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Estratégias para usar o telemóvel no ensino/aprendizagem

Um excelente artigo de George Engel, Rob Griffith, Scott Newcomb, Lisa Nielsen, Jason Suter, e Willyn Webb sobre a utilização do telemóvel na sala de aula. Até porque já não restam dúvidas de que o futuro é móvel…

Proven Strategies to Break the Ban and Build Opportunities for Student Learning with Cell Phones

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by George Engel, Rob Griffith, Scott Newcomb, Lisa Nielsen, Jason Suter, and Willyn Webb

Innovative educators George Engel, Rob Griffith, Scott Newcomb, Lisa Nielsen, Jason Suter , and Willyn Webb know that when it comes to preparing students for success in the 21st century you not only have to think outside the ban, sometimes you have to dive in head first and break it. The following is a collection of ideas each teacher implemented to successfully break and/or work within the ban where they teach in an effort to empower students with the freedom to use their cell phones as personal learning devices.

The Ten Building Blocks for Learning with Cell Phones

1) Build Relationships
Breaking the ban starts with the building of relationships with key constituents. Here is advice on how to get started.

  • with self:
    • Realize that leadership begins with example. There are those who are threatened by transitions and change. To break the ban, you will need to present yourself in ways that do not make your colleagues uncomfortable about their instructional methodology.
  • with students:
    • Let students know you care about making learning fun and relevant and ask them if they’d like the option to be able to do work using their cell phones. Most likely, the answer will be YES! If they are interested provide them with homework options that enable them to use cell phones.
  • with parents and guardians:
    • Start with the parents by using the cell phone as a tool to bridge the home-school connection. You can have a “Text-of-the-Day” to update parents on what’s happening in the class. You can text parents individually to share information about their child. You can poll parents with Poll Everywhere to get their input and show their opinions matter. You can read this article for more ideas 6 Ways to Use Cell Phones to Strengthen the Home-School Connection . Once parents are on your side and see the value personally, your job convincing other stakeholders becomes much easier.
  • with colleagues:
    • Try to establish yourself as an innovative leader when it comes to empowering students and teachers with technology. A focus on student centered learning is key. At grade or subject meetings, offer to support teachers in harnessing the power of cell phones for themselves, and if they’re ready, with their students. Get them started and model for them. Perhaps have a polling question in a meeting or gather input with a Wiffiti board.
  • with administration:
    • Start by working within the system to bring about technological change. Become known as someone that works with what your school has on hand and is flexible to administrative needs. When the opportunity presents itself, respectfully present the need for change and recommendations to update your school’s technological teaching processes.
  • with district:
    • Become known as a tech leader. Offer to participate in school and district-wide technology decisions. Offer to collaborate with the district technology coordinator and others to help establish a new acceptable use policy (AUP) that will allow the use of cell phones as a learning tool. (The AUP is a critical step toward technological change, many districts are still working with AUP’s developed in the late nineties.) Keep in mind that in most cases, what is acceptable in the physical world applies to the online world as well.

2) Embrace Research
In today’s educational climate providing evidence that the work you are doing is aligned to research and standards is crucial! Here are some ways to do this.

3) Plan Activities

  • Planning is key. Create and develop a plan, lessons, and activities that you can share with those who care and want to know what you have in store for the use of cell phones in the classroom.
  • Develop a well thought-out plan for embedding cell phones into instruction. Invite your students to partner with you in developing ideas to meet learning goals using cell phones. This plan can be shared on your class and/or school website as well as distributed to parents, guardians, and school community members.
  • Develop a well crafted outline and description of lessons and activities that could be used for learning with a cell phone.
  • Invite administrators and policy makers to observe the lessons. If possible, involve them as students in the class so they can actually participate and experience first-hand an activity that promotes student engagement and achievement.

4) Pilot Program
Be willing to start small, demonstrate success and work from there.

  • Meet with those key in your school and district decision making to map out an acceptable pilot program i.e. district technology coordinator, building principal and assistant principals.
  • Ensure that the pilot program includes all teachers interested in participating.
  • Make sure to invite administrators to observe and participate when you are incorporating cell phones into the curriculum. This can be one of the fastest ways to build relationships and get key stakeholders on board.
  • Film videos of what you and your students are doing. Publish on online spaces to celebrate the work your students are doing.

5) Access for All
Anyone interested in embedding cell phones into the curriculum has heard the argument, but what about the students who don’t have a phone??? Well, you do the same thing as you do when your class doesn’t have enough textbooks. You don’t say, I guess we can’t do our work. We find workarounds. Partner or group students. Have some extras on hand for those who don’t have. Reach out to the community for support, but don’t use that as an excuse to not innovate instruction.

6) Partnering with Students to Use Cells for Learning
When using technology for learning, Marc Prensky’s concept of partnering with students fits in well. Bring students into the conversation and ask them about ways they can meet learning goals in life, at school, and at home.

A template might look like this:

Use Cell Phones for Real Life

Use Cell Phones for Learning Outside of School

Use Cell Phones In For Learning In Class

  • Sample from class whose student’s partnered with their teacher to develop ways they could use their phones for learning.

Invite your students to partner with you around a conversation of cell phones and learning. Capture their answers, then share these answers to see if there are any other ideas students may want to add. The ideas can be posted on the classroom website, blog, or wiki, with credit given to the students who are able to take more ownership of how they learn both at school and independently on their own.

7) Parent/Guardian Permission
Before we use cells with students, we must have parent approval. By the time you ask for it, you’ve hopefully already begun some home school connection strategies with cell phones so you are on your way.

8) Acceptable use
Just like any other classroom tool, teachers need to work with students to establish acceptable use policies. In some classrooms the teacher just explains how the general policies apply to the use of cell phones, in others they create a new policy, in some schools the students help create the policies, and in some classrooms they invite parental input as well. Collecting everyone’s thoughts on acceptable use is easy when you use cell phone tools like Poll Everywhere and Wiffiti to do so.

9) Cell Phone Etiquette
Adults often complain that cell phones are a distraction in class, but how much time have they really devoted to discussing proper etiquette? This can be weaved into a general discussion around behavior and etiquette in different situations. Inviting students into the conversation about appropriate etiquette and what to say to those not exhibiting polite behavior usually works better than telling students how to best behave.

10) Classroom Management
As with the use of any technology in the classroom, when using cell phones in the classroom you must have classroom management procedures in place. The nice thing, however, about cell phones is that you don’t have to worry about distribution, collection, storage, imaging , and charging of devices. Consider working with your students to develop this plan, you may find that they build a strong, comprehensive policy of which they will take ownership and be more likely to follow. Once developed, the plan should be posted in advance of using cell phones in the classroom.



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Dez conselhos para transmitir um evento no Twitter

Sendo cada vez mais uma ferramenta utilizada em encontros, congressos, conferências, aqui fica uma dezena de conselhos de Pepe Flores sobre como tirar o melhor partido do Twitter na difusão de informação num determinado evento.

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Diez consejos para transmitir un evento por Twitter

1. Prepara el terreno

Si esperas una buena recepción para la transmisión de tu evento en Twitter, es importante que le avises con anticipación a tu audiencia. Sobre todo con las organizaciones, no olvides incluir en la publicidad que se pueden seguir las incidencias a través de la red social. Si tienes un blog de la empresa o una cuenta corporativa, tampoco vendría mal anunciarlo por ahí. De este modo, logras informar a la gente que te sigue (vaya o no a tu evento) de que la cobertura estará disponible en la cuenta.

2. Designa un responsable

No digo que contrates a un Social Media Manager Guru Expert o algo así, sino que dejes en claro quién se va a encargar del manejo de redes sociales durante el día del evento. Si ya tienes alguien que actualice la cuenta corporativa, ya la libraste. Si no, debes buscar a alguien que se enfoque sólo a esa actividad. Hazlo bien, no improvises. Designa a alguien que esté familiarizado con la herramienta, de modo que pueda aprovechar todos los beneficios — sobra decir que debe tener una excelente ortografía. Incluso puedes invitar a algún usuario que conozcas para que te ayude.

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3. Revisa tu equipo

¡Indispensable! Revisa los aspectos técnicos con los que cuentas. De entrada, evalúa qué tipo de conexión tienes. ¿Hay Wi-Fi en el recinto? ¿Te puedes conectar por cable? ¿Qué velocidad tiene? Debes tener control sobre estas características. Muchos optan por la banda ancha móvil o la red 3G para ir a la segura. También debes pensar qué equipo es el mejor. Para mí, el iPad es una maravilla por su portabilidad. Sin embargo, quizá te convenga más un smartphone si quieres subir fotografías al instante, o incluso instalar una pequeña estación si deseas subir vídeo. Todo depende de lo que desees lograr.

4. Aprovecha otras herramientas

No todo es texto. Como mencioné en el punto anterior, hay muchas maneras de enriquecer tu transmisión. Puedes subir fotografías de manera rápida con capturas del móvil. Incluso, puedes aprovechar Twitcam u otro servicio similar para hacer pequeñas entrevistas a algunos invitados (¡excelente para congresos!). Es cuestión de que armes un pequeño set, ¡y voilá! Recuerda que este tipo de materiales audiovisuales le imprimen un mayor valor agregado a tu cobertura.

5. Evalúa la necesidad de una etiqueta

No todos los eventos requieren un hashtag. Ideados para agrupar tweets en torno a un tema, muchas veces resultan inútiles. Evalúa si lo necesitas antes de implementarlo. ¿Cómo? Primero debes preguntarte cuánta gente estará hablando sobre tu evento. Si eres el único que estará haciendo la cobertura, bastará con que consulten tu cuenta para leer la cobertura. Si serán muchos los que hablarán sobre tu evento, entonces sí es buena idea instaurar una etiqueta (¡ojo, con una basta, recuerda que lo importante es centralizar la información!). A propósito, te recomiendo que te leas la excelente guía que hizo Inti para crear buenos hashtags.

6. Se claro, contundente y creativo

El éxito de una buen transmisión está en tres aspectos. Primero, la claridad de los tweets. Tus publicaciones deben ser entendibles. No estás enviando un SMS ni un telegrama. Una o dos frases logran maravillas, si se elijen bien las palabras. En segundo lugar, contundencia: si estás transcribiendo una ponencia o un discurso, puedes combinar citas poderosas con algunas paráfrasis. En un tweet puedes decir: Fulanito: “El Internet debe ser un derecho fundamental. Sólo así se reducirá la brecha digital” o Fulanito considera que para reducir la brecha digital, el Internet debe ser un derecho fundamental. Cada una impacta de diferente forma. Tercero, no temas ser creativo. Explora ser irónico, metafórico, jugar con el lenguaje. La cuarta pared está para ser rota (¿o no lo creen?).

7. Retroalimenta

No sirve de nada que desarrolles un soliloquio en Internet. Si tu transmisión es buena, habrá gente que se enganchará. Algunos te mandarán preguntas, otros te darán retweet, y tampoco faltarán los que critiquen lo que se dice. Anímate a discutir. Revisa cada determinado tiempo tus menciones, de modo que respondas los más importantes. Tampoco está de más agradecer algunas aportaciones, e incluso usar con discreción el RT. También puedes lanzar algunas preguntas al aire, pero procura que tampoco caiga toda la responsabilidad en tus seguidores. Tú provees la información, ellos la discusión.

8. Influencia, no volumen

Si son pocos los que siguen tu evento, no te desanimes. ´Twitter se trata de influencia, no de volumen. Si se trata de una cuenta corporativa, es muy probable que los seguidores sepan a lo que se atienen. Sin embargo, puede que a algunos simplemente no les llame la atención ese evento. También recuerda que la calida de tu transmisión no está en el número de tweets que sacas, sino en la calidad. No tienes que actualizar cada diez segundos. Cada quién tendrá su ritmo, pero juzgo que cada tres o cuatro minutos es un buen intervalo. ¿El mejor criterio? Publica cuando suceda algo interesante: nunca falla.

9. Tras bambalinas (pero sólo de reojo)

Lo que pasa tras bambalinas de un evento también es muy interesante. De vez en cuando viene bien aligerar el tono con algún aspecto de este tipo, pero debes cuidar que este tipo de tweets no te dejen mal parado. Por ejemplo, si un invitado canceló de último minuto, no ayuda a tu imagen decir algo como “estamos corriendo para ver quién puede suplir a Fulanito”. Procura compartir algunos detalles de la organización, de lo que sucede detrás de cámaras, pero sin revelar información sensible. Recuerda que, como en la cintas de policías, lo que digas puede usarse en tu contra.

10. Repite el ejercicio

Acostumbra a tus seguidores a las coberturas de eventos. Con la práctica se hace el maestro, reza el adagio. Si a la primera no sale, evalúa qué se puede mejorar, y súbete de nuevo al caballo. Quizá tu primera transmisión no reciba demasiada respuesta, pero verás como la interacción mejora con la segunda, la tercera, y demás. Intenta siempre técnicas nuevas (y si alguna te resulta, no dudes en compartirla con nosotros).



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Direitos dos leitores de livros digitais

Da autoria de Javier Celaya

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Derechos de los lectores de libros digitales

Autor: Javier Celaya – José Antonio Vázquez

adquiridos que no debemos ceder

  • Cuando compramos
    un libro en una librería nos convertimos en los dueños de ese producto.

  • Nuestros datos de compra no pueden ser reutilizados sin nuestro permiso.

  • Nuestro historial
    de compra no puede ser vendido para fines comerciales (publicidad, etc.).

  • Nuestras
    afinidades lectoras no pueden ser divulgadas a terceros.

  • Podemos realizar
    compras de libros totalmente anónimas pagando en metálico y sin dejar rastro
    personal alguno de dicha compra.

  • Podemos prestar
    nuestro libro a un familiar, amigo o compañero del trabajo.

  • Nuestras notas y
    apuntes son personales y visibles hasta cuando queramos para quien queramos.

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Nuvens de etiquetas com estilo

Chama-se taxedo e permite transformar as nuvens de etiquetas (tag clouds) – a partir da frequência de palavras num texto – em figuras conhecidas.

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Welcome to Tagxedo, tag cloud with styles

Tagxedo turns words — famous speeches, news articles, slogans
and themes, even your love letters — into a visually stunning tag cloud, words
individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within
the body of text.

The following are a few examples to show the versatility of Tagxedo, especially how tightly the words
hug the shapes. Feel free to click the pictures and play with them in Tagxedo. If
you like these tag clouds, you must also check out the gallery
which has many more candies for your eyes, and read about the
101 Ways to Use Tagxedo.

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SymbalooEdu – Uma alternativa ao Diigo

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SymbalooEdu – Para organizar e compartilhar o melhor da web com seus alunos

Baseado na aplicação de marcadores sociais, symbalooedu oferece a possibilidade de organizar e compartilhar recursos dentro das salas de aulas.

Considerado como um PLE (Personal Learning Environment), permite classificar os sites encontrados de uma forma muito intuitiva e prática, em um ambiente que pode ser administrado e controlado de forma simples por um tutor.

A versão gratuita é muito completa, ainda que para grandes escolas também não sai muito cara a contratação de um plano premium (proporcional ao número de alunos).

Aqui tem o vídeo de apresentação, em inglês:

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Tablet Kno entre 600 e 900 dólares

Esta sim, parece ser uma solução atractiva para as escolas, embora não se saiba quando é que estará à venda por cá (e sobretudo com que conteúdos).
Mais notícias aqui:
e aqui:
E o vídeo oficial:

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Kno Prices Its Student Tablets at $599 and $899 to Ship By End of the Year

Kno, the high-profile Silicon Valley start-up trying to jumpstart a market for tablets focused on students, announced tonight that it will have a limited number available by the end of the year for sale at prices of $599 and $899.

The lower price is for its single-screen device, while the clamshell, double-screen version is more expensive.

While Kno would not say exactly how many it has ordered for its first tablet production run–the device is being built by China’s Foxconn–Co-founder and CEO Osman Rashid said in an interview earlier today with BoomTown that units would number “in the thousands.”

Rashid said the Kno will initially be aimed at 10 college campuses across the U.S., although he also declined to name them.

“We are going to do online and offline marketing, in a very focused approach,” he said, noting that Kno would be working with some college bookstores too.

Marketing a new and complex product like the Kno will take a lot of effort and cash, especially since it is an increasingly competitive market for mobile and portable computing products that includes Apple, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Google, Amazon, Dell and many others.

Kno recently raised another $46 million in funding to add to a $10 million round, and sources said that the Santa Clara, Calif. company could be back out raising even more early next year.

Its current backers include prominent venture players like Andreessen Horowitz and First Round Capital, along with investors Mike Maples and Ron Conway.

Kno’s Rashid said company pushed the go button after getting good feedback from students in a beta test, half of whom used the single-screen device and half who used the two screens, along with its related education platform software.

“We found that 85 percent of those using the single screen wanted the dual-screen version and that those using two screens took three times more notes,” said Rashid. “Students said they love the fact that they can write in the textbook itself and it appears the way it needs to be, even in digital form.”

The first Kno will have an aluminum body, and the company will also offer a set of accessories, such as a cover and a stand.

And Kno will watch initial sales carefully. “As a start-up, we want to make sure we are meeting demand, but also that we roll it out in a careful approach,” said Rashid.

Indeed–and it will be interesting to see how that goes for the ambitious and innovative Kno.

Until the results are in, here is the official press release from Kno:

Kno Announces Pricing and Pre-Order Availability for Tablet Textbook; Pays for Itself in 3 Semesters
Delivers Significant Student Impact for Less than 1% the Cost of a 4-Year College Education

Santa Clara, CA–November 9, 2010–Kno, Inc., a powerful, groundbreaking tablet textbook designed specifically for students and the education market, today revealed the price of its 14.1 inch single and dual-screen tablets at $599 and $899, respectively. The company also announced that it is now accepting a limited number of pre-orders for an initial shipment that is expected to be on customers’ doorsteps by the end of the year.

“Kno’s extraordinary benefits represent only a tiny fraction of the overall cost of college, but its impact on the student’s career–and the energy it adds to the experience, the thrill of learning, and the ultimate grade–is dramatic,” said Osman Rashid, Co-Founder and CEO of Kno, Inc. “Even better, when you do the math, it actually pays for itself and still saves $1,300 in digital textbook costs.”

Kno has been beta-testing the product with students and the response has been overwhelmingly positive for both the single and dual screen devices. Far more than just a digital textbook, Kno is creating a powerfully effective new learning environment that will make students at all levels more successful at processing, grasping and retaining both facts and concepts.

“My experience with Kno has been really incredible. My books have become more interactive and the ability to hand-write electronic notes on the book pages themselves has changed how I retain information,” said Melissa Lin, a sophomore majoring in Biology at UC Berkeley that has been beta-testing the Kno tablet. “I see a ton of difference with the Kno. I can carry everything with me including my books, my notebooks and a browser for research. And, with the lower cost of digital textbooks, it will pay for itself in three semesters which is really great.”

Digital textbooks, which typically cost between 30 and 50 percent less than physical textbooks, will be priced separately and will be sold through the Kno bookstore, which will be accessible on every Kno device. Starting today, students will be able to browse Kno’s bookstore at, which will include tens of thousands of the most popular textbooks and supplement materials. Kno has previously announced that it is working with major textbook publishers including Cengage, McGraw Hill and Pearson. The company recently added publishers including Macmillan, Bedford, Freeman & Worth and Holtzbrinck as well as BarCharts Publishing, Kaplan, Random House and a large number of the University Presses.


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50 Excellent Open Courses on Teaching With Technology

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The information below is taken from a recent posting on
It is a listing of 50 free online courses that are offered on a wide variety of instructional technology topics. The courses are free, self-directed, and accessible over the internet.  Rather then listing a few examples in this posting I decided to paste all of the links below.

50 Excellent Open Courses on Teaching With Technology

Using technology and creating unique learning environments are two big dreams that all types of teachers have, from elementary educators to distance education teachers to college professors. If you’re already used to taking classes from an online college but are curious about creating your own open resources, or if you are studying to be a teacher in today’s tech-fueled economy, check out these 50 free courses on teaching with technology.

Find out why technology is such a draw for educators and how we learn from non-human tools.



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Entrevista de Chris Meade, por Isabel Coutinho

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“A literatura não é feita de papel”

Chris Meade, director do if:book london, está zangado consigo próprio por causa dos anos em que andou a promover a página, o papel, e não as palavras, que é o que realmente importa. Por Isabel Coutinho

Chris Meade costumava trabalhar com poetas antes de se ter dedicado ao futuro do livro. Este britânico que é o director do if:book london, uma organização britânica que explora as potencialidades criativas dos novos media para leitores e escritores e está ligada ao Institute for The Future of the Book de Nova Iorque, já foi director da Sociedade de Poesia britânica. Na palestra The amplified author and the creative reader (qualquer coisa entre o autor amplificado e o leitor criativo) que veio dar à IV Conferência Internacional do Plano Nacional de Leitura dedicada ao tema Ler no século XXI – Livros, Leituras e Tecnologias, na Fundação Gulbenkian, em Lisboa, contou que de alguma maneira continua a trabalhar com poesia.

“A Web parece-me ser a casa natural para a poesia. O local certo para se porem textos, para se fazerem apresentações ao vivo, animações ou tudo isto ao mesmo tempo”, disse em cima do palco, Chris Meade, com um tablet na mão.

Este britânico que foi também director do Booktrust, uma organização não lucrativa que promove o livro e a leitura, sabe que com a World Wide Web se podem resolver problemas fundamentais como o do acesso aos livros. Basta um computador para acedermos a livros sem precisarmos de entrar em lojas ou instituições assustadoras.

O autor amplificado

Por outro lado, agora, qualquer pessoa pode colocar o seu trabalho num blogue e apresentálo ao mundo sem precisar de passar por um editor tradicional. Chris Meade fala do “autor amplificado”. O poeta William Blake encaixar-se-ia nesse conceito. Nada parecido com um escritor sentado, sozinho, fechado ao mundo a escrever.

“Finalmente, aquilo de que falávamos quase como uma metáfora, de que ler era uma actividade criativa em que estávamos empenhados, passou a ser uma realidade. Mas os amantes dos livros não tinham a mesma opinião. Achavam que eu me tinha mudado para o lado negro e que tinha passado a odiar livros”, continua a contar.

Temos vindo a perder algumas das batalhas pela leitura. Falamos dos livros como sendo a leitura óptima para nos ajudar a adormecer ou para levar para férias… Alguém disse a Chris Meade que adorava ler porque a leitura ajudava a desligar. “Mas se ler realmente importa, a leitura tem de nos ligar!”, quase grita e dá o exemplo da sua mãe de 80 anos, que é da geração que se identifica com o livro impresso mas vê televisão, navega na Internet e gosta de ver os filmes que adaptam os seus livros preferidos.

“Somos todos mais transversais e mais multimédia do que gostamos de pensar que somos”, afirma. “A primeira vez que se lê um livro num ecrã, como o de um iPad, percebemos intensamente que o livro não é um objecto. É uma experiência, acontece na nossa cabeça e acontece no nosso coração. A literatura não é feita de papel.” Ficou zangado consigo mesmo por ter andado tantos anos a promover a página, o papel, e não as palavras, que é o que realmente importa.