TCP/IP Role Play

Since some years I tried to figure out how to teach the mechanisms of the TCP/IP protocol in a playful way. Some elements have been clear from the beginning but I had to sacrifice exactness to make it work. Our […]

BigBlueButton/GreenLight and Moodle/Mahara for (Distance) Learning — Part 2: Setup

There are three main parts of this — in order of importance in these times of isolation or quarantine: Part 1: Using BBB and Moodle/Mahara for Cloud Learning — how I like to use ist and find it useful Part […]

BigBlueButton/GreenLight and Moodle/Mahara for (Distance) Learning — Part 1

I am using BigBlueButton since two years, more and more confidently and satisfied: the current versions are very elegant, elaborated but easy to use nevertheless, integration with Moodle is perfect — inside a Moodle classroom you can start a video […]

Migrating a Linux-Server from one VPS to another over network

If you are interested in some background information — I moved this to the bottom. I will describe my surprisingly easy way to move my Linux (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS) server hosted on a VPS with all data and configuration (including […]

Introducing students to blogging (using Mahara)

For years I was reluctant to try blogging with my students — I could not think of a cause to do it in school nor did I think the students could be able to write texts which would be good […]

New Mahara 19.10 is a great release!

The all new 19.10 release (end of October 2019) is a very remarkable release. Even if you do use only a small subset of the many (old and new) possibilities you will use the page editor. It is completely new […]

Seducing to program (very fast)

My first draft started with “Seducing girls…” but I assume this would have produced a lot of false hits ;-). Nevertheless, this is one starting point of my journey: teaching computer science I often ask my students (age 14-15) what […]

AppInventor is going iOS

I already wrote about AppInventor being fun even for absolute beginners in programming (perhaps not even knowing the meaning of this word): it’s like using Scratch (from MIT) supercharged — your mobile doing the things you want to (and mobiles […]

Searching for Mahara with Elasticsearch on Ubuntu 16.04: wonderful!

Now and then I do not really remember where some things have been stored in Mahara: the standard search function is not helpful at all, searching only for user names. Lately I got audacious and thought about setting up Elasticsearch […]

Game based learning and BYOD: Kahoot

I admit that game based learning never was central to me — to learn something new requires quite an amount of work, I think. But acquiring knowledge is just one part of learning, strengthen your new skills by repetition and […]