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Blogs-Tips and Tricks

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YOU created your blog, WHAT to take care about now!?

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SO, you created a blog; hopefully you did read my advice on my previous blog posts. Let us have a look back on those blog posts and finding out WHAT WE can do BETTER to have success in the internet blogging community:

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In above list of mentioned blog posts you will find already a lot of Tips & Tricks, which are working perfectly as I use them myself. WHAT else to do?

Well, as I am watching a lot of blogs from EDUcators, TEACHers, I analyze that THEY are NOT back-linking as I do (see links above WHO are back-linking) to other published blog posts…); well that is a MUST as YOU have an audience of readers (EDUcators, TEACHers, Students, parents…) WHO want to know how it is run the BEST possible way!

From EDUcators, TEACHers, Professors, Instructors one expects that THEY know THE right way to do it!! THEY have a certified diploma for TEACHing, isn’t it!? 😉 THUS meaning: NOT ONLY publishing <===> Half-Baked stuff <===> BUT first getting informed (search skills on Search-Engines [Google, etc.]) and by curation to find BEST results and LEARNing (especially understanding it!!) from it before publishing!! DON’T forget <===> YOU have an audience of readers (EDUcators, TEACHers, Students, parents…) WHO want to know how it is run the BEST possible way!

VERY rarely (I am lurking on Twitter Chats as also participating…) I see THAT EDUcators, TEACHers and students DON’T know (too lazy???) the HELP and SUPPORT of blog service, such as mentioned below from WordPress e.g.:

Well, too lazy or let’s say too comfortable; why NOT asking OTHERS to do the job 😉

Keep in mind the “Synthesizing Mind“!

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Synthesizing Mind-5 Minds for the future

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And as a reminder about WHAT a blog is, check the infographic below please.

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Embedding media (Audio, Images, Videos) is important as it nurtures creativity!

Unfortunately THIS isn’t used by lots of people yet and should get changed.

Learn more about creativity:

Let us come back to the TOPIC. Once created a blog YOU need to GET it known as YOU want that your content gets read by people; SO WHAT to do to get an audience!? BEST PracTICE is to be on Social-Media, especially on Twitter as well as to make curation; both work perfectly together! You DON’T know WHAT curation is, nor Twitter!??? OK, let us have a look on it by following my blog posts and ALSO my curation about curation:

I will show YOU some practical examples as I am used to do, both Twitter and Curation below with screenshots…

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Click the above image please to access the article(s).

You will see that even in my curation there are links related to my OTHER blog posts (back-linking) which are sending the readers to other blog posts for learning more! This back-linking permits also a BETTER “SEO” (Search Engine Optimization) for the “Search-Engines” (Google and others…); thus meaning: YOUR blog will get BETTER found when searching the internet!

Learn more about SEO and curation:

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Check image below please to find out about the How-To to tweet (post on twitter):

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Click image please to access the articles

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By using Social Media Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest as also others… You are sharing your work with others!! Thus meaning: other people will see it and eventually also visiting and reading your precious work! You will grow YOUR audience, that’s what you want, isn’t it?

Learn more:

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Updates, back-linking to other blog posts, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, Spellchecking, WordPress, Keywords (as mentioned in here…), Growth Mindset, Synthesizing Mind, WordPress HELP, Blog Infographic,

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LEARNing The Basics Of HTML To Use In Blogs | Creating FAQ’s

LEARNing The Basics Of HTML To Use In Blogs | Creating FAQ’s

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Collaboration and Coaching

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Communication, The Letter “C” In “ICT”

chat iconWhen YOU have to deal with customers, parents and learners (students), THEN the “Communication” is a MUST! Remember the letter “C” in the word “ICT” (Information and Communications Technology) and when YOU want to do this on a professional way, YOU have to use a bi-directional (two way) Communication. Personally I hear too often the answer “I don’t know” from Educators and Teachers, which shouldn’t be! It is OK to say: I don’t know it for the moment and THEN doing some research and giving the asking person an answer asap! SO, as that is probably something which YOU might get asked again, the BEST way is to create a so calledFAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions).

And the BEST way is to do it together with the concerned persons, if they are customers, learners (students) or parents. Check also my blog post below, please:

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What Is A FAQ And How Does It Look?

Well, there are different ways to create a FAQ’s list:

  • With a table in HTML
  • On a WiKi
  • Using an Online Service
  • Creating a database (for programmers ONLY)

Here below an example of a FAQ presented through a Wiki on Bravenet, click the image to access it online, please.

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FAQ Bravenet

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Creating A FAQ’s List Online | The How To

Below some reflections:

 

  1. Which service to use?
  2. Presentation of the chosen service
  3. The How To use it
  4. The HELP (Support) section
  5. Best way to integrate it to a blog post (screenshot of service with link)

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Which Service To Use?

I advise YOU the FREE service of Bravenet which I know already since 1999-2000. Check the screenshot with link below, please.

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Bravenet

 

Click the image, please, to access the website.

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Accessing The FAQ Service On Bravenet

Click the “WEB TOOLS” button on the upper navigation bar or this link ===> http://www.bravenet.com/webtools/ <===. YOU will see then the multitude of services provided.

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Bravenet WEB TOOLS

 

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Click now on the “FAQ Service” icon, the following (see screenshot below, please) new window will open.

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Bravenet: Register your New FAQ Service

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Click now on the “Get the FAQ Service Today” blue button, the following (see screenshot below, please) new window will open.

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Bravenet Membership

 

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Fill out the form now and then click the blue button “Create Account“, the following (see screenshot below, please) new window will open.

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Bravenet FAQ Editor

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I suggest that YOU start with what is the most easy, YOUR questions and answers. THEN go to the “General Settings” and the “Look And Feel“. Adjust YOUR personal settings, while saving them at any time YOU make some changes. Click THEN the “View Service” button where YOU will see how it would look. Check some suggested settings below from the “General Settings“.

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suggested settings

 

I suggest to set the “Service Width” to 99%. Insert “99” in the text field and click the “percent” button, followed by a click on “Save Settings“. SO… For the rest I let You play around with it to “LEARNing By Doing” as it is the BEST way to learn 😉

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By allowing the users to ask questions YOU will get notified by “Bravenet” by email, as shown in the screenshot below.

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Notification of asked question

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By visiting YOUR account on “Bravenet“, YOU will see on the “Review Pending” that there is a question awaiting YOUR approval and answer, as shown below.

Pending Questions

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Answering a question

To answer follow the instructions as shown above.

TIP: In case of YOU don’t know further anymore, check the FAQ’s about the service here ===> http://wiki.bravenet.com/Category:FAQ_Service <===

FAQ Bravenet

 

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Once everything finished get YOUR “Copy&Paste Code” in the “FAQ Service Manager” by clicking the link “Get Service Code“. That is the code YOU can paste in YOUR blog and/or website.

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Bravenet FAQ Service Code

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YOU will get provided by a lot of different possibilities, make YOUR choice. I have chosen the one below with buttons.

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Free FAQ Database from Bravenet
 Free FAQ Database from Bravenet.com

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In case if YOU don’t know how to “Copy&Paste” the code into the HTML section of the WordPress blog, please check my blog post:

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PracTICE: Example For Parents Partnership With The Teachers

BEST way to learn about the how to of creating a FAQ’s list is to have a look on an already existing one. SO, I created an example for a “Parents Partnership With Teachers FAQ” where the parents can find the most used questions about the parents meetings in schools. THEY ALSO can ask NEW questions in case if they don’t find the appropriate answers in the FAQ’s list. Here below a screenshot. Click the image below to access the FREE service and to get a look on it.

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FAQ's Start

 

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The provided questions and answers in the example are from:

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Check The Service Online By An Example

 


Free FAQ Database from Bravenet
 Free FAQ Database from Bravenet.com

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Bravenet, WordPress, Etheos, FAQ’s, Communication, “The “C” in ICT, user friendly, parents, EDU, communication with the parents, progressive growing of the FAQ’s list through the parents and the students, FREE web services, bi-directional, two way communication, professional…

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LEARNing The Basics Of HTML To Use In Blogs

LEARNing The Basics Of HTML To Use In Blogs

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Collaboration and Coaching

 

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WHAT is HTML?

1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-aigainformation1Text from Wikipedia:

HTML or HyperText Markup Language is the standard markup language used to create web pages.

HTML is written in the form of HTML elements consisting of tags enclosed in angle brackets (like <html>). HTML tags most commonly come in pairs like <h1> and </h1>, although some tags represent empty elements and so are unpaired, for example<img>. The first tag in a pair is the start tag, and the second tag is the end tag (they are also called opening tags and closing tags).

A web browser can read HTML files and compose them into visible or audible web pages. The browser does not display the HTML tags, but uses them to interpret the content of the page. HTML describes the structure of a website semantically along with cues for presentation, making it a markup language rather than a programming language.

 


WHAT HTML is supported on WordPress?

Beginning HTML

A basic understanding of HTML can help you get more out of your WordPress.com site. This article explains how.

WordPress.com provides you with a Text editor, so that you can see the HTML markup of each of your posts and pages. Switching over to the Text editor gives you some additional editing options, and can help clarify why your posts look the way they do.

How can I view my HTML?

To get started, go to your blog’s dashboard and edit any post or page — try this first with a post you already wrote, so you can see what the HTML looks like. Click on the Text tab above the editing area (next to the Visual tab): see PIC below, please.

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Read more from WordPress Support sites below:

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The So Called “Silverline” By Readers As YOU See Above

book-question-markThe So Called “Silverline” By Readers, is in fact called “Horizontal Rule”. 

Definition and Usage

The <hr> tag defines a thematic break in an HTML page (e.g. a shift of topic).

The <hr> element is used to separate content (or define a change) in an HTML page.

TIP: to bring in the <hr> (SilverLine) on the right place, follow these steps, please:

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Make a “Marker”, such as +++++++++++++++++++++++ exactly there where YOU want to have the “SilverLine”. Click NOW the “Text” tab in the Editor and search for the ++++++++++++++++++. Delete that “Marker” and replace it with the <hr> Tag.

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The Text Box

Chat iconWE use a little trick here as WE create a “Table” with ONLY one row and one column, where WE can chose ALSO the background color.

Definition and Usage

The <table> tag defines an HTML table.

An HTML table consists of the <table> element and one or more <tr>, <th>, and <td> elements.

The <tr> element defines a table row, the <th> element defines a table header, and the <td> element defines a table cell.

A more complex HTML table may also include <caption>, <col>, <colgroup>, <thead>, <tfoot>, and <tbody> elements.

Learn more:

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Here below is the complete HTML code:

<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”color: #ffffff;”>.</span></p> <table border=”2″ cellspacing=”2″ cellpadding=”1″ width=”100%”> <tbody> <tr valign=”top” bgcolor=”#d9d9ad”> <td> <p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong><span style=”color: #000000;”>Here is the complete HTML code:</span></strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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Copy that code and paste it into the Editor in the “Text” part of the WordPress Editor. Replace the “Here below is the complete HTML code:” with YOUR own text.

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To change the background color YOU need to change the 6 digit value of ===> bgcolor=”#d9d9ad” <===. Example: let’s say that WE want to have an orange background, so WE change it to ===> bgcolor=”#FF9900″ <===

<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span style=”color: #ffffff;”>.</span></p> <table border=”2″ cellspacing=”2″ cellpadding=”1″ width=”100%”> <tbody> <tr valign=”top” bgcolor=”#FF9900″> <td> <p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong><span style=”color: #000000;”>Here is the complete HTML code:</span></strong></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

 

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Hexadecimal color codes:

Best way is to use the “HTML Color Picker” ===> http://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_colorpicker.asp <=== to get the right hexadecimal code, try it out, it’s easy 😉

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Showing HTML Code As Text In Online Posts

programmerman-animatedThe HTML character encoder converts all applicable characters to their corresponding HTML entities. Certain characters have special significance in HTML and should be converted to their correct HTML entities to preserve their meanings. For example, it is not possible to use the < character as it is used in the HTML syntax to create and close tags. It must be converted to its corresponding &lt; HTML entity to be displayed in the content of an HTML page. HTML entity names are case sensitive.

Thus meaning: YOU can’t copy&paste HTML code as text, YOU MUST convert it! Check the website below, please:

 


Educate YOURSELF!

Got interested to learn more about HTML and/or about any other programming language? Why not educating yourself on W3SCHOOLS, click the image to go to their website.

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W3SCHOOLS

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Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: HTML, W3SCHOOLS, mostly used HTML Tags, Tags, HTML Editor, HTML4 & HTML5, Textbox in HTML, CSS, Cascading Style Sheets…

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Cyber-Security Blogs To Follow

Cyber-Security Blogs To Follow

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Learning basics of IT-Security and Cyber-Security.


WHY Should I Follow Security Blogs?

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Chat iconWHY SHOULD WE follow Security and Cyber-Security blogs as well, when using Twitter, following some great Cyber-Security experts!?

Well, I will give YOU a question back: WHY should YOU read newspapers? It is as simple as that, WE need the information about WHAT is going on in the world and also WHAT is going on in the Virtual-World as both worlds, the Real-World and the Virtual-World (Internet), are influencing each other!

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===> DON’T forget, in the word ICT is the letter “I“, which means “Information“, use it. <===

WHEN working with any technical device, especially with devices who are connecting to the internet, it is crucial to have some basic knowledge of Cyber-Security! Whether theses devices are mobile (smartphones, iPhone, iPad, Android, tablets…) or desktop units, YOU need to know How To get protected on a maximum and ALSO about WHEN there are NEW threads around, new scams, new updates, new privacy dangers, new security risks, new valuable tips and tricks to stay secure!

Thankfully, there are many experts in the field of Cyber-Security and Education who do this for us and share their knowledge online. SO… By reading those blogs and following ALSO those experts on Social-Media Twitter, YOU will learn slowly but surely about how to stay best protected and also what are the news where YOU need to be aware about! First step is ===> AWARENESS <===.


book-question-markNext step is to know how WE could get BEST protection and mostly for FREE:

WE need ALSO to get OUR daily stream of news, YES, I said daily stream of news as the Virtual-World is moving very quickly and WE need to be informed about WHAT is going on. A hard task indeed, BUT a MUST!!! Like everything else it is the beginning who is the most hardest, BUT once used to it it will just become a normal daily task, believe me 😉

===> “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie – <===

===> The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. -Aristotle <===

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So, here below my selection of blogs from Cyber-Security experts, which I believe, are the most valuable ones which YOU should follow. These experts write on a style who is easily to understand and I learned a lot myself from them:

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Graham CLULEY Blog

Graham CLULEY Blog

 

Naked Security (Sophos)

Naked Security Blog (Sophos)

Brian KREBS Blog

Brian KREBS Blog

F-Secure Blog

F-Secure Blog

SOFTPEDIA Security News

Softpedia Security News Blog

ZDNET

ZDNET

SCMAGAZINE

SCMAGAZINE Blog

arstechnica

arstechnica

PCWorld SECURITY

PCWorld

BBC Cyber-Security News

BBC Cybersecurity News

The Guardian

The Guardian

ITespresso (DE)

ITespresso (DE)

SECURELIST (KASPERSKY BLOG)

Securelist (KASPERSKY BLOG)

SILICON (FR)

SILICON (FR)

ZATAZ (FR)

ZATAZ (FR)

McAfee Labs Blog

McAfee Blog

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sharing-iconThe above blogs are the blogs which I recommend as it is easy to understand them, that’s the ones I check first to understand as quick as possible what’s going on and to share my new acquired knowledge with others! Of course I use ALSO different OTHER sources for deeper learning, BUT that’s the sources from where one can grab information on the fly
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As in a modern world WE use ALSO Social-Media, especially Twitter, I recommend the following people to follow:

Who to follow on Twitter for Cyber-Security? Here is my selection of BEST publications by awarded contributors:

21st Century Education: The MOST IMPORTANT is an Education about Critical-Thinking and Proactive-Thinking, check below to learn more:
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PracTICE: Using Blogs For Home Work To Get ICT Skills and Creativity

PracTICE: Using Blogs For Home Work To Get ICT Skills and Creativity

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This is the second blog about “Blogging” and in the first one ===> PracTICE: Using Blogs for Critical Thinking and Proactive Thinking <=== WE were talking about WHAT would be the BEST way to introduce the students (learners) to blogging. NOW, lets go for a practical example where the teachers (educators) tell the students (learners) to create a blog on a specific topic. It should be a topic WHERE there will be a lot of engagement from the students and from WHAT they would get a maximum out of ICT SKILLS, creativity, use of the technology (camera, smartphone, photo camera…), Social Media knowledge, communication, Social Learning, preparation knowledge, privacy knowledge (not publishing blog…), working in a team, collaboration

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SO… WHAT could that be for a topic? Well, I think that something everybody could do is to write a blog about WHAT any single person makes probably different, ===> WHAT are WE eating at home? <===

sharing-iconOf course, if someone of YOUR students (learners) OR parents don’t WANT and allow to use that topic, leave it FREE to them to chose another topic! Make sure ALSO that the parents sign a paper that they agree with such an action as it goes into PRIVACY!

Other possibilities could be: pet, sport activities, reading (my books…), games (games which I play…), my hobbies (some have more than one hobby…), my friends hobbies… Talk to YOUR responsible psychological person in YOUR school, in case if YOU have kids with problems to find out WHAT could be the BEST way to get THEM also ===> engaged in that learning process <===

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OR perhaps about an excursion which YOU made with the students, I recommend to visit my following blog to find out about the possibilities:

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Have a look below, please, how this could look. I prepared myself a blog about what’s served on a table in Luxembourg (Europe), to give YOU an idea:

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Depending in which country and/or state YOU are living, this could cause problems as well because of social status and privacy and certain parents wouldn’t allow such actions (NO one needs to know what’s happening in our family…)… Feel FREE to prepare a form which YOU handle out to the parents to hear THEIR opinion about it and tell THEM that THEIR kids (students, learners) are NOT forced to apply to it and could use another topic as already mentioned above… YOU will NEVER get a 100% agreement, BUT YOU could make the project a worth way to create together a project THAT shows the different ways HOW people THINK and HOW to show THAT it is STILL possible to create a COMMON project WHERE people are working together!

YOU will face the problems of REALITY from the REAL-WORLD by using the possibilities of the VIRTUAL-WORLD and YOU will be able to discuss these problems as well with YOUR students (learners) ===> Critical-Thinking and Proactive-Thinking… <=== Do YOU have this courage!???

Explain THEM also WHY it would be a good idea to agree to that project because of:

  • Students would work together to exchange about life, about the REAL-WORLD…
  • Students will learn from each other about different ways of life…
  • Students will learn how to use their smartphones and how to blog, learning about Social Media, blogging, getting 21st Century skills, how to combine smartphones, tablets, using THEIR creativity, working in a team, how to edit and correct photos for BETTER quality
  • Students will learn how to stay private while using blogs, securing their privacy so, because the teacher (educator) WILL FIRST HAVE A LOOK ON IT AND GIVE ADVICE before publishing the final version…
  • Students will learn to accept each other whatever their social status is…
  • Students prepare first THEIR own blog and than later a selection of the photos from each student will get used on THE COMMON COMMUNITY BLOG, where the students write also THEIR experience to document it…

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The needed Tools And Services-The Preparation

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ruotadentata2architet01First of all, WE need a FREE blogging service. I recommend WordPress as it is very easy to use and as it allows the students to chose from a variety of templates, so each student could use its own template to show its creativity. Then WE need ALSO an easy to use and a multi-platform (any OS compatible) PHOTO-EDITOR, where I recommend PHOTOSCAPE for Windows users ONLY, and GIMP (Windows, Linux, Mac) see below the links:

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Keep It Private Till Everything Is Checked In Depth

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Private publishing in WordPress.

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As already mentioned above, students blogs should get kept private, WordPress offers this (check left hand screenshot) till the teacher(s) checked them in depth to make sure that their isn’t any privacy problem such as:

                    • Students took photos of parents and sisters, brothers: do THEY agree to that the photos will get published on the internet?
                    • Photos are using the GPS tracking and show WHERE the real location is! THIS is NOT good and the tags should get removed before publishing!
                    • WHAT is Geotagging?

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Check out the video below, please, to understand WHY it is important to remove the EXIF and GPS data!

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How To Remove The GPS Tracking Of Photos

The GPS Tracking of photos SHOULD get disabled first of all in any device, smartphones, iPad, iPhone! SHOW the students (learners) how to do this while following the tips of the below links:

Another trick is, while using PhotoScape, to remove the EXIF information and any other information, see screenshot below.

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PhotoScape settings for privacy

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Camera information – Exchangeable image file format (Exif)

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Useful Tips For Creating Blogs

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book-question-markTo make sure for NOT loosing the topic of the created blog(s), I suggest to add at the bottom some reminder, the keywords which explain about WHAT the blog should be and ALSO the guideline for the students (learners), as shown below.

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===> create blogs private, teacher checks blog & discusses with learners in a group, photos will get later ALL published in one blog as a TEAM blog, blog will get used with other students on a global view, like Skype, global exchange of habits to know each one better, social global approach… <===

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This blog was created to make YOU THINK, to know about possible problems, to make YOU Critical-THINKing persons and Proactive-THINKing persons, use it as such, please 😉

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PracTICE: Using Blogs for Critical Thinking and Proactive Thinking

PracTICE: Using Blogs for Critical Thinking and Proactive Thinking

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FREE COURSE AND WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

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comp6_e0Blog, blogging, Flow Chart, Learners Interests, Respect of the learners, Learning by Doing, Proactive Thinking, 21st Century Tools, Sustainability, motivation, engaging your learners (students), Learning to learn, respect, e-Citizen, Digital-Citizen, Copyright, Mindmapping, competencies, Professional Development (PD), Life-Long-Learning Strategies, Curation, Critical Thinking, Quality Publishing, How-To use the 21st Century Tools, The SUCCES of our learners (students) depends on our knowledge, Peer-Review, Peer-to-Peer-Learning, WE as teachers, professors, educators, instructors can always improve, WE as professionals are not allowed to have a “lazy bone attitude”, WE as professionals need to protect the reputation of our profession by providing quality content, Accessibility, Blogging, stay out of the box, adapt to new technologies, nobody is perfect…

===> “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie – <===

===> The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. -Aristotle <===

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What Teachers Will Learn in this Project: Professional Development

vdujwtjyx3uq-252anv-p2pnicubuculei01By using this “Project“, Teachers and Learners will both benefit from it, together they can learn and improve their knowledge! I recommend it for teachers to grow their “Professional Development“. Even when NOT having already the knowledge for this “Project”, teachers have a lot of time between the different courses to learn what is needed for the next session. They will grow together with the Learners while working on that “Project” and won’t have any pressure if they organize well up from the beginning, making a good preparation!

By using this “Project“, teachers will acquire knowledge of Education 3.0, including: Blog creation, Curation, Creativity, Motivation, Challenge, Critical Thinking, Proactive Thinking, Internet-Safety, knowledge of the use of great tools for community work, Copyright, Learners interests, Learning by Doing, Peer-Review, Peer-to-Peer-LearningMindmapping, the use of Flow Charts, good preparation, sustainability, Accessibility…

I actually advise teachers to take this opportunity, learning together with the learners as a Challenge! Create yourselves ALSO a Blog about YOUR interests and let it ALSO get “Peer-Review” by the learners! YOU don’t have anything to loose, YOU can ONLY win, winning on experience, winning the confidence of YOUR learners, winning on Team-Work, winning of knowledge, winning on getting more courage, winning on learning new stuff… YOU can show the learners ALSO that in the 21st Century it is NOT anymore “Us v Them“, BUT “Us & Them” to go for a “Win-Win Situation” by accepting this way; which I think (my personal meaning) is the BEST. I did it ten (10) years with adults, seniors and teens and it was a great experience which worked perfectly! Get the courage and jump into it 😉 You will have a lot of fun by learning from each other and YOU will make a strong “Community” by continuing in the same way with other “Projects“…

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Remember the above quote when creating YOUR blog, please! Created with QUOZIO

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PS: YOU might have noticed that I highlighted the word ===> “Creativity”, WHY!? <===  Creativity boosts the way of Learning!

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What is the most important for the Students, Learners when creating a blog?

Chat iconWhen you teach your students, learners for the first time to create a blog; ask them what their interests are. Read more here about interests: How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests.

Then show them some blogs, different ways of publishing:

                  • Text ONLY.
                  • Text with ONLY one image.
                  • Creative blogs.
                  • Blogs using nearly ALL possible multimedia included.

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I will give you some chosen examples here below so that you could have an overview:

And my own blog using “comics“, in case of someone would be interested to create a blog with “comics“:

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Knowing now what possibilities they have to create their own blog, give them ALSO a short introduction about Copyright, tell them that they are NOT allowed to copy & paste everything what they find on the internet. My blog below could serve as a guide:

I recommend you to use the following infographic, which you might also distribute to the learners:

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Why should WE as Teachers choose that way as described above?

sharing-iconWhen the learners work based on their own interests they are learning BETTER, quicker and with motivation. They should get even told that they can make mistakes and that later the whole class together with the teacher will talk about what these mistakes are and how to avoid them in the future. The learners will work on a “Learning By Doing” base, which helps them to develop their creativity and helps also to develop their personality

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By choosing the mentioned way above what else could WE expect?

programmerman-animatedWhile you are explaining the learners about how to create a blog, make sure also that they have already a bit knowledge on how to search on the internet by using the search engines such as Google. Most of them will probably know a bit about it, but give them a deeper insight about it! I recommend viewing together the new interactive website from Google itself here, “How Search Works“:

And also Google-Search-Education here:

As the learners are anyway searching information for their blog and that this information needs to get stored somewhere, I suggest to teach them also about Curation. You will find the necessary links on the bottom of this blog!

At the same moment tell them ALSO that on the internet are dangers, that websites could be infected and by visiting them they could ALSO infect their computers. I suggest that you show the learners my following blogs:

Check the above mentioned blogs and you will see that it is very easy, there are ONLY 2 programs to install which take ONLY 5 minutes and who will show the learners by their search adventure which websites are trustful and which websites are malicious! They will learn then also how to surf on a safe way… Check also the video below and show it to your learners.

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Now WE can bring in Critical Thinking ALSO!

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Once the learners finished their blog, let them make a Peer – Review and let them make also constructive critics to each other! Use a  mind-map later where they could bring in their global thinking.

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WE can use the blog also for Proactive Thinking, HOW!?

sharing-iconPrepare a mind-map where the learners could bring in their Critical Thinking, let them make brainstorming and then let them bring in their reflections on the mind-map. This finished coach them on How To make Proactive Thinking. What could have been avoided up from the beginning and how! Let them use also a mind-map for this task, perhaps the same while using a different color for Critical Thinking and Proactive Thinking! Talk to them now and ask them some questions about Proactive Thinking and what they learned…

Choose  a mind-map of your choice and practice a bit with it, here below a non-exhaustive list:

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The different tasks for the teacher – the preparation

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A Great Checklist for Your Project

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LEARNing To LEARN with ICT-How-TO? My PracTICE

LEARNing To LEARN with ICT-How-TO? My PracTICE

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LEARNing To LEARN with ICT-How-TO? My PracTICE

As MOST of YOU know, I am an autodidact, a self-directed learner. I learn BETTER by doing it on my own, by searching my own articles, relevant to the topic which needs to get learned. Pursuing ALSO my learning by choosing the books which I decide to buy for my Professional Development! This time YOU will see a lot of “I’s” in my blog post here, different from usual, where I mostly use the WE. WHY!? Because it’s ME who is owning MY learning and I decide WHAT is BEST for me, that is working perfectly, I learn MUCH quicker! 😉

Another reason WHY I learn on my own is the BAD quality of courses around where adults are getting treated as pupils (Pedagogy) and NOT as mature persons (Andragogy)!! Aged 62 years (2017), I DON’T want to get treated as a 12 years old in courses, I won’t feel comfortable at all!! It’s about time that EDUcators, TEACHers, Instructors get training about ANDRAGOGY!

WHAT is Andragogy?

Text from Wikipedia: Andragogy refers to methods and principles used in adult education.[1][2] The word comes from the Greek ἀνδρ- andr-, meaning “man”, and ἀγωγός agogos, meaning “leader of”; it literally means “leader of man”, whereas “pedagogy” literally means “leading children”.[3]

Link:

Check out also my PracTICE, the How-To I gave courses for adults and seniors on Andragogy concept below, please:

You might be interested as well to find out about:

 

FIRST of all, DON’T fear about learning new stuff, even if it feels strange and NOT understandable up from the beginning! There might be strange words in the learning texts which YOU don’t know YET; but by reading different texts you will understand these words and later understanding ALSO the whole! I learnt that way, it takes time on the beginning, BUT later you will learn very quickly! It’s like an exponential curve

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MUST follow names in EDUcation and also from successful people:

  • Howard GARDNER
  • Sir Ken ROBINSON
  • Jack MA
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  • John HATTIE

 


Owning the LEARNing

Personally I am convinced and PracTICE with students, learners showed me ALSO, that when owning its learning boosts learning and even accelerates it!! The learners are more motivated to learn as they are engaged in the learning process! I did THIS MOSTLY through Curation! Learn more below please:

 

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino | SEEEDSTUDIO | First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino | SEEEDSTUDIO | First Steps with the Arduino-UNO R3 and NANO | Maker, MakerED, Maker Spaces, Coding

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SEEEDSTUDIO asked me through LinkedIn to make a cooperation with them for reviewing a NEW Arduino, the “Grove Beginner Kit for Arduinoproduct which I accepted. Today I received the stuff which in the next days I will play around a bit and create Blog posts (Tutorials) about it, stay tuned…

FIRST impressions:

I ordered it on 28-07-2020 on the site of SEEDSTUDIO and it arrived on 03-08-2020 @02H58 PM, delivered by DHL. Actually very quick from China to Luxembourg!!

Unpacking my order:

Nice cardboard with lots of TIPS printed on it. The box is sealed with 3 circular glued plastic which I had cut through with scissors, BAD IDEA, as I damaged the cardboard while NOT knowing that the box was meant as a whole playstation as itself (see photos, please)… Here the company could improve please, thanks! My constructive critics! 😉

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Reading the online Manual

Well, NOTHING to say against it, it is well done!! Please check it here below:

There are professional STEP-BY-STEP instructions so you can’t make mistakes!!

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Getting started

ALL you have to do is to connect the USB-Cable to the PC, Laptop, which is in the right sight of the box (see step 2 in the PIC below please) to start. [Start Text from WiKi] Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino is one of the best Arduino Beginner Kit for beginners. It includes one Arduino compatible Board and 10 additional Arduino sensors and all in one-piece of PCB design. All the modules have been connected to the Seeeduino through the PCB stamp holes so no Grove cables are needed to connect. Of course, you can also take the modules out and use Grove cables to connect the modules. You can build any Arduino project you like with this Grove Beginner Kit For Arduino. [End Text from WiKi]

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Plug and Play Unboxing Demo

The Grove Beginner Kit has a plug and plays unboxing demo, where you first plug in the power to the board, you get the chance to experience all the sensors in one go! Use the button and rotary potentiometer to experience each sensor demo!

  • Scroll -> Rotating Rotary Potentiometer
  • Select -> Short Press Button
  • Exit Current Demo -> Long Press Button

Buzzer and LED module are used for key prompt.

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Temperature/Humidity GROVE

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Air Pressure/GROVE

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My review

Well, I can recommend this product for beginners by 100%!! Up from the beginning beginners can find out HOW things work with just plugging the USB cable to the PC, Laptop, computer. It’s a GREAT way to bring Coding to STEAM students, Maker’s, MakerED and Maker Spaces!

I didn’t yet using the Breakout possibilities, I DON’T overwhelm you with TOO MUCH information, that will GET discussed in next tutorials, BUT looks promising as NO need to plug single cables, ALL done by ONLY one connector!!!

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Please check the videos below to understand how the GROVE System works.

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WHERE to order it?

You can GET it here actually (04-08-2020):

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TIP for Educators, Teachers, Coaches:

Let the learners first trying the working examples in the box to discover the possibilities! Later you can make the Breakout and then they can reproduce the Coding examples such as mentioned in the online manual.

 

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure)..


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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I met young TEACHers, EDUcators in a Restaurant and THEY were surprised about my Modern Knowledge as I am retired…

I met young TEACHers, EDUcators in a Restaurant and THEY were surprised about my Modern Knowledge as I am retired…

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My Modern Knowledge as I am retired…

programmerman-animatedI recently met some young female teachers, educators in a Restaurant and as I am a very social person I started in to a discussion: I love to talk to find out what persons are around me and IF from EDUcation, guess, I can’t STOP to talk about Modern-EDUcation, Modern Pedagogy and for sure about Modern-Learning (THE MOST important for ME!).

Whiles the discussion was going on, THEY asked me my age and my function. THEY were surprised to know that first that I am retired (nearly 65 years old) and about my knowledge ABOUT Modern-EDUcation, Modern Pedagogy and for sure about Modern-Learning!! THEY asked me how that could be possible that I have MORE knowledge about it as THEM as THEY got the latest knowledge from Universities, according to THEIR diplomas… THEY heard (they were informed…) about the new, BUT WHEN I told them THAT  I was using it ALREADY in 2002-2003 as an innovation in my country Luxembourg, they were perplex!!!

Well, looks like Universities are NOT YET UP-To-Date then?! I explained THEM that I am an “Autodidact” and a Life-Long-LEARNing person and that I made my “Professional Development” MOSTLY on my own!! SO, I could LEARN on my own pace with my personal LEARNing-Concept, check below please for more:

I made them ALSO awake for a NEW way of EDUcation, back from the OLD and Un-LEARNing the old to acquire the NEW Modern-EDUcation:

I encouraged THEM to become #LifeLongLEARNing persons by adapting to become an autodidact:

I told THEM ALSO, that soon THEY will GET used to Coding, programming as THIS is part of the National Strategy of #DigitalLuxembourg and #Digital4EDUcation, there THEY were skeptic about it, BUT today (06 February 2020) the Ministry released it:

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

When I was asking IF THEY were present on Social-Media Twitter, YES I have an account BUT… Well, THEY didn’t see the interest really in it and I gave THEM my Twitter account to follow to find out about the How-To one could do it ===> @Knolinfos. Please check ALSO my Blog post below:

Well, enough talked; BTW a week later I had some more followers from Luxembourg (NOT using a VPN…)… WHAT is a VPN actually? Please check below my Curation:

And WHAT is Curation? Check below please:

 

BTW: Concerning being a retired teaching person, THIS might be of interest to you; please check my Blog post:

 

A certain moment we came up ALSO to talk about civilized behavior, OMG THEY told me!!! I was telling my experiences with a Bus-STOP 30 cm in front of the entrance of the house and one told me that she knows very well such an experience because of her grand father!!! Please check below my video about it to understand WHAT actually is going on:

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Concerning the behavior, I will create later another blog, stay tuned 😉

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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SID2020: Safer Internet Day 2020-Participation

SID2020: Safer Internet Day 2020-Participation

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Safer Internet Day 2020 – Save the date!.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.

Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated on Tuesday 11 February 2020, with the strapline of ===> “Together for a better internet” <=== following the success of last year’s campaign.

 

 

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My participation for the SID2020

programmerman-animatedWHAT is special this year with my participation on SID2020? 

I created a ===> #GlobalCollaboration blog in 2017 <=== from  (my pseudo on twitter) & @ICTPHMS  for  about . The authors are from Luxembourg/Europe (me), one female teacher from the USA and a male teacher from the USA WHO are using my blog post to learn together and sharing THEIR practice with YOU dear readers.

Well, there is a lot of different views about ===> Digital CitiZENship <=== WE will explore WHAT could be THE BEST way to teach and to learn about Digital CitiZENship (hashtag on Twitter is #digcit).

Here below the links of OUR blog post:

How does it come that I post Global-Collaboration blog posts? Well, once the #ProfessionalDevelopment is Upto-Date, one does understand THAT learning in a team brings out a win-win situation and that a generation exchange is benefit for all of the participants as anyone learns from each other. BTW: here below other Global-Collaboration blogs with teaching persons from AustraliaUSAFranceLuxembourg (me):

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My publications in the local press (Luxembourg/Europe) and interviews:

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This year I participate ALSO with blogs in three languages, in English, German and French.

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I participate on #SID2020 in Luxembourg/Europe:

Contributions de Gust MEES:   Publications sur le Blog de Gust MEES (in English) avec 202K (202.000) views
Digital Citizenship Global Education Collaboration Blog (in English),
Publications sur le Blog von Gust MEES (auf Deutsch),
Twitter Hashtag ===> #FSCD (Friday Security Check Day)
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Why should ===> anyone <=== participate?

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Cyber-security – a shared responsibility

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Cyber-Security is a shared responsibilityWE are ALL responsible for a more secure Internet and it is ===> OUR responsibility to build up the future for OUR kids, learners and students! <=== 

WE can do it by learning and teaching the basics of Cyber-Security and ALSO by helping international organizations such as “Safer Internet Day” to become a catalyst for such a difficult task!!!

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======> WE are living in a world of connected technology, Cyber-Security is a MUST!!! <======

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That is why I am participating on SID2020 with my FREE courses here:

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Advice for Smart-Home:

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Motivation To Work Together, Give It A Try

thumbs upMOTIVATION: Knowing NOW how important it is to take part of such a great Event, I encourage YOU ALL to take part of it by any possible action, even as a private person! I encourage especially private persons to display the banner from SID2020 on their blogs and/or websites :)

Where can I get the banners?

 

People who are on Twitter may use the hashtag #SID2020 to promote that Event, thanks for Helping to make the Internet a more secure place!

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L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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