Education

Hello Everyone,

After 2 years of GNU/Linux adventure, I would like to tell how I got into this amazing community.

It was a cold night and I was on my Windows PC, browsing stuff on the internet talking with my friends over Steam and then while browsing Steam I stumbled upon an advertisement. Steam was promoting Ubuntu on its web-page and I was interested in it, so I took a look and then asked myself “I used to call myself a computer geek but I don’t even know what Ubuntu is, I should give it a try”, after persuading myself I downloaded my first GNU/Linux ISO and then made myself a bootable-usb stick with Rufus. After booting it from my flash drive I was amazed by how Ubuntu looked back in the day and started installing it.

At that time I wasn’t aware of the fact that this installation was going to delete all my files but it did and I learned this after the installation finished. Honestly I didn’t care, I was just so curious about GNU/Linux and was wondering how to learn it. To my surprise when I launched Firefox I got an AD telling me that I can learn GNU/Linux on Udemy and what a coincidence everything was on sale, I hurried up and bought myself a pack of GNU/Linux courses there.

At first it was hard to adapt but later on I really started to get used to my new Ubuntu installation. I was in love with it, yet I was a stranger to it as I was postponing my courses. For a time, it went like this but then our teacher assigned us to finish an online course for our performance evaluation, so I finished one of the courses there and signed up for a real course on Istanbul Technical University. There and on the web I learned how to use my system properly, I got acquired the basic skills such as using commands on Terminal and also learned the philosophy behind GNU/Linux and devoted myself to spread it among the people I know personally and the people I don’t know over the internet.

Last year (2017-2018) I installed came up with an idea of installing GNU/Linux in my university and gave a project but unfortunately it was rejected but then fortunately a windows machine broke down and I rescued the class by booting Ubuntu from my flash-drive which made me take support of the teachers and then my project got accepted. I installed Ubuntu to all of the computers that belong to our faculty and today GNU/Linux based OS’ are running on our computers.

Today, I continue my GNU/Linux adventure and seeking to improve myself in every way possible. I got invitation from Istanbul Technical University’s GNU/Linux Club and taking 3 different courses there. I am also trying to implement GNU/Linux to my Aviation Company.

I am very happy that, that night I stumbled upon Ubuntu and continued with it. Seeing it grow each and everyday is a great feeling for me. Congratulations on your new update Ubuntu!

 

 

Hello Everyone!

Recently RFSU (The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education) has published video series about sex education in various languages including Turkish and Kurdish for their citizens. The videos include information about both female and male bodies, hymen and virginity, birth control and other related subjects. Before, giving more information, let’s see what RFSU is,

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RFSU is a Swedish non-profit organization that was founded February 24, 1933. It works with public opinion formation on sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as information and education about sexuality and relationships. They work with information, education and advocacy by organizing courses, conferences and debates.

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Now that we know what RFSU is and their purpose, we could talk about the videos they’ve published. As Sweden has become a multi-cultural country which consists many ethnicities they have decided to dub their sex education to various languages such Turkish and Kurdish. After the dubbed videos got released, not only its citizen has shown interest in them but also Turks living in Turkey also has shown interest but why?

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Although Turkey being first country to give right of voting to women, it is one of the most misogynistic countries due to policies of the current government. Currently, in Turkey domestic violence and violence towards women in general is high which leads to deaths of many women. Not only violence but also wrong assumptions towards sex and women are dangerously at high level.

For example, many people in Turkey accepts sex as a taboo and believes that it mustn’t be done before marriage. Therefore, virginity is considered to be a significant trait for a woman but unfortunately people believe that hymen is related to virginity. As a result, even the women who follow this ideology could get blamed on many things from cheating to adultery.

As the act of sex is seen as a taboo, many people do not prefer to talk about it and educate one another. Especially for women, it’s considered very rude to talk about sex or even talk about their period. This very issue leads to mutual ignorance and forms a vicious circle.

Yet, still government sees sex education inappropriate and such subjects as intimate subjects.http _i.huffpost.com_gen_2040430_images_n-SEX-EDUCATION-628x314.jpg

Luckily Sweden has taken action for its Turkish citizens and dubbed their sex education videos. I hope this to be an example for Turkey and its citizens and improve their knowledge with such videos.

Here are the dubbed videos,

 

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Hello Everyone!

As the technology proggresses the sci-fi slowly becomes our new reality and Virtual Reality is now a part of our new reality. But what is Virtual Reality?

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Virtual reality is, a computer-generated scenario that simulates experience through senses and perception but what does that mean? It means that, after putting the VR headset on, you get teleported into a virtual world in which your head and hand movements will be analyzed and transferred into the VR World with help of the headset and josctick-like devices.psvr-accessories-psvr-move-two-column-01-eu-14oct16.png

My personal VR experience has mostly been on gaming industry. I have played many games with Playstation VR and honestly in all of them I felt amazing, it really is an amazing experience.DSC_0391.JPG

Now the important question is how can we implement this technology into education, especially language education in my case.

First of all, Virtual Reality forms an artificial bubble in which a human can be anywhere and be anyone in the world. As language teachers this is an amazing opportunity to use this tool for giving our students authentic inputs which are crucial in their language learning process but how can we use VR as an authentic input machine?

  1. VR Headset deceives the brain and makes you feel like you’re in the virtual world.
  2. VR Headset comes with headphones and a mic implemented in it which allows us to speak and listen through it.
  3. There are many games are that are developed and being developed for such headsets.

Practicing takes a huge role in language learning and communicating with people is one of the best ways doing it. For a Turkish person finding a person to talk with may be hard in Turkey but not in the virtual world. He/she can play VR Chat and talk with people in there, he/she can walk around virtual cities and complete everyday tasks there, he/she can be abroad without being abroad…

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Hello Everyone!

Since my childhood days to this very present and to the future, learning a new language has always been a passion of mine and Japanese is my favourite among all the languages. So, as a person who lives in İstanbul, Turkey it’s not easy to find a Japanese course considering there is only one in Istanbul which is Japon Kültür in Taksim. Before I attended that course, as a child I was looking for apps to learn Japanese on my device then I found Busuu. But, what is Busuu?

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Busuu is an application and a web-site in which you can practice your target language in an easy way. But how is this possible and why Busuu?

  1. Busuu teaches you by using chunks which are easy to learn therefore boosts motivation of the beginners.2018-05-28 (3).png
  2. Busuu presents new words with images, a great assistance for people who have an ease on graphical-learning.2018-05-28 (2).png
  3. Busuu has voiced dialogues which are meant to support your target subjects on your course. Although they are not very authentic, they can be used for improving your listening skills.2018-05-28 (1).png
  4. Busuu has a social platform integrated in it which allows users to be friends with each other and communicate for their language learning goals.2018-05-28.png
  5. Busuu also allows you to correct other people’s mistakes and errors which eventually forms a friendly environment for everyone.2018-05-28 (4).png
  6. Busuu has short quizzes which are not really hard and if you complete them well, you will be rewarded with berries for positive feedback.2018-05-28 (5).png
  7. Busuu also tracks your progression. 2018-05-28 (6).png
  8. On mobile platforms you can download the courses and continue your studies anywhere and on desktop you could just download PDF files of the chapters and print them.2018-05-28 (7).png

I still remember my first teaching experience, I taught basic Japanese at my school with the help of Busuu 🙂

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Hello Everyone!

Recently I’ve discovered an application called Aurasma as known as HP Reveal. This application provides us tools of augmented reality to insert images or videos beneath of other images.

Now that sounds very good, isn’t it? Features of this application can be used in various aspects of life, especially in education. If you ask why, here are my reasons,

  1. HP Reveal is a free application, everyone can use it.
  2. HP Reveal lets you see the hidden images-videos of only the people that you are following. This prevents unwanted accidents such as finding a dick-pic beneath a cute picture.
  3. As its concept, HP Reveal lets you hide images-videos beneath images. This can be used as an image hunt or a way of learning new words while learning a language.

Now, good things aside, this application is currently nothing but garbage. After HP has taken over this application, it seems like it’s completely abandoned. The application is unstable, the web-site is broken and you may encounter many “privilege” errors while uploading images-videos.

But to give it a try I have made my post there but in order to see my post you have to follow me on the platform. My username is mkd47. After following my channel on the application, scan the image below 🙂

 

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Hello Everyone!

Again during our Material Design class, our teacher has introduced us another great web-site which allows us to make a map of our thoughts!

It may sound as a simple thing, because it is a simple thing but what it provides us is reducing complexity of our thoughts and and transferring them into a sheet of paper in which we can see them in order. Like this,

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Although it is a great service and a decent material designing tool for everyone, it is simply not worth the money it wants. Yes, in order to export your maps into usable formats such as jpg, png and even pdf. If you want to export your maps into such formats, you gotta pay them minimum at least 5 dollars each month!

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But do not worry about it! Because I got you there 🙂 Here, I will explain how to export your mind-maps as jpg and png files.

  1. Make Your Mind-Map
  2. Press on Windows Key on your keyboard and then type “Snipping Tool”2018-05-27 (2).png
  3. Open Snipping Tool and then press on “New”2018-05-27 (3).png
  4. Crop the screen however you want2018-05-27 (4).png
  5. Save the cropped image 2018-05-27 (5).png
  6. Enjoy.

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Hello Everyone!

Months ago our Material Design teacher at university introduced us Second Life, a virtual world in which you can be anyone and be in any place you woud like.

Once you complete your registiration you’re asked to choose your avatar which can be changed later on in game. After downloading the game, you will be spawned in a tutorial zone in which the game will teach you basics of the mechanics. Completing the tutorial is up to you, you can just skip to the game itself and teleport to wherever you would like to. In our case, it will be Istanbul University.

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Thanks to Tuncer Can and his colleagues, we can visit our university even in the virtual world and even engage in activities and and virtual classes there. But, how is this going to contribute to education? There are a few things that I’ve came up with in this matter.

  1. Second Life is accessible anywhere in the world (except North Korea) which allows students to participate in classes anyhwere in the world.
  2. Second Life is free and optional purchases don’t affect the gameplay which forms an equal enviroment for all the players in it.
  3. Second Life’s customization system allows you to make your own avatar, which in return gives the player confidence and reduces social anxiety drastically.
  4. Second Life’s authentic environment could be a great place to practice English and improvise your various communication skills.

Of course, after being introduced to Second Life, we were supposed to participate in it and take a selfie in the game with our character. So, here it is Snapshot_002.png

And here is videogamedunkey’s Second Life Experience,

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Dear HAYEF Students,

We all know the hard parts of being student such as reading a lot of books for just 1 page of information, spending half of your students’ credit for course packs, struggling to find posted notes on Whatsapp and etc. What I want us to do is to get rid of all these mess and achieve the purposes of this project.

The Purposes of the Project

  • To provide only needed information.
  • To increase number of resources students can use of.
  • To compile the information into one place.
  • To make preparing for exams easier for the students.
  • To help future information with compiled and simplified information.
  • To form and maintain unity in HAYEF.

How is it Going to Work

  1. Volunteers will hand out their notes to volunteering editors (such as me).
  2. Editors will review the notes and then transcript the notes.
  3. Transcribed notes will be published on this Web-site’s HAYEF Note Agency section and the authors will be cited and introduced to the audience.

How to Participate

  • Contact me directly.
  • Post a comment under this post.

 

Hello Everyone,

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As I do such things, I’ll require some amount of money as well but it will be not high at all.  Here’s the price list

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