SLERD 2017: Smart Learning Ecosystems II

9:00 – 10:20
(full papers: 20’+5′; short papers: 12’+3′)


Artur Coelho, Isabel Cabrita
Creativity Enhanced by Technological Mediation in Exploratory Mathematical Contexts


Creativity is fundamental to the sustainable development of societies. However, lack a School model that promotes it. In Mathematics, exploratory open-ended and challenging tasks, based on the effective resolution of and well oriented confrontation and discussion moments are needed to foster this skill. The digital revolution brought a set of technological tools with great potential in the educational context, particularly to engineer collaborative work environments and to mediate communication. But, the use of these tools remains inadequate. The main objective of this qualitative study was to evaluate the potential of digital technologies to construct collaborative environments and as communication mediation tools and how these dynamics influence the development of creativity and communication in Mathematics as well as students’ (10-11 years old) digital literacy.Preliminary results suggest that the implementation of these technologies allow to develop cross-curricular and specific mathematical skills and digital literacies, and truly change the current educational paradigm.


Carlo Giovannella
Participatory Evaluation as Basis to Design for Smarter Learning Ecosystems: the UTOV Case Story 


In the recent past it has been shown that participatory evaluation constitutes an al-ternative approach to traditional benchmarking of learning ecosystems capable to provide an insight on the smartness of universities and schools. Such alternative approach has also been shown capable to make emerge problems and desiderata from the opinions of all players involved in the educational processes. In this paper we report on the outcomes of a participatory evaluation process carried on along three years at the University of Rome Tor Vergata to show how one can use them to go beyond the evaluation stage and guide a bottom-up design process to foster the achievement of smarter learning ecosystems. 


Filipe Moreira, Andreia Magalhães, Fernando Ramos, Mário Vairinhos
The power of the Internet of Things in Education: an overview of current status and potential


This paper aims at discussing the potential and analyze main challenges concerning the use of the Internet of Things in education, based on an overview of the literature and the identification of some relevant technologies and projects. The integration of Internet of Things technologies, including open data, in schoolbooks, identified in this context as smartbooks, is also address. Regarding open data, a set of data sources is drawn and possible scenarios for integrating these data into the manuals are discuss. It is concluded that although the Internet of Things presents the potential to facilitate access to real and constantly updated data, there is still a long way to go in this field, namely, in primary and secondary education.

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