Will education in the mother tongue contribute to the increase of digital literacies?

Novo artigo publicado no qual se cruzam e analisam dados resultantes de uma pesquisa que desenvolvi.


We live undoubtedly in a digital era in which younger people have more technological knowledge and use technology more than older people who mostly must adapt their lives and practices, learning how, why, and when to use digital tools. In schools, this gap is visible if we compare the curricula for teaching the Portuguese mother tongue and teachers’ practices. As we demonstrate, the references in syllabi are residual, and teachers use digital tools as they used other tools before. This paper aims to summarize and to intersect the results from previous studies on information and communication technologies (ICT), Portuguese mother tongue syllabi, and teachers’ practices with ICT. It also points out some causes of the lack of aims for the increase of digital literacy in mother tongue education.

Schools technology over time

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As boas práticas de ensino da escrita

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Esta obra procura sintetizar a investigação na área da escrita e do desenvolvimento dessa competência nos estudantes, bem como ilustrar a sua inclusão nas orientações oficiais através da análise dos programas de Francês. Por fim, descreve-se um modelo de prática eficiente de ensino da escrita. Assim sendo, este livro torna-se útil para professores dos vários níveis de ensino que queiram desenvolver as competências de escrita nos seus estudantes de forma eficiente e fundamentada.

Mais informações em: http://www.bubok.pt/livros/7632/AS-BOAS-PRATICAS-DE-ENSINO-DA-ESCRITA


Web-based language class activities


Over the past two decades, a growing number of educational researchers have studied the benefits of using information and communication technologies (ICT). Research on Computer-Assisted Language Learning, mostly foreign language learning, shows that the use of ICT is beneficial to the development of learners’ competences. This paper presents the preliminary results of an ongoing research on this topic. Building on a brief review of the literature and the analysis of lesson plans of Portuguese language teachers, this study argues that ICT are mainly used to support traditional methodological approaches, contrasting with the learner-centred ones encouraged by recent research on the topic.

Full paper at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042813010537#


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Schools technology over time

Then Versus Now: an overview on how technology in schools has changed over time.
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Then Versus Now: How Technology in Schools Has Changed Over Time
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New educational paradigms needed…

… industrial revolution ended some years ago. We are now facing a big changing from students’ attitudes regarding learning and education in general.

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