of not having enough funds? Or is it a matter of values and priorities?

I think all it's about priorities, at least where Boards of Education handles large flow of money as for example the Elizabeth Board Education in New Jersey.

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The Notion of Neo-liberalism as Public Pedagogy

We came across to CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) blog where Joyce Middleton writes about Vorris Nunley's work. Professor Nunley is interested the intersections of rhetoric, space, and episteme. He works as an assistant professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.

The studies on Rhetorical and Critical theory, public pedagogies and composition, visual culture, neo-liberalism and African American expressive culture of Nunley are based in part on Henry Giroux’s notion of the neo-liberalism as public pedagogy:

    At this point, I ask readers not to misread my critique: Compositional diversity is important. It carves out a space for marginalized folks to have a job in the academy and elsewhere. In the classroom, it allows previous, backstage student voices (to borrow Erving Goffman’s term) to occupy center stage. And if neo-liberal diversity is merely about center staging marginalized academic and student voices so that they can be slotted into the normative political rationality, then let’s celebrate the inclusive dance, but not the illusion of a transformative political rationality that seduced many of us to purchase admission tickets to the diversity ball in the first place.
    If we take seriously Henry Giroux’s notion of neo-liberalism as public pedagogy as he argues in his book, Against the Terror of Neo-Liberalism, then we must also understand pedagogy and learning occur across a spectrum of social practices and settings through the educational force of the entire culture...

I am familiar with epistemology and it sure is dense, what is precisely what I love it. It's been a while since I don't read or hear about this matter and I just wanted to share with you something that I used to do back then when I was interested in the origins of knowledge. Did you learn about the Resistance Pedagogy?

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Student Suspended After Sending Text to His Classmates

It's not news that as much as technology evolves education, it also cause trouble for administrators and students, as well. Before Spring break a student from a Union County school got suspended for spreading text message where he asked his friends to stop talking with another student he just got in trouble with at school.

Principal arguing he took all statutory steps suspended the students for two days as a sanction for sending 'intimidating messages.' As far as the suspension ended, the student was back to school again. Surprisingly, he got in hot waters immediately after, now he was charged of bullying because the student allegedly pushed a girl over the floor.

My question is, should a student with a blank record, to be suspended intermediately for two different reasons. Aren't suspension to be avoided at all costs in the first place?

Since bullying starts at home, shouldn't we parents and teachers start working on educating all the way through of consequences of using technology in and out school? The very same initiative to spread word using a cellphone may be of good use if used properly. How do a student knows what is allowed and what not. If you check the procedures y regulations for every and each school, you don't always find guidelines further that the typical chapter of bullying.

What is wrong with receiving a text which wasn't aimed to you as is the case with Dayton Public Elementary School, such as reported last week. When 90 per cent of school students maneuver a cellphone, isn't our responsibility to handle this avalanche in a pretty smart way than asking them, to shut them down?

I know, too many questions and a single answer. Let the kids use their cellphones and challenge yourselves same as principal is doing it at Passage Middle School

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