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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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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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