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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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Teachers: Should You Care If Students Like YOU?

I understand the different responses we can get out this question. That's how education has been always. Of course, the answers are expected from teachers only, not because the other people can have a say but this is a way to comprehend better how we as teachers, interact with our students in school and more precisely in the classroom.

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I have to agree with Michael Kaechele. I also think teachers should care about relationships with students. Let me tell you a story: My son is attending a Blue Ribbon School but he complains his History teacher 'can't teach'. Does the teacher knows? No. Do the principal know? I don't know. On the other hand, how can a young 14 years student can criticize a renamed and experienced teacher? My son has had other education professionals as his teachers (me being his first and foremost teacher), and he can distinguish easily from being instructed or not. Because his bad impression on this teacher, he is not paying attention to what his has to say during class period, arguing he only make them read and summarize. Enough said.

So, I think teacher SHOULD build long-lasting relationships with their students. Earn respect for what they are and then for what they teach. Show them compassion, love and how to get confident into their own lives. Here is what Concrete Classroom, explains:

Our first job as educators is to build relationships with students. How can students learn from or with us if they do not like us? Think back to your teachers (maybe way back for some of us). What do you remember? All of the content they taught you or how they made you feel? So I am concerned about teachers whose attitude is that is does not matter how students feel about them. This does not require us to be "best friends" or necessarily hang out socially with our students. But I do believe that teachers should get to know students personally. Students who enjoy you as a person are also more likely to enjoy your class.

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E-book Integration Into the Classroom #Infographic

I am a hard user of the infographics system but don't like to post them here because of memory load to the server. As every rule, it always an exception and decided to share with a work by Online Universities. Here the author showcase different factors relevant to ebook integration into the classroom.

The Digital Classroom
Via: Accredited Online Universities Guide

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6 Ideas for Creating Businesses That Require No Post-High School Training

By Linda Aragoni*

Sarah Rexman recently blogged here about entrepreneurial opportunities high school students could pursue instead of going to college. For students with computer facility and some art skills, selling services to businesses may be more interesting and more profitable than retail businesses.

Here are six ideas for businesses serving the business market that require no post-high school training.

Creating online ads for businesses. Many small businesses don't advertise online. They probably do not know how to create ads themselves. Many cannot afford the set-up costs to have a web portal create an ad for them. A student with an eye for design, good copy-writing skills, and knowledge of standard ad sizes could fill that niche.

Take digital photos. A student who can shoot photos that tell stories could turn a digital camera into a business taking photos for local businesses. Newspapers may be willing to pay for photos, especially of sports events and weekend activities that they cannot cover personally.

Resize and reformat digital photos. Many businesses need digital photos resized to fit into an ad space, for example. They may need a png photo reformatted to jpg. Or perhaps the photo needs to be compressed to a maximum size. None of those tasks is difficult, but all may require software that the business does not have. The business probably doesn't have time to research to find the software let alone time to learn to use it.

Create digital slide shows. Nostalgia is profitable. Students who can sequence photos so they tell a story can make money packaging other people's photos into memorabilia. Digital slide shows are in demand for reunions and anniversaries of groups ranging from the high school alumni to the town's oldest business.

Another outlet for digital slide shows is the local funeral home. Here being able to produce shows fast is key. The producer may have only a day to turn material into a tasteful, finished show. The funeral home market is no place for sloppy jeans and tattoos. Ability to interact with grieving family members respectfully is essential.

Create PowerPoint presentations. By high school, most students will have seen enough PowerPoint presentations to have a sense of what not to do. A little research will reveal what the presentation should do: Lots of slides, limited text, big type, and clearly identified take-away items. Businesses, churches and nonprofits agencies are potential markets for the student who can create good PowerPoint presentations.

Scan documents. Many household have all-in-one printers, but the typical business is unlikely to have a scanner good enough for business applications. Scanning documents takes minimal computer and art skills, but without an understanding of such things as the uses of various output modes (jpg versus pdf, for example), the entrepreneur won't be able to help clients achieve their goals.

(*) Linda Aragoni is seeking the services she describes here for the website she operates for nonfiction writing teachers and her blog of vintage novel reviews.
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