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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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Race to the Top - 10 Question for Finalists

Flypaper posted Ron Tomalis' suggested questions that might be asked to the Race to the Top finalists. State’s delegations will perform in a 30-minute presentation and a 60-minute question-and-answer session with a panel of judges. Their answers could make or break its chances to win the $4 billion award grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

1. If you don’t get 100% of the funding requested, how will you modify your proposals? What programs are on the chopping block; which aspects will receive priority funding?

2. How will you hold your school districts accountable for full implementation? What penalties will you have for lack of implementation at the local level? How will you police implementation? Do you have metrics in place to constantly monitor both implementation and outcomes?

3. The Federal Government could make an investment of several hundred million dollars in your state. Specifically, for that amount of money, how far will the academic needle move in 3 years? 5 years?

4. Reform initiatives have come and gone, with limited amount of success. What makes your plan under this application different? And more importantly, how is it different than things your state has done over the last decade? Are you asking for funding for drastically different initiatives?

5. Will private school students benefit from RttT funding? If so, how? If not, why not?

6. Every state education system has strengths and weaknesses, just as every state plan has strengths and weaknesses. What are the strongest parts of your plan and what are your weakest based upon your state’s historic capacity to implement reform?

7. If these initiatives/programs are so critical for student success in your state, why haven’t you done them already? Why wasn’t there a political/policy effort to accomplish these programs before RttT? If the new RttT money was the driver, doesn’t that undercut your claim that these reforms have broad based support?

8. If you don’t get funded, how will this impact your reform efforts? What will you do regardless of RttT funding and what are you doing only because of RttT funding?

9. The state legislature was not required to sign your application, nor are they here today presenting with you. Much of what you are proposing will either require changes in law or legislative endorsement/funding to back up the initiative. What indications can you give us that your legislature endorses these initiatives? What provisions in your plan can you implement on day one? What provisions require new laws and policies? In how many cases did you say that you would “investigate, plan, or discuss” an issue instead of execute an initiative?

10. For those schools districts that did not sign onto your plan, how will you ensure that you won’t be setting up a dual education system in the state — one aligned to the plan in the RttT application and one for those not committed to the RttT? Does this worry you?

Ron Tomalis was an Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in the first term of the George W. Bush Administration, and now serves as a director at Dutko Worldwide.

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The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

"Every child in America deserves a world-class education" - A Blue Print for Education Reform

The Obama administration's blueprint to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) will support state and local efforts to help ensure that all students graduate prepared for college and a career.

Following the lead of the nation's governors and state education leaders, the plan will ask states to ensure that their academic standards prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace, and to create accountability systems that recognize student growth and school progress toward meeting that goal. This will be a key priority in the reform of NCLB, which was signed into law in 2002 and is the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA)

"We will work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to reauthorize ESEA this year," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said about the blueprint, which the Obama administration released on Saturday. "We owe it to our children and our country to act now."

Read more at Education Research Report, headed by Jonathan Kantrowitz

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"Cellphones Could Be Effective Learning Tools"

O'Reilly Radar:

In most schools, cell phones are checked at the door -- or at best powered off during school hours in a tacit "don't ask, don't tell" understanding between students and administrators. This wide-spread technology ban is a response to real concerns: if kids have unfettered instant access to the Internet at school, how do we keep them safe, how do we keep out inappropriate content, how do we prevent real-time cyberbullying, how do we even keep their attention in class when competing with messaging, gaming, and surfing?

At the same time, though, there is a growing sense among education thought leaders and policy leaders that not only are cell phones here to stay but there seems to be interesting potential to use these small, connected computers that so many students already have. I've been insanely fortunate over the past year to work closely with Wireless Reach (Qualcomm's strategic social initiative) and real innovators in education who are finding that cell phones in classrooms don't have to be a danger or a distraction but, in fact, can help kids learn in some surprising ways.

Thanks to CoolCatTeacher for the link. The article in its enterity belongs to Marie Bjerede, she is the Vice President of Wireless Education Technology at Qualcomm, Inc.

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