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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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iPhone OS 4 vs Android: Why Open Source Matters!

I came across this well balanced post about the latest announcements from Apple. As everything coming out of Apple's headquarters, seems like it is the perfect thing to take and to do. I am not an Mac user, but as far as I respect their products, I thing there are great mobile solution in the market, other than iPad for example.

Brad McCarty concludes Android is the winner among smart phones operating systems, and he explains why Apple has lost the game:

We users shouldn’t have to wait years for basic features, or for nagging problems to be fixed. We should have the ability to find something that works better, if we don’t like what you’re offering, and we should be able to use it on our existing device.

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Server error [1503] in Diigo

Most of my online findings are posted on Twitter (if you are not subscribed to @tonnet, is time to do it. This is not the only place acting as a repository of all my bookmarks, comments and posts. There is wide range of sources, some listed at the bottom end of my contact page.

All those places are unlimited, in terms of content and tagging. Education & Tech, however, has a specific core knowledge, in here we talk, discuss and republish education information. As such, beyond Twitter, Facebook and Friendfeed we also post some links on Diigo.

For 5 consecutive months we haven't been able to use one of the most important features in Diigo, its Auto Blog Post. Prior information is tagged under roundup. Yesterday, was the day we reinstate a fresh auto post from Diigo.

What happened? Out of nowhere I begun to receive this message: Sorry, server error [1503], I took no further steps for I wanted to discover by myself what was happening. I try this and that and I even thought all that was related to the incident where I lost my personal web address. No, far from that.

In Diigo's homepage there is an option called 'tools' under this option, among others is the Auto Blog Post. I've set up my Blogger account and no luck until I remembered Blogger has been updated its platform a while ago and old accounts were upgraded but not the API I suppose. Since my blog is old enough, I decided to try using not the 'New Blogger Blog' option but the 'Blogger Blog,' meant to old hosted blogs. Voilá! I had solved my problem.

As a reference, let me tell you that I had set up my blog before and made no change to the settings. Since I don't quite remember how the settings were performed, I assume I did it in the same way. So, if you ever happen to run into this kind of trouble, try the other way around to old hosted blogs in Blogger.

It worked for me.

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Education & Tech News for Educators 04/05/2010

  • Imagine Bethany as a teenage softball player, she is good, but lacks confidence. She can hit home runs, but the minute the count isn't in her favor, she crumbles. With two strikes down, her Dad yells from the crowd, "You hit like a girl." In her head, she yells back, "What is that supposed to mean?!?!" as she hits a home run.

  • This is perhaps why you can’t learn a stick anymore than you can do ICT to someone. His point was – imagine if teachers could apply and re-apply one tool to so many situations I guess. Made me smile.

    The rest of my favorite links are here.
  • The Real Power of Twitter

    Learning with 'e's:

    ...The more you connect on Twitter, the more connections you get. For me, the value of Twitter is in tapping into its social critical mass. I think that most people who try Twitter and fail to see its value don't give it enough time. If they persisted and put some time into developing their contacts and connections on Twitter, they may discover that it pays them back for the time they have invested. To do this they can use lists, following those who are good value and produce useful content, while at the same time tweeting content that others may find useful.

    No, Twitter is not so much about the information and useful links you can gain access to. Twitter is powerful because it allows people to share their emotions - you can gain a window on their everyday experiences, and that often helps you in your own daily struggles. I am often encouraged by people who share snapshots of what is happening in their lives right now. It's an important dimension - I have made many friends on Twitter whom I have later met and strengthened my friendships with. Self disclosure is a risky thing, but others often reciprocate. It can all be summed up by a quote from one of my favourite authors: Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one. - C. S. Lewis

    An extract of the original post: Why Twitter is so powerful written by Steve Wheeler(@timbuckteeth)

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