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First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, Coding | Playing Music

ARDUINO-XMAS-SONGS-MUSIC

.. Playing Music  I was looking for a quick project with the Arduino which could get realized in less than half an hour and with the components from my Arduino Starter-Kit. I found this one for Christmas Music playing <===> Christmas songs with an Arduino Uno and a piezo buzzer <===> which I tried out as […]

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, […]

First Steps with the Arduino-UNO | Maker, MakerED, Coding | Part 1

Arduino-Assembling

. . Unpacking the Starter-Kit . Unpacking my NEW Arduino-UNO Starter Kit, which I ordered at Conrad (English version), looks GREAT, quality stuff and well documented! Feeling HAPPY like a kid who got something NEW to play with it! Click here for the Conrad German version. I just finished reading the included projects book: the project codes […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 €) […]

Maker-First Steps in Electronics, the basics

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. . Where to start? I propose to work with system when WE use strip-boards; thus meaning: preparing them ALL the same way. Any electronics project will need a power supply, so WE will start with the power supply which will mostly be a 9 Volt battery. WE will use the outside strips to connect […]

Electronics Starter Kit for Makers

resistor-color-chart

. . Electronics Starter Kit for Makers: What is the minimum equipment? What is the minimum equipment and what are the costs? That’s certainly the first question you will ask. Let us have a look: in electronics we need to solder the components, a solder iron is required with its accessories. Please check below to […]

Ideas for Maker Spaces and MakerED-Electronics-1-Xmas Tree

3D Wooden Xmas Tree with LEDS

.   . Do YOU want to introduce Maker-ED in YOUR classroom? There is a BIG trend in Education worldwide; THE <===> Maker-Movement <===> and everybody is asking themselves on the How-To to follow and WHAT to do with the kids and at which age to start! Well, actually it isn’t that difficult as most […]

Pssst, THE MOST IMPORTANT in EDUcation: understanding!!

cherry-pickers-gust-mees

. . IF A, B, C aren’t understood then Z will be a disaster!!! . First of all I won’t have a look about the How-To students do, BUT about the TEACHers, EDUcators (LEHRENDE) do on Social Media Twitter and Facebook which I am analyzing since 2009 already. THAT’S the persons in EDUcation which have […]

Coaching instead of Teaching in Modern EDUcation

THE BIGGEST mistake

. . Coaching in Modern EDUcation, the benefits . Learners, students learn BETTER when their brain is free, without any framing, thus meaning: include them into the learning process by guiding them through the <===> LEARNing Process <===> instead of teaching ONLY linear lessons WHERE YOU are the BOSS, give up control and look for […]

Reflections on a professional STRATEGY for eSkills-eLeadership

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. . WHICH Strategy could WE use for professional eLeadership and eSkills!? Well, giving pedagogical and andragocical (Adult Learning) courses since 2002 and being a Life-Long Learning person and interested (and experienced…) in resolving problems and finding NEW ways for BETTER Learning, here below my thoughts, ideas and strategy for a professional approach for #eLeadership […]