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Ideas for a more secure Internet-part3/Dangers of storage devices

Ideas for a more secure Internet-part3/Dangers of storage devices
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International Days of security, which already exist and are organized by the European Commission should be more focused on practice, awareness is not enough! There is a need to do more, such as:
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The dangers of storage media
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USB stick, Memory stick iconCaution with the use of backup and/or storage media (USB drives, portable music players, flash cards for cameras, floppy disks, CDs, DVDs…)! Contrary to what most people believe, a computer is not just infectable via an Internet connection, but also through the infected storage media, without being connected to the Internet. Please be careful and also think of these mediums, learn to have the reflex to scan them with the antivirus before using them on the computer. Also can an USB stick start automatically by the “autorun” function of the PC and so execute a malware instantly!

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Awareness campaigns against such dangers

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An awareness campaign on safety, especially concerning the awareness of these new dangers should be organized by the Department concerned, with other partners to choose from.
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How to educate?

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Mausi and virus attack protection by Gust MEESThe idea is to distribute free USB drives at strategic locations (where there are lots of human trafficking). These sticks, however, must contain a virus, but a harmless virus, it does exist and it is free.

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In addition it would create a small script that activates the virus from PC connection, opening a window that informs the user that he was infected with a harmless virus and suggesting an internal link to the USB key where the user will be able to read PDF files containing the advice of awareness.
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It is used only for demonstration and and quite harmless. This way users will certainly become much more vigilant to know the risks associated with storage devices. In addition, prices of memory sticks are on the fall and that investment is quite easy. Otherwise you should apply to the European Community to submit a project and request funding assistance.

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Advice:

Bitdefender USB Immunizer is a free and easy to use tool that helps make sure you transfer the files, not the viruses. It disables autorun-related threats before they access the computer.

 

Once installed, it constantly watches for newly inserted USB storage devices and immunizes them on the fly.

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Recommendations from the BIG Players on #itsecurity #cybersecurity #Internetsafety #privacy #Onlinesafety:

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as on Friday May 18, 2012: SaferOnlineTeam@MS @Safer_Online
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Follow Friday – Follow @knolinfos to help stay up to day on Internet security and safety tips. ===> That’s my Twitter account

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PS: SaferOnlineTeam@MS @Safer_Online is Microsoft’s official Twitter account for privacy and online safety guidance and information.

Redmond, WA, USA  http://www.microsoft.com/security

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Stay tuned for next publication…

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


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

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Ideas for a more secure Internet-part2/IT-Security Scouts

Ideas for a more secure Internet-part2/IT-Security Scouts
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International Days of security, which already exist and are organized by the European Commission should be more focused on practice, awareness is not enough! BTW: although they do a very good job! There is a need to do more, such as:
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“Security Help Point” and “Security Scout”

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Knowing that there are a lot of computers already infected, we must help these people clean up their computers and show them how to protect …
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Why not train people loving ICT to become a “Security Scout” and be present by appointment in a café (Pub) and/or other meeting places (school, youth center, multipurpose room, senior club, etc..) which will then have the label “Security Help Point“. This idea I sent to the Ministry of Economy of Luxembourg/CASES project (LU), which I am an official partner, and who found it very interesting, even they are currently developing a project with young people (not in cafés) based on this idea.
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To ensure quality it is advisable to predefine strict admission criteria to become a “Security Scout“. Everyone must follow a well defined learning, which will be awarded the title of “Junior Security Scout” and “Senior Security Scout” with delivery of a certificate and a badge.


The “Junior Security Scout”

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The “Junior Security Scout” will be trained by a “Senior Security Scout” for the basic knowledge of computer security at home. The knowledge base will be defined as follows:

  • Knowledge about all forms of attacks (viruses, worms, rootkits, trojans, phishing, keyloggers,steganography, spam, hoaxes, rogue anti-malware, XSS, cross-site-scripting, drive-by-download..).
  • Be informed about new attacks.
  • Be informed about new scams (fake antivirus, fake emails, etc..)
  • Knowledge of software and tools for protection, commercial versions and/or free …
  • Knowing the laws regarding software piracy (in practice it’s scary how people use the “hacked“, and worse yet they find it “cool” [I fucked Microsoft, ha, ha, ha].
  • For information about the Laws he can use the “Security Master File“.

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The role of these “IT-Security Scouts”

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  • They will guide computer users to ensure safe use of the computer and the Internet.
  • They advise users.
  • For infringement of software, help users to become legitimate.
  • On request they can organize events information security …
  • They can participate in “Safety + IT-Security Days” and support the national team organization.
  • They help users clean up their computers and/or install protection tools.
  • They will help users choose tools to protect free and they will show users how to use it.
  • They relate their experiences in practice to the  “Senior Security Scouts“.
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Every six months (insecurity is growing very fast …) the “Security Scout” must be evaluated to see that it still meets the quality criteria (be informed), to avoid that someone wants to argue for his title and he does not learn anything … It is imperative that these individuals have very good knowledge …
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The “Senior Security Scout”

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blueman20401The “Senior Security Scout” has the same responsibilities as the “Junior Security Scout” except he (she) has more knowledge, he (she) has years of experience in the field of security and it also has the right to exercise training function, e.g. he (she) can be contacted by the common (and others) to give evenings (days) for information on domestic security, and he (she) can also train the “Junior Security Scouts“.
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Senior Security Scouts” report the practical experience to the Department so that they are aware of the current situation on the field.

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It is also advisable to develop a help file containing documents and tutorials about IT-Security. This file “Security Master File” to be present in each “Security Help Point” to ensure the same quality at each location. That way, if there will be questions we can provide people with correct answers and always the same at any place (quality monitoring).

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“Security Master File”

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  • Safety data sheets developed by the Department or others having been recognized as being educational.
  • Guidelines for behavior on the Internet and use the computer for use without fear …
  • A list (not exhaustive) list of good links for legal downloads, trustworthy download sites…
  • A list of “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions), containing also the legal aspects.
  • A list of laws concerning ICT.
  • A list with links to security tools, free and commercial software…
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Find information about international IT-Laws

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blueman20401Recommendations from the BIG Players on IT-Security, Cyber-security, Internet-Safety, privacy, Online-Safety:

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as on Friday May 18, 2012: SaferOnlineTeam@MS @Safer_Online
Follow Friday – Follow @knolinfos to help stay up to day on Internet security and safety tips. ===> That’s my Twitter account

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PS: SaferOnlineTeam@MS @Safer_Online is Microsoft’s official Twitter account for privacy and online safety guidance and information.

Redmond, WA, USA  http://www.microsoft.com/security

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Stay tuned for next publication…

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


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

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Ideas for a more secure Internet-part1/National Security Day as a Family Day

Ideas for a more secure Internet-part1/National Security Day as a Family Day
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Learning IT-Security
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International Days of security, which already exist and are organized by the European Commission should be more focused on practice, awareness is not enough! BTW: although they do a very good job! It is advisable to organize these days in spring when the weather is nice outside and preferably organize them as a family party, ie:
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===> These safety  and security days could well be used also for the exchange between generations … <===

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  • Children in clothes of virus, worm, trojan, etc.. will jump around and try to scare visitors, under supervision of instructors.
    • A special workshop for the creation of these costumes will be arranged with instructors who help and guide children in creatingthe costumes, easy to perform and inexpensive. Here the generation exchange could get made while seniors who still have good knowledge about sewing may help to create these costumes and also showing the kids on How-To
  • Stands with hardware, especially with security software and free software must be present.
    • National Computer Clubs may be there also…
  • Stands with drinks and grilled course, also, this should be a festive family day…
  • Musicians must also be on site and for Luxembourg, the winners of the “Song Contest” Internet rights of children should be involved as well as a booth distributing CDs of winners…
  • A theater piece about security, as explained in my blog (in French) Sécurité PC et Internet / Théâtre Interactif et Pédagogique should also be present…
  • Presentations on safety and security on the big screen should also be presented to the public…
  • Sponsors must be found to cover the costs …
  • Invite as society “Web Of Trust” (WOT) that produces a FREE, comprehensive safety check of websites, based on the community …
  • Create “Scavenger Hunt’s“” using the QR-Code, see example (in English) here:
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  • European CommissionThe Antivirus Manufacturers
    • Generation Exchange by SID2102
  • The Ministry of Family
  • The Ministry of Youth
  • Companies who would pay for advertising…
  • Multicultural Associations
  • Banks
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blueman20401Recommendations from the BIG Players on IT-Security, Cyber-security, Internet-Safety, privacy, Online-Safety:

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as on Friday May 18, 2012: SaferOnlineTeam@MS @Safer_Online
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Follow Friday – Follow @knolinfos to help stay up to day on Internet security and safety tips. ===> That’s my Twitter account

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PS: SaferOnlineTeam@MS @Safer_Online is Microsoft’s official Twitter account for privacy and online safety guidance and information.

Redmond, WA, USA  http://www.microsoft.com/security

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


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

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Work-Sheet Teachers Best Practices/HowTo

Work-Sheet Teachers Best Practices/HowTo

Possible instructions for educators on how they can work together with the learners…

Knowing the tools for 21st Century Learning is primordial to give quality courses. Taking GOLD DUST as an good practice example who is an interdisciplinary and interactive 21st century textbook. It works on the basis of the “Papillon”-method- a new system of education on the basis of ancient wisdom and modern research.
By using the “Papillon” method learners get a mix from structur (text of the virtual world) and freedom (Internet).

The preoccupation with key words (the penetration at the depth central themes) pays for itself in an acceleration of apprehension, and not only during school but for the entire life.

Particularly suitable for team- and project work. The role of the teacher is being transformed. He is providing the direction and ensures the point of reference while the Internet becomes the learning space and the student can work independently. The teacher will play the role of a coach…

Due to the switch between digital and traditional work methods, the productive capacity to reflect and the joy the students experience from experimentation as well as the ability to critically assess the media are stimulated and promoted. Unique learning success becomes possible in this sense by combining technical affinity and the desire to read.

Knol created on 27.01.2011 and co-author Hardyna VEDDER joined in on 01.03.2011. This knol was migrated to WordPress Annotum on May 2, 2012.

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The Object of Teaching

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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.


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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, solving the problems of the future…


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Teamwork, sharing tools with learners, MindMap, learning to create a “playlist in YouTube (if not already known), learning to create themselves their own learning content, that are only some good examples on how a teaching person could prepare his courses. The teaching person could create together with the learners a playlist in YouTube with the presented videos in the course, creating a Channel for that school, class and course and let the learners help to create it by choosing maybe also themselves new videos to integrate…

By this video the teaching person could use the opportunity as well to explain the learners what are trusted content and what not, a short introduction… Show them that by a simple add-on in their browser they will find what trusted content is, example here below who takes only a couple of minutes to explain and also only a couple of minutes to install it…

WOT: Web Of Trust demonstration

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Why to do it on that way??? Any person looks for profit, so give your students (learners) an opportunity to get profit out from it for their real life, e.g. YouTube playlist… Let your brain work to find other similar “tools” which they can benefit also in real life, success is guaranteed… Try also to combine different knowledge, e.g. talk also about Security when working on Internet, show some useful Tips and Tricks that not everyone knows, that is welcomed knowledge for the students (learners)… If yourself don’t have that knowledge, ask other teaching persons to give the courses in a Team-Teaching manner, thus meaning that their will be two teaching persons for one course (needs planning)…

Teaching for 21st Century…

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By this manner you share all together your knowledge also with other persons and learners by knowing the tools could create themselves their own content. Some of them would create other content for their own learning style than without that the teaching person needs to tell them, they learn also than to be creative and independent… The teaching person could later on, when the learners know the new tools, even start a competition in the class: creating the best content for a certain course which will motivate the learners

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What Should Get Taught…


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Team-Work, using tools of 21st Century which the teaching-person also uses, such as MindMap program, example EDRAW..

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Practical Example: Chapter 1: iGold Dust – Phantasos http://einstein21.org/Online_Book/C1.htm from      http://einstein21.org/Papillon-Method.htm

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Explore the topics:

Earth, Biological Clock, Brain, Chronobiology, Desire To Read,Technical Affinity, Teamwork..


Keyword : earth

How to discover “earth” cross-disciplinary? Begin the topics as often as you can with emotional images (You Tube). So you immediately arouse interest and curiosity. After that imparting knowledge about the links. Let the students look on the subject from different perspectives, as an island that they round.

Topic Earth:

Astronomy 1 2 3 4

Definition earth 5

Geography 6

Geology 7 8

One-Planet Future 9 10 11 12 13

Different Cultures 14

See also the YouTube Channels and other worthy Channels

By watching those channels, you will get anyway some new ideas, let flow your creativity, discover your creativity and share your creativity and motivation with others 😉

A wide, cross-subject education and cross-border thinking challenges children to ask questions, show curiosity and to change their perspectives. “Children must be given the opportunity to view a certain aspect from different perspectives. This is how they learn the same content in all of its complexity and learn in the process that different perspectives can result in different assessments. Prof. Wassilios Fthenakis

Keyword: listlessly like a wilting leaf – biological clock

Introduce new interdisciplinary areas and foster dialogue with science: Chronobiology [13] “Chrono” pertains to time and “biology” pertains to the study, or science, of life.


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[GM]: Technical advice: as teaching persons know in advance when courses about “Astronomy, Earth, Geography, Geology, History and… will get taught so they could planning on the beginning of the year an excursion to a planetarium, a zoo and other scientific places…


Motivate your learners the day of the excursion and/or visit of a museum, planetarium and other interesting places to take photos each (only when allowed in museums…), those photos would get used later on from the learners to publish in a Word document, a Microsoft Publisher document, a Scribus document, a blog, by using Knol… where the learners will learn to publish their photos and to write their own feelings of such a day…

Need ideas on how to do??? Please have a look here on how such publications could be done by using Knol:



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Show them some FREEWARE tools such as PhotoScape where they learn to make photo editing and where they have also the possibilities to create different Photo Presentations, e.g. here below:

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That are “tools” which they profit also for private life, so they will learn with fun and you prepare them for 21st Century publishing and learning, easy to integrate in your courses when knowing yourself to handle it… 😉
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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, fun and success is guaranteed…

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


“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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Motivation, creativity, positive feedback, no stress, win-win situation, fun, learning process, 21st Century knowledge, think outside the box, new ideas, adapt your skills…
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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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Propositions: Practical Advices For Students (Learners) MindMap Sheet And Other Activities…

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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…Show also your learners (students) how to create such WordSearch Puzzles and explain them how to use them, e.g. students who have problems to remember some words can use it by creating themselves a word list and by “playing” interactive with their self-created WordSearch they will learn those words, it helps as I did this with my students, a progress

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As we are talking already about interactive learning, so why not also using so called “Flash Cards” on an interactive way, such as “CueCards” where the author helped making one of the translations of that superb learning program. CueCards allows to bring in multimedia content, very interesting 😉

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Meanwhile have a look on some “Flash Cards” made only by text here: Renaissance

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You could (should) also using publishing software such as Microsoft Publisher and/or Scribus together with your learners, let me explain why…
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Example: when making an excursion with your learners and/or visiting an exhibition so there are photos taken from the teaching person(s) and maybe also from some learners as usual. Use this photos in a special course when talking again about the lived experience and let your learners write their own lived in a knol and/or in a special document such as Microsoft WordOpen OfficeMicrosoft Publisher or Scribus, where they can embed then the photos and write their own text and impressions. Give them that possibility to do and later on you discuss about the different impressions from your learners…

Give them a guide and critics about what they wrote and show them also a different way of thinking, discuss about different ways of expression and tell them about virtues and critical thinking. On such “writings” you have the possibility to bring in critical thinking and virtues, use it to make your learners become “critical thinkers” and creative thinkers also, both are very close, closer as you might think 😉

Motivate them for their good work, but tell them also (when needed) that they could bring in more “critical” words and phrases, encourage them even to do so… Tell them that they will not get punished for it and that even you encourage them to do it, their is a need for it. Learners should get encouraged to think critical minded… They will need this virtue in their professional life, so prepare them for it!!!

A good way for learners to learn critical thinking is certainly the analyzing of the lyrics of their loved songs, these 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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King Tut (“Walking on the Sun” by Smash Mouth)

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By watching and listening to such music videos your learners will get the main information only by watching the lyrics, interesting isn’t it???
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Using Google Docs And Saving Money…

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By using FREE online Office applications such as Google docs you will save a lot of money, no need to buy licences from Microsoft. Also is Google docs in the so called “cloud“, thus meaning that the service is available only online. Teaching people and learners can have access anywhere in the world (internet connexion provided…) and at any time…

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A new trend is actually to “curate“, thus meaning to collect your favorite web sites and to present them to the Internet Community.

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Link: 21st Century Tools for Teaching-People and Learners

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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, solving the problems of the future…


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Related Links And Resources…

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Interesting Quotes…

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        • “Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance”~Will Durant (1885-1981) U.S. author and historian.
        • “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
  • 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…to develop the mind. The mind should be a thing that works.

Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941) American novelist and short story writer.

  • Education … 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’ university, but ye can’t make him think.

Finley Peter Dunne (1867—1936) U.S. author, writer and humorist.

  • 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.

  • Teachers open the door, you enter by yourself
Chinese proverb.


More quotes here : http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/eduquote.htm


Be also informed about 21st Century applications, subscribe to my daily published “The Knol Infos Daily” and my curation:
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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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Learning Without Frontiers…


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.”  

Source: MINDSHIFT.

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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Motivation, creativity, positive feedback, no stress, win-win situation, fun, learning process, 21st Century knowledge, think outside the box, new ideas, adapt your skills, competences, crowdsourcing
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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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The efforts you brought in you will get them 10 times back, teaching and learning makes fun now for learners and teaching stuffless stress on both sides and a positive feedback for the teaching people…
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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 21st-Century Classroom


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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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Dokeos is an open source online learning suite. It provides all the features needed for e-learning and blended learning management : From Authoring to Reporting.
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Update (09.03.2011): Dokeos 2.0 is the new release. It is thoroughly redesigned and adapted to the recent evolution of technologies and their uses: mindmapping integration in learning processes, scenario tools for training modules, management of social networks for a collaborative learning, touchscreen interface adapted for mobile media (smartphones, tablets, iPad …).
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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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Other useful software is DYKNOW… watch web site for more information…
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Translation Tools


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There are several FREE translation tools available on Internet…

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For Google Chrome: Google Chrome‘s built-in translation bar helps you read more of the web, regardless of the language of the web page.The bar is enabled by default and is available for 52 languages.

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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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 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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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

Below a screenshot from the software…
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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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Use FREEWARE Software For Learning…

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Find free tutorials on the Khan Academy…

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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…

Stay informed about Edu-News:
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A revolution for education, the KNO.
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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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Practical example from “Space School” (Science Channel)
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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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Available FREE online resources for work sheets:

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Using Google Apps For Education…


Google Apps for education enables staff and students to work together…
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Apps for higher education…

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Knol authors who are 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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Link to Mobile Internet
Source i-nigma:
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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Life-Long-Learning and International Education Exchange…

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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):

RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms

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Get new ideas…


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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[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 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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A non-exhaustive list of links of Plagiarism Check:

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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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For a Better World

For a Better World

For A Better World

Multi-Cultural Blog

A multicultural effort on showing how the world could become better. This blog is an example of multi-cultural author collaboration. This world that we live in is divided into different continents and countries. We still can make it as a better world, by finding areas of common interest among ourselves as humans, as well as sharing our knowledge about what could be done for a better world.

Actually (06 November 2010) we are present authors of Egypt, Luxembourg, Australia, United States, Switzerland, India and Italy, awaiting soon more countries to join in.

The authors are not “dreamers”, they have a “realistic thinking” background, they know that this world can not be changed in a short time, but they want to share their ideas and Tips to make it move forward

This article was a knol created on November 02, 2010 and was migrated to WP on December 29, 2011.

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1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-trafficlightgreendan01Authors are trying on their best to present content which is accepted in any culture, that is why it is a Multi-cultural Blog. If you, dear reader would find something which you think is hurting you, or this could happen, so please let us know and we will try to clarify it… We don’t want to harm anybody, but it could be possible that we publish(ed) something without knowing that it could be not well accepted by some cultures. We are humans and trying to present something useful, so please if you find it not acceptable, just let us know and we will take care of it.. Thank you very much and we hope you enjoy it.. 🙂

Welcome To Our Readers


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[GM]: Good manners, such as greeting somebody (Hello, Hi…) also and especially on Internet (on Internet it is disappearing almost), saying “Thank you” to somebody and “please” are “keywords” for showing “Respect” to each other.

In my country (Luxembourg) we even say that those words are the “keys” that open all the doors…


Different authors with different cultures are trying to meet and share their knowledge on a Blog to break out the distances among themselves. Most of the authors present here have an educational and/or medical knowledge background and are using this knowledge to give you, dear readers, a guideline, an impulse for thinking on it how it could be, when wished so

In this blog we will try to give as much as possible guidelines about what we authors present here think what could be done for a better world and also we will show on this knol how it could possible be realized by using ICT and Education as possibilities…

We are not “dreamers“, we have a “realistic thinking” background, we know that this world can not be changed in a Century Time, but we want to share our ideas and Tips to make it move forward…


If you, dear reader and/or knol author, have the same mentality, please let us know it by a comment. 

Thanks to do so, you will be welcome 😉


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When I do something for other people, I feel good, “says Peterson“. When you do something voluntarily for others, not only for its own interests, it is rewarded. In some mysterious way, serve as an “altruistic” (the opposite of selfishness) gives his own life more important. It seems that nature have put it in our genes, or that people are happy when they have the spirit of sharing, community spirit.

So, dear readers, make yourself feeling good and share this knol (unit of knowledge) with other people, thanks in advance 😉

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Introduction

1ibdy1vf6wghd-n05dgl-trafficlightgreendan01We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.
There are multiple ways existing already to make this World better, to let you know what could be done authors of this knol have created different sections to show you what exactly is existing, such as:
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  • Alternative Energies for a better world
  • New Architecture Technologies for a better world
  • Science for a better world
  • Traditional medecine for a better world
  • Sharing our knowledge for a better world
  • Multicultural Events
  • New Knowledge in Psychology, the positive thinking
  • Education for a better world
  • Generation Exchange for a better world
  • Helping The Poor to take part of the already present knowledge
  • Financing with MicroCredits to give opportunity to learn
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PS: Give your brain a kick and start thinking on how yourself can contribute to a better world, the solutions are described here in this blog 😉

Some wise words:

With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world. Dalai Lama

By developing a sense of concern for others’ well-being, then no matter what others’ attitudes are, you can keep inner peace. Dalai Lama


What Is Multicultural???

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What is multicultural??? It is like a rainbow, lots of different colors and most lots of different mentalities, different ways to see the same things…

This blog tries to show the common things for everybody with different mentalities but with the same goal “For A Better World” and I am sure we will be able to find a common point of interest and also a common point of on how to change things 😉


The World, Our Home, Let Us Preserve It…



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This video is a must to watch it: We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.


The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.

—> HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet. <—

Yann Arthus-Bertrand


For Education: This is the BEST video ever made to explain what our World is, it takes 1h33 minutes, so prepare your courses in advance considering the time of the video… But it is worth to show your students this video and later on the other videos  who are shown in the section below. After watching these videos, try to make a “Question and Answer” session together with your students and learners, a need…
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Our World, What Is Happening Now With It?

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Disappearing Island
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Ocean Life in Danger
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6 Degrees Warmer
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We Are The World
We Are The World

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Me profiting from when I help other people, it is me who gives something and not the other person???” Such may be your thinking, but…There are new ways in Psychology who are describing this very well such as:

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When I am happy and talking to other persons so my positive karma is going over to other persons as well and they will learn also to become happy (without taking drugs) and happy persons are more open minded and constructive thinking as well. Constructive thinking means also doing and/or creating something new related to new acquired knowledge and sharing this new acquired knowledge again makes things move forward, a positive step who will get amplified by other people following that same good mentality…

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By sharing our knowledge, like we authors do here, people will know what happens with the world, what could be done to help for a better world and also how people can come together by respecting each other. The Sharing Of Knowledge over the Internet has the Power of 24/24 hours availability and the information could get read where ever, Internet connexion provided…

 


Prominent People For A Better World…

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Traditional Medicine

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Krishan MaggonBefore World War II, medicine was mostly traditional all over the world except few drugs like aspirin, insulin and few vaccines. Advanced in medicine and science and imaging have contributed to the resurgence of modern medicine in most of the Western and developed world.

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The main ethical issue in poor communities and populations today is how to deliver modern healthcare and make it accessible to all. It is a moral dilemma that even over 60 years after the foundation of WHO, the world is not able to educate all its children or provide an efficient health care to the poor sections of its population or eliminate misery and poverty.
 
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The cost of traditional medicine is much lower, it is closer to the community, and patients get personal attention or the healing touch of the practitioner who speaks the same language. Traditional medicine until a few decades ago has never been practiced as a commercial service like modern medicine and patients pay according to their ability and financial status. The World Health Organization has recommended for the incorporation of the traditional systems of medicine for communities where it is accepted, into the primary health care system. Although traditional medicine did not learn from the rest of the world or incorporate modern ideas from science and medicine, there is no reason for modern medicine to ignore traditional systems of medicines. These systems must be reinterpreted in the light of our new knowledge and incorporated in modern medicine along with other forms of traditional medicine.

 





New Drugs Offer Magical Cures To Save Lives 

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New anticancer drugs in development offer us the possibility of dramatic and complete cure for Metastatic melanoma.
The story of the 2 new wonder drugs Ipilimumab and BRAF inhibitor PLX 4032 have been extensively covered in the media.
New drugs acting on the nerve growth factors NGF offer us the real possibility of relief from chronic pain for 1-2 months with a single injection. In addition, these drugs are non addictive and free from liver, kidney and gastrointestinal adverse drug reactions of current analgesics.
The central role of beta amyloid protein in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease has highlighted its role in memory loss and cognitive functions. New drugs aimed at beta amyloid protein may slow, stop or even reverse degrading cognitive function and memory loss.

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What Can Education Do For A Better World???


Teacher iconEducation, 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…

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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Starting On The Beginning, Education To Youth


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Youth is the future anyway, so Education to Youth with their own actions should be promoted, the European Commission is doing so as a lot of other worldwide known organizations such as:

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Generation Exchange / Café des âges / Dialogue Café



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.In collaboration with the Alliance of CivilizationsCISCO launched Dialogue Café at the Istanbul Forum. The project is based on a radical but simple idea: ordinary people have more in common than not and given the opportunity will explore their common interests even across radical geo-political divides.

Dialogue Café links diverse groups of citizens from around the world through third generation video-conferencing technology, thereby creating a new space for social innovation and exponentially expanding our ability to solve problems and innovate as a global community. Dialogue Café’s development is being supported by an international multi-sector consortium of partners, enabled by cutting-edge technology, and most importantly is driven by ordinary people.

The Café proof of concept will commmence with preparations for pilot cafes in New York, London, Istanbul and the Middle East.

In the French Speaking Community there are already similar activities running, those cafés are called “Café des âges“, places where young and older generation come together around a good drink and where they are discussing about a “daily chosen” theme.
One of those themes is as example (we published it already here): “Music, A Link Between Generations?“.

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What Can ICT Do For A Better World???

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So as most of you know probably, Internet is like a trap when people are not aware about the dangers and the security. Security is a must on our days, we need to protect our computers and also we need some special tools to know if the web sites we are visiting are secure. One of those tools is WOT (World Of Trust)…



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WOT, protect yourself from online scams, sites with adult content, spam and other Internet threats. The Wot community has rated millions of websites so you can search, shop online and surf for fun without worrying. 

—> Get WOT now! <—


Un homme averti en vaut deux (FR) / Gefahr erkannt ist Gefahr gebannt (DE) / Forewarned is Forearmed (EN)

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First of all, Internet must be present in any country of the world, as also a good broadband of Internet services, below you will see the last report from Cisco about “The World’s Broadband Leaders in 2010“, who gives you an overview on how “bad” certain countries still are, there is still a lot of work to do to give customers in certain countries the possibility to use Internet…

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What is the need for the near future (2015)??? Please follow this link.




Architects For A Better World

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Our planet is in danger.The film below is about architecture that cares about nature, about people and about our future. 10 world famous architects share both their vision and solutions on sustainable building. It’s called also Green architects or sustainable architecture.
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Alternative Energies For A Better World


Our planet is in danger.The films below are proposed solutions to use energy on alternative ways…

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Fair Trade Labelling And Rainforest Alliance / Coffee

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Why fore “Coffee” here as part of a better World??? “Coffee” stays here for “relaxing“, “tasting“, “taking part of social life” by drinking “Coffee” together with other people, which is also “harmony”. By buying also only Coffee from small companies “Fair Trade” and/or Rainforest Alliance you will help to survive small earning people and not only sponsoring the Big Concerns…

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Fair Trade“: “Tackling Poverty And Empowering Producers Through Trade
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FLO is a group of 24 organizations working to secure a better deal for producers. They own the FAIRTRADE Mark – the product label that certifies international Fairtrade standards have been met. 
Rainforest Alliance: The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversityand ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
Fair Trade Labelling and Rainforest Alliance are not only trading Coffee, please visit their web sites to learn more…
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Our Existence Depends On Managing The Earth Resources


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In the modern world of ours even the authorities are chopping down the trees in the name of development. This knol pin points the great damage we are causing to the very existence of human beings by cutting down trees around the world.

A knol by Philip Verghese (PV Ariel): http://knol.google.com/k/our-existence-depends-on-trees#

Trees, Fishing and other resources… in preparation…



Helping The Third World


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The UN General Assembly held a meeting on 13th October 2010 in which the role of microfinance as a path out of poverty was discussed… learn more…
You can help also by buying gifts for Xmas on different organizations where the money will get distributed to whom who need it, such as:


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Music As A Link For Multicultural And Generations Living Together


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Music is a very good possibility for sharing feelings and for showing also the taste of different generations and nationalities. But it is not only the music, people forget much often to understand also the lyrics. So when listening to a music video why not searching to find the same with lyrics.


By understanding the meaning behind a song (Music and Lyrics), it is possible to feel how a generation and a culture is thinking. By organizing Multi Cultural Music Festivals in a country, this allows to bring together different cultures…
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What are other countries listening for music??? The Charts of different countries… coming soon…

     
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United Kingdom (Europe) TOP of the charts UK from MTV
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Luxembourg (Europe) DNR Hit-Café + RadioAktiv
Egypt El Sawy Culturewheel
 Europe Europe TOP 20 from MTV

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News Around The World


newspapernicubuculei01To understand better each others mentality it is good to know the news of each country and/or continent, here below some news around the world. These News are automatically actualized 24/24 hours… So, come back often to watch…




     
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Luxembourg (Europe) Luxembourg News from Luxembourg Portal
Egypt Egypt News & Egypt Daily News
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Flag source: http://www.printableworldflags.com/

Icons used in this knol are Open Source (Freeware) and are part of “Open ClipArt” and the Flag Icons used above are from “Flag source: http://www.printableworldflags.com/“. If you like those flags and you would like to use them also, so once on that web site, click on “Icons”, you would have the choice from different sizes. My choice here was 24×24 pixels.



International Food, Eating and Hunger In The World…

chefjarnovasamaaInternational Food, why fore is this section in here, sounds strange to me??? Answer: by knowing what other people are eating and also their habits on how they are eating we could understand a bit more about their lifestyle and their mentality as well as their social status…

Eating is a must for every human isn’t it??? And by eating different dishes from different cultures we are knowing a bit more about other cultures isn’t it??? By creating exhibitions about international food we are creating places where multicultural people are meeting to know each other better, isn’t it so???

Aware of the issues represented by the Greater Region in the economic development of the catering sector, EXPOGAST is located in Luxembourg, the business heart of the region. The opportunities offered by the international dimension of Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany are enhanced by the specific features of Luxembourg where 44.66% (1) of residents are foreign, expecting the highest added value to be offered, but demonstrating the particularly high level of loyalty among traditional Luxembourg visitors.

 

The social criteria of current and potential visitors to EXPOGAST: the international community, multiculturalism, multilingual skills and a high purchasing power are some of the factors favouring the economic development of gastronomy, culturally embedded in custom and usage.

Visit this link, please to understand more about it: EXPOGAST and the Best Link here ONT-LUXEMBOURG. 51 nations are present…more than 2,300 cooks from 5 continents…

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Hunger In The World…


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Be aware: you will see shocking photos, are you prepared for reality???

We have seen in the section above the luxury and now here below you will see the reality of poverty and Hunger in the World, think on it, please…

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What’s about about a small QUIZ??? Do you think you know really everything about “Hunger In The World”???

Try it out and you might be surprised (GM: I was surprised how less I knew…)

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Multicultural Events And Associations In Different Countries…

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Blues’n Jazz Rallye in Luxembourg


Multicultural Associations in different countries

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Country Origines (Roots)


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Mir wölle bleiwe wat mir sin‘. It looks like German and Dutch, mixed together and means: ‘We want to stay what we are‘.

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The roots of the people are Celtic and the spoken language is Luxembourgish, while the administrative languages are French and German.The newspapers are mostly written in at least three languages, Luxembourgish, French and German with sometimes also English…


Living myself in a country (Luxembourg) where there are living about 44% (2010) people from different nationalities, even that Foreigners could outnumber Lux nationals by 2020. It is the highest proportion of foreigners of any EU country, so I am used to it, living with different mentalities, but others probably not…

Luxembourg is situated in the heart of Europe and bordered by France, Belgium and Germany. In 2009 the abroad (frontier runners) working people in Luxembourg by per cent was 43% from the total working people in Luxembourg. From those 43% were 49,4% French people, 25,4% Belgium people and 25,1% from Germany. More information here in French: les frontaliers.lu

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Possible Problems When Working Together With Different Nationalities…

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As Knol discontinued on May 1,2012 the proposed links of knols don’t work anymore! One day there will be new links proposed once the migration of these knols are done to WordPress…



What Could Be Done For Sensibility About Planet Earth Problems???


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Some Humor 😉

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Humor is internationally accepted and understood… With humor things who normally would never get accepted could get accepted by the way of laughing about each other (very important)!


Humor makes it much more easy to bring people on a “win-win” situation, thus meaning (as example): somebody tells a joke about the country of his “conversation partner” and the other one replies also with a joke about the other ones “conversation partner” country. So at least they have “fought” on a social and peaceful wise, which is normally accepted and when there are good (peaceful)  characters this could even help to build up a friendship 😉

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Authors Point Of View On How To Realize A Better World

 Ibrahim H. Hussney

Ibrahim H. HussneyIn the world of managing and developing businesses; you need always to be near from the facts and working with the reality, the necessary existence of these two principals in the mind are for the sake of the business itself and also help not to lose the thread of the correct ways needed for developing its management, The question which may jump to your mind now, are you able alone to see this reality?. And if so; for what extend you can?

For a Better World, you need to work within a team considering yourself like a part of a bigger system, nowadays you are not able to isolate yourself and working everything alone, performing what we called “One Man Show” became not feasible anymore, twenty eyes can see better than two, also twenty eyes can see much more details and touch much of the realities especially when we talk about those what are hidden away from the only two eyes.
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Five tools you need to dominate in order to develop your talent of Seeing Reality Through Other’s Eyes, so you need to go through:

a-Establishing more relationships for widening and supporting your ideas.

b-Go for more conversations and brainstorming to determine the future shape.
c-Suspending your assumptions for a while and think systemically.
d-Balancing between advocacy and inquiry while implementing new policy.
e-Open your mind, heart and teach yourself the philosophy of keep moving to see new people and places.
  • More relationships mean more people to know, mean more ideas to discover, mean more opportunities to discipline your own ideas and mean finally to get the necessary support for these ideas.
  • More conversations and brainstorming to be involved with, mean to become more near to discover the better shape for the future you are looking for yourself and for your society; hence for the whole world.
  • Try to suspend your assumptions for a while which always pushing you, change your thinking style from linearity to non-linearity or in spite you are always logic in your thinking you need also some creativity to express. The best is to balance between both styles.
  • Never adhere yourself always to advocate your new policy; train yourself to inquire for more and more details, such behavior certainly will develop your ideas and support your advocacy at the end of the day, helping in implementing your new policy smoothly; also balancing between both issues is always required.
  • Open your mind, your heart; open all of your possible windows to learn and to know whatever is new and all whatever may help in achieving your goals; train yourself to adapt the philosophy of keep moving, that will help your talent of discovering things via visiting the new places and knowing new people and cultures.

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If you succeed in accomplishing these few missions, finally you are the one who become able to establish your own better world and sharing with the better world of the others.

 

“I have to extend my thanks to Peter Senge, Brayan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley; the author and co-authors of The Necessary Revolution, Working Together to Create a Sustainable World ©, the book  inspired me to write these few lines”.  




Abbreviations

ICT: Information and Communication Technologies
[GM]: Gust MEES
[MAK]: Moharram KHALIFA
[PeB]: Peter BASKERVILLE
[E1C]: Eric CLAUSEN
[KM]: Krishan MAGGON
[SC]: Silverio CARUGO
[PVA]: PV Ariel


Summary


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So, after having published that much in here in this blog, what is the most important???




Gust MEES
Gust MEES: We are ALL humans, wherever we are living, whatever our social status is, whatever our education is, whatever our religion is, whatever our character is, whatever our opinion is, whatever our ethics are, whatever our ethnics are. Acting as a human means also sharing our knowledge to ALL the people (not necessary on a commercial way)…



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Think on that and react on a “win-win” situation when talking (also comment on Internet) to other people, please.
Think “Constructive” and not “Destructive”.



TOGETHER we build a better world, if wished so…

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Ever thought about this??? Animals don’t destroy what is under their feet, but what are human people doing??? Humans (we, us) are destroying everything what is under our feet, and even in the space already now also. Is this serious???


Tolerance

Be tolerant with other people, try to understand them…


Share your knowledge with other persons, use Social Media, it is FREE…

Resources


Free web development resources on ENTHEOSWEB


Try to contact your local radio stations and TV channels to propose reporting about Hunger in the world…


This FREE HTML-Code from ENTHEOSWEB


Web Informer Button

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Ever thought to join in for helping to make a better world??? “L’union fait la force” (FR), “United We Stand“!!! (EN)

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Final Word


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If this blog makes you think and your grey cells are getting activated, so that your filter situated between your two ears (your brain) starts to get more activities as usual, than we as authors are very happy. Thus meaning that our message(s) made move something. Feel free to leave a constructive message and why not, if interested to join in, let us know please…

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