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Creating Your First Blog Post With WordPress | Step By Step Guide

Creating Your First Blog Post With WordPress | Step By Step Guide

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First Steps

When YOU created YOUR account on the blogging platform “WordPress” OR when YOU received an invitation on a collaboration blog, most people will have a problem on How To start their first blog post. Here is an easy to follow step by step guide.

First step is looking on the left hand navigation side bar, see screenshot below, please.
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Click on the buttons “Posts“, followed by “Add New“.

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YOU will see now the following screen, see screenshot below, please.

 

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First have a look NOW on the right hand navigation bar and click on the button “Visibility: Public” ===> Edit <===, see “red arrow”.


Following screen (see screenshot below, please) will appear.

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The navigation box will pop up and YOU will see more options. Check the “circle” ===> “Private” <=== followed by a click on the button “OK“. YOUR blog post will be NOW “Private“, thus meaning that ONLY YOU can see it and nobody else (NOT PUBLIC PUBLISHING).

WHY this? As YOU are NOT YET comfortable with editing, so this is the BEST way to start as nobody else will see what YOU are doing ;) NOW YOU can experiment around to learn all the different possibilities

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Now when YOU want to see how YOUR blog post will look and how others would see it as well, YOU MUST first publish YOUR post, to do so check screenshot below, please.

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On right hand navigation side bar in the editing mode, click the button “Publish“.


NOW YOU will see how YOUR blog post would look in reality. BUT, as already said: it is STILL “PRIVATE” and nobody else could see it! Check screenshot below, please. YOU will see the word “Private” in front of the title of YOUR blog post, this shows YOU that it is NOT YET published to “Public“.

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Switch sometimes between “Editing” and “Publish” to control YOUR precious work and to work on it for excellence ;) Once satisfied with YOUR creation, make it “Public” by going to the right hand side navigation box and check the “circle” “Public“, followed by a click on the button “OK“.

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WHAT’S BEST way to create a blog post?

That’s a question I get asked very often, so let us go for it: I will show YOU some tips and tricks ;)

Make sure NOT to loose the point about WHAT YOU want to post, so to do this start YOUR blog post first with some keywords and small phrases, remember that it is STILL in “Private Mode“, so GO for writing! Let it go, let it flow…

Here my keywords for creating this blog: first steps, screenshots, easy explaining, no technical words, explaining with simple words, step by step guide, asking for feedback, finding out where learners have problems and adapting (update) the blog post, creating a video about it on How To…

YOU might have remarked ALSO that I use a lot of “BOLD” in my blog posts!? WHY? That are the MOST important parts to remember in my posts. TIP: ONLY read the “BOLD” and YOU would be able to understand ;)

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WHAT’S next step?

As YOU want that YOUR blog post(s) will get found by the “Search Engines” (Google, Bing, Yahoo &…) and that YOUR readers will be able to see about WHAT YOU are writing, it is very IMPORTANT to create “Categories” and ALSO “Tags“! YOU can edit them in the right hand side navigation bar.

Check screenshot below, please.

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Click on “+Add New Category” and insert YOUR text in the field, followed by a hit of the “Return-key of your computer”. Add as much as necessary, BUT NOT too much… I will explain in an next UPDATE why…

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Next is to add the “Tags“, YOU find it also the right hand side navigation bar, check screenshot below, please.

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Insert in the text field YOUR “Tags” and click the button “Add“..

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Stay tuned for next blog posts and for updates for this post ;)

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Storytelling With Twitter-Possible? YES, It Is! Jimmy The Bumble Bee

Storytelling With Twitter-Possible?  YES, It Is! Jimmy The Bumble Bee

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Some (actually a lot…) told me that Twitter is worth NOTHING, really!? I got discussions with people about the value of Twitter and Social Media, people who don’t understand the importance and the influence that Social Media has and I took this as a challenge to answer through my blog posts to give THEM an idea about WHAT THEY are missing, check also my curation below please:

BUT lets come back to the topic of this blog post: Storytelling With Twitter-Possible? First of all let us find out WHAT Storytelling is:

NOW, how can WE make Storytelling happening with Twitter where WE have ONLY 140 characters maximum to post, sounds strange, isn’t it!? Well, I agree, when I took that challenge I thought that it wasn’t nearly possible. BUT I remembered a blog post which I did recently where I explain about ===> Updated Twitter Knowledge <=== and I decided to try out that sort of publishing, WHY NOT!

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BUT wouldn’t it be a pity to talk about “Jimmy The Bumble Bee” without telling my readers ALSO about WHAT “Bumble Bees” are good for? Please check the following links:

Stay tuned for next adventures with #JimmyTheBumbleBee ;)

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PracTICE: LEARNing About Sustainability UP From The Early Age, A MUST!

PracTICE: LEARNing About Sustainability UP From The Early Age, A MUST!

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PracTICE: LEARNing About Sustainability UP From The Early Age, A MUST!

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It is a MUST for LEARNing about Sustainability UP from the early age! THE Love of Nature MUST stick in people so that WE know about WHAT WE have and WON’T have missing it anymore! The sentiment about WHAT nature really is MUST get learned over years to make sure that it remains ALSO when the students, learners, leave the school! THE BEST way is to use ===> PracTICE <===.

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Click the above image (screenshot) to access the article of ===> Psychology Today <===, a MUST to understand more!

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How Could This Been Done In Practice?

Red Rose-Wild-GardenWhen youth is used up from early age to take care about nature, by giving THEM responsibility, about animals and ALSO flowers, gardening habits, bringing THEM in to the circle of taking care of nature by engaging THEM on practice, be doing it themselves, THEY will learn about:

  • Knowledge about seeding, knowing about the process how plants and flowers growKnowing from where the products THEY find in supermarkets come and how difficult it is to produce them. THEY are NOT ONLY one click away ;)

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  • Knowledge about dangers for their project (pests, disease, bad weather conditions…)
  • Pride about the results of THEIR efforts => photos, slideshow, video, podcasts…
  • Curiosity to find out with experiments, guided by people who could give professional advice (gardener, experienced hobby-gardener)…

Proactive-Thinking mentality would be a result, THEY would THINK about what could destroy THEIR efforts! Something very important to get a Proactive-Thinking mentality! THEY would understand WHY it is important to fight for a BETTER world, getting the daily habits (reflexes) to make sure to preserve the beauty of nature! SO, let us start to think about How WE could teach the kids to get that Proactive-Thinking in PracTICE, if YOU won’t mind. Personally I would suggest this:

  1. Take the kids out for a walk in nature and ask them to take photos with THEIR Smartphones about what is interesting for THEM; YOU do the same and later YOU show THEM the difference and discuss about WHY YOUR photos are different. Take photos on different stages of the growth from the plants and flowers and document it in the blog. I suggest, when taking the photos, that YOU implant the date in the photos through a Photo-Editor program. I suggest the FREEWARE “Photoscape” which is very easy to use. As more photos YOU make, as it would be possible also to create a slow-motion video about the taken photos to show the growth of the plants and flowers in an interesting time laps view
  2. If your school allows it and has place for it, YOU may ALSO create a small garden in the school area. If so, apply the same advice as mentioned above.

Advice for creating a blog. I suggest to use WordPress as it is easy to learn and ALSO because they deliver a lot of FREE templates fitting for such projects. Personally I use the THEME “The Visual Theme“, where YOU can see the result of my blogging here:

Get a preview on a possibility of a YouTube video made by using “CamStudio” while recording the following SlideShow:

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Stay tuned for next blog posts :)

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Keywords: NO costs, low costs, engagement, photos, observing, love of nature, slideshow, video on YouTube, FUN, Learning by Doing, early age, Nature, World-Life, Pollution, Energy,

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Preparing our children for a better world

Preparing our children for a better world

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Preparing our children for a better world

Chat iconMost teachers accept that Climate Change is a reality.  All around us we see extreme and unpredictable weather events occurring and the devastation they bring to our people and fellow creatures on our beautiful planet.  I was born in the 1950’s and never thought I would live to see the day when so many iconic animals would be on the verge of extinction.  I rue the day that the only place future generations will see Elephants, Rhinos and Lions will be in a zoo!  Yet it seems as I write that this may well come to pass unless we take positive action to protect our environment on a global level.

As educators I believe the most critical issue of our time is sustainability.  It is our duty to help prepare our students for what may well be the fight of their lives to save the planet and our precious wildlife.  The human population is now over 7 billion worldwide and we all need shelter and food.  Food security will become an increasingly pressing issue, as will the availability of clean water for our crops and consumption.  Realistically, we cannot ignore the fact that fundamental resources are becoming increasingly scarce.  Hence we must arm our students with the knowledge and passion to live in a sustainable and less consumer driven way.

THUMBS-UPIncreasingly in Australian schools I see teachers setting up vegetable gardens and chicken runs, in order to foster in our children an understanding of how to produce their own food in a sustainable and humane way.  We also need to make our students aware of where the food in the big supermarket chains come from and how they are produced.  More than ever before our mainstream food is full of pesticides and is genetically engineered.  The meat we eat comes from unsustainable factory farms, which are not only inhumane but also highly polluting.  When we talk about carbon and pollution, our children and we ourselves, should be aware that livestock production in it’s current numbers is one of the biggest contributors to destroying our planet.

I note a growing awareness in my global social media connections, that to eat meat on such a massive scale as we have become accustomed to, is simply ecocide.  For example, did you know that every half kilo of beef we produce takes 6,810 litres of water, 3 kilos of grain (plus irrigation), 16.4 kilos of roughage for feed (plus irrigation), and an addition 70 litres of water for drinking and processing!  This is staggering and we need to start to seriously question our diet in the light of these figures, or else face the consequence of being unable to feed our burgeoning population.  Here is an excellent National Geographic post with an interactive diagram of just how much water different types of livestock consume:

National Geographic is a very credible source information and this particular site is full of useful information for teaching sustainability issues.  The following infographic makes it clear that reducing the animal protein we consume will make an enormous contribution to the health of the planet.

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Plastic is another terrible polluter and is destroying our oceans, which are the very lungs of the Earth itself. Birds, marine mammals and fish are full of plastic.  Creatures are often caught in plastic garbage and die slow, torturous deaths.  This is a sad fact, but in reality it is an easy problem to fix.  Don’t use plastic bags and don’t use plastic bottles for your water.  When I was a child we took string bags to the shops for our groceries and water never came in plastic bottles.  We used glass bottles for our drinks.

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.As teachers we are in a unique position to help the next generation to protect our planet and we become like a pebble dropped in the ocean, with the ripples of awareness spreading far and wide.  

We teach so many students our potential sphere of influence is enormous. Our access to social media makes it possible now to spread awareness all over the globe and connect to others we can exchange information with instantaneously.

Twitter has become an exceptional tool for spreading news and finding out facts the mainstream media do not cover.  Hence teaching students to use social media and twitter properly is also vital.  Just consider some of the recent uprisings and environmental disasters.

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The first news of these came out on Twitter;  we have never had such a powerful tool to connect globally and unite against corporate greed and keep Earth and it’s creatures alive and healthy.

My plea to educators is to make the effort to connect with not only other teachers, but also to groups who are dedicated to saving our planet for future generations. We can take advantage of technology such as Skype to have live sessions with scientists and conservationists to further assist our students to cope with the challenging times ahead of them.

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A BETTER World is Possible: It Needs YOUR Action

A BETTER World is Possible: It Needs YOUR Action

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


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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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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 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.
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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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womanchemistgeraldg.01Lack of health care insurance in developing and poor countries and the high cost of modern medicine has made it out of reach for over 70% of global population. Thus over 5 billion persons in our world rely mainly on the traditional system of medicines like the Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, Shaman, Persian, Arab, African/Asian/local tribal medicine men, phytotherapy, homeopathy and a diverse variety of remedies, cures and treatments. These cures are often derived from nearby forests or local resources. The early practitioners of traditional medicine were saints, community leaders or learned scholars and were recognized as well wishers of the society. This tradition still continues in rural communities, where traditional medicine men are sought after for health care and general social problems of the family.
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


sharing iconThere are several organizations worldwide who aim for helping people as a path out of poverty, which will get displayed here:

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:


Related links:
Microfinance, microcredits, Fair Trade…


 


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…

     
Flag Country Country Music News Web addresses
United Kingdom (Europe) TOP of the charts UK from MTV
United States
Canada
Australia
France (Europe)
Switzerland (Europe)
Luxembourg (Europe) DNR Hit-Café + RadioAktiv
Egypt El Sawy Culturewheel
 Europe Europe TOP 20 from MTV

Flag source: http://www.printableworldflags.com/


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…




     
Flag Country Country News Web addresses
United Kingdom (Europe)
United States
Canada
Australia
France (Europe)
Switzerland (Europe)
Luxembourg (Europe) Luxembourg News from Luxembourg Portal
Egypt Egypt News & Egypt Daily News
Germany (Europe)

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…


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…

Multicultural Events in different countries


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This bazar exists since 50 ears (2010) and counted 49 nations in 2008… On December 4th and 5th 2010 more than 30,000 people will visit the 50th International Bazaar…
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Blues’n Jazz Rallye in Luxembourg


Multicultural Associations in different countries

Luxembourg:

About Multiculturel Luxembourg-PDF File From The Ministry



Country Origines (Roots)


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When working together as a Team with multicultural authors it is good to know more about the countries and the mentality of those countries. Also what are the origines, the roots of the people living there as well as the roots of the spoken language(s) of those countries.
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Luxembourg (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg)

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Gust MEES: For not overloading this blog, I will present only short “keywords” about my country and I will present you knols where already those information are provided.

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The countries “Motto“:

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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luxembourgLuxembourg is one of the smallest countries of the world with 502,000 inhabitants only (2009), but also one of the richest countries in the world relating to “List of countries by GDP (PPP) per capita“.

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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We will try here to explain what could happen when authors of different nationalities and mentalities are working together and/or meeting on comments-section… As I don’t have yet prepared an English text for it, please have meanwhile a look on my knol in French, below:

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???


  • Education can play a big role to sensibilize students about the problems of our planet by teaching learners and students about reality…

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Online games such as explained in the videos side could also help a lot for that people realize the present danger…

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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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Mister Bean In The Pool
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A Normal Day2 (no fake…)A Normal Day2

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Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

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And now??? Don’t take it too serious, please ;-)
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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???




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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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Understanding THE internet: A Different Approach

Understanding THE internet: A Different Approach

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Understanding Internet-Internet, the virtual savant child

Internet is a “living producttechnique! To be viewed as a “childto be educated by millions of people simultaneously, with different traditions and languages, with different mentalities and this in real time.

“The child” Internet, with instant contributions from users around the world (all of us) will be “fed” so + / – “textual” and “audio-visual”. The quality of this “food” is dependent on ourselves, our contributions to the community!

This “child” Internet, is gathering all the knowledge of the world and we shall get an answer, as soon as we ask it, of course!

Character, honesty and credibility of this “child” is formed by those who educate it. Those who educate, are necessarily all of us, everyone, the community!

I hope that this practice visualization, pushes you to think a bit further and THAT it helps you to better understand and / or better-learn Internet!

===> There are no problems, only solutions! THE Whole (Community), WE will find the right solution! <===

Nature shows us (bees, ants) and history too. Misstep learn from the past and try to “set” to do better! Internet is the perfect tool for this, but beware, it’s us (community) that are building it! WE, those who feed and educate this “savant child“!

When I say “WE“, it means: our character, our beliefs, our weaknesses, our honesty, in short, our whole being. Internet, THE  “virtual savant child” is the product of our entire society!

Internet is THE “virtual savant child“, created by the world!

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Internet The Revolution, A New Mass-Media

As at the time the TV was as new means of communication, today a new mass media just appeared . Internet, mass media apart, which “a priori” has nothing extraordinary, but is it true ? No, certainly NOT. We have to do with a bi- directional mass media (two-way). Until now we used to click a button to access the music and multimedia content (stereo , TV, etc. .), BUT WE could not communicate with these technical devices , WE were only transmitter. Now , with the Internet it is different.

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Through actions and also a click (a button on the mouse) WE can do a lot with technique, involves writing texts, receive answers back …

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WE all newborns in the virtual life like in the real world, there are people who have more knowledge and experiences , which does mean that WE all must follow a lifelong learning

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Internet, freedom of expression and total anarchy?

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ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), are now irreplaceable and necessary in a changing world with new technology.

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A technology that is reflected in our real world, and both influence each other!
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Please NOTE: concerning Internet and its use there are many laws (must accept…)! And above all respect! This is comparable to our real world …
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“Computer mafia” (the bad boys) works very fast and it takes advantage of the non vigilance and lack of knowledge of Internet users (ourselves)! It is not only security software that can help secure and protect our computers , but first we must know how to use them too!

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Well yes, that’s us, the users of our computers (whereby smartphones and tablets are ALSO computers…) and the Internet, who are responsible and who will be more accountable in the future! .

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Anyway, a 100% security does not exist and is an illusion!

This new mass media (computers & Internet) is not only indomitable with the technique, but also with vigilance and knowledge necessary to use the software (programs) security!

===> It is up on us to learn how to use those software and learn to be vigilant! <===

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Well yes, we have no choice. It is not enough to use this technical tool and believe that everything works perfectly, but this “toy” (Internet), which is not but most people believe that it is one, is intelligent and it grows at an incredible rate.

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It is a “toy” that lives, it is a virtual world for which we are responsible. WE copy ourselves into this world with all our merits and shortcomings!

Internet is the mirror of morality in our society! Does this make YOU think and reflect? I hope, may be then you will understand how the Internet really works?

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My FREE courses about Cyber-Security are on the server of the Ministry Of Education in Luxembourg (Europe).

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L’auteur Gust MEES est membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEE-SECURE, 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 Security Enhancement Structure)..
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++The author Gust MEES is ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEE-SECURE, 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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Introduction To Global Education And Social Media

Introduction To Global Education And Social Media

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THE Aim Of This Blog

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WE, as authors, co-authors with multi-cultural origins, want to express OUR experience about WHAT WE learned over the years where WE were (and STILL are) present on Social-Media, especially on Twitter.

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BTW: the blog will START with English, French and German language contributions, actually (15.01.2014) ONLY English, first French post was published on 16.01.2014. A German post will follow soon…

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How Did This Blog Start!?

THE start of this blog and project NOW was THIS, and I am HAPPY that it happend.

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Here below a preview of the Twitter Multilingual-Dictionary on Google Drive (added on January 23, 2014)…

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OK, I took THAT challenge and I will START this blog with some people TOGETHER, want to join in!? YOU are WELCOME for NEW adventures in 21st Century EDUcation…

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Let’s Explain Also What Social-Media Is

Why talking a lot about it when there is a great video existing who explains it visually…

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Let us ALSO showing that it is smarter to travel in groups, which is actually the intention of this blog ;)

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Keywords for this project and blog are:

Global, Global Sensitivity, community, Critical-THINKing, Proactive-THINKing, humanity, EQ, emotional intelligence, cross-knowledge, cross-disciplinary, cross-THINKing, Social LEARNing, knowledge exchange…

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Building a Community_Using Pictures

Building a Community: Using Pictures

There are many “buzz” words in education; filtering, understanding, and implementing concepts can seem overwhelming. Many questions arise. Why does it matter? Where do I start? What will this mean for my students? So I focused on one concept: building a community. This is one way my classroom developed their sense of community.
A few words from the “Kid President

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Why does it matter?
Building a community within and outside of the classroom focuses deeply on the implications and actions of the story it tells to others. I remember a student once proclaiming,” You must live at school, its your home!” That student was 5 years old at the time and those seemingly innocent comments made me think. How can we transform our classroom into a community? “In other words, interaction enables people to build communities, to commit themselves to each other, and to knit the social fabric (Beem 1999: 20).”


Where do I start?

(Setting: Special Education Classroom 2013-14 school year, students k-1)
I started by asking two questions.

What do you want from your teacher?
What do you want from your school?

I looked at them and they looked at me and after several minutes.
“I want friends,” said one student.
“I want to be with them,” said another.

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They were looking for social autonomy, social acceptance, and to build their own community. The need for community is evident, clearly important, and an essential component of success in school.
As a classroom we set expectations:
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THUMBS-UPRespect for one another. This meant students understood we all have our own need to express ourselves, share ideas, and the right to react differently. We did not all have to be the same. Instead we celebrated and encouraged free thinking, differences, and others success.
We succeeded together and failed together.
We brought our individual talents together and showcased them individually as well.

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My Role: “Coach”

  • Provide experiences for them to grow as individuals
  • Show them how to fail; how to react to failure and use it to succeed
  • Use their interdependence to collaborate and grow academically and socially

 

sharing iconThen we overhauled the classroom. We sat down as a group and I asked them to show me how they wanted to learn. I gave them guidelines: we have to be able to see the projector, avoid placing tables near the sink, and we need to be able to see one another. From there they created a learning environment they wanted. We developed our own identity as a classroom. They created a wall of our pets. A dedicated space they could go to when they needed space and see from afar. They wanted deep connections they could see. It was a special place they went to “turn it around,” think, and connect. Soon our idea of community spread to other students their age. Every morning a few students would come by and visit our wall dedicated to animals. Making comments, laughing, and at times bringing their own photos as a contribution. It became a focal point of our room that symbolized their way of connecting to their community. By the end of the year they had accomplished their goals of connecting and making friends.

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Upcoming school year 2014-15:
Collaborate with students to build their community to create academic and social change.
Stay tuned.

 
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