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WHAT Is a Thread On Social Media Twitter and How To Use It For Story Telling

WHAT Is a Thread On Social Media Twitter and How To Use It For Story Telling

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WHAT Is a Thread On Social Media Twitter and How To Use It For Story Telling

WHAT Is a Thread On Social Media Twitter and How To Use It For Story Telling? That’s a question one sees very often NOW on Twitter as it is NEW. Let me explain by a practical authentic example WHAT it is good for.

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In the Twitter Thread I share a bit about the Culture and traditions of my country Luxembourg in Europe, as well as some touristic tips, music events and WHAT some people eat for Christmas by a step-by-step guide of the How-To to cook it with photos and text explications. Hereby I use the “Synthesizing Mind“, see below, please.

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When following my Twitter Thread, YOU will see how it is possible to connect the dots for a full Storytelling, this is just an example, NOW as YOU know WHAT is possible to do, let it go, let it flow and create YOUR OWN! Have some creativity ūüėČ

When well chosen YOUR Topic and hashtags you will find a NEW audience as well on Twitter as also others will get interested about your thread, liking it and sharing it; your audience will grow and commercial companies also will follow you.

Check out the Blog from Twitter to know more about:

Now, hundreds of thousands of threads are Tweeted every day! But this method of Tweeting, while effective and popular, can be tricky for some to create and it’s often tough to read or discover all the Tweets in a thread. That’s why we’re thrilled to share that we’re making it simpler to thread Tweets together, and to find threads, so it’s easier to express yourself on Twitter and stay informed.

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Learn more about Twitter by visiting my other blog posts, please:

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L‚Äôauteur¬†Gust MEES¬†est¬†Formateur andragogique / p√©dagogique TIC, membre du ‚ÄúComit√© Conseil‚ÄĚ de ‚ÄúLuxembourg Safer Internet‚ÄĚ (LuSI), appel√© maintenant¬†BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Minist√®re de l‚Äô√©ducation au Luxembourg du projet¬†¬†‚ÄĚMySecureIT‚Äú, partenaire officiel du Minist√®re du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet¬†‚ÄĚCASES‚ÄĚ (Cyberworld¬†Awareness and¬†Security¬†Enhancement¬†Structure). L’auteur √©tait aussi gagnant d’un concours en √©lectronique en 1979 ( Pays germaniques ) et voyait son projet publi√© dans le magazine √©lectronique “ELO”.


The author¬†Gust MEES¬†is¬†ICT Course Instructor, ‚ÄĚMember of the Advisory Board‚ÄĚ from¬†‚ÄúLuxembourg Safer Internet‚ÄĚ (LuSI),¬†BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the¬†Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project ‚ÄúMySecureIT‚Äú, Official Partner from the¬†Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project ‚ÄúCASES‚ÄĚ (Cyberworld¬†Awareness and¬†Security¬†Enhancement¬†Structure).

The author was also a winner of an electronics contest (Germanic countries) in 1979 and got his project published in the “Electronics Magazine ELO”).

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Stay tuned for next blog post(s) ūüėČ..

Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: Storytelling, Synthesizing Mind, connecting the dots, Twitter, Social Media, Twitter Threads, creativity, cooking, Luxembourg, Beaufort, Tourism, Eating Culture, Easy Cooking,

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Andragogy | Adult Teaching: How-To Teach ICT!? | PracTICE

Andragogy | Adult Teaching: How-To Teach ICT!? | PracTICE

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Collaboration and Coaching

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Andragogy, Adult Teaching!? WHAT Is Different From Normal Student Teaching!?

students-workforceIt is a question which I get asked very often “Andragogy, Adult Teaching!? WHAT Is Different From Normal Student Teaching!?“. Well, first remember that adults and seniors are OUT of the <===> #SchoolCocoon <===> since long or very long, THEY are NOT used anymore for learning! That is a very important fact to consider first before YOU start teaching adults and seniors. ALSO, adults and seniors are NOW (as out of school) mostly more focused on the benefits THEY could have in their private life and are willing to learn stuff which fits to their needs in private life!

Another very important point to consider is that a lot of adults, seniors have a FEAR against schools and school-teaching, they made bad experiences with teachers AND still thinking on the stress with tests! AND they are used to an OLD outdated EDUcation System which told them that learning is finished once reached the degree (the diploma in the pockets)! BTW: a RETHINKING of EDUcation for <===> Life-Long Learning is a MUST! As well as how the diplomas are getting handled and valued: e.g.¬†A diploma today doesn’t show any professional development made!!! My proposition is to create the diplomas as: first diploma after school is “A, B,C etc…”, then the professional development (followed courses) should get added such as e.g. A1-2015-1: first professional development made in 2015, one course. A1-2015-5¬†first professional development made in 2015, five courses, and so on…

This would make the diplomas more valuable as the workforce would recognize them much more than normal ones where they don’t see straight on if a person has followed courses after school or not…

THE factor time is ALSO very important, as said already above, adults and seniors need MORE time to learn as NOT used anymore for learning! Prepare YOUR courses by considering longer sessions! 

And as (already) MOST of YOU know me, a music video, related to the TOPIC ūüėČ

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Chose ALSO a room who doesn’t look sterile (white color) as it would remind them school again! And of course DON’T give the courses in a school! Sounds strange!? Think on the psychological background of fear ūüėČ Make the learners feel comfortable!

And last but not least, DON’T teach adults, seniors with a normal pedagogy, as THEY won’t accept it to get treated as 12 year old persons!!! THEY ARE OUT OF SCHOOL and they want to get treated as adult, <===> mature persons<===>!


SO… How To Teach Adults, Seniors!?

1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-aigainformation1First of all, I mentioned it already above, DON’T let them feel like being in school and that YOU are a teacher, educator! Tell them that YOU will be THEIR coach who is guiding them and NOT teaching them and that THEY have a certain autonomy in the “Learning Room” (NOT Classroom!) They are allowed to move around in the “Learning Room”, searching help among their peers by respecting the noise level, copying from each other <===> YES, copying is allowed, OH WHAT FUN¬†<===> everything which was forbidden in the <===> #SchoolCocoon <===> is allowed here, hey that makes engaging them and they have fun as well ūüôā

As THEIR coach YOU take care of an individual learning, YOU assist the persons in their learning, DON’T FORGET about the learning rhythm, one size doesn’t fit all! Some persons need more time…

YOU may use a beamer (or a digital whiteboard, depending on YOUR budget…) to introduce first about WHAT the learners will attend to learn where YOU show ALSO the <===> Learning Path <===> which YOU have prepared for them, so they will know up from the beginning where the destination goes with ALL the differentstations“, they will feel comfortable as they can visualize it, they will know as well WHAT skills they will acquire, less unknown stuff to think about…

An example below:

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The learners will learn about any station in the “Learning Path” AND ALSO know about WHAT skills they will acquire! Click the above image, please, to enlarge it.

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Show and Tell-Evidence Based Teaching

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Motivation for adults and seniors… NO excuses for NOT willing to learn ūüėČ

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Course participants may print the above images and keep it with them, so they remember how young their brain is <===> 18 years <===>!

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programmerman-animatedFacts to consider and advice:

Adults and especially seniors are NOT anymore used to LEARNing! By knowing this YOU need to take care about it: YOU SHOULD explain that to YOUR LEARNers and tell THEM that they shouldn’t fear, that they should tell YOU when being in trouble, YOU should tell them that YOU take ALL the necessary time so that THEY will understand it, YOU should encourage them at any moment so that they will find the pleasure to LEARN ūüėČ YOU SHOULD use Empathy, observing them and find out WHO are those who are shy; the ones WHO won’t tell you when there is a problem. YOU SHOULD interact with them, looking over their shoulders and finding out WHERE the problem is.

That is the hardest part BUT the MOST IMPORTANT one as when they understood that they could find confidence in YOU, then they will advance in their LEARNing, THEY NEED confidence in YOU and in THEMSELVES!

Thus meaning: make the LEARNing individual! Take care of each person till they have understood it. It is like <===> differentiated instruction <===> EDUcation, BUT more coaching than teaching. In one phrase, differentiated instruction is primarily suiting instructional means to meet individual learning needs.

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Considering the “Learning Room“:

As mentioned already, make sure that the room isn’t sterile, NOT white! Consider the psychology of colors as it works, my 9 years experience with adults and seniors (NOT teaching) coaching. I used a pastel yellow color in the “Learning Room“, why!?

Yellow adds optimism to your home, prompting feelings of happiness in all who enter. Yellow activates memory, stimulates the nervous system, promotes communication and sparks creativity. And THAT is WHAT WE want in learning, isn’t it ūüėČ

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Make ALSO sure that there is an extra room available, where the adults, seniors can jump in to drink a beverage and eventually have some chatting with other participants, make them feel relax

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SO… WHAT To Teach THEM And How!?

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As mentioned already, adults and seniors learn differently and slower (consider the time fact); they want stuff which they can use in their private life! SO… WHAT could be those interests!? Did I say interests, YES, it is exactly this WHERE YOU need to focus when giving courses to adults and seniors! Before starting a course I do every time an introduction session where myself and others present themselves, after the introduction I ask everybody to come in front to me and writing with capital letters on a Flipchart their interests, they could use ALSO 4 different colors (red, green, blue, black).

WHY this!? First of all, there is a bit action as they have ALL to move from their places which is different from <===> #SchoolCocoon <===> and the color they chose is ALSO a sign of their character and mood… By the way: I ask them later also WHY they were choosing that color, just to open a discussion and to make them curios about next steps; they will be aware ALSO that I observe what is going around me and that I give THEM attention

WE will have a look all together NOW on the Flipchart and to find out the common interests, thus meaning: there will be a lot of people probably (mostly) who have THE same interests (hobbies) and NOW everybody knows WHO has the same hobby. WE created already an interest community without knowing it as these people will later talk together and probably will make an exchange of experiences ūüėČ It is up from there WE will build up OUR course(s)!

YOU certainly will encounter these hobbies: cooking, traveling, festivals, photos, gardening, cinema, reading, swimming, different sports, wandering, cards playing, taking videos, music, motorcycles, cars and more… That are the most common ones by my ¬†experience over 9 years.

Some examples of blogs and curation about gardening (flowers), cooking, festivals:

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NOW WE know much more about OUR course participants and WE have a starting base: as anybody mostly is proud about WHAT they are doing and easily willing to talk about it (mostly…) WE will show THEM on How-To they can do it through using ICT by explaining THEM that more people would see THEIR exploits and knowledge by using curation, blogging and Social Media. WE will explain them ALSO how it will work by examples, so that THEY can see it visually. And WHY NOT, for the creative ones, how to use “ThingLink“. By experience, women are MORE creative than men, just saying…

Learn more about Curation, Blogging, ThingLink, PLN, PKM:

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SO… How Can I Say That This (The PracTICE) Is Working!?

programmerman-animatedWell, I was a pioneer in my country Luxembourg (Europe) already in 2002 where I gave pedagogical courses about ICT to a wide range of the population as up from 12 years old (even younger when together with a parent) to 79 years old with different nationalities. ALSO there were two days in the week reserved (booked by planing inside the school) for the primary school where they could use OUR “ICT LEARNing room” by my coaching to learn the (at that time) NEW technologies. Schools didn’t have YET computers in the classes at that time and I was working very close together with the teachers and helped also to convince the responsible people from the commune about the necessity of computers in the classrooms, which worked ūüėČ

SO… WHAT was that “ICT LEARNing Room“, called “Internetstuff“!? And WHY was my “Internetstuff” DIFFERENT from ALL the others in Luxembourg!?

A bit History and Story Telling: What is a “Internetstuff”? It was a project by the “European Commission” to bring the “ICT” to ALL the inhabitants in any commune in the European countries. They called it at that time “eEurope” and in Luxembourg it was a special task force, called “eLuxembourg” that was charged about it. SO, they decided to create special places where the population could learn through courses about “ICT”, which they called “Internetstuffen”.

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The Government in Luxembourg was looking at the time to find competent people to give those courses about ICT and they were advertising in the newspapers, where I made my application. I was selected and had to follow a 4 months long education through special tailored courses about the How-To to give pedagogical courses with ICT, a bit hard at that time as I was 45 years old already, BUT I did it and I found my vocation!

I offered my services and skills to different communes and it was in ETTELBRUCK (North of the country and 30 km away from where I am living) that I found a new job and a new adventure as a pioneer. Apart from giving courses about and with ICT, NO ONE of the responsible persons had a clue about the How-To, so they told me “Do what You want, You should know what…“, OK, I was perplex and ALONE to do this job!

First I elaborated the opening hours, than I created a “brochure” which was sent to all the houses in that small city (8k inhabitants) to inform them about this new service offered by the commune. I created also a “member card” of a value of 25‚ā¨ for a whole year who gave the participants the right to visit the place to use only the internet (very few had Internet in 2002) and/or to take part of courses. The place was open on a 5/8, 5 days from Monday to Saturday from 8h30 am to 11h30 am and from 13h30 to 17h30. Monday and Wednesday mornings were reserved for Primary School classes from 08h am to 11h30 am. Saturday and Sunday was closed.

There were also evening courses organized and I collected about 1k6 (1,600) hours of overtime work during 1 1/2 year (non payed hours)! I couldn’t do that job anymore alone, BUT I din’t get a co-worker allowed neither. NO budget for it! I decided NOT anymore giving evening courses and giving the courses on a different way: people (learners) could visit the place whenever they wanted during the opening hours (only in the day) and I would give them courses individually and on different disciplines (security, Office, Photo Editing, website building, email, Skype…).

The learners had more autonomy, I let them work by PracTICE after first having them explained about the How-To shown with a beamer and then also on their own PC (there were 10 PCs in the Learning Room). They could come WHEN they wanted and for how long they wanted. They were completely FREE, no MUST, NO STRESS… I explained them, showed them, observed them (studied their behavior…) and interacted only when needed, when I felt that they must get a bit help to continue. I encouraged them to try by error till they would have learned it and when learned I showed them some tricks by giving advice on How-To do BETTER. It was ME who adjusted and adapted to them, a win-win situation. They learned slowly but surely and once the basics understood (the most important) they learned the other stuff to learn much more quick as they felt more confident about ICT. I encouraged them to practice at home which they all did. I asked them where they still have problems when practicing at home and WE repeated it on another way when possible, otherwise same procedure…

I was also constantly updating my “Professional Development” by reading lots of books (insatiable…):

Autonomy, TEAM, self-directed, autodidact, coaching, guide, analyzing learners constantly, adapting constantly, FAQ’s, PLN, PKM, SKYPE, VOIP Telephony, image editing, eMail, collaboration,

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Testimonials, Feedback From My LEARNers

This, below, is NOT bragging BUT my pride about the feedback (which is a MUST) from my “LEARNers” who visited my courses.

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The above texts are in French, Luxembourgish, Italian, Portuguese, German: if YOU are NOT used to those languages please check this App with whom YOU can translate, actually very useful when visiting other countries then yours ūüėČ

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The above text is in French, if YOU are NOT used to the language of Moli√®re please check this App with whom YOU can translate, actually very useful when visiting other countries then yours ūüėČ

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More about the history behind the above feedback, YES there is a special story behind, please check:

 


In 2015 Coaching-Mentoring Is Seen As An Education Difference-Maker

[START Text from¬†On Educational Coaching, Mentoring & High-Impact Learning]¬†Coaching is a difference-maker in education. ¬†Think of the mindset evident in high-performing athletic teams, chess teams, even actors and other entertainers. Content providers are valuable, but that is not what makes learning organizations distinct, especially not those that seek to reach and provide a high-quality education to a full spectrum of learners. The same thing is true as we continue to implement¬†things like competency-based education models. Many celebrate the way CBE can reduce the cost of college degrees, increasing access and opportunity, and addressing critical workforce needs. However, if cost reduction happens at the expense of great coaching and mentoring, I am concerned that we will make little progress in the democratization of education. The ‚Äúhaves¬†and have nots‚ÄĚ of education depend largely upon the prerequisite skills needed to take advantage of newer and emerging learning environments ranging from CBE to MOOCs, self-directed learning to self-organized learning environments.¬†[END Text from¬†On Educational Coaching, Mentoring & High-Impact Learning]

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Feedback, Reflecting A MUST-Adapting Constantly

As already mentioned above, I asked a lot about WHERE some could have problems to understand and encouraged the learners to tell me, even I asked them to write down on the Flipchart questions they would have eventually. WE collected them all and when they were fit enough on the keyboard I let them create themselves (with my little help) a FAQ’s list (Frequently Asked Questions) and a glossary, see example below please.

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Please find below my blog posts about FAQ’s:

Keywords: win-win situation… honesty, straight talking, dealing with mature people, provoking could be (I do…) welcome with a bit irony and humor, dealing with humans, different characters needs to get analyzed before action, a bit courage to go out of normal,

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Necessary Material For The Courses

Apart from the computers with internet connection here below a list of necessary material:

  • Flipchart
  • Printer All In One (with scanning function)
  • Camera for Photo Editing courses
  • USB Sticks
  • Head phones with micro for Skype use
  • Some webcams for Skype use

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Is My Proposed Way Of Coaching With ICT ONLY For Adult Learning!?

sharing iconThere is a lot of common from the above mentioned with youth coaching and could be applied as well for them! WHEN YOU make youth feeling being accepted as adults, they will give YOU more respect and it will be a GOOD¬†atmosphere for BETTER learning also! I had teens visiting my “Learning Room [Internetstuff]” for the ONLY purpose to listen and to observe when I gave courses with coaching to the participants. They came in their FREE time when there wasn’t school and made their homework while observing also my “style of teaching, as they said”. I got told by some of them that they learned MORE in 2 hours about ICT than they learned in a month in school. And THAT is THE difference between theory and <===> PracTICE! <===>.

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Useful Links

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Preparation, keywords necessary for me to create this blog post: EPAL, Andragogy, Heutagogy, Flowchart, cooking, nature, flowers, gardening, traveling, interests, PracTICE, profit for private life, NO THEORY!, engagement, Social Media, sharing, communication, NO FEAR, which websites to trust, which FREE services to use, which FREEWARE to use, Kursus schmackhaft machen, spice in LEARNing, quote Gust, LEARNing2LEARN, Life-Long LEARNing, blogs creating, NO STRESS, NO TIME LIMITATION, NOT FORCING, LEARNing-By-Doing, selfish, pride of something (sports, traveling…), bragging through Social Media (negative transformed to positive)…, staying in touch with (abroad) family, Skype, Facebook, Picasa, PhotoScape, Photo Editing, ThingLink, Creativity, positive Psychology, TEAM or WHO is BETTER, individualists, Streber, Alpha person and/or TEAMLEADER, community THINKing OR selfish, Empathy, NO RELIGION and NO politics allowed in courses to respect each OTHER, tolerance, Win-Win thinking amplified for course participants, win-win situation between coach and learners,

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L‚Äôauteur¬†Gust MEES¬†est¬†Formateur andragogique / p√©dagogique TIC, membre du ‚ÄúComit√© Conseil‚ÄĚ de ‚ÄúLuxembourg Safer Internet‚ÄĚ (LuSI), appel√© maintenant¬†BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Minist√®re de l‚Äô√©ducation au Luxembourg du projet¬†¬†‚ÄĚMySecureIT‚Äú, partenaire officiel du Minist√®re du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet¬†‚ÄĚCASES‚ÄĚ (Cyberworld¬†Awareness and¬†Security¬†Enhancement¬†Structure).


The author¬†Gust MEES¬†is¬†ICT Course Instructor, ‚ÄĚMember of the Advisory Board‚ÄĚ from¬†‚ÄúLuxembourg Safer Internet‚ÄĚ (LuSI),¬†BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the¬†Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project ‚ÄúMySecureIT‚Äú, Official Partner from the¬†Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project ‚ÄúCASES‚ÄĚ (Cyberworld¬†Awareness and¬†Security¬†Enhancement¬†Structure).

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Best Internet Search Practices

Best Internet Search Practices

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Searching on the Internet

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Actually everybody knows what it means when WE say searching something on the Internet, and most people think of Google as a search engine! BUT searching is not equal searching, different people will get different search results and that is NORMAL!

Why?

Let me explain, please:

                        • The quality of the answer is ONLY as good as the question is!
                        • As more precise the question, as BETTER quality the answer would be!
                        • Also meaning that: as BETTER informed one is (more knowledge) as certainly one asks better questions (mostly…)
                        • The search engine will NOT replace the brain ūüėČ

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Demonstration of Searching in the PracTICE

sharing-iconLet’s make a demonstration of this in the PracTICE, in the classroom together with the learners. The learners will play a role-play where they will be the different search engines…

How could this be realized?

It’s actually a very easy Scenario:

Step 1

  • First ask your learners which search-engines they know and they should think and write it down.
  • They could also already search on the internet to find more.
  • Ask some of them to come to the chalk board and write the found results on it.
  • If you have a whiteboard technology, so let them do it while using the learner interface.

Step 2

  • Compare it with your own list.
  • Explain that there are normal search engines and meta search-engines.
  • You got now the number of search-engines and the names of them.
  • Assign a search-engine to the learners, one per learner only.
  • Design a search-word, example “chair” and write it on a sheet of paper about the size of DIN A4.
  • Below that word to search, fill in also the names of the search-engines by leaving a bit place for the search-result below the name.
    • The paper sheet could already be prepared.
  • Take the sheet of paper and shape it into a paper-ball.

Step 3

  • Tell your learners now that you will throw the “paper-ball” to someone who needs to fill in his search-result.
  • Once done so, this person should shape it again into a paper-ball and throw it to another person.
  • That person does exactly the same, and so on…
  • When ALL the persons did their job, THEY will throw the paper-ball back to the teacher.

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Step 4

  • The teacher opens the paper-ball, scans it and shows it with the beamer, and/or won the white-board to the learners and explains the different search results! They will be different…
  • NOW, the teacher goes to next step and explains how IMPORTANT it is to give the search engines the exact query…
    • In OUR example we used “chair”, this is NOT enough! WE should use “metal chair”, or “wooden chair”, or “plastic chair”, or “modern chair”, or “LifeStyle chairs”… and so on… As more precise WE ask, as BETTER results WE will get!

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See the screenshots below who will show YOU the difference:

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The word ===> chair <=== results by 624,000,000 answers

Search result: chair

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The word ===> plastic chair <=== results by 60,000,000 answers

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The word ===> “plastic chair” <=== results by 3, 450,000¬†answers

Search results: "plastic chair"

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The word ===> “red plastic chair” <=== results by¬†339,000¬†answers

Search results: "red plastic chair"

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SO, as YOU have remarked NOW, as more precise YOU answer the search engines (e.g. Google), as more precise OUR results will be and ALSO less results are shown! This makes it much more easy to find the adequate stuff ūüėČ

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Google Search Operators

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[Start Text from Google] If you’re not finding what you’re searching for after using our¬†basic search tips, try a¬†search operator. Add one of these symbols to your search terms in the Google search box to gain more control over the results that you see.¬†Don‚Äôt worry about memorizing the operators – you can use the¬†Advanced Search page¬†to generate many of these searches.¬†[End Text from Google]

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Searching copyright free images

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sharing-iconOften people need license FREE images, especially for educational projects. But when searching on Google the results show ONLY ALL images! But there is a little trick to find the right stuff, which I will show you here…

First of all you need to bookmark this page from Google https://www.google.com/advanced_image_search?

Follow NOW my blog about How To:

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Show the Students the New Resource from Google about Search

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Google Search

Click the following link to access the interactive resource ===> Google Search Inside

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Tips and Tricks

Using Search Operators such as quotes to Search for an exact word or phrase.

In below example (screenshot) YOU will see the search results by ONLY typing ==> creating animated gifs with photoscape tutorial <=== and there are about 4.270.000 results. WE will try to make a fine search NOW by using the quotes, see next screenshot.

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Google Search 1

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Make a fine search NOW by using the quotes, see next screenshot below. The search results returned ONLY 72.300 results, a lot BETTER and more easy to make OUR choice.

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Google Search 2

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Search ONLY the secure websites!!!

programmerman2One can‚Äôt trust any web site and any content published on Internet, don‚Äôt be¬†naive! It‚Äôs the same as on real world, there are bad guys and good guys, but how to find out? My favorite¬†FREE Software¬†to make me my Online Life easier and more secure as¬†they show me which web sites are trustworthy and which websites I¬†shouldn’t¬†visit at all because they are malicious and could infect my computer¬†is¬†McAfee SiteAdvisor!!! But don‚Äôt forget also, there is and never will be a 100% security!

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Tip: you may use different similar software and add-ons together, there is no problem to do so. I use McAfee SiteAdvisor, WOT and as I have installed Symantec Internet Security (security suite) I get also their results shown… Other Security-Suites from different security manufacturers are also proposing similar solutions…

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Curation the next search

book-question-markCuration is going to significantly affect how we search and find information about topics we know little of or that we want to learn more about. [Robin Good]

[Gust MEES] Through curation one has the possibility to FREE online learning and through sharing it to create a community with the same interests. Curation could also save people of same interests a lot of time and provides them with valuable content which could get used to link back to them in written articles, blogs, web sites and social media sites. Also one learns from each other in the curation community as one has the possibility to follow interesting curation.

As an ICT course instructor most of my curation is related to educational content and so I provide the curate content to an educational audience and to people who are willing to learn. Therefore I see curation also as help for a collective global learning and a contribution to a collective intelligence.

Curation will probably become the next generation of search! Why? Because the curated content is done by humans who give ALSO their insight(s), SO… the results in search are more valuable then ONLY the offered results by a machine who is depending on its algorithm…

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In the hope that these examples will inspire you to develop ALSO some activity and creativity

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Is My Professional Development Up-To-Date?

Is My Professional Development Up-To-Date?

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Evolution of Education: Wordle Logo


Rise Of The Professional Educator

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Rise of the professional Educator

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Is your Professional Development Up-To-Date?

programmerman2I think that ‚ÄúIs MY Professional Development Up-To-Date?‚ÄĚ is the first question which you need to ask yourselves!¬†You can ONLY give BEST and QUALITY courses when knowing about the latest knowledge in a 21st Century Education. But ===>¬†HOW TO know this? <===

That‚Äôs a question I am getting asked very often from Teachers and Teacher-Students around the world through my Social Media presence on Twitter and I must say what I see on a global base doesn‚Äôt make me feel really happy! Lots of teachers around the globe are tweeting, which I encourage to do as much as possible by joining ALSO a so called ‚ÄúPLN‚Äú, a ‚ÄúPersonal Learning Network‚Äú, but ONLY a few shows a real¬†understanding, competencies, about what they are doing; even the so called ‚ÄúEdu-Stars‚ÄĚ in certain countries! So, to take away some misunderstanding from the above said, I don’t make teacher-bashing! I ONLY will show how difficult it is to follow to be up-to-date ==> Nobody Is Perfect! <==, me neither! It’s an analyzing from my daily Social Media connections… The CHANGE is very quick and ALL of us have problems to follow that quick ALSO! That is WHY it is so IMPORTANT to learn on a daily base to be still able not missing the train ūüėČ [my advice]! ===> Life Long Learning! <===

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THE ADDRESS to know and to follow:

 

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The Main Skills of a 21st Century Learner and Teacher

The quest to be a modern teacher or student is in full swing. First though, figure out if you have these important 21st century skills.

  • Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology;
  • Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought;
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes;
  • Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information;
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts;
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.

First of ALL, please check these images as on my point of view they show BEST:

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21st Century Skills

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Here is my selection of  BEST articles, my own view and Curation of  HOW TO find out:

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Very IMPORTANT:

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Future Work Skills

Future Work Skills Needed (A MUST Read!)

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And YOU SHOULD ALSO know this about all the NEW technical expressions in Education, check the Infographic below, please:

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EdTech Cheat Sheet

EdTech Sheet Cheat, put it in your Office, click to download it!

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And didn’t WE forget something in the above mentioned!?¬†YES, WE did! When working with¬†computers,¬†Smartphones,¬†Tablets¬†and¬†any device connecting to the Internet¬†WE have to consider ALSO the aspect of¬†Cyber-Security¬†and¬†Internet-Safety! And what about “Bring Your Own Device“, called also “BYOD ===> Twitter Hashtag = #BYOD <===

Sounds strange to YOU!? It shouldn’t as YOU have to accept that any Technology present and certainly also in the future requires Safety and Security knowledge! Especially the Technology who is connecting to the Internet!¬†

Why!???

sharing-iconOnline learning, e-Learning, m-Learning and BYOD are interconnected in many ways with the Real-World, both are influencing each other! By sharing information with others WE  must also take care about WHAT WE are sharing! 

This MUST be known, especially concerning Cyber-Security! I will explain in a different course (in depth) ===> why Cyber-Security is a MUST in 21st Century Learning and Teaching <===, for the moment feel free to visit my following FREE courses to get an overview:

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Coding and CyberSecurity

 

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and check this Infographic who will show you most important!

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Europe's First Security Maturity Risk

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Do YOU know What Effective Teaching is!?

Measuring Effective Teaching (MET)

Read the full article and report here:

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Ideas for “Professional Development”

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thumbs upRecently WordPress introduced a new Plug-In. [Start Text from EDUDEMIC] The new WordPress plugin from WooThemes (a popular WordPress premium theme provider) lets you start up your own online school with ease. It’s as simple as installing a WordPress plugin. The actual content and other school-y stuff is, of course, up to you. But the technical stuff is taken care of by this new plugin. [End Text from EDUDEMIC]

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SO, my idea behind that NEW plugin is that teachers with a good knowledge HELP other teachers with their “Professional Development” by creating such a platform! THINK about it and use the “Social Learning” factor in spreading the word on Twitter ūüėČ

BTW: Did You Know that WordPress is providing ALSO a Template called “WordPress Annotum” with which it is possible to collaborate with multi-authors, even on an academic way!? Check out the link(s) below to learn more:


You Need To Be An Expert On Learning Before Teaching!

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The BEST teachers are the teachers who are the BEST LEARNERS, that is NOT a secret anymore and it is the TRUTH! Somebody who knows about “Learning To Learn” is able to forward ALSO that precious knowledge, as in my eyes Learning To Learn”¬†is the MOST IMPORTANT knowledge!

Important quotes about the above:

  • The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.¬†Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American author, editor and printer.
  • ‚ÄúIt is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.‚Ä̬†(Seneca the Younger)
  • ‚ÄúI cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.‚Ä̬†– Socrates
  • Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.¬†

    George Savile, Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695) English statesman and author.

  • The whole object of education is‚Ķto develop the mind. The mind should be a thing that works.¬†Sherwood Anderson (1876‚Äď1941) American novelist and short story writer.
  • ¬†Education ‚Ķ has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.¬†

    G. M. Trevelyan (1876-1962) British historian

  • You can lade a man up to th‚Äô university, but ye can‚Äôt make him think.¬†¬†Finley Peter Dunne (1867‚ÄĒ1936) U.S. author, writer and humorist.
  • Teachers open the door, you enter by yourself¬†¬†Chinese proverb.

How To Become a Great Teacher

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I will present you some great articles where you could get inspired, as well as some Infographics who will guide you:

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I don’t have that much time to update my Professional Development!?

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That is probably the phrase I hear the most and which is a big EXCUSE of NOT wanting the CHANGE, the change from OLD teaching methods to 21st Century Learning and Teaching!

First of ALL, let’s play a bit music about “Time” ūüėČ

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SO, HOW can I manage BETTER my Time? Check the link below to find out FREE tools who will HELP you to manage¬†your time! BUT don’t forget: some less on some tasks to get more for Education ūüėČ

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Are You Committed Enough to Invest in Yourself?

sharing-iconThat’s a question which you have to ask yourself, read the following for more information: [Start Text from Are You Committed Enough to Invest in Yourself?] ¬†===>¬†A 9-to-5 career, if that is your model, is a recipe for career failure. <===

Because of the constant change that is swirling around all of us and our organizations, it does not matter where you are. We are all in the middle of the storm. And by the way, when I mention the negatives of being a 9-to-5 person, I am not talking about having to be a workaholic instead. I am talking about being committed to what YOU chose as a profession.   [End Text from Are You Committed Enough to Invest in Yourself?]

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Read the full article, a MUST:

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I Have Too Much Stress To Learn!?

That is ALSO again a phrase I hear too often and I am wondering that intelligent people as Teachers don’t know the solution, but anyway; have a look on above Topic “Time Management” to find out which FREE tools will help you to manage BETTER your time and I advise you to check the below “Infographic“:

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Stress (Infographic)

Check the Infographic here: Stress

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Any Other Resources Than Mine To Make YOU An Overview?

book-question-markOf course, I will provide YOU ALSO some other resources where YOU will be able to create yourselves a much deeper view of it! In this FREE course I give YOU what I think is the most important knowledge and to give YOU the ability to use YOUR critical thinking, I will provide to YOU the following links:

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Why Letting Go of the Past is So Difficult

globe-pcMost of us, so called OLDIES Teachers, I am one of them (BTW: I am 58 by writing this [2013]), have big problems to adapt to the NEW! I don’t know at ALL, why!? I am a Life Long Learner and so I am prepared for ALL of what is NEW and I don’t fear to learn more, actually I love to learn to give my BEST knowledge to my learners!

SO, this told, I invite YOU to read this psychological article, which I think is very important for YOU to understand a bit he “hidden” behind, do so please, thanks!

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SO, What is THE Real Change!?

In preparation… Actually ONLY key phrases, will go deeper later…

1) Practice, NOT anymore ONLY Theory, but more Practice is a MUST in the 21st Century while using devices with a computer included!

2) Collaboration with the learners and ALSO with other teachers and principals is required!

3) Win-Win Situation between teachers and learners…

4) Less of Hierarchy, where it means the fear of some teachers to lose power over the students when being a coach…

5) Go away from Linear-Learning, NOT A-Z while using A-B-C-D-E…-Z, use A-Z-K-B and so on as with ICT one can combine different knowledge in one course by time…

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FREE COURSE and what you will learn:

“Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.”

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YOU will learn about WHAT YOU should know to become a great teacher: 

===> All the possible quality resources where YOU can learn on YOUR OWN pace as a self-learner (autodidact), some ideas to think about for a BETTER and quickest way to get the teachers on the TOP of “Professional Development” Up-To-Date” Level! <===

AND: THE MOST IMPORTANT when working with ICT ===> basic knowledge of Cyber-Security!

Basics of Cyber-Security Practice, Proactive Thinking, Cyber-Hygiene, hygiene, Awareness, motivation, engagement, heroes, Security-Scouts, critical thinking, stay out of the box, adapt to new technologies, be aware of the malware, nobody is perfect, knowing the dangers and risks, responsibility, responsibility of School, responsibility of Education, responsibility of IT-Admin, responsibilities of BYOD users, Apple insecurity, Insecurity of Apps, Principals responsibilities, Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), risks of BYOD, BYOD-Policy, IT-Security Infrastructure, Teacher-Parents Meeting, Cyberwar, Cyberwarfare, Government, Internet-Safety, IT-Security knowledge basics, UK govt encourages insurers to reward good IT security…

  • The weakest link in the Security Chain is the human! If you don‚Äôt respect certain advice you will get tricked by the Cyber-Criminals!

===> NOBODY is perfect! A security by 100% doesn’t exist! <===

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

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Protecting the organization’s network and its data from attack and misuse requires more than just a BYOD mentality; establishing secure, mobile-enabled operations requires a mobility access control program that includes corporate-provisioned, approved employee- and partner-owned devices as well as unmanaged guest devices.

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Poll, Your FeedBack Is Welcome

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Frequently¬†Asked Questions – FAQ’s

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L‚Äôauteur¬†Gust MEES¬†est¬†Formateur andragogique / p√©dagogique TIC, membre du ‚ÄúComit√© Conseil‚ÄĚ de ‚ÄúLuxembourg Safer Internet‚ÄĚ (LuSI), appel√© maintenant¬†BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Minist√®re de l‚Äô√©ducation au Luxembourg du projet¬†¬†‚ÄĚMySecureIT‚Äú, partenaire officiel du Minist√®re du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet¬†‚ÄĚCASES‚ÄĚ (Cyberworld¬†Awareness and¬†Security¬†Enhancement¬†Structure).


The author¬†Gust MEES¬†is¬†ICT Course Instructor, ‚ÄĚMember of the Advisory Board‚ÄĚ from¬†‚ÄúLuxembourg Safer Internet‚ÄĚ (LuSI),¬†BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the¬†Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project ‚ÄúMySecureIT‚Äú, Official Partner from the¬†Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project ‚ÄúCASES‚ÄĚ (Cyberworld¬†Awareness and¬†Security¬†Enhancement¬†Structure).

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How-To prepare for giving a quality course

How-To prepare for giving a quality course

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Tip: NO TIME? Read ONLY the bold! Check out also my Wordle-Logo where the main keywords are present.

This blog aims to help people who start giving courses and/or would like to give courses one day, but others would certainly also find some new and interesting information to help improving their difficult tasks!

Introduction: What’s our role as Teachers, Educators, Instructors?

. teacherThe roles of Teachers, Educators and Instructors are the following and especially in networked learning environments:

          1. First of ALL: being BEST informed about 21st Century Education, a MUST! I precise!!! Your Professional Development MUST be up-to-date!
          2. Motivating the learners to learn
          3. Amplifying the learned
          4. Learning to learn, meaning: teaching that way that learners are being able to learn without a teacher (in the future, after school)
          5. Educating the learners to get competencies
          6. Amplifying the creativity of the learners. The world needs creative thinking people!
          7. Preparing the learners to get used to the 21st Century tools and to use them well; such as: Social Media, Office programs, Blogging
          8. Give the learners and yourself a challenge, challenges are great to achieve very difficult goals…
          9. Bring in some psychological tricks from marketing to make your learners curious about a certain topic
          10. Learning about the psychology of the sale and marketing would be a big profit for teachers and  learners! Check also http://www.destinationcrm.com/articles/Editorial/Magazine-Features/The-Psychology-of-the-Sale-53701.aspx
          11. Sell your product, that’s your to learn Topic for the learners. Be a good salesman!
          12. Educating the learners to Internet-Safety and to the basics of IT-Security is becoming a Must in 21st Century as we use e-Learning and “Bring Your Own Device” (Hashtag for Twitter = #BYOD)!
          13. We should educate the learners to become good e-Citizen, Digital Citizen
          14. We as Teachers, Educators and Instructors need to have latest updated 21st Century knowledge in Education and with Education Tools! Our Professional Development (PD) is very important to achieve the daily tasks! Check Twitter to know more about (lots of discussions…)¬†https://twitter.com/i/#!/search/Professional%20Development%20(PD)?q=Professional+Development+%28PD%29
          15. Trying to become a¬†perfectionist¬†to bring over best results, investing 300% of personal work to make sure to get out at least 80%…
          16. What Makes a Master Teacher
          17. What is a 21st century teacher?
          18. Be prepared for Connected Learning

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FREE COURSE AND WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

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comp6_e0===> 21st Century Skills <===, Proactive Thinking, 21st Century Tools, motivation, engaging your learners (students), Learning to learn, respect, e-Citizen, Digital-Citizen, competencies, Professional Development (PD), Life-Long-Learning Strategies, Curation, How-To create a Book on WordPress, Critical Thinking, Quality Publishing, How-To use the 21st Century Tools, The SUCCES of our learners (students) depends on our knowledge, 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, Online-Safety, Cyber-Hygiene, hygiene, Awareness, motivation, engagement, heroes, Security-Scouts, stay out of the box, adapt to new technologies, be aware of the malware, nobody is perfect, knowing the dangers and risks, responsibility, responsibility of School, responsibility of Education, responsibility of IT-Admin, responsibilities of BYOD users, Apple insecurity, Insecurity of Apps, Principals responsibilities, Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), risks of BYOD, BYOD-Policy, IT-Security Infrastructure, Teacher-Parents Meeting, Cyberwar, Cyberwarfare, Government, Internet-Safety, IT-Security knowledge basics,¬†UK govt encourages insurers to reward good IT security‚Ķ

  • The weakest link in the Security Chain is the human! If you don‚Äôt respect certain advice you will get tricked by the Cyber-Criminals!

===> NOBODY is perfect! A security by 100%¬†doesn’t¬†exist! <===

===> ‚ÄúNothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Marie Curie ‚Äď <===

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

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Protecting the organization’s network and its data from attack and misuse requires more than just a BYOD mentality; establishing secure, mobile-enabled operations requires a mobility access control program that includes corporate-provisioned, approved employee- and partner-owned devices as well as unmanaged guest devices.

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Take your time, please! There are a lot of information for some to learn; take it easy ūüėČ

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The Main Skills of a 21st Century Learner and Teacher

The quest to be a modern teacher or student is in full swing. First though, figure out if you have these important 21st century skills.

  • Develop¬†proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology;
  • Build intentional¬†cross-cultural connections and relationships with others¬†so to pose and¬†solve problems collaboratively¬†and strengthen independent thought;
  • Design and¬†share information for global communities¬†to meet a variety of purposes;
  • Manage,¬†analyze, and¬†synthesize¬†multiple streams of¬†simultaneous information;
  • Create,¬†critique,¬†analyze, and¬†evaluate multimedia¬†texts;
  • Attend to the¬†ethical responsibilities¬†required by these complex environments.

First of ALL, please check these images as on my point of view they show BEST:

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21st Century Skills

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Is your Professional Development Up-To-Date?

I think that “Is your Professional Development Up-To-Date?” is the first question which you need to ask yourselves! You can ONLY give BEST and QUALITY courses when knowing about the latest knowledge in a 21st Century Education. But HOW TO know this?

That’s a question I am getting asked very often from Teachers and Teacher-Students around the world through my Social Media presence on Twitter and I must say what I see on a global base doesn’t make me feel really happy! Lots of teachers around the globe are tweeting, which I encourage to do as much as possible by joining ALSO a so called “PLN“, a “Personal Learning Network“, but ONLY a few shows a real understanding, competencies, about what they are doing; even the so called “Edu-Stars” in certain countries!

Here is my selection of  BEST articles and Curation on HOW TO find out:

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Future Work Skills

Future Work Skills Needed (A MUST Read!)

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===> You will find the full article (FREE Course) here Is My Professional Development Up-To-Date? <===

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How-To prepare for giving a good course

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How-To prepare for giving a good quality course? That’s a question I got asked often from teachers and students in real life as well on the Internet from my “Personal Learning Network” (Hashtag on Twitter = #PLN), so I decided to share my knowledge through this blog and also giving practical advice about my lived adventures of giving courses and my evolution for giving better quality courses… We all make mistakes (especially when newbies…) and we have to learn from them; learning by doing and also the will to make it more perfect by a “Life Long Learning-Strategy”!

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I suggest to you to read first:  [Start] Text from the website Assessment for Learning.

Introduction to Assessment for Learning

This professional learning module is designed for those who are unfamiliar with the background to Assessment for Learning. It provides information which answers the key questions about Assessment for learning, proposes some key ideas and asks teachers to reflect on their own classroom practice.

Click on the links below to explore further:

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First of all, for whatever writing stuff and teaching activities, make a serious preparation by “brainstorming“. Let it go, let it flow and don’t take care about the order how you write down the stuff who is in your brain; it must first come out and you can later review it and trying to organize it… Below, e.g. you will see my thoughts and “brainstorming” for a new online course, it’s handwritten and not yet completely organized, but it contains the main idea and keywords and that’s the most important anyway…

===> Update (August 05, 2012): I got told about my handwriting that it is :((( I agree, most of the keywords were written while walking and on places where I didn’t have a solid underground to write properly ūüėČ Check below and read more, so you will understand, but really read it all, my critics back, sorry ūüėČ <====

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So, once written down as handwritten, for me the best and quickest way, you should have a look on how you could create Topics out from your keywords and best is to create Topics with a question mark! Actually to create this blog ALL my ideas were first ONLY in my brain and I wanted to use the above handwritten “brainstorming” to explain, but then, in the middle of writing the blog I got new ideas, found new stuff through “curation” and “serendipity” gave me new “brain food” to continue with it… So I decided to show you also my handwritten “brainstorming” and “keywords” for this blog, see below”…

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You may even see some keywords represented twice, don’t worry; better bringing in something twice than not at all! Keep your concentration on what your brain tells you to bring out… PS: I hope you can read my handwritten notes; I keep every time a paper sheet in the shirt pocket and so I write notes down where ever I get the ideas (in the bus, while walking in the nature…). No, no… The other place what you think, I don’t, at least one taboo place, LOL…

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There are different ways to collect the necessary information such as collecting, curating information by your own but you can do this also on a collective way (might be good to do it together with your students/learners…):

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Why should I use questions?

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1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-aigainformation1By providing Topics as a question that will make people curious and it will allow you also to bring in your “critical thinking” which is very important for a quality course. Use also¬†empathy and “emotional intelligence” to get your learners engaged in your course…

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What else should I consider?

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To make your course interesting to your learners  propose them also to make curation about the Topic they will have to learn, so they will get involved into the learning process by researching their own related resources

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¬†‚ÄúA picture is worth a thousand words‚ÄĚ, so use pictures and multimedia to enhance the learning. Create a¬†Pictures and multimedia library to enhance your worksheets and blogs… Make this library also available to your students and ask them also to help for building up that library

Some learners would be curious and they might also want to read some books, so prepare also a list of books and eBooks which they could retrieve in the school library; here again: involve your learners also to help building up that list

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A list of books which I have read and which I recommend to any teaching person could get found on my blog¬†https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/21st-century-howto-guide-for-teaching-people/¬†at the bottom of the blog. The presented books are in English, French and German (as I am multilingual…).

Let your learners blog about what they learned and let them Peer review their own blogs, read more here to understand the idea behind it¬†Peer to Peer U ‚Äď A New Model of Learning.

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Why connected learning?


Connected learning is a necessity in this digital age. More and more of our students learning, attention, and access to information is taking place outside of classrooms and through online networks and exchanges. Connected learning, however, can help them cultivate the skills necessary for fulfilling adult lives and careers and that formal instruction alone could not afford. Check complete article here Connected Learning.

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Free blogging resources:

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For young kids choose first a safe blogging service where the blogs will not be public and where ONLY you as teacher, parents and kids have access; this to educate them first about blogging, Internet-Safety, e-Reputation, e-Citizenship, Digital-Citizenship, the dangers of Internet! Once they have the necessary skills you can switch over to the normal blogging services…

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Create your courses on a “living way“, make them interesting and alive to your learners, show a bit humor as well, show your own motivation and your passion for your job…

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While blogging and/or creating a website there are also some rules to respect such as the right color schemes, check out below:

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ColorMatch

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Summary:¬†Matching your web site colors isn’t always as easy as it should be. Colors that look good to one person may look terrible to someone else. Color Match is a web site tool that helps you to easily find a perfect color scheme generated from a base color then displays the matching HTML color codes.

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You want certainly also to create some day online courses, aren’t you? Please check the links below who give you advice:

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Years ago I created a blog¬†21st Century How-To Guide For¬†Teaching-People who might be also helpful to you, just check it, please…

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Be also informed about 21st Century applications, subscribe to my daily published ‚ÄúThe Knol Infos Daily‚Ä̬†and my curation:
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Accept critics from your learners, how? Create a multiple choice poll where your learners can vote about the quality of your course, accept their critics and discuss with them what about you could change, example below…

.The poll below is multiple choice, so go for it please to let me know your meaning about this blog. Thank you in advance…

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Don’t Forget The Copyright Laws…

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When working together with your students and when they are publishing content (even yourself…), please take care about the copyright, you are not allowed to copy&paste content from Internet and text from books from other persons without their knowledge and their permission…
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When writing a book, creating a presentation for your students and when teaching your students and asking them to make researches (on Internet and on books) you are not allowed to copy and paste from other web sites, nor copy from an existing book, be conscious and responsible about that, please‚Ķ Respect other author’s¬†property‚Ķ Here below a non exhaustive list of laws in different countries‚Ķ
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Remember the 4 C’s

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The Four C’s: Making 21st Century Education Happen features educational leaders from Envision Schools (California), Catalina Foothills School District (Arizona) and Virginia Beach City Public Schools (Virginia). Each school profile focuses on a unique aspect of how 21st century skills can help prepare students for college or a career. This film highlights both the student perspective, as well as how educators are using the 4 C’s to create a collaborative environment. A presentation of EdLeader21 [edleader21.com] and the Pearson Foundation [pearsonfoundation.org].

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Is your blog, web site created for best accessibility?

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What is Accessibility? 

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sharing icon[Start Text from Online College]¬†The worlds of web design and online learning are interconnected in many ways. As an instructional designer, I work to ensure that courses are effective not only in terms of online navigation and working links, but also in the presentation of meaningful content and interaction. Not all websites are created equal ‚Äď some have much more helpful layouts and information than others ‚Äď and it‚Äôs a similar situation with online courses. Just as web designers consider the ‚Äúuser experience‚ÄĚ when creating new web pages, you should consider ‚Äúlearner experience‚ÄĚ when creating new materials for your online course. [End Text from Online College]

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I suggest to use this tool to check for best Accessibility: “Wave”¬†WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by¬†WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.

Check also my curation here:

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One can respect best accessibility knowledge and still have forgotten something (so did I…), here a screenshot from my test of this blog, check below to find out. So I really love that free service as it gives me best results… But it’s ONLY a tool, there is still more to consider as giving a transcript for published videos as well as a header for videos, which I still have to include also, later…

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Accessibility Test

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Check the links on your publication(s)!

programmerman2Once your blog and/or website published check ALL the inserted links to control if they are working correctly (broken link?) and ALSO if they are pointing to the RIGHT address! One wrong letter included in the URL could lead to direct YOUR visitors to a malicious website, take care!!! This is called “Typo Squatting” or “URL Hijacking“!

The bad guys created already domain names using these mistakes to infect your devices with malware!

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Are you prepared in case of a break of Internet connection?

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attention triangle iconIt certainly happens once to each teacher, educator, course instructor that in the middle of the course the Internet connexion was broken, not a real fun when one based its course ONLY on Internet, isn’t it!? But when we are well prepared we can continue our course also without the Internet connexion if necessary! But, how?

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There are several freeware programs on the software market which allow us to copy complete websites with all the present links in HTML format and we need then only to burn it to a CD or DVD. One of those programs is HTTrack which I have been using since long…

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HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility.

It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

WinHTTrack is the Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Seven release of HTTrack, and WebHTTrack the Linux/Unix/BSD release. See the download page. [End Text from HTTrack]

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Once the whole web site with all the links and its content are downloaded you only need to burn it to a CD or DVD or maybe to a Memory-Stick, your choice…

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And what about IT-Security + Internet-Safety in a world of BYOD?

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programmerman2I see strange words in that Topic there, what are You talking about there, could You explain more, please!? That is probably the questions you have, isn’t it? Most of teachers, educators and instructors are using Apple and Mac related devices and are not used to IT-Security, vulnerabilities and don’t even see the necessity of IT-Security in a world ofBring Your Own Device“, called also “BYOD” and/or “BYOT” (Bring Your Own Technology)! But in 21st Century YOU should, remember your responsibility against your learners and the society, you are the ones who should give BEST education to your learners to prepare them for the working world and there IT-Security plays a BIG role!

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Learn IT-Security

Click image above to access the FREE courses about basic IT-Security and “BYOD”…

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[Start Text from http://www.infoworld.com/t/hacking/microsoft-hackers-aiming-cross-platform-vulnerabilities-199126?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter] More and more hackers are targeting the same application vulnerabilities on Macs and Windows PCs as a way to reap the financial benefits of writing cross-platform malware.

The trend involves exploiting vulnerabilities that go as far back as 2009 in Office documents. Other cross-platform, third-party technologies favored by hackers include Java, Adobe PDF and Adobe Flash, Microsoft security researcher Methusela Cebrian Ferrer said Tuesday in the company’s¬†Malware Protection Center blog. [End Text from InfoWorld]

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As this course is already very big, so I won’t bring in more information in here, instead check out please the following links where you will find the necessary information with Tips and advice:

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By checking the above courses you will remark also that I used different “techniques” to present them, even that one is made with “cartoons”. Why? There are different types of learners and different age of learners, so one course could attract more attention to a certain targeted group as another one! Think about that also, when you don’t see that wanted success so show people these different styles of presentation and ask them which one they would prefer and if necessary adapt your courses to that style also. You will sometimes need to create courses in different presentation styles…

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Make a list of possible questions that learners could ask, be prepared!

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aigainformation1For new teachers this will be the hardest part, for “oldies” that would be easy anyway as they know already the questions which would get asked even before the course starts, experience… But anyway, I suggest to create a FAQ‘s list online, on the internal server and/or an a server where your blog is hosted. Why? You would have at any time and from anywhere where ever you are (and your learners) access to it to revise it, very important! I suggest also that you ask your students to help for creating such a FAQ’s list, engage them! They will learn to learn

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Creating a FAQ’s list, but how? I am not used to that, what is your advice? There are different ways to create a FAQ’s list:

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This list will be a great tool for yourself who saves you a lot of time when once created, show it to your learners and every time you would have access also to it: So once a question is asked, switch to that resource on Internet and/or on a¬†local server…

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So, after evaluation of some Tweeps (Twitter user) of my “PLN“, here below my FAQ’s with questions and answers I got asked already…

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Q01: I looked over your blog, and it has a ton of info. A bit overwhelming for folks new to your site.

A01: Overwhelming, YES when one doesn’t know how to learn ūüėČ I suggest to read it like a book! Bookmark it and read it by chapters…

  • Learning-to-Learn
  • I consider later creating a WordPress-Book and bring in the whole in different chapters… But first the whole knowledge must come out to not lose the main ideas and then later it should be split into different chapters where one can even go deeper…
  • Here the link on How-To create a WordPress-Book for people who are interested…
Q02:¬†between the lines a bit wider? I use an iPad… A02: I use the free version of WordPress and I don’t have influence on how WordPress converts it to iPad visibility, sorry. On a Laptop it looks OK, as I every time take care to leave enough space between the lines and also between the paragraphs to make it an easy read…
Q03:¬†Lot of stuff. I loved that role of educator. Handwritings little bit messy. You got point! A03: Concerning the handwriting, YES it looks mess as I wrote most down by walking without having a solid underground to write, but ideas must come out when one gets them ūüėČ
Q04: Concerning IT-Security, I use a Mac and other Apple devices, I don’t need to take care about IT-Security!

A04: Hahaha, a BIG laugh for that ūüėČ What’s about updating your knowledge base? Check here please to find out the necessity to take care about IT-Security:

Q05: I would like also to create HTML Tables like You but I am not an HTML programmer, any Online Tool to help? A05: Hi; You don’t need to have a lot of knowledge of HTML to create tables, check below for Online HTML Table Generators:

Q06:testA06:testQ07:testA07:testQ08:testA08:testQ09testA09:testQ10:testA10:test

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Engage your learners into the learning process, How-To?

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Propose them also a Twitter Chat concerning a certain Topic of your courses, they will get engaged and motivated also. And they will get used to Social Media… But make a professional preparation for your Twitter Chat, I have seen strange “pseudo Chats” from big companies (I don’t name them…) and such Chat’s missed¬†definitely¬†their goal and didn’t reach the audience wanted…

My proposition for organizing an professional Twitter Chat is to follow #lrnchat, where here the link of their Blog who explains in detail on How-To¬†http://lrnchat.wordpress.com/. Enjoy to follow this Twitter Chat, you will learn a lot through that Chat and about how to run a¬†Twitter Chat, BEST Practice ūüėČ

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You may check also the Twitter Chat #edchat, what is it? Check http://edchat.pbworks.com/w/page/219908/FrontPage and watch also the video, please. And here an excellent explication from its co-founder (@tomwhitby) How does #Edchat connect educators?

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You may also create videos with your learners, this will engage them even more, check for best practice here Engage ME!

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Why all these mentioned topics and why is this blog so big?

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        1. Personally I want that my learners will get the best education and that they also have a certain freedom of working themselves for their own knowledge acquisition.
        2. Getting learners engaged in a course makes learning more valuable for them, they will learn even more as you might realize…
        3. By providing a blog with a lot of information it’s like a “book“, bookmark it and find your resources which you need also later; ONLY one address.
        4. In 21st  Century we need to have a lot of digital knowledge and digital skills
        5. Creating a quality course needs a lot of things to think about
        6. Use your blog to create a real website if there are a lot of information to bring over, like I do with most of my blogs… Once the whole information brought down in the blog you can later create small blogs who include ONLY a part of the published knowledge and you can even create a book with WordPress where you bring in the different chapters. This is also possible with WordPress, check here: Write a Book
        7. Thus meaning, create first your main blog (as I did here…) and later on you create the chapters as a new blog (a short one…) and create then a “WordPress Book” where you detail the single chapters mentioned in your main blog…
        8. You may have a look here to see how YOU can use a WordPress-Book as I did it with my FREE courses about IT-Security in French already http://gustmeesfr.wordpress.com/

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Final word: did YOU find out where YOU have to improve!?

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Chat iconBTW: I learned a lot while creating this blog (mostly a website now…) and I know that myself I have to improve, and YOU!?¬†Life Long Learning that’s what ALL of us who are involved in Education need to do, isn’t it!? I created this blog to give some guidelines to young teachers and educators which whom I am in contact in real world as well as on Internet and who asked me what is best preparation for a giving quality course… As I gave courses for eight (8) years to youth, primary schools, teachers from primary schools and mostly to adult and seniors, so this above is my experience and also my learned while preparing this blog.

Advice: What you should know absolutely is when giving courses to adults and seniors is that they are not anymore used to learn, the brain is not anymore that much ready to accept new “input” to learn, they don’t have anymore practice with learning! They are out of the learning process and their brain is more directed to “profit”, as they are in the working world ūüėČ So use, the “profitpsychological to get them involved with pleasure again to learn. My own experience has shown me that you will need about +/- 4-6 hours before you get them used again to learn really, before the brain switches to “back to school“!

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I will accept also any constructive critics as also some more resources from you dear reader, nobody is perfect, so you might have more knowledge as I have… I will update this blog when getting new knowledge and also when getting new valuable resources from my readers and they will get mentioned as well in this blog then (if wished so)…

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And don’t forget it, been involved in Education as a teacher, educator, instructor is not only a job! It’s a passion, love it and share your motivation with your learners…

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HowTo: Find license free images with Google Search

License free images

Often people need license FREE images, especially for educational projects. But when searching on Google the results show ONLY ALL images! But there is a little trick to find the right stuff, which I will show you here…

First of all you need to bookmark this page from Google https://www.google.com/advanced_image_search? which shows you the following screen

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Settings for Google Advanced Image Searchs

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At the end of that screen you will see following:

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Settings for Google Advanced Image Searchs

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Adjust it to “free to use or share, even commercially” and you are on the safe site (copyright)…

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Copyright Laws in different Countries

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¬†Copyright: Good to know…
Flag Country Internet Address
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UK UK Copyright Law
united-states-of-america
US Copyright Law of the United States
canada
Canada Copyright Law Canada
australia
Australia Australian Copyright Council
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France Droit du Net
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France LégiFrance/Code de la propriété
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Luxembourg Le monde num√©rique et les droits d’auteur
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Luxembourg Photos sur l’internet
germany
Germany Online Recht

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And WHAT about the TRUST of those images, are THEY infected!?

McAfee SiteAdvisor‚ĄĘ software

McAfee SiteAdvisor‚ĄĘ, software¬†is an award-winning, free browser plug-in that gives¬†safety advice about Websites before you click on a risky site. These site ratings are based on tests conducted by McAfee using an army of computers that look for all kinds of threats (detailed below). The result is a guide to Web safety. The SiteAdvisor software is free, easy to install and even easier to use. And it doesn‚Äôt collect any personally identifiable information.

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===> Check out here for downloadMcAfee SideAdvisor: http://home.mcafee.com/store/free-services <===

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Let me show an¬†practice¬†example here with a request on a Search Engine (Google) with search word “serialz“, I choose this word to show you ALSO the danger of trying to use¬†illegal software, as you will get a “special bonus“, an infection of your computer with a “Trojan“, “backdoor” and other “malware” while downloading them and/or by using these not serious and illegal services, but check yourself by “learning by doing“; search first without having installed¬†McAfee SiteAdvisor¬†(but without clicking the proposed links, otherwise your computer will be infected) and then install the¬†FREE¬†service from¬†McAfee SiteAdvisor and make the same search, screenshot below shows you the results obtained with different protection software installed (WOT, McAfee SiteAdvisor)…

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Google search result screenshot

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First result found in Google shows a web site which is detected as malicious, so don’t use the web sites marked wit a red dot!

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By moving the cursor over that “red dot” you will get more information about the state of security of that web site, so NEVER click on such links!!!

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McAfee SiteAdvisor in practice

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This works ALSO for photos, e.g. search for “justin bieber”, check out screenshot below please.

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McAfee SiteAdvisor in practice

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You will see again this “red dot” on right hand photo, NEVER click on such photos and don’t download them also!!!


ALSO available for Mac users now

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McAfee SiteAdvisor for Mac

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Other similar products:

Stay tuned for next 5 minutes tutorials ūüėČ

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