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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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What Is so Innovative About ICT in Schools?

Steve Wheeler, a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth, makes his point when he explains the three angles: The "flexibility and provisionally that supports learning across the sectors", "acknowledge that creativity is an important aspect of learning across the curriculum," and "learning technology is very effective in connecting people together."

We especially like that way he presents his case, What ICT actually means:

ICT - Information and Communication Technology - is more than just computers. In education, it’s really better referred to as 'learning technology' and I made my views clear about this recently in a blog post entitled Stop calling it ICT!. Whatever we call it, it’s a term that embraces an entire spectrum of tools, including the Internet and World Wide Web, telecommunications, cameras and audio, mobile phones, computer games, and other interactive devices in the classroom, such as Interactive Whiteboards, turtles and pixies (small programmable floor robots) and voting systems. We limit our vision if we simply see learning technology as computers, but I concede that computers are often the gateway into many of the above tools.

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What Are the Worst Examples of Using Tech in Schools?

This was the second time @shareski brought up the same question. He warned: "Exclude PPT, IWB and bad games. I already have those on my list." As he prepares to a 60 minutes session about the topic: Worst uses of technology in schools.

Dean Shareski has a blog where he discusses ideas and thoughts about authentic learning. One of this is for example, the reason others give for banning cell phones in the classroom.

I was just in time to catch most of the replies his PLN members did. As an anticipation of what that session will be, we are sharing some of the most relevant responses Twitter educators shared:

    @pmcash. Using tech as a reward: when you get this task completed you can use a computer

    @Digin4ed. What about the PA school remotely spying on students via their laptops?

    @ajep. Bad eg of tech in schools: copy from the screen into word.

    @daveandcori. projecting websites on board instead of having students search. Electronic worksheets...

    @hmundahl. social bookmarking as a classroom management tool, i've seen it... I think it's nuts...

    @RdngTeach. Computers that are only used to deliver rote, multiple choice online curriculum w/ all internet blocked.

    @MaryKayG. "Saving" the computer for the creation of the good copy and requiring that drafts/editing be done with paper/pencil.

    @TeachaKidd. Giving students NO access to any drives to save their work? Flash drives don't show up either!

But some fellas where to discover the most practiced of all of them, and even compared them to the teaching of mathematics:

    @vtdeacon. how about touch typing? or typing a "report"

    @MariaDroujkova. Calculators can be pretty bad tech for math (well, compared).

Others, however, saw at both sides of the Shareski's question. Things can be good or bad depending of the angle you take or the person in possession of information or any goods.

    @epcke. IWBs? Really, the worst example? I hope there will be two sides to this presentation. Anything CAN be the worst in the wrong hands.

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The 4 Fundamentals of Blogging

There is an original and not less interesting post written by Ryan Tracey that I would like to share with you my dear readers.

Tracey's post tries to answer the big question: "What are my guiding principles for blogging?"

1. Be Bold. "If you’ve got an opinion, let’s hear it. It’s just as valid as anyone else’s."

2. Add something new. "Find your unique angle." And do not forget to give credit.

3. Challenge your own content. "Challenge its accuracy." Play to be a good journalist.

4. Formulate a 1-liner. Pay attention to the headlines.

We've been writing for 5 plus years and very rarely felt impressed by other bloggers. Ryan's post is an exception. I wish all teachers could show this post to their students.

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