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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 L. Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is an instructor with UoPeople, is a 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 blogging and I'd written articles about education and technology almost every day since 2003. In the gazillion of notes, Education & Tech provides you with education news, tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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Teachers Still Need Afterall - Decalogue!

While some are focused on the education reform, and the entire rant around it, others strive to make advances in elearning. Heidi Siwak at 21 Century Classroom blog, explains why despite the fact that online education advocates believe, teachers are still not only interesting but necessary.

What is the new teacher's role?

    My job is to teach thinking.

    My job is to help them learn to think critically about the information they are encountering.

    My job is to teach them to check the credentials of media producers to determine the validity of the information they are viewing.

    My job is to help them recognize the impact and consequences of decisions in this rapidly changing world.

    My job is to help them articulate ideas fluently so they can be effective participants in this global conversation.

    My job is to help them learn to use modern forms of communication - search engines, databases, blogs, videos, webpages, social media, Web 2.0 and the rapidly evolving 3.0.

    My job is to ask probing questions that require them to think deeply about important ideas and develop a personal critical stance.

    My job is to help them recognize bias, to see how social media is structured to promote certain behaviours, to recognize when and how they are being manipulated.

    My job is to ensure that they have a strong foundation in math, science and technology as these skills are fundamental to our evolving world.

    My job is to help them develop strategies for learning.

    My job is to provide them with opportunities to explore ideas through the arts in order to create meaning and understanding.

    My job is to provide them with opportunities to develop collaborative skills.

    My job is to help them understand that even at the age of 10, when they are online they are building a public profile.

    My job is to encourage flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness and self-direction so that can they can continually adapt to a rapidly changing world.

    My job is to provide my students with real-world opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the development of our global society.

    My job is still to call home when the work is not being done, to identify students who are struggling and provide them with support and to collect money for field trips and pizza days.

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