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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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If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am a blogger and I'd written a post about education almost everyday since 2003. Education & Tech provides you with education news, expert tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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EduCon 2.2 Begins Today - And You Can Follow It, Digitally.

EduCon 2.2 The Science Leadership Academy launched today its 3rd. Education Conference (EduCon 2.2) Given the interest and topics to be treated in EduCon, the event is sold out according to register section in its wiki. Conference will run Jan. 29-31, 2010.

Top leading personalities in education technology will be talking all weekend at EduCon 2.2. in Philadelphia. Organizers want to stress the content of this year's EduCon. They've posted on the website created for the conference: "And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference."

Most of the 76 sessions can be followed through Elluminate. But also on Twitter with #educon. Photos of the event can also be found here

Education & Tech Session Recommendations

We have not a chance to be at EduCon, but surely will be listening some of the conversations:

What is Smart? - The Friday Night Panel. A group of societal visionaries speak about their vision of what is smart in a panel discussion, 6-8PM EST.

2.Go. - Demonstrating 2.0 as needed. Saturday 10:00am–11:30am: Network and feel comfortable with the tools you aren't familiar yet, jargon, and philosophies being brought up during the course of the conference.

User-Generated Education - An Authentic Student-Centric Model of Education. Saturday 12:30pm–2:00pm: Question: Should a student-centric, user-generated education be the predominant learning model for this era of the 21st Century? is going to be answered.

Education Technology and Law - Stump the Lawyers. Saturday 2:30pm–4:00pm: You'll have the opportunity to discuss issues at the intersection of educational technology and the law with four uniquely qualified expert panelists.

The Caring Classroom.
Sunday 10:30am–12:00pm: Ideas to drive the manner in which presenters build a community inside and outside of their academic homes.

Wikis for a Dynamic Curriculum. Sunday 12:30pm–2:00pm: You'll clarify your expectations about learning spaces and how to use them in classroom.

Metacognition - The Real 21st Century Skill. Sunday 2:30pm–4:00pm: Carefully reconsider the importance of where learning occurs.

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The Effectiveness of Teaching Goes Beyond the TFA Characteristics

I now most of you Americans have been paying attention to the #SOTU tonight, but while I was listening to president Obama, I happen to find a good post about what are the perceptions of what it means a effective teacher in terms of Teach for America. Alesha Daughtrey and Ali Kliegman come to discuss their vision of this same concept but in public education.

In many ways, debating the comparative effectiveness of teachers prepared through traditional teacher education, Teach for America, or other “short-route” preparation programs distracts us from our central challenge in creating effective 21st century public schools. There is more variation within traditional teacher education and alternative routes like TFA than between them.(1) And indeed, a close examination of research on TFA cohorts suggests that their teaching effectiveness gains are likely due not to their individual dispositions or test scores, but to the additional training and support they receive over their two years in the classroom.(2)

(1) Boyd, D., Grossman, P., Lankford H., Loeb, S. and Wyckoff, J. (2006.) How changes in entry requirements alter the teacher Workforce and affect student achievement. Education Finance and Policy 1,no.2 (Spring):176-216.

(2) Berry, B. (2005, October 19). Teacher quality and the question of preparation. Education Week. Retrieved April 1, 2009 from

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What Do You Think the Web Will Look Like in Twenty Years?

This is one of the three questions people who has been tagged to participate, is responding. Everything originated in latest edition of ON Magazine. So far, three very respectable professionals plugged in: Len Devanna, Gina Minks and Clark Quinn.

#20 Years of the Web looks for your own perspectives canalized with these three questions:

How has the Web changed your life?
How has the Web changed business and society?
What do you think the Web will look like in twenty years?

There will be a great discussion, we know, personally I have been on the web since 2001 and I am too young to answer these questions, but I want to continue the discussion and see what you can say about all these changes. Allow me to share with you, Quinn's ideas about our central question. He writes:

"I really think that the web will have become transparent. For most of us, the information access capabilities will be transparent: so ubiquitous we take it for granted. There just will be information wherever and whenever you want it. We’ll be surrounded by clouds that follow us that define who we are and where we’re at both physically, chronologically, and metaphorically, so that information will be available on demand in whatever ways we want.

From the production side, we’ll be creating information by our actions that will be aggregated and mined for useful ways to serve us. We’ll have new models of learning that integrate across technologies and space to develop us in meaningful ways to empower us to achieve the goal we want. And, most likely and unfortunately, there will be information to continue to try to sway us to do things that others would prefer we do. I would hope, however, that we’re moving in a positive direction where we slow down our progress to the point we can make sure we’re bringing everybody along."

I haven't been tagged, so feel free to tag yourself up and participate with more ideas. We all will be happy to read them.

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