Author: davy | Published: 26th September 2015 | RSS | LINK | No Comments yet. Start talking!

The conservative spawn of your devil, Rick Hess, produces: “The acid solution exam, I’d believe that, is if they exam credit score grows offer to what concerns: results in high school, higher education, and other than. A decade of stagnant secondary school metrics dissertation literature review will never be reassuring, and it’s likely that NCLB’s order-and-restrain effort and hard work to better schooling is usually delivering up a incorrect experience of improvement.”

Our liberal pragmatist hero, Jack Jennings, blogs that “the possible lack of congruence around declare test out and NAEP results tosses into hesitation the ability of NCLB’s responsibility conditions to lift basic enrollees achievement.” Jennings wraps up, “The recent stalling of improve on NAEP considering that 2008 … advises issues with the NCLB accountability solution.”

Is there a dimes amount of difference between the American citizen Venture Institute scholar’s plus the consummate expert/scholar’s final result?

Earnestly, you will discover a difference between Hess’s “musing” in Of Jump Start and SAT and Jennings’s complete analysis of the things did wonders and didn’t be successful in accountability-powered reform. Hess starts off with a used-created conservative argument, nurturing the dilemma of whether or not Go Start’s gains are long term. He then supplies a specified critique of conservatives who remember to keep whistling at night when bad news is proclaimed. In such cases, this is basically the decade-extensive refuse of regular SAT standing from 1514 to the school of 2006 to 1490 for those classification of 2015 that reformers (who have been now the new reputation quo) are struggling to explain at a distance.

Jennings, in Presidents, Congress, and therefore the Open public Institutions, data files the long term increasing amount of student performance because 70s, describing why pre-NCLB enchancment campaigns ended up more successful than frequently assumed, and documenting the harmful, unintentional results of NCLB’s assessment-powered responsibility program.

The conservative together with the liberal are refreshingly grounded the reality is. Hess extends to the center belonging to the situation, writing about test score results, “What’s been fewer clear in my opinion is whether those outcomes essentially exhibit meaningful discovering.” go to website

Author: davy | Published: 26th September 2015 | RSS | LINK | No Comments yet. Start talking!

The Washington Post’s Lyndsey Layton, in New Analysis Argues That Significantly better Educators Are Rushing to higher Institutions, claims that A Story of Two College Methods, by Households for Remarkable Universities, shows that teachers who scored lacking in the New York City’s evaluation product are concentrated in fighting institutions that support inadequate and minority scholars. Course instructors with significantly greater comparisons are most likely can be found in academic institutions wherever scholars check effectively and are likely to be light and Asian. Who would have thunk it? Earnestly, we all know a predicament has much time existed. And, as Layton notices of a reform group’s finding, “It happens to be most likely unsurprising that lecturers at affordable-engaging in educational institutions have small career functioning reviews, as forty percent of coach assessments in Nyc in 2013-2014 had been dependant upon learner assessment standing.” The only shocker might be if cost-added in assessments didn’t increase the exodus of expertise from high-concern training centers where by it really is more challenging to enhance assessment rankings. Reformers have contended that easy methods to recruit teachers towards most complex institutions is to always micromanage them, undermine their ability to instruct with an stimulating and polite method to bad children, and then to appraise these with an excellent-stakes algorithm formula that could be biased towards course instructors in substantial-poverty classes. Confident adequate, Khan Shoieb, a spokesman for People for Excellent Classes, pretends that the “coach excellent rank suggests an item,” and suggests which it doesn’t discipline trainers for merely deciding on the harder intention in classes with critical masses of kids from generational poverty who have experienced intensive trauma. But, Shoieb also states that: The most effective course instructors are centered on the ideal places and everybody knows why which can be,” he was quoted saying. “These tend to be the fastest colleges to show in, precisely where they don’t have to endure the deadly pressure of poverty, they do not suffer from youngsters . who definitely are feeling hungry. Rather, they discover the boys and girls who are simpler to present. Put simply, when Shoieb is just not quite likely going to agree to it, he confirms with American citizen Federation of Lecturers Director Randi Weingarten sound judgment appraisal from the lousy condition that Nyc reformers most likely are generating even more serious. look at this now

Author: Jitske | Published: 07th May 2013 | RSS | LINK | No Comments yet. Start talking!

Ellentriek goes textile: liberating knitting machines Saturday 18th May 2013 10am – 6pm Pianofabriek Exhibition space Rue du Fortstraat 35, 1060 Brussels In the eighties and nineties electronic knitting machines were readily available. But it was never a simple task to knit an image, a drawing, photograph, text you designed yourself with it. You could buy premade images on floppies of punch cards. This is all about to change! With Knitic you can connect your computer directly to the knitting machine. knitic Do you have a Brother KH930 or KH940? Do you finally want to do what you want with it? Are you fascinated by open hardware/free software and are you curious to experience this specific way of working and thinking? Or do you, as a hardcore knitter want to see what’s possible when the technological electronics part of the knitting machine has been changed? Or are you just curious to come and test the old knitting machine with a new brain? Come to our workshop of ’Ellentriek goes knitting’ on Saturday the 18th of May. 10-13h We will replace the proprietary brain of your machine. The old one is not broken, it is just disconnected. Under professional guidance we will assemble a few electronic components. The next step is hooking up your computer to the machine and to show you how to work with Knitic (Knitic is hard-and software which is easy to work with). This part of the workshop is also for beginners and people who know nothing about electronics. 14-18h Come and test the new old machines and knit a photograph, text, image.. Who: with (Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet) & knitter Claire Williams Please contact us on beforehand if you have a knitting machine to hack, type Brother machine KH 930 KH 940. wendy attttt We contact you on the what and how. Ellentriek is organized by De Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaats & Constant vzw. This workshop is part of the Ruelles project (

Author: Wendy | Published: 11th March 2013 | RSS | LINK | No Comments yet. Start talking!

Makey Makey is a nice and fun Open Hardware project, developed by Mit researchers Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum.  It’s an Arduino based project that could get started through crowdfunding.

Basically you can turn any conductive surface into a sensor: bananas and other fruit/vegetables, cutlery, water, metal tools, conductive dough, human skin…When you connect to the ground, you trigger certain parts of your keyboard: the arrow keys, space bar and the left click of the mouse.

“Using the MaKey MaKey you can make anything into a key (get it?) just by connecting a few alligator clips. The MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything is a keyboard. This allows you to hook up all kinds of fun things as an input. For example, play Mario with a Play-Doh keyboard, or piano with fruit!

The MaKey MaKey uses high resistance switching to detect when you’ve made a connection even through materials that aren’t very conductive (like leaves, pasta or people). This technique attracts noise on the input, so a moving window averager is used to lowpass the noise. The on-board ATMega32u4 communicates with your computer using the Human Interface Device (HID) protocol which means that it can act like a keyboard or mouse.” [Via Sparkfun]

The explanation sounds harder than it is – have a look at some video’s of MakeyMakey in action and you will see what it can do.

As this is an Arduino based controller, we wanted to have a look inside. How legible/reproducible is Makey Makey?

—-> Answer, quite legible, if you have some knowledge of pcb’s, coding and microcontrollers.

—> All online:

Eagle Files
Github Home (Find the latest MaKey MaKey sketch here)
Getting Started Guide
MaKey MaKey Driver (For Windows users)
MaKey MaKey Arduino Addon (Unzip to your Arduino sketchbook directory)
MaKey MaKey Site
Firmware Note

We wanted to check this out for ourselves and we got an Arduino Leonardo (only this model works with your computer using the Human Interface Device (HID) protocol) and six 20MegaOhm resistors (that’s a lot of Ohm!).

Success! Here’s how to make your own version (here is the subtitle zip  file)

We modified the code somewhat, you can download a zip of it here: makey_makey_SIMPLIFIED_Code_for Leonardo

A video of our DIY MakeyMakey-Leonardo in action –> @ Mixxit in Strombeek

And loads of pictures –> building and trying it out..

Author: Jitske | Published: 04th October 2012 | RSS | LINK | No Comments yet. Start talking!

Your copy machine, scanner or mobile phone has broken down and even the second hand shop is no longer interested in getting it fixed for sale. No worry, you can still find interesting bits and parts such as motors, lenses, microphones or amplifiers hidden within. In this workshop you will learn to dismantle broken electronic machinery and to identify the parts still usable for creative ‘re-use’.

Each session focuses on a certain group of electronic devices:

Wednesday 21.11: radio, cassette- dvd-, cd player and answering machine
Saturday 24.11: scanner, printer and copy machine
Wednesday 28.11: digital and analog video cameras, photo cameras, mobile and other phones.

Your can bring along your own electronic stuff and please do not forget your favourite screwdriver and other tools. The older the electronic devices, the better.

Practical info:
Recyclart – Vitrin 17
Ursulinenstraat 17 Rue des Ursulines
15:00 > 18:00
max. 10p per session!
5 euro/session- inscription requiredy (payment in situ): / 02 289 00 50
languages: EN-FR-NL

Workshop given by sound engineer Jeroen De Meyer and the low voltage activists of Ellentriek: Wendy, Gregor, Kenny and Jitske.
Ellentriek is an organisation of the Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaats & Constant vzw.

Author: Wendy | Published: 28th September 2012 | RSS | LINK | No Comments yet. Start talking!

For a project this set-up was bought:

It consists of a Polymer Lithium Ion battery (3.7V) with a capacity of about 400 mAh and a LiPo Charger Basic – Mini-USB.

Now, for another project we have a Li-Ion recheargable battery, 3.6 Volt
(for example this one)

Now, the question is if the button cell battery can be charged with the LiPo Charger Basic?

Author: Wendy | Published: 23th August 2012 | RSS | LINK | No Comments yet. Start talking!

Author: Wendy | Published: 24th April 2012 | RSS | LINK | 3 Comments. Leave yours!

*// MP3 Player Shield plays mp3s that come from a Micro sd card.

* Excellent library of Bill Porter, which simplifies the code and usage a lot. You should unzip the library and put the two subfolders in your sketchbook Libraries folder. (follow the instructions:-))

* works out of the box with this library

* pay attention to the Baud Rate of the sketch and the Baud Rate of your Serial Monitor window


*// Waveshield plays any uncompressed 22KHz, 12bit, mono Wave (.wav) files of any size from an Sd-card

* It’s a kit you have to solder

* Not all Sd-cards work, it is quite finicky about that

* You need to format the Sd-card first

* There are two libraries you can use

-> AFWave, the old library has possible Sd-card issues. The nice thing about this library is the example that enables you to change the bitrate of the sound (speed it up, or slow it down). I have not seen any examples of this usage with the new Waveshield library. The bolwerk Djette uses this library

-> Wave HC, the library which is still being adapted. The active development part is nice, the coder who made the library is still following. I do find the code in the sketches themselves still quite difficult and muddy, but I’m afraid that has more to do with my coding capacities


*// Waveshield for Arduino Mega (special hack)

* A lot of the times, if you want to use a shield on an Arduino Mega, you need to change certain pin settings (which mostly leads you to cut of certain pins and reconnect them elsewhere on the Mega) Here I got into deeper trouble, my sound was distorted, and I found the solution with help from the physical and the virtual world.

* Pins used and more info at the Arduino shield list


*// Motor shield: with this shield you can easily test motors, give extra power etc

* It’s a kit you have to solder

* Libraries and instructions are here

* This shield got tested in a previous Ellentriek session

* Pins used and more info at the Arduino shield list


*// RedFlyShield is a plug-on module with WiFi/WLAN for Arduino. Download from link, unzip and copy the content of /examples/ and /libraries/ to your Arduino folder: /arduino/examples/ and /arduino/libraries/. If there are existing folders from a previous installation,delete them before copying.

* works out of the box with this library, WLANscan scans the available wifi-networks


*// Nanode (not a shield, but web enabled Arduino with ethernet access)

* Tested in the Brussels Hackerspace


— Untested shields

*// Micro sd shield

* You need to install the Fat16 library

* Pins used and more info at the Arduino shield list


*// Lol shield, 133 leds become a screen

* Here’s a tutorial on how to make it and a demo on how to use it:

* To make animations with the Lol shield, Jimmy Rogers put nice .ods spreadsheet on his website

* Pins used and more info at the Arduino shield list


*// GPS Log shield kit

* Pins used and more info at the Arduino shield list


*// Arduino Ethernet Shield


*// WiFly Shield

* Pins used and more info at the Arduino shield list

Author: Wendy | Published: 18th April 2012 | RSS | LINK | No Comments yet. Start talking!

Here is a great database of Arduino shields that gives you pin usage details for 285 shields from 114 makers!

This list makes sure you can look at the compatibility of shields and it also lists the actual licences the shield developers use. It is quite confronting to see that the majority of the shield hardware developers do not choose a license…

From the website itself:

“Sick of trying to figure out which pins are used by some obscure Arduino shield? Can’t tell whether two shields will be compatible with each other?

This shield database arose out of a discussion on the Arduino Forums about the need for a comprehensive online reference for shield pin assignments. It lists as many Arduino shields as I can find along with their pin usage, making it easy for you to determine if particular shields are compatible.”

He does seem to be falling behind on processing the newer shields:

“Submission Queue
There are currently 198 shields submitted that I haven’t got to processing yet. Sorry!”

Anyone out there who wants to lend a helping hand?

Author: Wendy | Published: 29th March 2012 | RSS | LINK | No Comments yet. Start talking!

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@ iMAL, Saturday 28.04.12 & Sunday 29.04.12
30 Quai des Charbonnages Koolmijnenkaai 30 – 1080 Bruxelles Brussel 1080

With an Arduino you can collect a lot of sensor data, from smelling gasses to measuring temperature or light and lots more. But how do you save these data? How do you actuate the outside world, transfer bits and bytes online, without using a computer?
In order to activate motors, to connect to a network, to make an autonomous interactive sound installations, you need chips and components on top of your microcontroller.
These usually come in the form of a shield that slides onto your Arduino. During this ’Ellentriek meets Code, Arts and Crafts’ weekend we’ll review several of these “shields” in detail. We will scrutinize these shields and look at the possiblities to make them ourselves.

With extra brainpower of Mr Stock from Rotterdam & Stephane Noel!

– As usual, this session is open to artists’ own projects.
– This is for people who already know how to work with Arduino
– Maximum 15 participants
– from 12 to 18h
– This workshop costs 20 euro, including a lunch with sandwiches & drinks (2 days)

To enroll, click here!

– For more direct information: wendy @ constantvzw . org

This Edition of Ellentriek is a collaboration between Constant vzw, Pianofabriek kunstenwerkplaats & iMAL