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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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The School I'd Like - #EduThingsILike

I pay my respects to and join to the #EduThingsILike. We were kindly invited to participate in a meme Tom Vander Ark started. I confess that at the beginning I felt hesitant to do it, but after a call of conscience, I decided this a great opportunity to envision the ideal school from my particular perspective, I would like my family to have.

I agree to Chad Sansing when he says: "I think we need to say for ourselves what we stand for before we act in pursuit of it." Even when these are ideals, we need to keep dreaming. Haven't been said that you need to dream higher in order to, at least, get to the lower level?

Here's what I'd like:

  • I like schools that not resemble prisons.

  • I like teachers who think they are not the only ones in charge of the subject.

  • I like parents who talk with their children at least 10 minutes a day, after returning from work.

  • I like edupreneurs who nonetheless rely on education as a way to get rich, no matter that this is mental and spiritual wealth.

  • I like leaders because without his charisma the group itself never will move on.

  • I like the inventors, those who live eternally the most restless curiosity of our students.

  • I like students who never remain silent, those who love to ask, although their tests show otherwise.

What do you like? @irasocol, @josiefraser, @republicofmath, @TheJLV, @Struggle2Learn. I am trying to follow Chad's rules, but feel no obligation to participate. On the other hand, if you happen to read this post and want to continue with this meme, feel free to do it so. Tag the people you would like to hear from.

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Creating Social Learning Environments

Upside Learning:

Everyone’s been talking about Social Learning Environments (SLEs), the internet offers a plethora of tools that could become a part of a SLE. While some of these tools cost money, the bulk of them are free. We can construct our very SLE using these free tools. Jane Hart wrote about ‘How to Create a Social Learning Environment’ in the November 09 issue of Inside Learning Technologies. She covered the major tools that can be used to create a Social Learning Environment for free or at a low cost.

For a better understanding watch this graph by Abhijit Kadle. I also recommend you get hands dirty clicking away to find more tools for learning.

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The Seven Theories of Everything

The theory of everything is one of the most cherished dreams of science. If it is ever discovered, it will describe the workings of the universe at the most fundamental level and thus encompass our entire understanding of nature. It would also answer such enduring puzzles as what dark matter is, the reason time flows in only one direction and how gravity works. Small wonder that Stephen Hawking famously said that such a theory would be "the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God".

But theologians needn't lose too much sleep just yet. Despite decades of effort, progress has been slow. Rather than one or two rival theories whose merits can be judged against the evidence, there is a profusion of candidates and precious few clues as to which (if any) might turn out to be correct.

The seven front runners are: The string theory, Loop quantum gravity, CDT, Quantum Einstein gravity, Quantum graphity, Internal relativity and the E8.

Editor's note: Knowing the mind of God: Seven theories of everything in is the source. Article has been originally written by Michael Marshall

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Education Involves Collaboration

Yesterday, I was following online the #tedxnyed and really enjoyed that way presenters did their part. Really impressed by Jeff Jarvis, Chris Lehmann, George Siemens, Henry Jenkins, Dan Meyers and Mike Wesch -not that the others were bad, but they kept me quiet, attentive and almost fry my brain, to say it figuratively.

Lehmann said: "Schools need to be collaborative and playful." Absolutely. If kids don't experience joy going to school then teachers are in great trouble.

Lehmann's perception relates to Larry Irons vision of social learning. Irons wrote a interesting post saying that social learning is collaborative and it's linked to the large-scale changes facing organizations as they struggle to manage how people share and use knowledge.

Citing Harold Harche, Larry agrees with him to the fact that learning is relevant because school work is almost never done by one single person. School work requires collaboration of a variety of people. Is customary to blame the teachers or even fire them, when something goes wrong in education, I think we are forgetting about many other members of this community.

With his wide experience as a leader of multidisciplinary teams, the author of Skillful Minds writes that collaboration isn’t just about people:

Collaboration is about people working with other people to achieve common goals and create value. Even though goal-orientation is a big part of collaborating, collaboration requires more to achieve goals effectively. It requires shared experience. Indeed, one could reasonably assert that, as members of teams discuss their own assumptions about membership in the flow of a project, they develop increasing empathy for other team members and alignment between their own needs for information supporting performance and the willingness of others to either provide it or facilitate its provision.

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