Category archives for Better Teaching

Tips To Become an Autodidact, Self-Directed Learner

Synthesizing Mind-5 Minds for the future

.   . Tips To Become an Autodidact, Self-Directed Learner As most of you know already, I am an autodidact, a person who is learning on its own. I can choose WHAT to learn, WHEN to learn, in WHICH order I learn the different topics and HOW quick I will learn! AND especially WHERE I […]

First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, Coding | Sensor-Kit SKA-36

Arduino-Ultrasonic-Sensor

.   First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, Coding | Sensor-Kit SKA-36 . Got my package delivered with my ordered Arduino Sensor-Kit today (2 days later than expected…). First impressions: nice plastic suitcase (helps me to keep order…), 60 pins quality breadboard and cable-set, 40 sensors and a download link (www.joy-it.net/sensorkit/) for the code […]

Xmas and Holiday Gifts Which Make Sense For LEARNing

Maker-Coding

. . WHAT gifts to buy for the kids for Xmas and Holidays? Every year the same question, isn’t it!? WHY not thinking about to buy gifts from where and with that the kids will learn? It might be good to have a look on WHAT are the skills required for the future from youth, […]

Science Festival 2017 in Luxembourg (Europe)

SCIENCE-FESTIVAL-LUXEMBOURG 2017

. . Science Festival 2017 in Luxembourg (Europe) . . It is the first time that I visited the “Science Festival” in Luxembourg-City, although it is already on its 11th Edition. The first edition was run when Luxembourg-City was Europe’s cultural capital in 1995. This year there was a BIG press coverage and advertising about […]

Critical Thinking AND Proactive Thinking a MUST in Modern-EDU!

Teaching, the profession that creates all other professions

. . Critical Thinking AND Proactive Thinking a MUST in Modern-EDU! WHY!? Looks to me as WE will live THE same as in 50’s-60’s with “James DEAN“, Living on the edge Youth & Society“, overload of information!? Change? At that time period it was TV, NOW it’s the internet, similarities? Well, I think so!! A […]

Social Media Twitter: WHAT Is Its Attraction And WHY Is IT Important For EDUcation!?

Synthesizing Mind-5 Minds for the future

. . Social Media Twitter: WHAT Is Its Attraction And WHY Is IT Important For EDUcation!? First of all, one can’t ignore existing trends which are already existing in Virtual World since ages and one SHOULD adapt for it in Real World, especially in Modern EDUcation! Social Media plays already a BIG role in business, […]

THE CHANGE: Trend in EDUcation to Make EDUcators TEACHers MORE Professional

. . Trend in EDUcation to Make EDUcators TEACHers MORE Professional Since I follow EDUcators, TEACHers on Social Media twitter (2009), I must admit that too many of them (a lot) are on a Mediocrity status, even on a BAD status, which is no more acceptable in 21st Century!! Using Social Media twitter and others […]

NEW Words, Trends to Know and to LEARN about in 21st Century

Evolution of Education: Wordle Logo

. . NEW Words, Trends to Know and to LEARN about in 21st Century Are YOU feeling overwhelmed with strange words, NEW trends, when you are reading and following posts, tweets, articles about/and in Social Media!? Well, I can understand YOU!!! There are SO MUCH, if I wouldn’t do curation, I wouldn’t understand it anymore […]

Adventures of LEARNing, HOW does it happen!?

Evolution of Education: Wordle Logo

. . Adventures of LEARNing, HOW does it happen!? . WHY do I mention the word adventure!? Strange, isn’t it? Well LEARNing is an adventure actually as on every day one meets NEW people on Social-Media, especially on twitter, and those people, with different degree of Professional Development, with different degrees, give us to think […]

Luxembourg EDUcation Interviews: STEM, Robotics participation in First Global Competition in 2017

FGC2017-TEAM LUXEMBOURG-2

.   . THE Competition itself 2017 FIRST  GLOBAL CHALLENGE – GAME DESIGN INTRODUCTION Welcome to the official game of the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge, H2O FLOW! In H2O FLOW, teams learn
 about real-world water
 scarcity and 
contamination issues. In 
the game, two villages
 exist on either side of a 
contaminated river. The
 villagers compete to
 create and store purified 
water […]

WHY is Proactive-Thinking IMPORTANT and a MUST in Modern-Education with and about ICT!?

Most dangerous phrase...

. . WHY is Proactive-Thinking IMPORTANT and a MUST in Modern-Education with and about ICT!? In the last twenty (20) years Technology has changed a lot; with the internet and the use of ICT by nearly everybody around the world… ICT is present everywhere, nearly anybody is using smartphones, the internet, Social-Media and in the […]

STILL following “WE have ALWAYS done it this way” OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!?

Following the masses...

. . STILL following “WE have ALWAYS done it this way” OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!? Well, when analyzing posts from EDUcators, TEACHers from around the world on Social-Media twitter since 2009 already, I must admit (excuse-me please…) that MOST of THEM are still on a Fixed-Mindset! Very rare are those who have already adapted their […]

Maker-First Steps in Electronics-Light guided rotating and moving plastic container

Light guided rotating and moving plastic container

. . Light guided rotating and moving plastic container In previous Maker tutorials WE were using LEDs and vibration motors, WE will continue with it and adding some NEW components: a transistor and a LDR (Light-Dependent Resistor). WE will use ALSO AGAIN a plastic container, this time a transparent one so that persons could see […]

LEARNing By Doing-A MUST in Modern EDUcation for BEST Results

Confucius-Learning By Doing-BrainyQuote

. . LEARNing By Doing-A MUST in Modern EDUcation for BEST Results Let us START with a Chinese proverb from Confucius <===> I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Already more than 1500 years ago, this wise man was talking about “Learning By Doing“. Please check below: . […]

Maker-First steps in electronics-The moving, rotating and lighting Mini-Brush

The moving, rotating and lighting Mini-Brush

. . The moving, rotating and lighting Mini-Brush In OUR previous electronics projects WE were tinkering around with vibration motors and flashing LEDs, well we will continue on the same schema to get a bit more soldering practice and to discover ALSO the use of heat shrink tube, accumulators and drinking straws. This is ALSO […]

Maker-First steps in electronics-knowing WHERE to buy the stuff-Electronics Distributors

The Mini BUG Robot Parts list

. . WHERE to buy the electronics stuff!? I am getting very often asked from persons WHO follow my curation (ideas for makerspaces) and my blog posts WHERE they can buy the necessary proposed stuff. Please find below a non-exhaustive list: List of online Electronics shops (mostly for Europe, but some are delivering ALSO global): CONRAD […]

SID2017: Safer Internet Day 2017-Participation

We are ALL responsible for the internet

. Image credit: http://www.ogilviedesign.co.uk/www.ogilviedesign.co.uk/Welcome.html . Safer Internet Day 2017 – 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 2017 will be celebrated on […]

Maker-First Steps in Electronics-Moving and rotating statue

the-moving-and-rotating-electronics-statue

.   . Maker-First Steps in Electronics-Moving and rotating statue In OUR previous electronics projects WE were tinkering around with vibration motors and flashing LEDs, well we will continue on the same schema to get a bit more soldering practice and to discover ALSO the use of heat shrink tube. This is ALSO a soldering […]

Maker-First Steps in Electronics-The rotating and moving plastic container

Rotating and moving plastic container

.   . The rotating and moving plastic container . In previous blog post (tutorial) WE used a vibration motor from an old smartphone and we were learning also about the How-To about a vibration motor is working; it is about “Unbalance“. This unbalance is normally unwanted for motors, but for vibration motors it is […]

Maker-First Steps in Electronics-Soldering Learning-The Mini BUG Robot

The Mini BUG Robot

. . The Mini BUG Robot In last blog post (tutorial) WE were practicing OUR soldering by creating “JOHNNY the ski-man“, a bit “Electronics-Art” using electronics components. In the video below, which I created with the FREEWARE <===> Windows Movie Maker <===> WE see ALSO “The Mini BUG Robot” who gives “JOHNNY” a ride. It […]

Electronics Books and Software for Makers-MakerED and MakerSpaces

Books-Make-Electronics

. . My selection of Electronics books For ANY projects WE will create there are books and also online documentations which WE will need to learn from and to GET NEW ideas as well. I will propose to YOU a selection of books and links which I have read and learned from as well; links […]

Maker-First Steps in Electronics-Soldering Learning-Electronics Art

Electronic-Arts: JOHNNY the ski-man

. . Maker-First Steps in Electronics-Soldering Learning When WE start with electronics on the beginning we can work with so-called “Breadboards“(see photo below please), but soon or later soldering will become a MUST and an habit! SO, the BEST WE can do is to GET some PracTICE with soldering; in this tutorial we will make a […]

Maker-First Steps in Electronics-Building a Power Supply

Prototype Variable Power Supply

. . Building a Variable Power Supply With Few Components In previous tutorial Maker-First Steps in Electronics, the basics WE got a bit the PracTICE of soldering and WE learned ALSO about schematics, resistors, LEDs, diodes and OHM’s Law. WE used ALSO a 9 Volt battery as a power supply for our projects; BUT batteries are expensive (3,99 €) […]