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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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How Do You Know When a Nation's Education Policy Has Gone Awry? - U.S. Case

The Badass Teachers Association - BAT has been created to give voice to every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality through education.

Founders Priscilla Sanstead, Dr. Mark Naison, and Marla Kilfoye, claim this Facebook group tries to reduce or eliminate the use of high stakes testing, increase teacher autonomy in the classroom and work to include teacher and family voices in legislative decision-making processes that affect students.

There are some who feel it is offensive or unprofessional to use the word badass and are uncomfortable with its use. The group disagrees. As Dr. Naison states: "We've had enough. We are not your doormats. We are not your punching bags. We are some of the hardest working, most idealistic people in this country and we are not going to take it anymore.

We are going to stand up for ourselves and stand up for our students even if no organization really supports us, continues Naison. "We are Badass. We are legion. And we will force the nation to hear our voice!"

Dr Mark Naison, is a Professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University. He has posted a question which to some might sound funny, but it is certainly truth.

How do you know when a nation's education policy has gone awry?

1. When the two most powerful men shaping education policy in the country- Bill Gates and Arne Duncan, haven't taught a day in their live.

2. When a celebrated organization called "Teach for America" trains talented students to LEAVE teaching after two years to shape education policy.

3. When leaders of both major parties take turns bashing teachers and deluging their classrooms with tests and assessments.

After answering the question, Mr. Naison ask other teachers to join BAT. "No justice. No peace," he writes.

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3 Ways That Technology Can Be Helpful in Education

By Sasha Roiz*

We are living in a world that is full of gadgets and its usage is increasing day by day. Technology has made the world a global village and shrunk the distances among the people. No need to mention the comforts that it has added to an ordinary man’s life. Along with it, technology has made remarkable easiness in the lives of students. Studying in today’s world has become easier as compared to the traditional ways of studying. Following are the top 3 ways that will assist you in understanding that how it is helping you to study easily.

1. Easy To Research

Suppose you have to submit a report or research paper on such topic that is not known to you. Abiding by the traditional way, you will go to your school’s or college’s library to find the material on it. Unfortunately, your library has no informative books or the books on that particular topic are outdated. Now what else can you do? You can search more libraries to find the material which is time and energy consuming process.

On the other hand, using the modern or technological way for researching the content can be much easier. All you have to do is to sit on your sofa comfortably and search for the topic through any of the well known search engine. There are many online libraries that have softcopy of almost every book. Some of them are free and some may cost you. However, the cost would be very low as compared to the price of hardcopy of it. In this way, you will get the coherent material and it will save you a lot of time and energy that can be devastated if you would have gone for the traditional researching.

2. Study Online

It is one of the biggest milestones and blessings of technology. Suppose you have to do some specialization from the particular institute that is in another city, state or country. If you would go for the traditional way, you will have to leave your family and go there. This transition of yours will be very costly because you would not be paying fees only. You have to pay for the food, rent and more similar things.

On the other hand, if you would go for the online classes, neither you will have to leave your family nor pay for the extra expenses. All you have to do is to get online for the timing slot that the institute has assigned you and take your class.

3. Online Guidance And Help

Suppose you are working on your assignment that you have to submit next day and get stuck in the middle of it. Following the traditional way, you can ask for the help from your fellows. What if they are unable to help you with it? What else you can do?

Thanks to the technology that there are many online portals and forums nowadays. Every forum is based on a particular topic. People over there are discussing and helping each other on that topic. You have to search for the forum that is relevant to your topic and post your thread over there. Within no time, you will be getting replies to your thread. In the end, you have to choose the most suitable answer among them.

(*)Sasha Roiz is an academic writer by profession with particular experience in the field of education and research, currently serving at EssayMall.Co.Uk as an academic consultant. She lives in Liverpool with her parents and two persian cats.
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