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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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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.

Photo by Flickr user: ttarasiuk

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.

Private Tutors Help to Create Better Learning Practices with Meaningful Learning

Guest post by Sam Cagorski*

As the summer A Level exams approach many students seek private tutoring to help revise two years’ worth of work hoping that good scores will help to set them up for life.

The A Levels have recently come under fire for being too lax in preparing students for higher education. Students spend two years preparing for exams that will help to determine the choices they make in the future. There is no doubt that the final years are stressful for the students with pressure from both the parents and the teachers to perform well. However, some have questioned how much is meaningful learning and how much is rote learning?

As a private tutor in Chelsea and the adjoining borough of Knightsbridge I have seen students that have prepared for the A Level exams without understanding the course work they are memorising. While some rote learning is necessary for exams, to properly understand the text a more meaningful undertaking is required to create a higher quality of work and help to receive a deeper, more well- rounded education that the student can take with them throughout their life.

A private tutor can help the students have better recall of information by helping them to explore the course work in-depth, which is more in line with higher education learning. The first English literature exam I sat at university was so far removed from the exams I sat at A Levels that it sent me into a panic as I was unprepared for the type of learning that was demanded of me at university. At A Levels you have 2 years to learn the course work. At university however you study numerous texts per week, so having a meaningful understanding of the course load is more important than being able to spurt off a handful of quotes due to rote learning.

As a private tutor in London I also spend time helping students whose first language is not English. Students who don’t speak English as a first language can have a harder time understanding the deeper meaning of some text due to a lack of familiarity and understanding of the complexity of the English language. They therefore have a hard time understanding the text by rote learning. A private tutor can help them to grasp the more complex meanings, enriching their understanding of the text or historical event. This helps the student to improve the quality of their answers in an exam setting and give them confidence in those answers, which can often be a major factor in testing well in exams.

Having a private tutor to help study for the A Levels not only helps the student to get better results and therefore a better opportunity to get in to the university of their choice but helps them to have a deeper understanding of what they are learning that they will hopefully carry with them for life.

(*) Sam Cagorski writes for Simply Learning Tuition, a private tutor agency in London that provides expert private tutors and educational consultancy.

Return to Classroom to Learn About the Awesomeness of Being a Teacher

There is one single field where almost everyone who visited College believes has the right to talk and give their own opinion. This the field of Education. As far as I respect what Will Richardson does for this matter, I also think, deed is most important than creed. We have to be educators in practice in order to explain, vent and disrupt the actual educational system. That's why I suggest you read a thoughtful and provocative response to an article W. Richardson wrote on the HuffPo.

Lee Kolbert of A GeekyMomma's Blog wrtites:

In response to your post, I want to tell you that I agree with almost everything you said, but I think you (once again) lost sight of what it's like to be in the trenches. You and many other educational (motivational) speakers and PD experts would do well to take a one/two year hiatus from the awesome (yes, awesome) stuff you/they are currently doing, and spend some time in an FCAT tested grade in a public school. There are many who could use to spend a year dealing with this head-on; rather than writing or lecturing about it and making teachers feel poorly about the instructional choices they are forced to make every day. It would make you and these other folks even more awesome.

You really want to speak about education...get in the educators trenches!

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How High-School Seniors Can Get Started on Entrepreneurship and Skip College

Guest Post by Sarah Rexman*

Who says you have to go to college to be successful? Some of the world's greatest successes are self-made entrepreneurs who either dropped out of college or who never decided to go in the first place: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg. These men all had a vision for what they wanted to do, and they started their businesses while they were in college.

High-school seniors don't have to go to college to find their success. They can get a taste for entrepreneurship before they even graduate high school, starting their own small businesses and learning lessons for success. Here are a few business ideas that young entrepreneurs can pursue while they are still in high school:


Students who are a whiz at math or proficient with grammar can share those skills with others -- and made a profit. Students can either work as independent tutors themselves, or they can start their own small business by hiring other students to be tutors and connecting them with clients. An Internet connection and a little marketing savvy can go a long way.


Many high-school students babysit on the weekends for a little extra cash. Why not expand this opportunity to a local nanny service or drop-in services? Students can create a network of available sitters and connect them with local parents for a fee.


Everyone is finding success online these days. Anyone with a good idea and a little marketing savvy can find profits through blogging. Students can focus on topics for which they already have an interest -- pop culture, video games, movies, and more -- to drive interesting, niche content. Blogging is a great match for many student entrepreneurs since it relies on activities that many already do daily, such as social networking, building relationships through forums, and sharing content online.

Custom T-Shirts

High-school and college students love to wear t-shirts, and there are always opportunities for new designs. Students can start making their own designs and selling them through sites like Zazzle and Cafe Press. If the designs sell well, there is always opportunity to pursue a more formal marketing and distribution arrangement with a larger company.

Online Sales

Companies like eBay and Etsy have made it easy for home-based entrepreneurs to make money buying and selling items or selling their own hand-made items. Students who aren't crafty or who don't want to both with hunting for bargains to resell can still make profits selling online through drop shipping. With drop shipping, you sell products through a Web site, and the wholesaler ships them directly to the customer. You never have to buy merchandise, so never risk an investment. There are multiple opportunities for drop shipping with a wide variety of products.

Students who are interested in entrepreneurship should start pursuing their passion early. Start by simply brainstorming the things you enjoy and the talents you possess to determine what opportunities there may be to combine both for business success. Explore options early to find out what works and what doesn't, and what you enjoy and what you don't. If you're lucky, you may just end up becoming the next Steve Jobs.

(*) Sarah Rexman is the main researcher and writer for Her most recent accomplishment includes graduating from Florida State, with a master’s degree in environmental science. Her main focus for the site involves teaching people what to do if they get a bed bug infestation as well as where to find bed bug exterminators.

Higher Ed Heavily Subsidized by the State, May Be Over.


Public education is under attack around the world, and in response, student protests have recently been held in Britain, Canada, Chile, Taiwan and elsewhere.

California is also a battleground. The Los Angeles Times reports on another chapter in the campaign to destroy what had been the greatest public higher education system in the world: "California State University officials announced plans to freeze enrollment next spring at most campuses and to wait-list all applicants the following fall pending the outcome of a proposed tax initiative on the November ballot."

© 2012 Noam Chomsky

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