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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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Academic Integrity Is a Vital Component of Any Professional Educator

The Internet is a two way street. While teachers are tough on students plagiarism, the latter can also backfire using the same tools educators often use to identify plagiarism ---the Internet. How? Simply by typing a line or two from an assignment or even other teaching materials on Google.

When you hear about faculty plagiarism, it mostly involves a publication, writes Miki Crawford. But he also asks to reflect on these questions: "Do you create PPT from text content? Do you use ideas or handouts from colleagues? Do you copy a chapter from a book as supplemental reading without providing the source information? Do you use pictures or trademarks from the Internet?" Think twice.

In this post, the cited author, at Faculty Focus lists the Top Five Overlooked Citations Faculty Should Watch When Creating Course Materials.(bold is ours):

    1. Place a citation at the bottom of your PowerPoint slides (or better yet, on the master slide) to reference your textbook. If you use a direct quote/definition from the text, include the page number afterward.

    2. Provide credit where credit is due when using ideas, organization of content, or quotes from colleagues.

    3. Provide references on any copied materials that you use as supplements and consider the Fair Use Law.

    4. Write or type Web links or references on any articles that you send to students or upload on a course content site such as Blackboard. After recording the citation on the article, it can be copied as a pdf. Merely citing these on Blackboard may not be enough.

    5. Do those pictures from the Internet that you wish to use have a copyright sign or is the website copyrighted? If so, request permission before you copy. There are plenty of open source pictures and graphics on the web that are for anyone’s use. However, trademarked images should not be used without permission.

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Education Nation: "NBC Really Knew Very Little About the Topic They Decided to Cover"

The following is a very thoughtful post by Stephen Lazar, a Bronx teacher who had the privilege to participate in NBC’s Education Nation event.

Over the past few days, I have had the unbelievably depressing and deflating experience of being part of NBC’s Education Nation. I was one of the first teachers on stage for Sunday’s Teacher Town Hall, and I returned on Monday for a panel entitled "Good Apples," taking up a so-called "Oprah Seat" which promised the chance to respond to the panelists, who included the Waiting for Superman Three: Randi Weingarten, Geoffrey Canada, and Michelle Rhee, moderated by Times reporter Steven Brill.

Unlike nearly all of the other teachers involved who either worked for charters or had some previous national education recognition or involvement, I was there randomly. I got a call last Tuesday from a friend of my wife’s who works at Scholastic, which seems to have had the primary responsibility for getting teachers to the events. My wife’s friend knew I taught at a Bronx public school and thought I could speak well about my experiences there. She did not know that I was my school’s UFT Chapter Leader or a National Board Certified Teacher. I told her I would not turn down an opportunity to talk on behalf of good teachers everywhere. On Thursday, I got a call from someone at NBC, who briefly interviewed me about my views on teaching, accountability, recruitment, and retention. I was then invited to be on stage with Brian Williams at the Town Hall.

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American Teachers Can't Compare to Counterparts in China

More money to teachers, adding length to the school year and implementing new methods are changes that will take time and funds to make into reality, Mr. President.

President Obama learned from Shanghai mayor, China, that teaching is one of the most prestigious professions in this country and teachers are paid on par with engineers.

What if teachers made as much money as engineers?

Money wouldn't make wonders by itself. What we need to change is the culture of the education sector, supported by politicians in Washington and from there all the way down.

Schools that don't have a system of expelling bad teachers are bringing the entire profession down, said the President this morning in Education Nation. Sort of Mr. Obama. To do that we just need to re-write law and apply it.

Charter schools and other experimental schools can be 'laboratories of excellence' where best practices can be learned, and then spread. Can be, but not necessarily are the only ones. Why is it that boarding schools succeed having the same teachers working in the public sector?

The administration would like to close the lowest-performing five percent of schools, turning them over to charter school operators or sending them to other schools. Closing down a business takes the intervention of many people. Who is going to audit those closings so Americans don't lose human resources and money.

Yes, all of that MAY BE done. Are city and county voters prepared to approve or reject school funding measures? Sounds like a nice rhetoric but education can't be changed overnight without the participation if not all, at least, of most actors, among them the best qualified teachers.

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