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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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May Called the SM Safety and Awareness Month

It's National Social Media Safety and Awareness Month. Well, actually, there is no such thing; yet with so many awareness campaigns for other very important issues, Lee Kolbert thinks it's about time we include important emerging trends that can be both good and evil at the same time. If nobody else is going to run with this, I'll stick my neck out. So...
In honor of [Pseudo] Social Media Safety and Awareness month, by no powers vested in me, I, do hereby proclaim May, as Social Media Safety and Awareness month.  I call upon all Humans to observe these events with appropriate updates, blogposts, trainings, ceremonies, and other activities in order to bring awareness to this emerging need. I also call on all educators, bloggers, news outlets, and appropriate officials of all units of social media and online press, to ensure that the updates on social media contain information on social media safety and awareness during this month. -Lee Kolbert, May, 2013
If you believe in, and plan to adhere to this unoffical "edict," please follow the directions below and be sure to  link back to this original post.
  1. Create an update or blog post and include the text from this post. Be sure to link back to this original post
  2. Share one or more ways users of social media can gain awareness of the benefits of effective use, as well as the unfortunate consequences of haphazardly posting inappropriate content. (More to come).
  3. Name a few other bloggers or online friends who might be interested in this campaign and implore them to contribute.
  4. Promote your campaign on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit, G+, and all other areas where you maintain an online presence.
  5. Come back here and leave a comment with a link to your post. 
Let's see if we can make a difference. (Note: Even if you are not inclined to include your own ideas [hey, we all have a limited amount of time], feel free to just copy and paste this post into your blog or update, or just link back to this post.)

Here Kolbert's my contribution to increase awareness of unintended consequences of oversharing.

We implore the following to contribute to this campaign by using their influence for good, and to spread the word:

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The Evolution of the Classroom [Not the Edudemic Style]

By Jimmy Sorensen*

Everyday life has changed drastically over the past 20 or so years. Technology has penetrated every aspect of our lives including our schools. Computers, word processors, microphones, hardware and software, hand-held devices and TVs have now become common place items in our classrooms. They are used not only to enhance but also to support learning activities. Each of these gadgets is applied in different ways. Some of them are for the benefit of the educators, making teaching easier while some are student specific with the aim being to help students acquire skills and gather knowledge.

The Role Of Technology In Education

Researchers have found that there are two ways to learn using technology. Learning "from" computers and learning "with" computers.

When students use technology as a teacher to reinforce knowledge and basic skills they are learning "from". When applying it to various learning goals, develop creativity, higher order thinking, and research skills, students are learning "with".

Photo Credit: Extra Ketchup. Under license CC

Learning 'from'
Discrete Educational Software or DES is the nickname given to the learning 'from' role of technology. Teacher instruction is supplemented by software. This not only introduces topics but also provides a way for them to learn how to study on their own. The software applications come in different forms. Games, math and reading activities are fun motivators. A positive link has been found between DES and math and reading achievement right from preschool to middle school. SchoolIt has also been found that children with special reading needs got better grades as a result of DES.

Learning 'With'
Many researchers are of the opinion that technology can help students develop such skills as problem solving and higher order thinking. Published results of a study in Missouri supports these assertions. Learning 'with' promotes the growth of enquiry based thinking and problem solving skills. The children in a program called eMint that incorporates technology in learning scored higher grades in assessment tests. They provided new classroom equipment and peer coaching services are part of the program to help the teachers embrace and use technology effectively in classrooms.

The Internet
With the expansion of technology in schools comes the internet. 78% of approximately 2.1 million youth between the ages of 12 and 17 use the internet in school. They download study aides, use online tutoring services and also get help with their homework. The internet is a great resource for worksheets and games to support and reinforce academic skills.

Other than computers, devices such as microphones are beneficial to young learners. Teachers are assured of being heard by their students. The use of microphones in classrooms decreased disciplinary issues and raised test scores.

The software and information industry association has examined 311 research studies based on the connection between student achievement and technology. Children in technology rich environments have consistently been found to have improved performance in school. Higher self-esteem and better attitudes towards learning have also been found to be some added benefits of using technology in education.

(*) offers an engaging insight on evolution of classroom in the era of technology. He has discussed about the role of technology in education in detail in this post. You can also find out more about such technology & tech courses which your child can incorporate in their learning to make their classroom more interesting.

Education & Tech: News for Educators

  • Many educators hesitate to say that the new performance assessments PACT/edTPA are creating better teachers or that passing them is a sign a teacher will be effective, partly due to the lack of more evidence.

    In California, there is general consensus that the performance assessment, which encourages students to focus on how they would teach a variety of students, has at least created more thoughtful teachers, even if the research isn’t clear that the tests are improving the quality of the teaching force.

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A reflexion on the "Teacher Appreciation Day"

When someone hears about a teacher, this person thinks of another one, simply working in school. Is only on the headquarters --read it as school environment, that teachers start to distinguish from other careers. The contact with kids or teen makes of a educator a object of a long lasting relationship. May 7th marks a date of self-celebrations for colleagues who until now lack of any recognition at all.

As Elena Aguilar, writes: Teachers deserve such massive amounts of appreciation that to cram it into one day, or even a week, just feels dismissive." I may sound as a complain, but I think community needs to learn how to appreciate an educator and most importantly, express it.

We live in a society where people focus more on weaknesses, rather than strengths and successes. The education community has to stand out and stop demanding for more, but in place concentrate its attention on what has been identified as positive behavior and attitudes in all people.

On the truth to be told, a heading of the aforementioned article by Aguilar, she makes a powerful closing of her article in Edutopia:

"Teacher Appreciation has to go beyond the single day. It needs to be expressed in a myriad of ways (including monetarily) and by just about everyone in our society. It is also something that teachers and principals can cultivate. We need to build cultures of appreciation in our classrooms and schools; in order to do this.

We need to develop structures through which students can appreciate each other, and those who support them at school -- including those who clean the bathrooms, fix their lunches, and monitor recess. Principals need to appreciate their teachers -- and in more ways than the occasional bagel-breakfast; and teachers need to appreciate their principals (I don't think there's even a bagel-equivalent for them).

But really, I'd argue that it can be very simple: a short verbal appreciation goes a long way. What if every day we all appreciated five (or even ten!) colleagues, students, and parents? If nothing else, I know that I'd feel good doing it. If this was the case, I think I'd actually enjoy Teacher Appreciation Day a lot more."

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