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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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Mirroring Your Students, A Way to Gain Their Trust

This not an specialized piece about educational psychology but the result of a reading we have been into during these days. After many years in the classroom, and working primarily with teens, watching them the very little interest they have on academics other than music and personal care, I've come to the conclusion that teachers need to walk the walk and let students do the talk.

How many brains do you have? The answer is a bit tricky but if you took college biology, you know the answer isn't one but three. Human brain has three layers: a primitive reptile layer, an evolved mammal layer and a final primate layer.

In this set of interactions are the mirror neurons. It was in 1990 that Italian neuroscientists Giacomo Rizzolatti, Vittorio Gallese, Leonardo Fogassi and their colleagues at the University of Parma, found that a monkey's brain could transform the actions of the experimenters into motor programs that the monkey would use to perform the same actions. That's what Christian Keysers, part of that team, calls mirror neurons.

If we are able to manage these two simple manifestations, we can get our students attention. Mark Goulston in his book Just Listen, writes: "You cringe when a coworker gets a paper cut and cheer when a movie hero gets the girl." This happens because you are mirroring those actions to think that they actually occur to you, which in a way, it really happens.

If we avoid the 'amygdala hijack' in these hyper active young people, our students, you are now playing the role of a teacher, watching but listening, working but mirroring their necessities. if they feel loved and cared, they will return the same amount to you. And if they cooperate, there are plenty of reasons to conclude students would like to copy your behavior and ultimately reproduce what you are doing in the classroom. Teaching and learning.

Have you succeeded being kind to your students, or is it, that being rude has been a better choice.

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Ed Reform: "Unions v. Race to the Top"

Is the Obama Administration going to side with school reformers, or will it reward state and local teachers union affiliates that defend the status quo? This is a question states are asking as they prepare their applications for $4.35 billion in Race to the Top competitive grants. Some guidance from Education Secretary Arne Duncan would be helpful.

Teachers unions in Minnesota and Florida are currently threatening to withhold support for their state Race to the Top applications, which are due later this month. So is the school boards association in Louisiana. This matters because the Administration has placed a premium on states garnering "local school district support" in order to win a grant. Not having union buy-in isn't fatal, but it definitely hurts a state's chances of getting federal funds.

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Google Wave Seen As Teaching Tool in Higher Education

Some local college officials are jumping on board "Google Wave" to see what the new technology might mean for education.

This jazzed-up version of e-mail provides a centralized Internet location to write, edit and even translate text to or from foreign languages, as well as deposit photos, videos, maps and more. People can collaborate live on the same "wave," or string of communication, and can watch each other type.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse could use Google Wave to build on its international education goals, allowing discussion with classes in other countries using the translation tool, said Jim Jorstad, UW-L director of educational technologies.

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