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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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If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am a blogger and I'd written a post about education almost everyday since 2003. Education & Tech provides you with education news, expert tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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Teaching Career Tips: 12 Highly-Informative Blogs for Aspiring Teachers

By Peter Grew*

Teaching is indeed a very rewarding profession. After your parents, your teacher is the one who influences your life to a great extent. Today, the Internet provides a plethora of resources for aspiring teachers who are interested in developing new ideas, increasing their knowledge and improving their skills.

Here is a list of some popular blogs that are usually maintained by teachers who regularly post important and edifying content related to education and teaching:

1. EdWorld Community

Jason Cunningham’s has been helping educators for more than 15 years. As an aspiring teacher, you can use this blog to connect with the community of experienced teachers, understand the best practices in teaching, chat with professional educators and learn a great many things from their immense expertise.

2. Speed of Creativity

This is more than an educational blog. Here you will find information about technology, entertainment and education. Wesley Fryer shares the most exclusive information about the latest technology and its use in a classroom environment. As a fresh teacher, you can learn a lot about the use of technology for improving the learning process.

3. Cool Cat Teacher

This is more than a teacher’s blog. Vicki Davis shares her insights into different aspects of education. So if you are a promising teacher, you can find here expert comments on technology, lesson plans and the latest developments in the education sector. The blogger has the knack of writing that can engage parents, students and teachers on a single platform.

4. Bell Bulldog Readers

Created by teacher-librarian Mrs. Hembree, this blog is particularly helpful for fresh teachers who love reading educational stuff. Here they can find information about technology and book reviews.

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5. Globicate

Globicate is a platform for educators and students educating them about global issues, geographical and cultural awareness, etc. It informs the teachers about the universal methods of teaching and makes them more aware of the cultural differences in education. Heidi Befort provides expert comments on what fresh teachers must know to be more effective as educators in a classroom with foreign students.

6. Kleinspiration

Kleinspiration is a forum for fresh and experienced educators alike to share knowledge and skills regarding education, technology and the current affairs in the world of academia. Erin Klein is a teacher, author, parent and she commands this valuable website.

7. The Principal of Change

The visionary of change, George Couros is an innovative academician who gathers all the experts from the education sector on this forum. Using this blog, new teachers can learn about the innovation in education and technology.

8. English and Literacy Blog

Want to teach English? Find out the most valuable information about English language on Miss D's blog. With interactive posts like slides and infographics, you will know exactly what you will need to do to become an excellent English teacher.

9. A Principal's Reflections

This is yet another place for talented teachers to make the most out of their teaching abilities. At this blog, headed by national recognized educator Eric Sheninger, the fresh teachers can learn skills about leadership, best practices and learning systems that can benefit the students.

10. Scholastic Administrator

Scholastic is the brain child of writer Alexander Russo. On this blog, fresh educators can find the latest information and news about the teaching methods and numerous education systems. It is a paradise for the people who seek career in teaching profession.

11. 21st Century Collaborative

As the names suggests, 21st Century Collaborative invites the fresh teachers to learn the innovative methods of teaching. This platform focuses on leadership skills, innovation and motivation to prepare the teachers for the 21st century classroom. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is the resposible for this site.

12. Teach For U.S.

An online community for teachers, Teach For Us reflects the education system of United States of America. It is a best forum for aspiring teachers to know the various aspects of the education system in the most powerful country in the world.

(*) Peter Grew is a professional dissertation writer at Dissertation Empire. He is also an author who loves to write blogs related to education. For more info contact him on Twitter.

Ravitch: "Public Education Is Not Broken"

The National Assessment of Education Progress, has demonstrated that levels of student achievement have been rising, incrementally but steadily, from one decade to the next, since 1970. And those scores are now at their highest point ever recorded, says Jonathan Kozol of The New York Times. Graduation rates are also at their highest level, with more young people entering college than at any time before.

Diane Ravitch was very vocal of the No Child Left Behind Act, the charter school movement and standardized testing. But Ravitch recently has changed her mind. And she's particularly opposed to privatizing schools. Her new book, Reign of Error:The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools debunks the idea of replacing public schools with for-profit institutions. She spends time countering traditional narrative about test scores, graduation rates and the achievement gap. Details on these two interviews: NPR & Washington Post.

There is also another book recently released and it is written by two prominent educators as well. Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom, by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager. Andrew Walters of Hack Education compares both publications in detail and arrives to the following conclusion:
This is one of the weaknesses of the book [Ravitch], I think, something that gives it a structure that makes Reign of Error read like a long list of political talking points rather than historical narrative. I’ll admit I’m biased here when I say “skip the solutions!” as I’m working on a book that raises far more questions than it gives answers for. But I see great value in penning a detailed critique about “what’s happening” or “what’s wrong” without having to provide prescriptions for “what’ll fix it.” Unlike Invent to Learn, which as a guide must make very practical and doable suggestions, Ravitch’s book isn’t a guide and so doesn’t really succeed in fulfilling the conventions of that genre. It doesn't really work as "history" either. It’s more stump speech than scholarship.
As to me, I think that more profesional educators are on call to write, denounce and publish not only their research but their profesional opinions on something they are the most prepared people to talk about. If you are a teacher I'll suggest to buy both educational books.

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Colleges and Universities Using Social Media More Than Ever

By Desmond Daniels*

Social networks are the realm of the 18 to 24 year old demographic, with 98 percent of that age range having a profile on at least one social networking site, according to Statistic Brain. Colleges and universities utilize social media in a variety of ways to reach current and potential students for information, marketing, and educational purposes. The Chronicle reports that many colleges and universities still view social media marketing and outreach as a sideline task instead of something a dedicated employee can tackle. However, innovative and effective efforts by forward thinking colleges and universities are starting to change this viewpoint.

Ways Universities Utilize Social Networks

Ed Tech Magazine reports that the major categories of social media usage focuses on engaging alumni, sustaining a brand image, increasing awareness of the school, and engaging current students. Social media sites provide colleges with a way to directly interact with students on their home turf, and directly present their messages where students look every day. While many universities keep their social network profiles active, there are a few schools that go above and beyond typical social media usage.

Other interesting ways that schools use social media include Twitter accounts to talk directly to faculty, and video conferencing for open office hours. Some schools even use Pinterest to share information that's relevant to their students. This gives the school a way to engage with students, without having to push marketing or other branding efforts directly. Recipes are especially good, as are resources that help students live away from home.


Princeton's magazine The Princeton Weekly uses social networking to share personal stories from students and alumni, as well as interesting articles on a number of topics relevant to Princeton's area of study, according to Social Media Today.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame knows that college graduates have a tough time after they get out of school, but graduates from this school have a lot of support through a private Linkedin group for alumni. This group allows post-graduate students to network even if they aren't near campus, opening up job opportunities that are essential in this economy. The group also helps the alumni to stay connected with each other, even when they are thousands of miles apart.

Penn Foster

Penn Foster College is a university that focuses on innovative distance learning opportunities for busy students, professionals, and people returning to college. Penn Foster on Linkedin utilizes the professional social networking community in order to keep in touch with students. It helps them connect them with employers, and tracks students that came from pharmacy tech school, or studied criminal justice, for example, who went on to open up their own companies.


If you really want to know what a university is like, you ask the students directly. Since potential students don't always have friends in a particular university, Cornell makes student run blogs available to give an uncensored view of what college life is like at this school. This social media venue also allows the students to interact with each other and keep up with news around campus.

(*) Desmond Daniels is a graduate student and freelance from Phoenix, Arizona. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Daniel is pretty outgoing, a gentleman, humorous, and loves music. He’s also the content advocate for BlueFirePR and the liaison between their Content Team consisting of in-house journalist, copywriters, and a fantastic editing team.
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