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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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Super Bowl: Historic Performance of the Marching Band from Elizabeth High School

EHS Marching Band prepares for Super Bowl performance - NJInsideout.

Super Bowl XLVIII takes place this Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Super Bowl is only two days away and the Elizabeth High School marching band is getting ready to perform in the pre-game show at 2 p.m.

New Jersey has received the honor to the Super Bowl. If you don't know about the Garden State, let's refresh your memory very quickly: Thomas Edison. A New Jersey guy. He invented the first long-lasting and practical electric light bulb that will help you see what you look like now, wiseguy. The astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the poet William Carlos Williams, the suffragist Alice Paul, the singer Sarah Vaughan, the actor Jack Nicholson. Bud Abbott, from Asbury Park. And Lou Costello, from Paterson. Now who’s on first? Bruce Springsteen. A singer. Ever hear of him? Freehold.

In its 37-year history, the highly decorated Elizabeth High School band has won 23 championships in four competitive circuits since the band’s inception in 1977. The 147-member band finished their 2013 undefeated season by winning the US Bands Group 5A National Championship, as well as the US Bands Group 5A State Championship.

During its 10-minute performance at the big game (Broncos vs. Seahawks), the band will playing some familiar tunes, but the National Football League has requested it learn three new pieces: the Vince Lombardi Trophy Overture, the Vince Lombardi Trophy Procession and the NFL’s Thursday night game theme.

The band already had a sort of rehearsal on Tuesday when it performed during Media Day at the Prudential Center in Newark, where press from around the world gathered and reported about it.

Students as well as administrators, and the Elizabeth city community are exited about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The EHS marching band is receiving a lot of national media attention. We just hope this is a good occasion it gets invited to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City or other events of that stature.

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8 Apps Every High School Student Needs

By Jennifer Thayer*

We are well into the spring semester and heading toward midterms and AP exams. As you buckle down and hit the books hard while navigating a busy schedule, you’ll want to equip yourself with every available resource possible. Be smart about the resources you use, though. Gone are the days of lugging around a backpack full of heavy books, planners, maps and calculators — cellphones are much smaller and lighter. Check out these eight apps every high school student should have.

For Scheduling: Studious

Featured on MSNBC and Lifehacker, Studious is a digital planner that helps you keep track of your daily class schedule, remember homework due dates and plan for upcoming exams. Add in extra information like a campus map and your teachers’ names. Also, the app automatically silences your phone during class according to your schedule.

For Studying: SparkNotes

These study guides are perfect for making your way through Shakespeare, poetry, drama and other works of literature. The app comes pre-loaded with 50 study guides, and you have access to hundreds more SparkNotes online. If you feel like being social, you can share what you’re learning with your friends via your Facebook feed, or start a SparkNotes study guide from your smartphone.

For Math Class: Maths Formulas

If you’re taking any kind of math course — geometry, statistics, calculus, trigonometry — you’ll want to download the Maths Formulas app. Described as very user-friendly, Maths Formulas covers over 100 math formulas at a high school level, many with examples to help you better understand the concepts.

For English Class: Grammar Guide 

Have a question as you’re drafting a paper or answering some reading comprehension questions? Turn to the Grammar Guide app, which offers topics like misspelled words, punctuation, capitalization, frequently misused words and more. The app also has tips for proofreading your work.

For History Class: World Atlas

If you’re taking a world history or geography class, use the Word Atlas app to learn about more than 250 countries. The app has a pointer to Wikipedia so you can brush up on facts like capitals, flags, the World Wonders and other information.

For Science Class: Periodic Table

An app with the periodic table is a must for any chemistry student. The app features the full table and enables you to view sections of the table or select an element in particular to read about. There’s also a quiz feature and audio clips to help you with pronunciation.

For Spanish Class: Easy Language Translator 

Aptly-named, Easy Language Translator translates text and voice for 79 languages. The app is fast and effective for your French, Spanish, Italian or German classes. Share or send your translation, or use the “Favorite” feature for quick future reference.

For SAT Prep: Virtual SAT Tutor – Vocabulary

Wondering how you’ll memorize those critical SAT vocab words? With the Virtual SAT Tutor app, of course! The app uses a variety of strategies, including word roots, antonyms and mnemonic devices, to help you master new words and hopefully nail the vocabulary portion of the SATs.

High school students can easily turn their iPhone 5S or Galaxy S4 cellphone from T-Mobile into an educational resource by downloading any of these eight apps.

(*) Jennifer Thayer is a technology writer who loves sharing helpful ways people can utilize technology in their day-to-day lives. Follow her on Twitter to see what other tips she comes up with.

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Apply These 5 Productive Apps To Facilitate Project-Based Learning!

By Alisha Ellis*

Project-based learning (PBL) is a productive way among students to execute projects. It helps students work on strategies, share resources and discuss ideas related to a project. This type of learning facilitates the learning process and comes handy for students to share knowledge and information. Project based learning tools allow students to coordinate information across their networks so that all members remain on the same page.

This article will focus on apps that can be utilized to assist students in project-based learning:

1. BaseCamp: It tackles all issues that get in the way while accomplishing projects. It complements the concept of project-based learning in its true sense. Basecamp provides everything from data storage services to chatting and online discussions, students can do all these tasks using only a single space. With this app, students can access their works through any digital outlets. Now students can acquire latest information, refer to files and make timely decisions for their important projects.

2. Animoto: This app offers an innovative way to share your ideas to your audience. This tool uses Cinematic intelligence technology to produce videos and slide shows. Students can use it to create high-quality videos. The good thing is that students can create any video via a simple procedure. No need for complex steps. No more hassles of uploading and downloading. Just add your pictures, choose your caption, select style, put a music theme and click 'produce'. Finally, students will get a video that they can share with their fellow classmates and teachers.

3. Glogster: Glogster can be used to showcase important elements of your project. It incorporates multimedia elements to create a graphic blog that will project your work to your audience. With Glogster, you can compose a poster by adding images, embedding infographics or using videos. You can then share this creation with your viewers. This application is best for presenting ideas of a proposal or assignment for your final year project.

4. Kickoff: It offers real-time activities for project-based learners. Using this collaborative platform, students can engage in shared tasks or join group discussions to exchange opinions. In this way, students are able to manage their tasks, organize their resources and schedule dates. Similarly, students can get feedback and share thoughts on a project by initiating productive debates.

5. MindNode: This app is meant for users on the go who can use it for mind mapping purposes. It empowers students to note down any idea when and where they encountered it. All they need is to feed that thought to their iPhone so that they can work on them later. It integrates iCloud which means students. can simply get access to all their mind maps using any device.

(*) Alisha Ellis is addicted of writing articles on different topics. She is an assignment writer at Assignment Arena. Find her on Facebook.

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