About the eBooks

WHAT IS THIS WEBSITE ALL ABOUT?  WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THESE EBOOKS ON SALE?

This website is dedicated to providing resources to parents, caregivers, teachers, educators, and students (Primary & Secondary School). These ebooks are perfect for teaching in the STEM project-based environment. The ebooks are newly designed (published in 2018). One of the authors has been teaching Technology for over 20 years in Secondary Schools. The ebooks address STEM (project-based learning) and explore the basics of the digital environment for computer programming (basics). It starts with elementary concepts like 3-Volt and 5-Volt electrical circuits, LED’s, buzzers, and more.

EBOOKS: Avery wide range representing many different genres are available. See the Shop Ebooks page for all the categories and genres.

 

THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO START TEACHING COMPUTER PROGRAMMING!

“From computer mouse clickers to computer programmers”

This is the perfect place to start with teaching the basics of electricity (3 TO 6 Volt) leading into a computer environment. Teachers who are not skilled in the use of using electricity, soldering, adhesive copper tape, and the programming of microprocessors (blinking LED lights, flashing LED’s, etc.). This the perfect place to start teaching if you don’t know much. The resources have excellent ebooks with instructions and additional ideas. Very creative and innovative ideas and additional plans are included. The ebooks sell ideas and prompt the student and teacher/educator to think about more possibilities!

See this inspiring TED talk on Fun-dough/squishy circuits:

FROM MOUSE ‘CLICKERS’ TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS!

The intention is to guide the students into a new way of thinking – away from just being a mouse ‘clicker.’ Students should be aware of the opportunities of becoming more versed in computer code (microprocessors). For example, very basic computer coding, like C-code. Copy and pasting code – easy! Teachers/educators and student don’t need to know anything about soldering, papermaking, and programming microprocessors. The resources are developed and designed for novice teachers and students. This website with its resources is the place to start!

THE RESOURCES IN SHORT:

The ebooks include LED’s/buzzers/switches/soldering/adhesive copper tape/and an introduction to the programming of microprocessors (e.g. Arduino Uno). These resources are for those teachers and students who wish to include integrated teaching and learning into their curriculum.

IMAGE: Adhesive copper tape, 3-Volt battery, and LED’s mounted on plywood. The microprocessor is in the centre – blinking/flashing LEDs. Credit: Flickr.com – Microcontroller circuit – David Mellis.

WHAT IS INTEGRATED LEARNING?

I remember learning in the classroom and being taught subjects in isolation. Moving from class to class every time the bell went. For example, I was only taught reading comprehension in reading class or math in only mathematics class but never in other subjects. I often wondered why some Math concepts weren’t touched on in science since they somehow seemed to have a relationship. Has that ever happened to you?

Today with the new focus on integrated learning, there is a focus on developing an integrated curriculum. An integrated curriculum can be described as one that connects different areas of study by cutting across subject-matter lines and emphasising unifying concepts. For example STEM. Integration focuses on making connections for students to the various subjects, allowing them to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that can be connected to real life. The holistic project-based approach works best with the integrated curriculum concept.

SAMPLE IMAGES OF A SIMPLE GREETING CARD WITH 3-VOLT CIRCUITRY. LIGHTS UP LEDs.

IMAGE: Diagram of a simple greeting card with circuitry. This goes on the back of the card. Switch not shown. Credit: William Van Zyl

IMAGE: Inside of the greeting card showing the artwork (soft pencil). See the LED light behind the transparent film (star). Credit: William Van Zyl

IMAGE: Typical basic tools required for soldering and creating the greeting card. Scissors, solder wire, side cutters, copper tape, 3-Volt coin battery, copper tape, and an electrical soldering iron. Credit: William Van Zyl

IMAGE: Close up of the LED light (left), 3-Volt battery (centre), and copper tape LED’s (far right). Credit: William Van Zyl

IMAGE: Hot glue gun is handy to mount electronics and other parts. See the backing of the greeting card (cardboard) laying under the hot glue gun. A steel ruler is a very useful tool when cutting with a craft knife. The straight edge provides the clean straight edge for cutting along straight lines. for Credit: William Van Zyl

Video shows show Lawn Fawn (decorative paper ideas) for greeting cards that light up: