21st Century HowTo Guide For Teaching-People

21st Century HowTo Guide For Teaching-People

21st Century HowTo Guide For Teaching-People (teachers, professors, educators, instructors...)...
Find here (nearly) ALL information about 21st Century Learning. Adapting the concept of education to the digital age, the 21st Century. A practical guide for teaching-people (teachers, professors, educators, instructors...) on HowTo teach (coach) learners on a modern way with tools from the 21st Century and also with newest 21st Century Education knowledge. Save lots of costs by FREEWARE and OpenSource programs as well with academic licences.
Education could change the world.

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

Knol created on 27.09.2009. and renamed on 20.02.2011.
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Introduction



Teaching 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...

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" [6]  up the text here) to make the learning process go forward... Teaching-people should also forward to their learners Learning to Learn.

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.

The author has given courses himself since eight (8) years (2010) based on Howard GARDNER's [1] and Daniel GOLEMAN's [2] 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 learners... Learning who makes fun when well organized. The 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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Powerpoint presentation from GALILEO.ORG


"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


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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."

(Seneca the Younger)



"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)

Keywords:

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



It is not anymore the teacher (professor, educator, instructor...) who is the most important person. The person who teaches (teacher, professor, instructor, coach...) 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 [3] 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...


"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...]


Keywords: 


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...


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...

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...

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...

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???


First of all I recommend you to read some books to understand, I recommend books from Howard GARDNER and Daniel GOLEMAN  [1] [2], see also my book selection on the end of this knol:


  • 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.

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...

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...
Life Long Learning made easy and for FREE!
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...

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...



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 [1] and allows a 3-dimensional view on the recommended topical focus.

The Papillon method offers a real and an imaginary level. 

  • First, the real world of knowledge. 
  • Second, a fictional world of characters and stories, which  reader has to explore. 



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“



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


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...


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"... 

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!!!

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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What Are The Tools I Can Use???





[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"...





[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)



A non-exhaustive list of online learning possibilities, such as LMS (Learning Management System) here below:


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...

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.

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 ...). 



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) you need 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 he will than be the administrator of the learning platform...

Learn more about Security:


Other useful software are DYKNOW... watch web site for more information...



Translation Tools




There are several FREE translation tools available on Internet, the best to do is to opt for an add-on for your browser. For Firefox go to Foxlingo-Translator...

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)...



 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...

Please have a look on the following links where you will find all the necessary information:



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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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This is a practical example which is used here and who uses also "short URL's" provided by goo.gl, so that the rows of the spreadsheet could be small and therefore the spreadsheet is well designed to fit into the page.


Sharing Knowledge Together Online...





Here some example knols on how authors from different continents and countries worked together to share a common knowledge on Knol, Knol who is made perfectly for such publications...

Publishing In 21st Century...


Make learning interesting for your learners, offer them interactive reading by using FREE services such as CALAMEO.

Publishing content on an 21st century way and finding also good resources:





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A Bit More Special Tools...


There are also some special tools which you might use, they need some work and some organization on the beginning, such as creating your own Toolbar for the browsers. Students and learners would have than everywhere your chosen links (and tutorials, courses...) present in that Toolbar, very effective. I created one about Security and PC Help as also valuable FREEWARE who is in three different languages (EN, FR, DE) and we will see here below what it is... I am using the FREE service from CONDUIT...


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conduit toolbar




.You may try my toolbar here to find out how it works: http://internetmonitorlu.ourtoolbar.com/. BTW: by clicking the button "RSS Feeds" you will see my last articles about security, stay informed..

Below a screenshot from CONDUIT start page who shows you all the possibilities: also Browser Apps and Mobile Apps could get easily created...




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...



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...

 
For more information see here: TIP


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...

Online MindMaps:



Gannt Charts For A Better Understanding And Analyzing...


Gantt Charts are also a very important tool when making and planning a project. A Gantt chart lets you see immediately what should have been achieved at any point in time.


Google Presentation

Google Presentation


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Use FREEWARE Software For Learning...




Find free tutorials on the Khan Academy...


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Tools Selection For Creative Learning...


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...







Sorry for the quality of this video, it is ma 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:




Education News

Education News




A revolution for education, the KNO.




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.
Source: ZDNET.



Valuable Resources For Teachers:

Practical example from "Space School" (Science Channel)
The Solar System
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Earth
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The Sun
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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:


Jing Tutorial

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Practical example using JING: "embedding a video into a knol







With Jing it is possible capture a predefined area of the screen and than to include an "arrow" and also a "text box" as shown left-hand site.

















Click now there where you want to have the video embedded 
















You need to click now the button "Insert" where a menu is presented and you chose "YouTube Video".















Once "saved" your video is now displayed in the knol. You need now to arrange the video


















You are done now...

TIP: use a knol which you don't publish and "play around" (practice) a bit. Once you know how to do it it will be very easy...









Available FREE online resources for work sheets:


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Using Knol For Education...



Knol
is well conceived for 21st Century Education, it gives a beginner as well as a more progressed learners (students) and teacher persons the possibility to create their articles (knols) on the fly and to present them online in a 21st Century manner for a multimedia society, thus meaning (non-exhaustive list): 


        
As it is not possible to show everything, I suggest to you to visit my collaborative knol (Team Work knol): Knol-its possibilities, who shows you in depht what is possible to create with Knol.
and much more...


Knol authors knols about Education, a non-exhaustive list:




Using Knol for higher education and scientists is also possible, their are already a lot of teams who are working together to create their articles (knols) such as:



The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit open-access publisher, committed to making scientific and medical research literature a freely accessible public resource.


Use also 
Knol Book/Knol Help from Top Authors where you will find all information for working with Knol...



Want to get some of your questions about Knol answered? Use Knol FAQ where you will find your answer.


Using Google Apps For Education...


Google Apps for education enables staff and students to work together...

google apps for education


Apps for higher education...


Apps for K-12...

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Knol authors who are using Google Apps for Education:

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.



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.


DIDASCA's Links:



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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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Google Cloud Connect For Microsoft Office...+++++++++++++++++++++++




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Education To Critical Thinking...



Teaching-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...

Have a look here, please, on my collaborative-knol who is in French and in English: Cyberbullying.


President Obama Releases Anti-bullying Message

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What Can Education Do For A Better World???


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???

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



Creating Your Own Web Page...





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:



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



[GM]: My Personal Advice...


By introducing the learners to the same tools which the teaching-person uses they will feel motivated 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...

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...




When working together with your students and when they are publishing content (even yourself...), please take care about the copyright, you are not allowed to copy&paste content from Internet and text from books from other persons without their knowledge and their permission...



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...




The beginning of the END of plagiarism soon??? Google changed his algorithm again, for good results???

More information here: 




A non-exhaustive list of links of Plagiarism Check:




Techniques used in this knol who will show you on HowTo...


To make this knol looking better we used different techniques such as:



Fun Also For (Not Only) Teachers...




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Related Books And Links...



Books (livres/Bücher)

[GM]: My book selection, books which I have read and which I want to share with you...

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French language:



German language (Deutsch)


English language


I met personaly Bruno HOURSTRobert GOBERT and Wim VEEN and I am working since eight years (2010), giving courses about ICT (mostly for adults and seniors, but also for young people) based on Howard GARDNER's and Daniel GOLEMAN's knowledge... A win-win situation between course instructor (coach) and learners which brings out a maximum to the learner, the most important...


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