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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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10 Reasons to Get Off the Cell Phone Ban Wagon

Dealing With Cellphones It Is Just Like You Deal With Scissors

We are only two weeks away from the new beginning of the school year and you could start reading lots of advice and recommendation to teachers. This is not a recommendation, this is a fact in my own terms.

Cool Cat Teacher made a case for good use of cell phones in the classroom last year. I think it is appropriate to bring the list back, now we are to begin a new journey with kids and big mess --for some of us -- with the ring tones on their phones.

Vicky Davis writes on her blog about cell phones: "They are our friend, not our enemy." For an explanation of the facts of each one of her reasons not to ban cell phones in the classroom, visit the 10 Reasons Cell Phones Should Be Allowed In Schools.

If you are in a rush as many of us, here is a recap of the list:

Cell Phones Can Save Us Money
Cell Phones Can Help Students Be More Organized
It Makes Kids More Safe
It Allows Sensitive Issues to be Kept Private
It Alleviates Strain on the Network.
It Alleviates Strain in the IT Department
It Speeds Up Information Retrieval
It Allows Us to Teach Kids Digital Responsibility and Citizenship
It Sets a Model for Effective Change and Innovation
You're fighting a losing battle.

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How Can You Tell If a [Edu]Blog Is Worth Reading?

Lately, I have read articles which say that the Internet is going to die, that blogs are not relevant anymore, microblogging and social networks came to stay and so on.

We are not so sure about it. A while now, I also read blogs were about to disappear. It has passed two or three years and blogs continue to survive, along other ways of online publishing and Wikileaks has had the lead lately.

This is a very general view of things. But what about education, the production of contents to be consumed among teachers and students. How do you know which blog is worth to read among tenths of millions of them? Wait no more.

Terry Freedman came up with an interesting list of 10 topics to evaluate a blog (or edublog for that matter). All of them built out of experience, I think.

However, to me, this is what stands out and haven't read it anywhere else. You edublogger can be trusted, if there are another publications that show you are one step ahead on writing

Anyone can set up a blog these days, so being published no longer has the cachet in and of itself which it once did. I’m interested in whether the blogger writes for websites other than her own, or has been published in a journal which either pays for articles or which has a system of peer review. That would give me even more confidence in what they have to say.

Ditto. As we like to write on Twitter.

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Teaching Standards: Teachers Should Be Able to Question Their Own Actions With this Model

Gotham Schools

The path toward teacher certification is laden with demands that prospective teachers prove that they’re sensitive, socially conscious, and self-critical. If a national group of education agencies has its way, those demands could soon extend throughout teachers’ careers.

Teachers and others would do well to look at the "Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue," released in July for public comment. Developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), the new teaching standards (separate from the Common Core State Standards that have been in the news recently) retain much of the language of the 1992 teaching standards, with some reordering and rewording to match the “new times.” Whereas the 1992 standards were intended for beginning teachers (and adopted by 38 states), the new standards are for all teachers.

More at the orignal post written by Diana Senechal

Leadership And the Elaboration of School Principles.

Edna Sackson of What Ed Said blog, discusses a topic of vital importance to administrators and school in general. Once you have declared what is your mission statement, what follows is to explain what education community believes about a particular school and the education is been carried out.

Sackson explains she is working on a Primary Years Programme school, and bases her list of principles and reflects on Simon Sinek’s TED talk about successful leadership. This a key point for educators. There are some teachers who haven not realized they are leaders, aware or not, they play a significant role in the community, where the school has a social impact.

Simon Sinek, writes the editor of What Ed Said, "highlights the importance of knowing WHY we do things and the importance of prioritizing the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’ and ‘how’ in business, or leadership… or teaching."

Immediately, she asks for comments and suggestions on the list of principles she is working for the school she works on:

    » We learn in different ways, depending on abilities, learning styles, preferences and interests.
    » Learning takes place through inquiry: questioning, exploring, experimenting and problem solving.
    » Learning takes place when we make connections between previous and new understanding.
    » Learning for understanding occurs by acquiring skills and knowledge, constructing meaning and transfer to other contexts.
    » Learning is active and social and best takes place through collaboration and interaction.
    » Learning takes place when we feel secure and valued and are able to take risks.
    » Learning needs to be challenging, meaningful, purposeful and engaging.
    » Learning includes meta-cognition and reflection, and requires learners to take ownership of their learning.
    » Learning is continuous, lifelong and ever-evolving.

What I have to add is that this is a good example y practice for those involved with curricular design. What I value is the consciously inclusion of the word learning. Everything else should match with the objectives the institution has to serve its zone of influence.

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