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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 We Can Connect Business And Educators?

integratED San Francisco 2013 - #isf13 By +Tom Whitby at My Island View.

Evidently there is an abismal separation between what business and industry needs from educators and what they are promptly to offer in such an environment. In New York connected educators discuss in a business settle, their work effect on education.

According to the article:

    [...] The big idea was to listen to what educators had to say. Pitching products to connected educators will not work. A big take away was that these industry people had access to researchers and experts not available to teachers. They could provide free webinars with these experts to address and inform on issues as professionals and not salespeople selling products.
    I can’t help to think that, if we as educators had these types of discussions earlier, maybe the discussion on education would not have been hijacked by business people, politicians, and profiteers. Instead of experts in the front of the room telling us what needs to be done, we could develop solutions through dialogue with the people really involved. The idea that well-intentioned endeavors, like Education Nation could continue with such little, or contrived participation from educators to balance the discussion could gain popular attention is more than upsetting.
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Ecuador Denies Legal Abortion to Victims of Rape #BAD13

This article is part of the Blog Action Day called by Global Voices on the topic of Human Rights.

Ecuador is a contry where patriarcal society still subsist. Most of the time women are heard but the person who ultimately decides is the man. Under these parameters and supported by a Catholic church, which prohibits abortion, women again are being denied a benefit that concerns only Ecuadorian women: The right to bring a new life into the world at any time they want.

This past week, the National Assembly started the second and final stage of debates into updates to the Ecuadorian Penal Code. One of the most significant changes was the project of access to safe or legal abortion services, which under presure of president Correa was finally denied.

Ecuador’s current Penal Code only allows abortion for victims of rape who are mentally disabled, leaving out millions of women in a country where one in four women has been the victim of sexual violence. Ecuadorian law imposes penalties including prison terms ranging from one to five years for women and girls who obtain abortions.

Virginia Gomez de la Torre, a leader of Front for the Defense of Reproductive Rights has said: "In the country there are 0.8% of cases that fall into the rape of a mentally disabled woman. New legal code will not support the other 99.2% of Ecuadorians raped women.

Since it is unlawful to get abortion services in Ecuador, many women still have to go through unsafe abortion practiced at cladestine locations. This is noticed by visible education leader Rosa Maria Torres, on Twitter: "Abortion is the 2nd cause of maternal death. 1 in 4 women experience sexual violence. 30% of these rapes end in pregnancy. #COIP"

Despite significant advocacy by women all over Ecuador, and a wealth of evidence illustrating the benefits of decriminalization, the government of Ecuador has not responded with a commonsense policy, argues Heather Sayette, of the HR Reality Check.

Amanda Klasing, an America's women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch has it all clear as to where the goverment has fault its own females. "Women who are victims of rape should not then be made victims of the government when they choose to terminate pregnancies", they are the queens of their own bodies.

But what it perfectly sums up this topic is what the none catholic women feel about the unchanged legislation on abortion in Ecuador is a piece written by Diana Maldonado Lasso on Facebook. She complains of the weak position adopted by some women lawmakers:

    "Absolute Shame! Women who tried to "fight" to decriminalize abortion, to have sovereignty over our bodies and that nothing or nobody impose us an unwanted pregnancy ... back away when "the king of green sun" gives them two curses.
    What kinds of women fighting for the rights of other women are blindly obedient to the patriarch? How life of thousands of Ecuadorian women are put in hands of fearful women? Is this how they want to make a revolution? Rather it is fear of the revolution they would likely live if daddy throws them out for misbehaving. We lready see what matters for this sexist and chauvinistic we have for "top dog", by way of example... to present Viviana Bonilla as a candidate for Guayaquil's Major, which was highlighted? The beauty and youth ... that is, intelligence and ability do not count. A National Assembly where nearly half of the assembly members are women, haven't been unable to assert human rights regarding women due to fear. We are critical of machismo and patriarchy and had not realized that these were embedded into those who should fight against them."

Ecuador still has a long way before its citizens really experience gender equity.

Other two articles about Blog Action Day can be read here and here.

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How Can Teachers Enhances Their Teaching Efficiency

Excellent teachers are not only excellent instructors or tutors but they are also competent planners and thinkers. Such teachers understand the importance of lesson plans(syllabus) and use these tools to enhance their teaching proficiency. These tools allow them to understand how they can plan their teaching method for a single lesson. Without this important tool, they can’t put across the information the way they should.

The main purpose of a lesson plan is to equip the teacher with a detailed guideline that contains a set of carefully-organized instructions. These instructions allow the teachers to ensure that the information is well conveyed to the class and comprehended by the learners in a genuine manner.

Some people believe that lesson plans are only for school teachers since whenever we hear the word "lesson", the image of a teacher conjures up in our mind. A carefully designed and organized lesson plan can also be used for different training purposes other than teaching. Nonetheless, to write a good lesson plan, you may need to bear in mind the following guidelines.

    » First and foremost, you need to identify the goal. The goal is generally what you want to teach your class or what type of lesson you would like to convey to them. Ensure that the topic you want to teach to the students is specific enough to fit in your plan. Remember that the more you narrow down your topic, the easier it’ll be to plan the lesson.

    » Now identify the prerequisites you require for teaching the lesson. Ensure that the nuts and bolts that you require should be suitable for every student in the class.

    » Next, you’ll need to determine the methods that you would like to use to deliver the lesson to the class. For instance, consider how you would want to present the lecture to your students in a way that can keep their interest intact while putting across the lesson productively. Also, ensure that the methods you use should be appropriate for teaching the subject.

    » After outlining the prerequisites, materials or methods in your lesson plan, outline how you want to assess the students. Assessment is necessary to check how much understanding students have gained on the lesson. Therefore, think of different ways through which the assessment tests can be carried out effectively and carefully.

    » Once the syllabus is outlined, write it in a proper document and make two to three copies. It is observed that some academic institutes ask teachers to submit their lesson plans for different classes. So, turn in one copy of your plan to the school and keep the other copy for your own use.

Guest post by Kristine Agurella. She is an online writer, works as a content editor at Assignment Labs. She has also worked with the various consortium of teacher training associations in the past few years.
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