Hoje é dia Mundial da Internet Segura

O Dia Mundial da Internet Segura é uma iniciativa que mobilizou 70 países de todo o mundo em 2011 para promover o uso seguro da Internet.

É fundamental estarmos conscientes das questões que fazem agenda neste domínio tão importante.

Deixo alguns sites de referência:



MIT OCW – Information and Communication Technology in Africa


O Open Course Ware do MIT, disponibiliza a disciplina Information and Communication Technology in África que é ministrada pelo Professor Shigeru Miyagawa.

Durante o curso os alunos desenvolveram um conjunto de trabalhos que podem ser consultados on line. Os temas são variados e constituem aspectos importantes que estão a marcar a agenda relativamente à área das TIC em África.

Um bom recurso.

Assignment 1 – Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Case Studies (PDF)

  • “Voxiva” by Mark Scott (PDF)
  • “Shree Kamdhenu Electronics Private Ltd.” by Mustafa Dafalla (PDF)
  • “Grameenphone” by Harmeet Gill (PDF)
  • “Vodacom Community Services” by Angelica Weiner (PDF)

Assignment 2 – Project Proposal (PDF)

  • “Nigeria’s Need for ICT” by Timan Goshit (PDF)
  • “The Need for Sex Education for Women” by Ana Lorena Ramos Maltés (PDF)
  • “Malaria Prevention” by Mustafa Dafalla (PDF)
  • “A Partnership Between MIT and Computer Aid International” by Harmeet Gill (PDF)
  • “ICT Solutions for Agriculture” by Saba Gul (PDF)
  • “The Production and Distribution of Landmine and Unexploded Ordinance Awareness Software” by Mark Scott (PDF)

Final Project – Policy Document (PDF)

  • “Privatization for Development” by Valery Brobbey (PDF)
  • “Technology and Policy in Africa” by Timan Goshit (PDF)
  • “ICT Solutions for Agriculture” by Saba Gul (PDF)
  • “Policy for the Introduction of the $100 Laptop into Schools in Zambia” by Mark Scott (PDF)
  • “Integrating ICT in Zambian High Schools” by Ashenafi Befekadu (PDF)
  • “Technology Initiatives to Aid Agricultural Productivity in Zambia” by Mustafa Dafalla (PDF)
  • “Policy for an increase in Internet usage in Zambia” by Harmeet Gill (PDF)
  • “Women and ICT in Zambia” by Ana Lorena Ramos Maltés (PDF)
  • “Improving Computer Literacy through Training Programs” by Angelica Weiner (PDF)

Link: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/special-programs/sp-259-information-and-communication-technology-in-africa-spring-2006/projects/

Bobbili, Raja, and Shigeru Miyagawa. SP.259 Information and Communication Technology in Africa,Spring 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 09 Jan, 2013). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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Vumbuka – “Wake up”


Conforme esta noticia, A VMK (“VMK comes from Vumbuka, a word derived from Kikongo (a language widely spoken in southern and western Congo, especially in the city of Pointe-Noire), which means “Wake up!”) uma empresa sediada no Congo, desenvolveu produtos pioneiros e que estão a revolucionar o negócio dos dispositivos móveis no continente africano.

A criação de um tablet, o Way-C , e de um smartphone, o Elikia são os produtos com preços low cost e equipados com Android, sistema operativo da Google.

Veja informação da VKM aqui.

Cape Verde Tenth Island – Advancement Opportunity for Students


O Projecto Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project é um programa internacional, criado por Bob Barboza e Kids Talk Radio em Califórnia, nos Estados Unidos.

O objectivo deste programa é estimular e ajudar os estudantes em projectos nas áreas das ciências e tecnologias, artes visuais e performance, etc.

O projecto conta com parceiros como a California State University, Long Beach, University of Southern California (USC) e Super School University.

Tenho estado a trabalhar com Bob Barboza neste projecto e pretendo envolver os estudantes que queiram participar.

Veja toda a informação sobre este projecto em:

Deixe o seu feedback e manifestação de interesse.

What is the ‘Internet of Things?’


“The Internet of Things is a vision. It is being built today. The stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. In hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved, feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to support our families and somehow play a role – however small – in the larger scheme of things. So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart? The result will probably be an tsunami of what at first looks like very small steps, small changes. The purpose of Council is to forecast what will happen when smart objects surround us in smart homes, offces, streets, and cities. Internet of People is the consultancy branch that advises corporations, public organizations, individuals and institutions on how to manage and facilitate the changes that the Internet of Things will bring.”

Fonte: http://www.theinternetofthings.eu/

Veja uma o explainer interactivo aqui.

Disrupt This

What’s the point of going to class? Honestly, you can just read the textbook chapter, copy your friend’s notes, or, if you have a tech-savvy professor, watch the lecture she recorded and posted on the class website.

In fact, the whole idea of sitting in a seat and listening to a professor ramble on is just a little, well, outdated. You could instead watch a similar lecture at iTunes University or at MIT’s Open CourseWare initiative or from the Khan Academy. You could take a free online course from Harvard and even get college credit. Heck, a foundation will pay you $100,000 not to go to college.

Sure, you can have some great conversations and make some great friends in college. You are independent and get to decide what to do with your life. But is that worth spending more than $50,000 at a local public university or a $140,000 at a private college for four years on tuition, room and board?

This is what is known as the “value proposition” of higher education and it is under assault as new technologies seemingly “disrupt” traditional bricks-and-mortar institutions. The recent development of MOOCs (“massive online open courses”) has shown us that it may finally be possible to provide free access to world-class professors and courses to anyone, anywhere in the world.

So why go?

I want to suggest that the college classroom is one of the few places in our society where we are forced to carefully and thoughtfully confront the complexity of our world and stretch our assumptions of the possible. Where we are shown that issues have a history, political costs and social implications. That there are irrefutable facts, yet irreconcilable perspectives. Where our seemingly obvious answers become, with just a little bit of prodding and discussion and debate, really fascinating questions. And you can’t just change the channel, click the link, or claim that you, “sorry,” hit a dead zone and dropped the call.

Sure, students skip class and space out. But my job as a college professor is to figure out how to make you want to come to class and then hold your attention when you’re there. It is to make ideas matter and learning come alive.

This is hard stuff, and I cannot claim that we in higher education have figured out how to do this well. MOOCs and other technologies may indeed do a better job of teaching some things to some students. Maybe even lots of things to lots of students. Yet in the end it makes no sense to talk about disrupting higher education if higher education can’t disrupt you. For if your education is not ultimately about transformation, then, no, don’t go to class.

Artigo de , Associate Professor, Founding Dean, School of Education, Merrimack College, publicado aqui.

Outro artigo do Professor Dan Butin aqui.

Microsoft lança Rede Social – Socl


“The web, search, and social networking are changing the way students collaborate.

To bring these elements together, Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs is launching a site designed to give students the ability to network with peers, share useful information quickly, and build their own pages that collect information from both inside and outside the classroom—in a sense, transforming the web and social networks into the new classroom.

Called So.cl and pronounced “social,” the experimental research project is being made available to students in information and design schools at the University of Washington, Syracuse University, and New York University. In time, more schools will be added, potentially expanding So.cl’s use as a learning and information-gathering tool.”

Veja mais informação em Microsoft Research.

Outros Comentários aqui.