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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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Why Too Many Laptops Are Getting Stolen in k-12 Schools

A study by Absolute Software Corp., a company that offers a way to secure your computers, has found that schools rank as the No. 1 place for laptops to get stolen. The second hot spot for stolen machines is your home.

You were right, cars are the third most popular place for your laptop to banish, and follow in descending order other places like businesses and offices, colleges and universities, hotels and motels, restaurants, stores and shopping malls, taxis, buses, trains, and airports.

I cannot explain how is this happening. We have to consider no too many students carry on laptops to high schools, how come they are able to take a laptop then?

On 2009, a study performed by the Ponemon Institute in the name of Intel Corp. established that costs of a lost laptop reached a value of $49,246. Costs include these seven variables: replacement cost, detection, forensics, data breach, lost intellectual property costs, lost productivity, and legal, consulting and regulatory expenses.

As we are on the proximity of Holidays, it is important you consider John Egan's recommendations to keep your laptop safe and at sight:

10 Ways to Protect Your Laptop From Being Stolen

1. Don't leave your laptop in an unlocked vehicle.

2.Carry your laptop in a nondescript carrying case, briefcase or bag.

3. Don't leave a meeting or conference room without your laptop if you are going to lunch or taking a break.

4. Lock your laptop in your office during off-hours. Specially if you are a teacher.

5. Consider engraving or marking your laptop with identifying information. White correction fluid is a good substance to use. Something that last three years, the life period of a laptop.

6. Back up your data offline or online.

7. At airports, don't send your laptop through the X-ray machine until you are ready to walk through the metal detector, and don't go through the metal detector until your laptop is well inside the machine. Pick up your laptop as soon as it comes out of the X-ray machine.

8. Don’t leave your laptop unattended ---in a conference room, a classroom, a coffee shop, an airport, a hotel room.

9. Use the Universal Security Slot (USS) on the side of your laptop to attach a security cable or alarm when leaving the computer at your desk or in your office.

10. Look into software that can track your computer. When a stolen or lost machine is turned on and connected to the Internet, your laptop will record and send information to a special server or via email.

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2010 Edublog Winners Is Announced!

I haven't neither been nominated nor I am a winner, but for those following Education & Tech here is the list of the winners. Our congratulations to all them, specially to Larry Ferlazzo and Richard Byrne.

All Edublog Winners listed here

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Is the Information Overload a New Concept?

Ann Blair, a professor of history at Harvard University and the author of Too Much To Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age, doesn't think the information overload, as a concept, it is a novelty.

From her post at Boston Globe (We have stressed the ideas important to us):

    In the academic world, critics have begun to argue that universities are producing and distributing more knowledge than we can actually use. In the recent best-selling book The Shallows, Nicholas Carr worries that the flood of digital information is changing not only our habits, but even our mental capacities: Forced to scan and skim to keep up, we are losing our abilities to pay sustained attention, reflect deeply, or remember what we’ve learned.

After comparing the Middle Ages to the Modern Era, she concludes:

    Some of our methods are similar, and others are completely new. Search engines like Google harness technology to do something that wasn’t possible earlier: using algorithms and data structures to respond to search queries that have never been posed before. Many of our tools will no doubt rapidly become obsolete, but a few of those may spawn useful offshoots, just as the note closet enabled the growth of sophisticated catalog systems.

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