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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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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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