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Creativity: How To use it with Young Kids – the practice – Example 1

Creativity: How To use it with Young Kids – the practice – Example 1

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MAUSI, the smart computer mouse. Gust MEES’s creation, realized by Chantal MAQUET

Very long time ago already, in 2002 I created MAUSI, the mascotte of my working place. I did it for the pleasure of the kids who visited my courses together with their teacher(s). The idea came as I explained a whole primary class (3d year, 9 years old) what a computer is and what one could do with a PC. It was the beginning of the computer era and at that time most people didn’t know how to work with it. So I decided to use Windows Paint to draw, a creative action. I first explained to the kids what the computer mouse is fore and asked them what they wanted me to draw. They wanted a mouse, as I showed them the computer mouse their answer was logical…

As I have some talent for drawing and painting, so I switched on the beamer and they saw how I created MAUSI in real time, by explaining them and their teacher any taken step also on how I did it.

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They were all fascinated and me happy that I was able to create it, here is the result:

Later I created an animated GIF as shown left hand side and in above website and showed it to the teachers and to the kids, they became later all addicted to the computer, I awakened the desire to learn to work with a computer, I felt happy! Primary school classes visited twice a week my working place to work with the computers and also to learn about how to work with them; at that time the school didn’t have yet computers in the classrooms, that came very more late because of budget.

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The animated GIF is the original MAUSI, so as I created it and the right hand side image is the color version who was created later by Chantal MAQUET, who did the job for the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg. I created different courses about domestic IT-Security for the Ministry of Education where MAUSI (in color version) was integrated, check here, please:

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By the way: the name MAUSI means “little mouse” in my language…

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Here below some different images:

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How Did I do it that quick with MS Paint, is there a Trick?

Mausi-interrogatifI get often asked how it was that quick created (in 40 minutes), especially when also explaining it to others!? Well, that’s practice! I was working a lot around with MS Paint to find out about How To work BEST with it and on the quickest way as possible. I do this with any program that I use, I call it “Making a good preparation” for getting BEST results later, thus meaning: one needs to invest the first time to save time later 😉

So how did I create it then so quick!? I was using the magnify tool and the rubber (a lot of times) to adjust while drawing with the mouse. YES, drawing with the mouse, it’s possible, but it requires a lot of patience and a strong will

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How To create animated GIF’s?

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Check below for some tutorials and picture editing programs who allow to create animated GIFs:


Mausi-loupeSo with this little story about my practice, you will have learned a bit what creativity can have as positive effect to young learners! Creativity makes it fun to learn, your learners will learn even more as you want because they will talk around with the parents and friends and try out themselves and/or with the parents…

The positive side effect with my little adventure was, that adults (the parents of the kids, plus friends and neighbors) who never wanted to use a computer at that time made an inscription to visit my courses about the usage of the basics of ICT later and are now also digital citizens 😉

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Stay tuned for next blogs about the practice with creativity, already in preparation…

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How-To prepare for giving a quality course

How-To prepare for giving a quality course

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Wordle Logo quality courseThis logo was created with Wordle. You are authorized to copy it by providing credits to this blog!

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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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===> The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. -Aristotle <===

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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…

  • The weakest link in the Security Chain is the human! If you don’t 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 – <===

===> 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 😉

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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;
  • Manageanalyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information;
  • Createcritiqueanalyze, 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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Image credits: Edudemic

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Image Credit to: http://www.teachthought.com/learning/8-characteristics-of-education30/

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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 😉 Check below and read more, so you will understand, but really read it all, my critics back, sorry 😉 <====

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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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1st Step: get organized

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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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Read more:

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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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 “A picture is worth a thousand words”, 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 – 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…

Related links:

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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

Click image to access the FREE Tool…

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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 “The Knol Infos Daily” 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… Respect other author’s property… Here below a non exhaustive list of laws in different countries…
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Please help making this list bigger, when knowing other resources let me know and I will include them. Thanks in advance…
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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 – some have much more helpful layouts and information than others – and it’s a similar situation with online courses. Just as web designers consider the “user experience” when creating new web pages, you should considerlearner experience” 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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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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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=twitterMore 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 😉 I suggest to read it like a book! Bookmark it and read it by chapters…

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  • 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 😉
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 😉 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:

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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 😉

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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 (@tomwhitbyHow 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 😉 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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21st Century HowTo Guide For Teaching-People

21st Century HowTo Guide For Teaching-People

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21st Century How-To Guide For Teaching-People (teachers, professors, educators, instructors…)…

A practical guide for teaching-people (teachers, professors, educators, instructors…) on How-To teach (coach) learners on a modern way with tools from the 21st Century and also with newest 21st Century Education knowledge. Information about 21st Century Learning and Teaching. Adapting the concept of education to the digital age, the 21st Century. Save lots of costs by FREEWARE and OpenSource programs as well with academic licences…

Education could change the world, use Internet to share your knowledge for FREE and give opportunity for everyone to learn.

This blog will get updated as soon as the authors will have some new knowledge to share with you dear readers…

This was a knol created on September 27, 2009, renamed on February 20, 2011 and now migrated to WordPress on April 14, 2012.

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Hardyna VEDDER Hardyna VEDDER  Not on WordPress but here http://einstein21.org/
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Introduction to Teaching in 21st Century


gears iconTeaching in 21st Century is becoming a challenge actually for teaching-people, not everybody has the knowledge about new teaching-technologies (Tools…) and new teaching-education, especially not teaching persons with a certain age, so let us try in this knol to propose on HowTo this could get “learned” and also on HowTo the teaching-people could work “together” with their learners (students) with 21st Century knowledge

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A very BIG change for teaching-people. They have now also to go away from teaching the old way, it is not anymore the teaching person who is the “BOSS” in the classroom, there is no “BOSS” anymore. Teaching people and learners will work “Together” on a “win-win situation“, like two gears (as shown in the “icon”  up the text here) to make the learning process go forward… Teaching-people should also forward to their learners Learning to Learn.
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Don’t forget also the social aspects of your learners, very important!!! Please have a look here and think about it: Luxembourg students are reaching burnout. [GM]: Luxembourg (my country) does a lot for such situations, check out to learn more CPOS.
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The author has given courses himself since eight (8) years (2010) based on Howard GARDNER‘s andDaniel GOLEMAN‘s  knowledge to seniors, adults and also youth and classrooms from K-3 to K-12 and he had a very positive feedback from teachers (K-3 to K-12) and the other learnersLearning who makes fun when well organizedThe teaching person needs to make a good preparation and he needs to know the possible tools and the habits of digital age nativesAnd taught than the learner gets interested and learns more and better, a big progress.
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Are You On The Path To 1:1???    

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Source of the article below: Are You On The Path To 1:1?
sharing iconStudents should get prepared for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a challenging, relevant curriculum and varied activities in a safe environment. In his book Education NationMilton Chen calls 1:1 access “the digital civil right of every student to participate in his or her own education.”  I could not agree more and if we truly care about our students, then we will toss aside our anxiety and remember our primary role as educators to prepare our students for what they will face when they leave our schools. Since the world outside our doors is changing at a faster rate than any time in history, we should be seeing some shifts within our walls as well.
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What You Should Know About Web 2.0, 21st Century Responsibility for Teachers and Social Learning…

“Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology — whether that’s computers, television, mobile phones, or video games – and usually more than one at a time. That’s a big chunk of their 15 or 16 waking hours.”  

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Teaching for 21st Century…

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The teaching person needs to have a good knowledge about possible 21st Century tools to well prepare his courses to make them interesting for his learners… Not ONLY preparing the learners for getting a diploma, but preparing them to be able to have competences!!!

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

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“Knowledge is easy (in some way [copy&paste]) to forward. Forwarding competences needs that the teaching person has also competences”. (Gust MEES)

Teachers and learners are like two gears who are making the learning process going forward (Gust MEES)

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And when well prepared the courses, a positive feedback for the teaching-person motivates this one to go further also, no frustration but motivation… Think outside the box and use your creativity…

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What is New In 21st Century Teaching And Learning???

thumbsupnathaneady01It is not anymore the teacher (teacher, professor, educator, instructor, coach…) who is the most important person. The person who teaches (teacher, professor, instructor…) will act as a coach. Thus meaning: it is not the teaching person who is the most important, but the learner. The teaching person observes the learner (that is what we learned anyway as we followed pedagogical courses), the expression of his body while the learner is working on his project, the teaching person observes also what the learner says and also the rhythm of his voice, this gives us a feedback on how well the learner is doing and than the teaching person guides the learner.
A project, which ever one in ICT  should get made by “learning by doing“. Learners should get encouraged to make faults, unusual but the best way to learn… Remember: when we were kids we need also to learn to walk. We were falling a lot of times and that hurts. So we remembered it, the same for courses “learning by doing“, making faults and mistakes will get remembered by the brain not to do anymore so… The learning process goes further…
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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” (Seneca the Younger)

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates 

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.

“Learning To Learn” is a teaching person’s main task, coaching the learner to achieve this task. Gust MEES [I said this already when I was 12 years old and now I am 56 and I din’t make me friends with that. Now I will try to push that again trough Internet…]

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21st century learning, narration and interaction, real and imaginary level, learning on an vivid and understandable way, passion, cross-subject education, cross-border thinkinginterconnectedness of our global world, different media and disciplines, emotional and motivating effects, motivation, inspiration, learning catalyst, solving the problems of the future, knowing the tools of 21st century…
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The teaching person is serving the learner, and will act as a coach, a trustful and respectable person, sometimes even as a friend. The learner will become only that good as the teacher does well his job 😉 A big change isn’t it??? It is not anymore the teacher who is on a HIGH position and the learner on a LOW position, but it is both on a non hierarchical position, a win-win situation… There shouldn’t be neither time restrictions, learning needs time and persons learn differently…Teaching people need also a lot of patience and lots of energy to do so. For teachers, coaches, educators, professors: this needs some months practice (till about a year) till you find your own appropriate way (your own “style”), but it is worth to do it…
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When teaching (giving courses to) ten (10) people by a normal way, you normally get out only 30% of the learners who understood really about what you tried to make understand them, when you are a good teacher maybe 40%. When using the way I did, you will come out to about 90%-95%, a big progress…
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A win-win situation between course instructor (coach) and learners which brings out a maximum to the learner, the most important…

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” (Seneca the Younger)

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How Could That Be In Practice???


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First of all I recommend you to read some books to understand, I recommend books fromHoward GARDNER and Daniel GOLEMAN, see also my book selection on the end of this knol:
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  • 5 Minds For The Future (Howard GARDNER) to understand what the world needs for abilities fom students in 21st Century…
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  • The Disciplinary Mind: the mastery of major schools of thought, including science, mathematics, and history, and of at least one professional craft.
  • The Synthesizing Mind: the ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others.
  • The Creating Mind: the capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions and phenomena.
  • The Respectful Mind: awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings and human groups.
  • The Ethical Mind: fulfillment of one’s responsibilities as a worker and as a citizen.
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No practice could be done good without a good base of theory, but when having followed some pedagogical courses about new ways of education you could easily try the following suggestions:
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As mentioned already above, it is the learner (student) who is the most important and not every learner is learning on the same way, we as human are all different and so we are also learning, differently… There are people they are learning better on “visual effects”, as others may like more “auditive” messages, people who prefer learning without noise at all around as also people who need a music-background to learn best (as I do…), people who prefer to be alone to learn as also people they like to learn and to work together in a team…

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Working in a team is needed for 21st Century, the Power of different knowledge merged to one only knowledge to resolve the problems of this world… Thus also meaning that children and adults need to get educated to “cross-border-thinking“, as Internet allows a 24/24 hours connexion to the whole world and that people from different nationalities can work together without any problems, even when not understanding the same language, translation tools make this possible…
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And that is what the new generation of Internet tools, the “Cloud” is providing, e.g. Google docs, where it is possible to work as a team on the same document and where the team could be spread around the world because the document is accessible online…
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One is for sure, the Internet could help a lot for using all these possibilities to get the maximum out for every learner, let us use it… One new project for 21st Century Learning and Teaching is the “Papillon Project“, who will get discussed more here below…

Students to make curious again in lessons is mission of innovative content concepts to reduce the rate of school failure. Papillon is such a solution concept. By linking real and virtual learning environments Internet becomes the classroom.


And as Internet is the classroom the learners can access it anytime they want, thus meaning: if the teaching-person makes his courses interesting for the learners those will even access the “classroom” without that the teaching-person needs to tell them to do, learners will have a look anyway because they will find course material which is interesting for them, a success…
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Papillon-Method: The architecture of the concept is based on narration and interaction. The hybrid system combines the advantages of static and dynamic representation of contents and is a merging of imagination and scientific facts and allows a 3-dimensional view on the recommended topical focus.
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Survey from Berlin Technical University

“[…]Papillon is worthy of praise in the area of media pedagogy (enhancement of the instruction through materials) both from the perspective of what is urgently needed for the future (Internet competence) and the psychology of learning (motivation/interest and orientation toward action) and a very promising project is worthy of support“



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But why do I talk that much??? Have a look yourself and make your own opinion about it, here below the links…

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The learning environment is greatly enhanced by the latest in interactive whiteboards, videoconferencing equipment, wireless laptops, digital cameras, camcorders and audiovisual equipment…
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Engaging and Motivating Students…

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Engaging and motivating students: this is the most important part of your teaching career, it is the first touch with your students who is the most important (which ever age they have…), this gives them the “first impression of you”…

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When introducing yourself, don’t make ONLY an traditional introducing, but tell your students that they are the most important in your courses and not you!!! Tell them also that you let them work alone and/or in groups (but respecting some order in the classroom, order which you define on the beginning in a friendly speaking way…) and that after having taught them what to do that you will be present but leaving them alone and watching how they do and if necessary when needed you will be present to help out. Be their guide, their coach, be only there when needed!!! In this moment show that you have competences, not only your diploma, your degree!!!
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Sometimes. while walking through the rows of the tables in the classroom you may remark that there are problems (you will feel that because of your pedagogical education…), so this is the moment to ask your students if they would like your help… In this moment don’t ONLY show the solution (your help…) to that part of students, but switch on the “beamer” and show it to ALL of the students, some may not have shown that they didn’t understood it…
When they have questions which you can’t answer at the moment, write those questions down somewhere where they can see it also and tell them that for the next course and/or they will get the answer(s) by email or on the collaborative platform of the school (university)… Nobody is perfect, you would be the first one 😉 Build also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) database where every body could have access, so you will be prepared for the same answer by other students…

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[GM]: The Quality of any done work is dependent on the Quality of the used “tools” and the ability to use them…

Doing it this way your learners will appreciate and respect you, because you are showing to them that you have competences, competences which you can share with them, don’t hide your personality behind your diploma and degree, show them who you are. Show them that you are competent to give them courses 😉

Keywords: competences, 21st cetury knowledge, coach, ability to give courses, respect, pedagogical background, ability to adapt on any situation…

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What Are The Tools I Can Use???

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[GM]: A teaching person knows the way on how to give his courses on his pedagogical approach, but not every time the possible tools which he can use to give quality courses, here below my selection, an non-exhaustive list, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section, please, when you know some more “quality-tools“…
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[GM]: The Quality of any done work is dependent on the Quality of the used “tools” and the ability to use them…

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” (Seneca the Younger)

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A non-exhaustive list of online learning possibilities, such as LMS (Learning Management System) here below:
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Personally I can recommend DOKEOS as I worked for two years with it and that it was for my needs the best one of the above mentioned… See below a screenshot of its structure…

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While working with LMS (Learning Management System) don’t forget the aspect of security, thus meaning: when new updates for those LMS are available (you get notified by email and/or over the platform itself) youneed to update immediately otherwise your learning platform could be vulnerable and you could infect your learners and visitors with malware. Chose a person who has the necessary skills to do it and that person will than be the administrator of the learning platform…
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There are several FREE translation tools available on Internet…

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Working Together Online

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As already mentioned it is also possible to work together on the same document(s) when using Google docs (internet connexion needed)…

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Here below a practical example of the use of a “Google docs spreadsheet” which you can embed into knol and also on any web site, blog, or…

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Publishing In 21st Century…

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Publishing content on an 21st century way and finding also good resources:
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MindMaps For A Better Understanding…


Creating MindMaps for better visualize your thinking and quickly arrange and organize your work, all to benefit you as well as people around you. My personal favorite software is EDRAW

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Here below an example from a MindMap which I created for a “Project Management” with young students, this is about 5 years (2006) old and was done with an older version of the software where there was not yet 3D enabled…
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Using MindMaps makes it much more easy to visualize a project, by seeing the MindMap most people understand directly what the target is and also what the different tasks are…
Practical Tip: print out the MindMap and strikeout all done tasks, this makes it more easy to have an overview of still to do tasks and/or change the MindMap on your computer with strikeout (strikeout) and foreseen date and print it out again…
Have a look here to find out what is possible to create and what are the examples

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Google for Educators is a web site that support teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. Google for Educator offer free online Google products like Google Search, Docs, Blogger, Calendar, Group, Earth, SketchUp, Maps, and more. For example Google Docs allows teachers and students to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations for free, so having to install Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint on every classroom computer is no longer an issue.

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Gannt Charts For A Better Understanding And Analyzing…

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Tools Selection For Creative Learning…

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Using online “self created” so called “WordSearch” utilities where learners need to find predefined words (chosen by the teachers, look left-hand side of the screenshot) and where the learners need to find them and marking them interactively with the mouse…
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Sorry for the quality of this video, it is my first one on YouTube, done with Jing (Pro account, costs me 15 €), so I need to learn as well… I bring in this “bad example” to show you that you don’t have to fear to make the first step to learn yourself… Nobody is perfect 😉 My next step will be to create a new one, a better quality one and I will leave the two videos online so that you could see the difference, and who knows, maybe I will create a tutorial knol to share my expertise and knowledge on about how to make it 😉

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Valuable Educational Information Resources And Content…

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Update (11.03.2011): Lenovo and Intel announced today that the world’s #4 PC manufacturer would become the first global manufacturer and distributor of the Classmate PC. Called the Lenovo Classmate+, the rugged clamshell netbook will feature extensive customization options for schools, districts, states, and ministries of education looking to deploy 1:1 solutions.
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Tools You Need To Create Your Courses…

To prepare your courses you will also need some tools for your worksheets, such as good programs to create screenshots, here below my selection:
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Using Google Apps For Education…


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DIDASCA – The First Italian Cyber Schools for Lifelong Learning is a non-profit education organization based in Italy. It proudly defines itself as a leading Brainware Provider. ‘Brainware’ is a newly created term that indicates the ability by humans to use hardware and software efficiently. DIDASCA helps people to build their e-Skills in order to exploit the full potential of the hardware and software they currently use in their everyday activities.

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Google Apps EDU and Business online Courses

DIDASCA has specialized in delivering online Courses to Individuals, Schools and Business covering the use of Google applications.

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Using Microsoft For Education…


Concerning Microsoft for Education, there are still a lot of people who don’t know that Microsoft has special licences (low cost) for Education, did you know that? 
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Using The QR-Code For Education

How to create the QR-Code???

An easy way to create the QR-Code is the FREE service from Google www.goo.gl where you can create “short-URL’s” and who creates also on the fly your QR-code for the shortened URL.

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Mobile barcodes, storing addresses and URLs, are a new and innovative way to access the mobile internet where users can use the camera on their mobile phone to scan barcodes that may appear in magazines, newspapers, billboards, LCD/plasma screens, packaging, business card and even t-shirts. A user having a mobile camera phone equipped with the correct reader software can scan the image of the 2D barcode causing the phone browser to launch and direct to the programmed URL. Codes can be used to provide fast-track access to mobile websites, special discount offers, send an SMS, and receive a ring-tone, save contact details on mobile address book.

More valuable information here: E-Learning Blog Don’t Waste Your Time/QR-code and here What is the QR-Code?

Stay Organized With The Mass Of Information

By the mass of information of the Internet it is becoming very difficult to stay organized to find back all the stored data and links, here below author’s choice for a perfect organization:

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Education To Critical Thinking…

thumbsupnathaneady01Teaching-people could (should) also be interested in new ways of education and follow also some interesting news, such as (critical thinking):

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WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson

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A good way for learners to learn critical thinking is certainly the analyzing of the lyrics of their loved songs, this lyrics could be analyzed for nearly every song by the FREEWARE program Chart Lyrics 1.0.5.0 who could get downloaded on Sourceforge.net.

Here below a screenshot to show you, talk with your learners and analyze the lyrics, make them think about what they listen to…

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Facing Problems Because Of Bad Use Of Internet???


Teaching people and parents are actually also facing the Cyberbullying problem, as also private persons, this is becoming a trend in the 21st Century, the information society… Most of people think that Internet is a lawless zone and a certain anarchy is raising. But Internet, the “virtual world” is regulated by laws who are differing from one country to the other one. But there are existing laws and Cyberbullying is not allowed, an education in schools about Cyberbullying is absolutely necessary

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What Can Education Do For A Better World???


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Education, if well managed can do a lot for a better world. The teaching system (worldwide) should teaching more about sensibleness of nature and social conflicts, not only the basics what is already on the teaching schedule, more teaching of sensibleness how humans are destroying our planet, trying to make learners sensible to the planet problems…

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What is Education already doing for a better world??? There is a worldwide Student Exchange Program for cultural understanding existing as well as a special Concept of knowledge sharing from the European Commission, called “COMENIUS“, please watch here “Comenius“. Other possibilities from the European Commission could get found here “Education & Training“.


Education should be FREE for everybody worldwide, there is already something happening, not known by most of the people, have a look here please “Khan Academy“. Khan (The Founder) intends nothing less than “tens of thousands” of tutorials offering the “first free, world-class virtual school where anyone can learn anything.” Have a look on here as well, please: Bill Gates’ favorite teacher.

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What’s Your Learning Style???

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What's Your Learning Style???

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Try out the Quiz from this superb web site about Education, from EDUTOPIA.


Try it out and let your learners do the Quizz, so you know what kind of Learning Style they have, this will be a very good guide for you…


Creating Your Own Web Page…

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In lots of countries the Ministry of Education provides the schools and universities with the facility for creating their websites by offering them also the hosting space. But this is not possible in any country and states, so those who would create a web page for their school must do it themselves. Here below a non-exhaustive list of FREE web templates who could get used for FREE:

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There is also a professional software http://www.todate.com/online-shop/web-to-date-70-english.php which is from DATA BECKER, a well known German company. I have worked with the older versions Nr.4 and I can recommend it as it is very easy to use, but it costs a bit money… But You may try it for FREE here http://www.todate.com/website-creation-software/free-trial-version/index.php.

[GM]: My Personal Advice…

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By introducing the learners to the same tools which the teaching-person uses they will feelmotivated as the teaching person shares his secrets with them and they will learn what are the best tools and also how to use them and this done as a Team-Work will be best for the education process…


Tip: this applies to any age… teaching persons needs only to tell them that he (she) shares his secrets with them to create (produce) good and excellent stuff 😉 Motivate your learners, make them feel equal (win-win situation) with the teaching person and you will see the progress…
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All those presented “tools” should not only be used alone by the teaching-person, but also shown to the learners and trying together with them to realize different projects with those “tools”…

Tell me and I will forget, Show me and I will remember, let me try and I will understand. (Confucius)

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” (Seneca the Younger)



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… Respect other authors property… Here below an non exhaustive list of laws in different countries…
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The beginning of the END of plagiarism soon??? Google changed his algorithm again, for good results???
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More information here: 
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A non-exhaustive list of links of Plagiarism Check:

Need to Know and Brain Food…

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SMART Classrooms BYTES
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Find below some good addresses, some “brain food“:

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SMART Classrooms BYTES
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Check out also author’s curation: 21st Century Learning and Teaching

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curation: 21st Century Learning and Teaching

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Driving Innovation in Public Education

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Driving Innovation in Public Education

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So, with all that advice, How-To create my Quality Course now?

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When publishing this “old knol” who is now a blog on WordPress I had already the idea in my brain to publish about “How-To make best preparation for a Quality Course” but I wasn’t keen enough; but now 3 years later I acquired enough knowledge to do so. Please check my new blog here:
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Related Books And Links…

Books (livres/Bücher)

[GM]: My book selection, books which I have read and which I want to share with you…
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I met personaly Bruno HOURSTRobert GOBERT and Wim VEEN and I am working since eight years (2010), giving courses about ICT (mostly for adults and seniors, but also for young people) based on Howard GARDNER’s and Daniel GOLEMAN’s knowledge… A win-win situation between course instructor (coach) and learners which brings out a maximum to the learner, the most important…

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