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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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Open-Access Educational Model "Enhances Traditional Media"

I agree to professor Peter McPhee from Melbourne University, who says that there is not "substitute for face-to-face learning". But at the same time I deeply disagree when he says that open-access courseware as those offered by MIT rather than replace, enhances traditional educational models. It goes opposite to what collaboration means and democratization of knowledge evolves(openness).

This assertion is at Ivy League on your laptop of

For the quarter of the world's population that uses the internet, the Ivy League has never been so accessible. As Friedman argues, the internet revolution is making the world more 'flat'.

It is also creating many new possibilities in education. Teachers can use it to see how others teach, or play online videos in their own class. Students can try out universities before they enrol, or review material from a class they are already taking. MIT surveys show that 95 per cent of their incoming students have used open access courseware to try courses before enrolment.

Do you agree to the retired McPhee? Or you think the higher education one day be may provided with YouTube-style online videos such as Maris Beck reports.

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Education & Tech: News for Educators

  • Brownwood schools aim for paperless classrooms

    The district earned $500,000 with the state’s Vision 2020 Immersion grant that pays for every eighth-grade student to have a laptop as early as January. Blincoe (Brownwood Independent School District Superintendent) believes that grant probably came through largely because the district already dedicated about $1.2 million to equip all 1,000 high school students with laptops this fall.

  • Call for Papers: Technology & Social Media in education

    Some suggested topics are listed below:

    - Social and participatory media (e.g., blogs, wikis, microblogging, video sharing) in teaching & learning.

    - Mobile technologies, txting, or microblogging in learning, or implications for social justice & politics.

    - Practical or philosophical discussions on open content or open educational resources.

    - Implications & trends regarding open publishing & academia.

    - Online communities as formal and/or informal learning environments.

    - Openness and/or networks in teaching & learning.

    - Case studies of successful technology integration into learning environments.

    - Discussions of distance, online, distributed, or flexible learning models in practice.

    - Changing views & frameworks of knowledge and implications for education.

    - Social networks, participatory media, and the implications for information & media literacy.

    - Personal learning networks (PLNs), personal learning environments (PLEs) or related frameworks.

    - Other topics related to social media, technology, and education.

    The rest of my favorite links are here.
  • Being a Good Teacher Doesn't Mean You Have to Go to an Ivy League School

    Recently, I subscribed to Teachers....and teaching a very inspirational blog about stories of "teachers and their teaching" headed by Les Blackwell. I recommend to you reading the last three posts(or blogs as he likes to name them), beginning with this we are to speak about.

    In a detailed manner, Blackwell explains why he thinks that you don't have to be enrolled into an Ivy League school, to become a successful professional of the education. He relates his experiences at the university he attended and how from hating philosophy of education and statistics, he went to love them once he was hired as Teaching Assistant for a professor he meet while trying to get his doctorate, Dr. Foster.

    But what the blog inspires me is the statement that you don't have to go to an Ivy League school to get a proper education:

      First off, universities and colleges are like shoes....there are different styles and sizes for different folk. We're really at a basic question in teaching--what is the interaction between teaching and learning? How much cognition does a teacher have "to pour into a students mind" and "how much does a student have to ingest to learn?" For me an interesting question is how is a Harvard professor different from a UCLA professor or a Texas Tech professor. And who has the responsibility for the learning--the professor or the student. The word "professor" comes from the latin to "profess" or to declare publicly. Doesn't say anything about learning...

    How many times yourself, someone from your family or even your own son lose hours of sleep, thinking you are a waste of a professional if you don't happen to get into one of these so called Ivy League schools. We are not a product of none of this respectable institutions but we have to agree to Les Blackwell, there are many education schools out there where you can get your Masters or Doctorate. What it really counts is the stamina you have to pursue your ideals and keep learning for the rest of your life.

    Education only begins at schools. They certify your knowledge and may give you social status but the process of learning is continuously infinite.

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    How to Find Authoritative Web Resources for Scientific Research


    The following is a fragment of the original under the title: Beyond Wikipedia: Locating Authoritative Web Resources for Scientific Research, and reproduced under Creative Commons license.

    Check Your Sources

    Where your information is coming from is the best way to tell if it is valid. While sources with fewer credentials can be right, you have better odds of finding accurate information when facts come from an expert in the field. Reputation is a good indicator of the quality of the information that you can get from a source. If information comes from a well-respected authority in a particular field then it is probably accurate.

    Check The Date

    Even information from a reliable source can be out of date. While many facts stand the test of time, when it comes to scientific information new research and knowledge often leaves old studies either useless or just not as current as you want your information to be. Many sites can hang around on the internet long after their useful lives so you need to look into this. Information that is a year old may not be of as much help to you as information that is only a month old. Remember that.

    Find Collections Of Reliable Sources

    Authoritative web resources for scientific research can be found, but you must be careful. Your research is too important to be undermined by utilizing a bad source along the way. Luckily, there are steps you can take. You can check your sources, check the date the site was published or updated, and you can utilize sites like Intute that gather quality sites for you. These are some easy ways to help ensure that every web resource you use will be of the highest quality.

    Read complete article by Thomas Rheinecker.

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    8 Ways Schools in NY Are Using Wikis

    Lisa Nielsen of The Innovative Educator brings to attention of her readers, an interesting post about how schools in New York are using wikis to "increase communication, collaboration, and enrich instruction."

    She lists and explains 8 possible ways to get to this point:

    1. Decrease disruption of instructional time with digital daily announcements.
    2. More efficient and effective team meetings and planning.
    3. Collaborate on important documents like school comprehensive education plans.
    4. Enhance school professional development using a wiki.
    5. Share and collaborate on curriculum maps.
    6. Save trees /save time and unclutterize your room or office by posting school resources
    7. Know where everyone is when schedules/programs are posted.
    8. A portal for all your lessons.

    For the explanation of what is a 'Wiki' and how to get started seting up your own free school wiki in 30 seconds, please visit The Innovative Educator.

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