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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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Is it legal for schools to fine students for using a cell phone?

While many would be happy with this policy, some others still will argue cell phones are effective tools for learning. It seems in Canyon, Texas, and in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, they don't think cell phones should be used in the classroom.

In the Canyon High School, students are to pay a fine of $15 if they violate the district cell phone use policy. That is something Wesley Fryer could probe with this attached picture.

In a moment where everyone agrees on the tendency of the Internet to become the mobile source of information, I still can't understand how administrators are incapable of dealing with cellphones in their classrooms.

I am sure they can ban them all the way down, what I am not sure is whether are they supposed to impose fines to this poor kids, which undoubtedly will be parents' money.

Do you have any other experiences of school districts charging fines to students who bet to use their cellphones on their premises?

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Homework wars: How can parents improve the odds of winning?

Education Research Report:

Children are more likely to do their homework if they see it as an investment, not a chore, according to new research at the University of Michigan.

Most children in the United States say they expect to go to college, but there is frequently a gap between students' goals and their current behavior, according to the study conducted by U-M graduate student Mesmin Destin and Daphna Oyserman, a psychologist at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR), School of Social Work, and Department of Psychology. The gap can be especially wide among low-income and African American students, the study says.

The study is published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Read the original document written by Jonathan Kantrowitz

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4 Tips to Prevent Students Hack Into School Network

There is not doubt kids are way tech savvy than adults. How to they perform this task? By trial and error. As any kid, they love to try new things and in this process they may get into trouble even without knowledge.

Digital Directions (Education Week) ran a history about this situation in several states in the American Union. In the article, they cite people involved with the Cyber Security for the Digital District Leadership. They as experts call for a "digital citizenship and ensuring strong authentication measures and passwords are the most important ways to prevent threats."

However, nothing is granted as far as technology evolves progress and hits the neurons on students' young minds. But, if you are an IT or an administrator you better follow this 4 tips outlined by Katie Ash in

    1. Update often. "Acceptable use" policies, which outline what students and faculty are and aren’t allowed to do on school computers, should be reviewed frequently, and all users of the school network should be educated on what the document contains, as well as the consequences for violating it.

    2. Stay secure. Be sure that each person who uses a school computer has to log in. In addition, using role-based access can help prevent students from accessing secure parts of the network.

    3. Create separate networks. Insulate the student network from the network used by teachers and administrators, making it more difficult for students to hack into data they shouldn’t access. Keep computers up to date. Use antivirus software as well as security patches that are released.

    4. Talk, talk, talk. Promote open communication between students, parents, teachers, IT staff, and administrators so everyone knows what to look for to prevent hacking. Using IT solutions to protect school networks is essential, but educating all the people in the school is the first line of defense.

Share your experiences with this bright but challenging students in your school.

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Cyberbullying: Help Teachers Start to 'Feel' Risk Differently Rather Than Just Conceptualising it.

Evan MacIntosh comments on this PEW report and we found it worth sharing these lines:

According to the PEW research, bullying does happen more at school than online. This is apart the fact that some parents are still clueless about this problem.

    School is by far the most common place youth report being bullied (31%) versus elsewhere (e.g., 13% online)

    The prevalence rate of Internet harassment (both perpetration and victimization) appears to be stable (2006-2008).

    The majority (59%) of Internet harassment comes from other minors

    Youth who report being harassed online report a myriad of concurrent psychosocial problems offline, too.

    What does this all mean in terms of the risk of sharing and communicating with the wider world web?

    It would seem that the problems associated with sharing on the web are a) very small in number and b) related to bullying going on already in school. But more importantly, the web provides an environment through which to collaborate that is, in many respects, safer than the physical environments of the school institution. What else have you spotted in this research and how does it relate to your own perceptions of risk?

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Teacher Turnover Affects School [No Research Available Yet]

I have been criticized by getting into hot waters with education research, however, Corey Bunje Bower force me to that again. In an excellent post, he cautiously says that "it seems logical to me that the amount of teacher turnover in a school would affect the way that school operates."

But you don't need to be a researcher to read nature, either you have been in a school where you saw at that, or you know someone coming from an institution where teacher turnover might be significant.

"We do have some limited evidence that it matters, at least in high-poverty, urban schools, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of other research on the topic," writes Bower.

Unfortunately, education is not the only field that is underfunded to do progresses on research. A while now we already referred with great emphasis on education research, and today we have to repeat it, educators need to move forward, and as Bower is working the abolish grades, other teachers need to take the lead in other areas, as well.

And look out for the strength of his closing paragraph:

    Teachers matter -- and we shouldn't allow those who don't care to remain in the teacher force -- but schools matter too, and we need to think about how firing teachers might impact a school before we decide it's a good idea.

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Education & Tech News for Educators 08/15/2010

  • Dragontape is a webapp that enables you to create mixtapes of your favorite online videos, so you can watch them as a continuous show. The tapes you create are accessed through a single URL, so you can easily share with friends or embed them in a webpage.

  • Shotty offers the possibility to let you modify the taken screenshot with tools like crop image, unsharpen a region to make text unreadable, highlight text like with a marker or to draw rectangles. Of course you can add text on your screenshot.

  • Using the various forms of feedback from people that use Calculator Soup and good website development principles, I strive to build calculators and content useful for academic and real world applications that are easy to use online.

  • AlwaysOnPC gives you a complete virtual computer pre-loaded with over 40 apps that you can access and use from any PC, Mac, iPhone / iPod Touch and now from iPad and Android smartphones.

  • Create free online polls without signing-up

  • The rest of my favorite links are here.
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