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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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Gates concerned about video assessment but favors scripted instruction only.

Under classroom observational protocols non-profit but powerful organization like the Melinda Gates Foundation intents a new approach to the evaluation of teachers in situ.

The information about the first steps on that direction and presented by The New York Times, has brought a lot of national attention among American educators.

Rachael Maher, a seventh-grade math teacher at Alexander Graham Middle School in Charlotte, was among the 3,000 teachers researchers funded by the Melinda Gates had recruited in seven school systems: Dallas; Denver; Charlotte, N.C.; Hillsborough County, Fla.; Memphis; New York; and Pittsburgh.

Out the analysis of the 'experts,' Maher is said to be failed at least one of the protocols, called Framework for Teaching, which has a category called Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport. The teacher didn't pay attention to a kid who had his hand up.

Videos like the one volunteered by Rachel Maher will be up by next June. Researchers among them Catherine A. McClellan and Tomas J. Kane, will have about 24,000 videotaped lessons, but the research will eventually involve reviewing some 64,000 hours of classroom video. Dr. McClellan expects to recruit hundreds of educators and train them to score lessons by early next year.

Unionized teachers - and independent ones, are not welcoming the new approach. They think that if we teach to accommodate the conditions for the video or the observer, then it is not a true assessment. Gates favors scripted instruction. So his evaluation method tests script performance and no more than that, tweets Ira Socol.

We don't want to demonize the new project. What concerns me is who are the experts behind the project. How and by whom they were select. Once we know that we will unload our worries as to why, again experienced teachers are on call.

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Top 10 U.S. School Districts in Digital Technology 2010

The seventh annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education of and the National School Boards Association (NSBA)is out since last October.

The Top Ten-Ranking Winners of the 2010 Digital School Districts Survey were:

Large Student Population Category - More than 15,000 students:
1st Clark County School District, Nev.
2nd Prince William County Public Schools, Va.
3rd Frederick County Public Schools, Md.
4th Cherokee County School District, Ga.
5th Cleveland County Schools, N.C.
5th Colorado Springs School District 11, Colo.
6th Gwinnett County Public Schools, Ga.
7th Fayette County Schools, Ga.
8th Las Cruces Public Schools, N.M.
9th Denton Independent School District, Texas
9th Loudoun County Public Schools, Va.
10th Blue Valley School District, Kan.
10th Richmond County School System, Ga.

Mid-sized Student Population Category - 2,500 up to 15,000 students:
1st Howell Township Public Schools, N.J.
2nd Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, N.C.
2nd Oconomowoc Area School District, Wis.
3rd Geneseo Community Unit School District 228, Ill.
4th Fayetteville Public Schools, Ark.
4th Township High School District 214, Ill.
5th Lowndes County Schools, Ga.
6th Andover Unified School District 385, Kan.
6th Barrow County Schools, Ga.
7th Jones County Schools, Ga.
8th Vineland School District, N.J.
9th Marietta City Schools, Ga.
9th Roanoke County Public Schools, Va.
10th Jefferson City Schools, Ga.
10th Madison County School District, Ky.

Small Student Population Category - Less than 2,500 students:
1st Springfield Public Schools, N.J.
2nd Springville-Griffith Institute CSD, N.Y.
3rd Hanson School District, S.D.
4th Maine Regional School Unit 21
5th Gooding Joint School District #231, Idaho
6th Tornillo Independent School District, Texas
7th North Mason School District, Wash.
8th Chickamauga City School System, Ga.
9th Orange City Schools, Ohio
10th Fremont County School District 24, Wyo.

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The Internet: American Faith in Science And Scientific Institutions

One of our followers on Twitter sent me an e-mail with this question:

I'm a freshman in college, and I'm writing a term paper that is going to argue whether or not the Internet is assisting in and accelerating the erosion of American faith in science and scientific institutions.

Is very deterministic to think my response will be address only to what happens in the U.S.

The word science is a term belonging not only to the academy. Unfortunately, that same word is used in other circles to legitimize knowledge that otherwise is only empirical.

That necessity to legitimize vulgar science in the name of the science, it is not a reason to point to the Internet as the sole cause. On the contrary, I think the web has contributed not to the erosion of science but to the foundation of it.

It is thanks to the Internet that people themselves and without having to go to a lab or attend an academia, they can verify information, and to contrast analysis previously only possible in a library or a laboratory.

The interest in positive science, subject to experimental verification then has nothing to do with the sources of information. The one who talks of science must adhere to the principles that determine it. That is why there are not too many scientists and so may appear that centers where science develops may be in crisis.

Nothing could be farther from reality.

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