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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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How to Manage a Class Where Students Fell Such Rules Do Not Apply to Them

It is a practice for the adults, too. How many times have you felt that this or that regulation does not apply to you just because you think so. If this ever happened to you it is highly possible that the same state of mind could be affecting teenagers under your command in the classroom.

Joel(@sywtt) in his blog So You Want to Teach relates to the experience a fellow teacher is having in classroom: "Yesterday, almost half of my last class left two minutes before the bell rang. The chaotic clean-up process, which I will adjust, contributed to their opportunism, but I was shocked, angered, and embarrassed that this happened.", ask one of his blog readers.

In my experience ---I have been working with freshman, the most problematic group to me --- if someone decides to be a jerk and disobey all the class rules, and their parents don’t respond calls or notes, they don't care. I means there is little to nothing the teacher (or the administration for that matter) can do.

This is worst when you have to attain to the common practice that you can't fail someone in your school. It doesn't matter if I have to curb grades, I still appreciate the ability to fail students. Now they actually have a reason to do well.

When the problem of the reader's question comes down to the classroom management matters, "this is exactly the same as when a group of students starts a food fight in the cafeteria or when a group starts yelling or shoving or any other sort of 'mob mentality' problems," writes Joel.

The suggestions are simple steps of classroom management and Joel goes with this list:

    1. Check with your principal or other school administration to see what their recommendation is. It’s always much easier to follow their advice than having to explain to parents why you didn’t consult administration before punishing their baby. This also shows the principal that you are interested in doing the right thing and being a team player, while still trying to get a better handle on your classroom management.
    2. Address the problem specifically with the class. Be sure they know exactly what the consequences will be the next time it happens. Maybe the consequences need to be more severe for repeat offenders.
    3. Expect it (or something like it) to happen again and be ready to not lose control. The worst thing you can do is yell and lash our in anger in front of the kids. Maintain control and a calm demeanor at all times and you will regain control.

Of course it all depends at what level you are having problems. But definitely don't be ashamed if this ever happens to you. Look for help or a mentor, they know better because the experience as a teacher is so valuable that you need to in the classroom to learn to to handle kids of all different maturity ages.

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The Final Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 by Jane Hart

If you aren't familiar yet, Jane Hart has daily series on her blog under the name of Jane's Pick of the Day where she frequently share and advice of the most recent tool for learning and education.

After months of work and the participation of more than 545 people, she has finished the collection of the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 which are presented intermediately.

Jane also has built a rationalization of three more lists. 1)Winners & Losers 2010; 2)Best in Breed 2010; and 3)Index of top 100 tools.

The next round (2011) it is already open. If you are in the education field and you want to collaborate, share and participate, you can do it so, just one click away!

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Education & Tech: News for Educators 10/18/2010

  • How To: Hack Websites Using Google

    You can actually use Google to “sort of” hack a few sites if you know how to use the epic search engine available to everyone.

  • l8tr (beta)

    Tell me when that overloaded web page is available.

  • Infominder

    InfoMinder is a hosted subscription service that allows you to track changes to web pages, blogs, RSS feeds and wikis

The rest of my favorite links are here.

The Role of School Librarians in Promoting the Use of Educational Technologies

The International Society for Technology Educators(ISTE) and the Special Interest Group for Media Specialists (SIGMS) has published a PDF document for librarians to use and to promote themselves as technology leaders.

Even when it was created only for librarians, there is some information that teachers can also use. Behind that document is the work of recognized educators and technologists like Joyce Valenza, Ernie Cox, Doug Johnson, Keisa Williams, and Wendy Stephens.

Cathy Nelson on Techno Tuesday explains why it is indispensable to educate the masses but yourself, as well. She also has a say about why this document may be considered as a catalyst for "re-envision today’s library media program:"

    In this day and age where schools are looking for areas to trim the budget, this addition to your advocacy toolkit may very well be what keeps your budget and even position under the column for "vitally important." Use it to impress on the powers that be that your role is important in your school setting. This document will show that you can cast a much wider net for learning in your school, one that covers not only students, but also teachers, administrators and even your community.

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