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There now, a basic survey for the subject: http://www.harryrabbit.co.uk/electronics/survey.htm. It mixes in some ideas posted here, although there was not enough room for all of them, so it cannot expand, either. As I said, it is a basic survey, so someone else could put together a better one. It will suffice for the moment though...

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Onions. Could you make it multiple selection so say if I agree on 1 and 5 then I can check them both? Thanks.
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What a horrible experience you got as a teacher!!

As for me, I started around the time Y2K was just passing as it was already 2,000. What should have happened had happened.

I would never imagine teaching high school. I'm not qualified, not patient enough, and want to use a ruler on any pencil tossers or cell phone pushers. I can only survive teaching when there are logic and disciplines already in students' heads. So I do it at college level. I'm not going to complain here, teaching is a pretty difficult and laborious work. Some do it with power point slides while I like to make changes every semester with new stuff, or Friday demos so I will have enough attendance. I hate pop quizzes for attendance and Thursday night is the official drinking night for this boring college town. I would play family guy (wish gravity away, peter has own gravity pull, etc) and futurama (duchess lost in black hole, etc.) when I teach gravity. Plenty of laughter to go around when I do that. Or Tacoma bridge for oscillation.

Plus I have some demos I made myself. If you devote in teaching, try to make something new every time and treat a lecture like a live talk show, pump up some adrenaline and give them a good show once in a while. Show them you love the topics, not just good at them. I'm sure they won't remember too much of the math I did but they do remember the laughter and that could motivate them to read on their textbooks. I can teach but students only learn when they are motivated to do so.

So maybe you can try to teach a college-level class once in a while as adjunct faculty. There's more order in this chaotic business of passing knowledge to the next generation.
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Unfortunately,the nature of my illness (Crohns Disease) makes things like that impossible.  It's impossible to commit to anything.. I can and frequently do get very sick for no really decent reason.  I can be feeling great one minute.. and the next be grabbing for the Percocet and looking for a place to lie down.  The nature of the beast is such that it puts me in a classification of "Unemployable" - it's not reasonable to expect an employer to hire or hold an employee in this kind of shape.  I wouldn't hire me either smiley-wink

The best may be to, as you said- assist a primary teacher, as I couldn't be depended upon.  I've considered doing the same for an extension evening class for adults on Photography... but again, it would be a bad idea to use me as primary.. just plain undependable.  In addition, I'm frequently on things where driving and that sort of thing isn't a great idea.. I'm pretty sure it's obvious in my posts when I've had to dip into the heaver end meds... ramble ramble ramble.... LOL
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I don't suppose you teach IT, IT?

Re. Your tagline.
if C is too hard for beginners, what do you suggest, and on which platform?

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if C is too hard for beginners, what do you suggest, and on which platform?
Arduino...
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But if C is too difficult, imagine the poor beginner when confronted by inputs that float, can't accept negative or high voltages, serial lines that can't connect to standard RS232 serial lines...
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that can't connect to standard RS232 serial lines...
You mean weird 12V serial lines which can't connect to standard TTL serial lines smiley-razz
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Onions. Could you make it multiple selection so say if I agree on 1 and 5 then I can check them both? Thanks.

There now, a new, bigger, better and fancier survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MSNBLMF

With surveyMonkey, you can have much more options, so I was able to include them all. It also allows multiple choices, and includes an 'Other' box for any different ideas.

Onions.
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Onions. Could you make it multiple selection so say if I agree on 1 and 5 then I can check them both? Thanks.

There now, a new, bigger, better and fancier survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MSNBLMF

With surveyMonkey, you can have much more options, so I was able to include them all. It also allows multiple choices, and includes an 'Other' box for any different ideas.

Onions.

Awesome! Just did it.
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From: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MSNBLMF
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What is included in digital litteracy?
Oh! The irony!
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From: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MSNBLMF
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What is included in digital litteracy?
Oh! The irony!

 smiley-lol smiley-lol smiley-lol I thought I might have spelled it wrong, but I could not remember the right way. It's one t in literacy, isn't it. Now lets see if I can still edit it...

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