Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education

To book study visits to the Park (activities with the mobile App EduPARK), send email to: de-edupark@ua.pt

EduPARK Project

The EduPARK is a research and development project, beginning in June 2016, whose educational laboratory is a landscaped space of great aesthetic, biological, scenic and historical value – The Infante D. Pedro Park.

Objective

The project’s main challenge is to create original, attractive and effective strategies for interdisciplinary learning in Natural Sciences, Physics-Chemistry, Mathematics, History, among others, through the creation of a mobile interactive Augmented Reality (AR) application, using mobile devices, to support geocaching activities to be explored by teachers and students from basic to higher education in outdoor environments, but also with potential use in the tourism sector/ general public.

Expectation

The main expectation is that combining technology familiar to students with outdoor learning strategies, will allow learning to move beyond traditional classroom environments to outdoor spaces that students can physically explore and simultaneously make connections with curricular content and the peers they share them with.

Furthermore, it is expected that the project unveils best practices in education by valuing digital and social interactions, using innovative technology in outdoor environments and mixing real and virtual worlds. It may also provide new challenges, open horizons and opportunities for Science Education, not only in Portugal but also abroad, providing theoretical and practical frameworks that can be useful in other natural environments.

Video

Interview

Lúcia Pombo's interview on the EDUPARK Project was aired last May 6th, at the Antena 1 program ‘The days of the Future’. The journalist Catarina Lázaro is responsible for the program.

Listen to the interview:

Team

Lúcia Pombo
lpombo@ua.pt
Margarida Marques
EduPARK Research Fellow
marg.marq@ua.pt
Luís Afonso
EduPARK Research Fellow
luisafonso@ua.pt
Paulo Dias
paulo.dias@ua.pt
Joaquim Madeira
jmadeira@ua.pt
Rosa Pinho
EduPARK Researcher
rpinho@ua.pt
Lísia Lopes
EduPARK Researcher
lisia@ua.pt
Vânia Carlos
vania.carlos@ua.pt
Cecília Guerra
cguerra@ua.pt
Margarida Lucas
mlucas@ua.pt
António Moreira
moreira@ua.pt
Maria João Loureiro
mjoao@ua.pt
Maria José Loureiro
zeloureiro@ua.pt
Teresa Bixirão Neto
teresaneto@ua.pt
Paula Maia
 
EduPARK Collaborator
paula.maia@ua.pt
Sara Nogueira
 
EduPARK Collaborator
saradasnozes@gmail.com
Mariana Castro de Souza
 
EduPARK Collaborator
mariana.castro.souza@usp.br
Martín Llamas Nistal
martin@gist.uvigo.es

Mobile Application

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Infante D. Pedro’s Park!


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Augmented Reality

Explore the Augmented Reality (AR) about the botanical and historical richness of this Park by pointing the smartphone camera, with the app open, to the AR markers (plaques or tiles) in the park.

Try it out here!

Plaque

Tile

Interactive Quiz

There are several educational guides (quizzes) with challenges and interdisciplinary issues elaborated based on the curricular guidelines of the various levels of education, from Basic to Higher Education.

There is also a specific quiz for visitors of the Park, with general culture questions and curiosities about the region of Aveiro.

You can play, search for virtual caches/treasures and collect points. If you prefer, you can use the free mode. Have fun!

Virtual Geocaching

In the game mode you will be challenged to find some virtual caches hidden in the park that give you points and surprises. Give it a try! I can not reveal anything more...

Activities

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17th UA Open Week

21/11/16 & 23/11/16

The EduPARK project participated in the Open Week of Science and Technology 2016 with the activity “Discovering the Infante D. Pedro Park’s treasures”. The project team developed three sessions with city schools’ classes: one from the 3rd Cycle and two from the 1st Cycle of the Portuguese Basic Education System. Pupils explored Aveiro’s oldest park with the support of an interactive mobile application with Augmented Reality, created within the project. The activity aimed at collecting pupils’ feedback about the application and it was considered a success. It was held in a game format, with interdisciplinary and culture questions. The teams revealed motivation and united efforts to achieve the highest score possible, through the correct answering to the questions and, at the same time, discovering hidden treasures in the park. At the end, the project team handed out participation certificates and prizes that were sponsored by projectSeguraNet.

As examples of some in situ reactions, we highlight the following: “I think this application is really good because it teaches us how to learn in a different way”; “I think this activity was really enriching because it gave us values and also helped us to want to learn” (3rd Cycle pupils); “I liked it because we can learn more about the plants and everything in the Nature”; “It is mandatory to participate [in this activity] because it is really, really amusing” (1st Cycle pupils). The EduPARK team thanks the participation of the 74 pupils, and their teachers, as well as the monitors (researchers of the project and collaborating Masters’ Degree students), who volunteered to accompany the groups of pupils through the park. The smiles on their faces showed it was worth it. This is an experience that must be repeated!

UA Open Campus

10/05/2017

The EduPARK project participated in the UA Open Campus 2017 with the activity ‘Come and experiment with the Augmented Reality (AR) mobile application of the EduPARK Project’. On May 10th, two sessions with 23 students from secondary schools from Ermesinde, Felgueiras and Manteigas were held. The participants formed groups to test the latest version of the application of the EduPARK, already containing content for AR, as if they were in the park. This version of the application was developed by the EduPARK project team and two students of the Masters in Teaching of the 1st CEB and of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the 2nd CEB. Students collaborating are Márcia Carvalho and Ana Rita Rodrigues, who are supervised by Teresa Neto and Lúcia Pombo.

Participating students revealed enthusiasm and involvement in the game/application. At the end of the sessions, they provided feedback on the relevance and usability of the application, as the following comments illustrate: ‘It's an interesting application and I think it promotes learning in a different way among the younger students.’; ‘It's an interesting and very useful application for elementary school usage.’; ‘The application is very good for a different interaction with the park, but it has some problems regarding speed and response to the touch.’ The EduPARK team thanks the participation and collaboration of the students, and of their teachers, and will take into account their comments to introduce improvements in the application.

Research and initial training with hand in hand
EduPARK and Supervised Pedagogical Practice of the Master in Teaching of the 1st CEB and of MCN of the 2nd CEB

16/05/2017

On May 16th, a group of 4th year pupils from the Basic School of Bonsucesso, accompanied by the teacher of their class, Isabel Lebre, participated in the activity ‘Conquering all stages in the Infante D. Pedro Park - EduPARK Project’. The activity consisted of an interactive quiz game, with Augmented Reality, supported by the mobile application of the EduPARK Project.

The game script was developed by Ana Rita Rodrigues and Márcia Carvalho, Master’s students from Teaching of the 1st CEB and of MCN of the 2nd

During the activity, the pupils showed enthusiasm, curiosity and motivation for learning. Some pupils have even highlighted some similarities of the EduPARK application with the popular entertainment application for mobile devices, Pokémon GO, which also includes augmented reality technology. In an initial overall assessment, the class teacher reported that this activity created learning opportunities related with the curriculum for this level of education. The teacher stated, as well, that this activity was able to motivate and engage students who often reveal demotivation for learning in the classroom.

I Pedagogical journeys ‘Future Classroom: New pedagogies, New technologies’ in Mortágua

20/05/2017 & 3/06/2017

After being invited by the ‘Centre for Training of the Association of Schools of the Planalto Beirão’ and of the Mortágua Municipality, Lúcia Pombo developed an innovative outdoor workshop, under the EduPARK’s context. This workshop, which counted with 18 science teachers from several schools, took place in the Secondary School of Mortágua, on May 20th.

Participants experimented with a demo version of the EduPARK application in an outdoor setting, worked in pairs to produce educational resources to be integrated into a mobile application for outdoor activities, and shared the developed work with their colleagues. Teachers showed a high degree of satisfaction for having attended this workshop and considered the explored resources as very interesting.

Release of the EduPARK Project Book

05/06/2017

The EduPARK book was publicly presented at the Book Fair in Aveiro, ehich took place between XX and XX. Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Morais Marques, Maria José Loureiro, Rosa Pinho, Lísia Lopes and Paula Maia are the authors and Vânia Carlos was responsible for the map of the park that is included in the book. It is an edition of the UA-Editora, financed by FEDER / FCT.

The launch was part of the Aveiro Municipality (CMA) Book Fair and Environment Week Program. It was attended by the president of the CMA, Ribau Esteves, who wrote one of the prefaces for the book; the coordinator of the CIDTFF, Helena Araújo e Sá, and the directors of the involved departments: Jorge Adelino Costa, from the DEP, and Amadeu Soares, from the DBio. The book was presented by two of the authors, Lúcia Pombo, coordinator of the project EduPARK, and Rosa Pinho, curator of the UA Herbarium.

The event had a large audience, from CIDTFF researchers, departmental colleagues, undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, family and friends. The authors thank the interest and enthusiasm shown.

Environment Week

10/06/2017 & 11/06/2017

On June 10th and 11th, visitors of the Infante D. Pedro Park had the opportunity to participate in the activity ‘Exploring the Infante D. Pedro Park with the mobile application of the EduPARK Project’, under the Environment Week, organised by the ‘Aveiro Now’ Association, the Aveiro Municipality (CMA) and the ‘Factory Centre of Alive Science of Aveiro’. This event was published in the journal ‘Diary of Aveiro’.

The activity consisted of an interactive quiz game, with Augmented Reality, supported by the mobile application of the EduPARK Project, and was specifically aimed at the visitor of the Park. Participants of all ages, used the application and, globally, revealed interest and surprise with its features, in particular with the augmented reality. Some reactions were: ‘A very good idea. We can learn more about the Park and about Aveiro through play.’ and ‘What a good way of exploring and learning in our Park, enjoying its beauty and clean air.’

EduPARK at the National Meeting TIC@Portugal, July 7th, Nelas

07/07/2017

EduPARK was present at the Teachers' Meeting on ICT Educational Use, TIC@Portugal, in Nelas, on July 7th, with the oral presentation ‘Good Practices of Gamification with Mobile Learning and Augmented Reality - Edupark Project’.

This event is an initiative of the Association EDUCOM - APTE (Portuguese Association of Educational Telematics), through its ICT Competence Centre and its Teacher Training Centre. This year, the ccTICua organized the event in Nelas, with the support of the School Grouping of Nelas and Nelas Municipality. On the previous day, July 6th, participants had the opportunity to take part in the launch event of the European project ‘ENAbLE - Educational Advancement of ICT-based Spatial Literacy in Europe’.

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Professor Martin Llamas Nistal from the University of Vigo, External Consultant of the EduPARK project, visits the CIDTFF

10/07/2017

On July 10th, the EduPARK project consultant, Professor Martin Llamas Nistal from the University of Vigo, visited the CIDTFF and the Departments involved in the project: DEP, DETI and DBio.

The visit started at the Department of Education and Psychology (DEP), where he visited the Director’s office, the Laboratory of Digital Contents (LCD), the Laboratory for Mathematics Education (Lem@tic) - and the Research Centre on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers (CIDTFF) -. Then, he visited the IEETA, where he had the opportunity to try out some virtual reality devices and to have a guided tour to the Herbarium. Thank you to all involved in this visit!

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Short-term training session for teachers "EduPARK Project - Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education"

10/07/2017

The EduPARK team and the CCTic-UA organized a short-term training session (3 hours) for teachers, on July 10th. The session was included in the visiting program of the project external consultant, Professor Martin Llamas Nistal, and comprised two main parts.

First, two presentations took place: one entitled ‘A flipped classroom experience at the University of Vigo’, by Martin Llamas Nistal, and another, ‘One year of development experience of the EduPARK app’, by Lúcia Pombo.

Then a visit to the Infante D. Pedro Park took place, during which 32 participating teachers had the opportunity to explore, in groups, the EduPARK app developed for the 2nd CEB. This was followed by an animated picnic. In the end, an EduPARK book was offered to each element of the winning group. The participating teachers expressed their interest in scheduling a visit with their students to explore the EduPARK game, during the next school year. They also recognized an enormous educational value in this approach, where the curriculum is articulated in an interdisciplinary way, providing in-context learning. Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm!

Summer Academy - EduPARK activity: ‘Come and play with the EduPARK Project mobile phone application while exploring the city Park’

11/07/2017

The EduPARK team has prepared an activity for the children of the 2nd CEB of the DEP’s Summer Academy. The EduPARK Monkey waited for the young explorers at the Infante D. Pedro Park to guide them on a treasure hunt where they could learn while playing. Accompanied by a scientific monitor, each group members explored the EduPARK application, using one of the project cell phones. The groups were challenged to solve interdisciplinary quizzes following clues given by the Monkey. At the end of each stage, a virtual cache challenge appeared and the groups were able to collect virtual objects like bananas, acorns and lollipops, while collecting points at the same time. There were prizes for the three winner groups and prizes for all participants. The project consultant, Professor Martin Llamas Nistal, had the opportunity to observe the activity.

Scientific Monitors - Lúcia Pombo, Luís Afonso, Margarida Marques, Mariana Souza, Vânia Carlos, Cecília Guerra, Sara Nogueira, Ana Gonçalves, Rita Valente, Filipe Moreira and Samanta Caleiro. Thank you all for participating!

EduPARK participates in the 15 hours-training: "Tablets in education: promotion of digital skills in the field of mobile learning"

04/10/2017

In the first of the 3 cycles of the "Tablets in Education: Promotion of Digital Skills in Mobile Learning" training, the EduPARK Coordinator, Lúcia Pombo, collaborated as a Trainer in the 1st session, attended by 20 teachers of Basic Education of the School Grouping of Eixo.

In this first session, after the presentation of the EduPARK project, the trainee teachers explored the EduPARK mobile application and created educational resources that could be integrated into outdoor activities.

This training intends to focus on the support to teachers regarding the use of mobile technologies and their potential in the teaching and learning process (why?, for what ?, and how to use the technologies?). It is intended to create opportunities for concrete and supported use, in order to effectively contribute to the change of attitude of teachers towards innovations and reinforce their self-esteem and confidence in the use of ICT in teaching and learning.

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EduPARK installs plaques with Augmented Reality in the Infante D. Pedro Park

03/11/2017

The Municipality of Aveiro, as a partner of the EduPARK Project, collaborated in the installation of the 32 identification plates in the Infante D. Pedro Park. Now it is possible to identify the species of trees that inhabit the Park. The boards also allow access to augmented reality for each species through the EduPARK application: i) in free mode (also available in English) and ii) through specific games for each level of education, in a school context, and also for the general public.

Soon the inauguration of the plates and application of EduPARK will be done, with an activity for all to participate.

EduPARK embraces Integrated Science of Nature (ISN) II with mobile outdoor activity

07/11/2017 & 09/11/2017

In the logic of promoting methodologies that integrate research in the teaching and learning process, EduPARK embraced ISN II, with a mobile outdoor component in the context of the theme "Biodiversity and preservation" with a 20% weight in the students assessment.

After a theoretical presentation of the EduPARK Project, the two groups of ISN II developed the activity in the Infante D. Pedro Park, where they explored an educational guide with a specific course, which integrates issues articulated with the programmatic contents of ISN I and ISN II, through the EduPARK project app. Students have learned on the spot, and authentic learning has been fostered, based on the principles of geocaching and exploring the Augmented Reality features on tiles and plaques scattered throughout the park.

The evaluation includes not only the production of questions that can be used in a mobile application for Teaching and its oral presentation, in groups, but also a reflection on this teaching methodology with respect to its educational value, motivation and conservation habits and sustainability.

ENAbLE and EduPARK reinforce the methodology of mobile learning in initial formation

05/12/2017

The ENAbLE and EduPARK Projects prepared a field trip through the city of Aveiro within the scope of the Curricular Unit "Didactics of History, Geography and Natural Sciences" of the Master's Degree in Teaching of 1st Cycle of Basic Education and Portuguese and History and Geography of Portugal in the 2nd of Cycle of Basic Education of the Department of Education and Psychology of the University of Aveiro.

The field trip using Geographic Information Technologies and mobile learning took place on December 5th, and it was the result of a joint initiative of Ana V. Rodrigues (teacher of the Curricular Unit), Vânia Carlos and Lúcia Pombo, researchers of the ENAbLE and EduPARK projects . The course included points of interest in the natural sciences, history and geography of the city of Aveiro, through the digital games OriGami and the EduPARK App. This experience, of articulation between research and initial training, aimed to provide students/future teachers with the experience of active teaching and learning methodologies in the open air that they can use in the future with their students.

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Inauguration of the EduPARK App on December 6th -

EduPARK mobile application with augmented reality allows to unveil the secrets of the flora of the City of Aveiro Park

06/12/2017

Aveiro citizens, tourists who are increasingly visiting the city, and students of all ages can better understand the species of plants in the Infante D. Pedro Park, thanks to an augmented reality application, developed by a group of researchers from the University of Aveiro, under the EduPARK project.

To mark the date of the availability of the App, on Wednesday, December 6, at 2:45 pm, in the Auditorium Master Hélder Castanheira (room attached to the bookstore of the UA), a session was held to present the project, and at 4:00 p.m., in the Infante D. Pedro Park, the symbolic inauguration of the App was made, exposing the information poster about the use of the application that is installed in one of the main entrances of the Park (next to the steps of the artificial grotto overlooking Artur Ravara Avenue ). Then, in an initiative open to public participation, the EduPARK App was explored, which can be done in free mode, using Augmented Reality content available on the 32 identification plates spread throughout the Park, and in game mode, with access to scripts for the various levels of education and for the public, with questions of general culture and about the region of Aveiro. 

The inauguration session of the EduPARK application was attended by the Pro-Rector Filipe Teles, representing the Rector of the University of Aveiro; of the Mayor of Aveiro, Ribau Esteves; the Coordinator of the Center for Research in Didactics and Technology in the Training of Trainers (CIDTFF), Helena Araújo e Sá; the Coordinator of the Institute of Electronic and Telematic Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA), Armando J. Pinho; the Director of the Department of Education and Psychology, Jorge Adelino Costa and the Project Coordinator, Lúcia Pombo and the rest of the EduPARK team.

Infante D. Pedro’s Park

Short historical overview

In 1861, the President of the Municipality of Aveiro, Firmino Maia, decided to transform into a “Public Walk” the “Campo de Santo António” [Saint Antony’s Field]. This Field was part of the old “cerca” [wall] of the Convent of Santo António, that is, the lands that surrounded the convent and were cultivated by the monks. The remainder of the land had been sold to the first viscount of Santo António, Pedro António Rebocho, in 1842. With its tree-lined walk and well-composed and flourishing flowerbeds, the Public Walk was considered one of the first and best gardens in Portugal.

The “Public Garden” was renewed and expanded when Dr. Lourenço Peixinho was president of the Municipality. In 1919, he bought the Garden’s adjacent lands, the “Quinta de Santo António” [Saint Antony’s Farm] or “Quinta do ti Germano” [Uncle Germano's farm], that belonged to Jacinto Agapito Rebocho. The construction works dragged on for nearly a decade, with the Park being inaugurated with a big party, in 1927. It started by having a colonnade, like a pergola, connected to a double staircase and artificial grotto, which link the high and low zones of the Park. It is also from this time the beautiful Tea House, with its small library and ample terrace overlooking the lake.

Later, at one of the ends of Avenida das Tílias [Linden Trees Avenue] (between the lake and the Hospital), the Park had a circular cage and a rectangular one with birds and monkeys, a fact that may have motivated the name by which the Park is popularly known: "Parque da Macaca" [Monkey’s Park]. Currently, the Park connects in the northwest to the Baixa de Santo António [Saint Antony’s Downtown] by means of a pedestrian iron bridge, and in the southeast to the Parque dos Amores [Loves’ Park] or of Mário Duarte, forming a single green lung for the city.

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Publications

Masters Dissertation  | Solving realistic problems with students of the 2nd cycle of Basic Education
15/12/2017
Rita Silva Valente, orientação de Teresa Neto e Lúcia Pombo
Masters dissertation in Primary Education and Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the 2nd cycle of Basic Education 
University of Aveiro
Masters Dissertation  | Geometry and measurement learning experiences integrated in the EduPARK Project
15/12/2017
Ana Filipa Domingos Gonçalves, orientação de Teresa Neto e Lúcia Pombo
Masters dissertation in Teaching of the 1st Cycle of Basic Education and Mathematics and Natural Sciences in the 2nd Cycle of Basic Education. 
Department of Education and Psychology, University of  Aveiro 
Paper  | EduPARK Project and Supervised Pedagogical Practice: Challenges for students of the 1st Cycle of Basic Education
15/12/2017
Ana Rita Rodrigues, Márcia Carvalho, Lúcia Pombo, & Teresa Neto 
Indagatio Didactica. 9 (4), 211-226, 
http://revistas.ua.pt/index.php/ID/article/view/6134/4721 (ISSN: 1647-3582)
Poster | EduPARK e Formação Inicial de futuros profissionais em Educação – uma relação de simbiose
29/11/2017
Lúcia Pombo & Teresa Neto
Teaching Day 2017 - A investigação no ensino-aprendizagem: práticas de articulação
University of Aveiro, Rectory
Proceedings | Educação, Matemática e Cultura: desafios integrados no Projeto EduPARK para alunos do 1.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico
03/11/2017 & 04/11/2017
Márcia Carvalho, Ana Rita Rodrigues, Teresa Neto & Lúcia Pombo
XX Encontro Nacional de Professores “A Matemática nos Primeiros Anos”
Castelo Branco
Masters Dissertation | Educação, Matemática e Cultura: desafios integrados no Projeto EduPARK para alunos do 1.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico
21/07/2017
Márcia Catarina Silva Carvalho, orientação de Teresa Neto e Lúcia Pombo
Dissertação de Mestrado em Ensino do 1.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico e de Matemática e Ciências Naturais no 2.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico
University of Aveiro
Masters Dissertation | Projeto EduPARK e Prática Pedagógica Supervisionada: experiência indoor e outdoor no 1º Ciclo do Ensino e Básico
21/07/2017
Ana Rita Monteiro Rodrigues, orientação de Teresa Neto e Lúcia Pombo
Dissertação de Mestrado em Ensino do 1.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico e de Matemática e Ciências Naturais no 2.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico
University of Aveiro
Book  | Parque Infante D. Pedro – Património Histórico e Botânico, Projeto EduPARK
05/06/2017 The release will take place at the Manuel Firmino Market, as part of the Book Fair and Environment Week program of the Aveiro’s Municipality.
Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Morais Marques, Maria José Loureiro, Rosa Pinho, Lísia Lopes, Paula Maia
UA Editora
Aveiro
Proceedings | Augmented Reality and mobile learning in a smart urban park: pupils' perceptions of the EduPARK game
22/05/2017 & 23/05/2017
Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Marques, Vânia Carlos, Cecília Guerra, Margarida Lucas, Maria João Loureiro
2nd International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development
Aveiro
Poster | EduPARK: a project in Mobile Learning for interdisciplinary learning in Sciences
07/12/2016
Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Marques & Luís Afonso
Teaching Day - The technology at the service of Learning: Opportunities and Constraints
University of Aveiro, Rectory

Oral Presentations

Presentation of the EduPARK Project and its Mobile Application with Augmented Reality
06/12/2017
Lúcia Pombo, Rosa Pinho e Paulo Dias
Inauguration of the EduPARK Mobile Application with Augmented Reality
Auditorium Mestre Hélder Castanheira, University of Aveiro, Rectory
EduPARK de mãos dadas com Formação Inicial de Futuros Profissionais em Educação, uma relação de simbiose
29/11/2017
Lúcia Pombo
Teaching Day 2017 - A investigação no ensino-aprendizagem: práticas de articulação
University of Aveiro, Rectory
Digital technologies and learning: national projects and case studies in Portugal – The case of EduPARK project
11/10/2017 & 13/10/2017
Maria José Loureiro
12th Agria Media International Conference on Information and Instructional Technology
Eger (Hungria)
Technology and innovation in Science Education for authentic learning – EduPARK, a project exploring augmented reality games in an urban park.
20/09/2017 & 22/09/2017
Maria José Loureiro
ICEM/International Council for Educacional Media 2017
Nápoles (Itália)
Formação inicial de professores de matemática para os primeiros anos de escolaridade: espaços indoor e outdoor no ensino da geometria
7/09/2017
Teresa Neto, Lúcia Pombo
XXI Simposio SEIEM
Zaragoza (Espanha)
PDF
Good practices of gamification with mobile learning and augmented reality –EduPARK Project
07/07/2017
Lúcia Pombo; Margarida Morais Marques, Vânia Carlos, Maria José Loureiro
TIC@PORTUGAL
Nelas
Authentic learning, Technology and Innovation in Science – EduPARK, a project with augmented reality in an urban park
03-05/07/2017
Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Morais Marques, Luís Afonso, Mariana Castro e restante Equipa EduPARK
Encontro Ciência 2017
Lisbon
Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education – experiencing the app of the EduPARK Project
20/05/2017 & 3/06/2017
Lúcia Pombo
I Pedagogical journeys ‘Future Classroom: New pedagogies, New technologies’ in Mortágua
Mortágua
Urban Green spaces as locals of environmental education: The case of the EduPARK project (edupark.web.ua.pt)
24/03/2017 & 26/03/2017
Rosa Pinho, Lísia Lopes, Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Morais Marques
XXIII Pedagogical Journeys of Environmental Education
Vila Flor Cultural Centre (Guimarães)
EduPARK - research and development project that enhances the use of mobile devices in outdoor contexts in Science Education
07/01/2017
Lúcia Pombo
Educational Journeys - Technologies in education: new trends, new practices
Inter-School Grouping of Nelas
Presentation of the EduPARK project - Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education - an innovative research and development project
03/01/2017
Lúcia Pombo
EDULAB ISGGN Training
Inter-School Grouping of Gafanha da Nazaré
Mobile learning, tablets & gamification in Education
26/10/2016
Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Lucas, Vânia Carlos
Cycle of UnderInvestigation: Psicologia&Educação@UA [Psycholog&Education@UA] lectures
University of Aveiro, Department of Education and Psychology
Presentation of the EduPARK project
04/10/2016
Maria José Loureiro
Short-term joint staff Training Event of the project Erasmus + ICT in use
Inter-School Grouping of Loureiro (Oliveira de Azeméis)

News

22/12/2017

New group of students of the Master's Degree in Teaching of the 1st Cycle of Basic Education and Mathematics and Natural Sciences in the 2nd Cycle of Basic Education defended their internship reports in the scope of the EduPARK Project

The Masters students Rita Silva Valente and Ana Filipa Domingos Gonçalves, under the supervision of Teresa Neto and Lúcia Pombo, defended, on December 15, their master's projects where they approached the resolution of realistic problems and learning experiences of Geometry and Measurement with students of the 2nd Cycle of Basic Education, both integrated in the EduPARK Project. There are already 4 Masters works defended within the scope of the EduPARK Project.

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22/12/2017

Paper resulting from two Master's works published in Indagatio Didactica

The mssters Ana Rita Rodrigues and Márcia Carvalho published, together with their supervisors, Lúcia Pombo and Teresa Neto, a paper in volume 9, numer 4 of the Indagatio Didactica Review resulting from their Masters work carried out under the EduPARK Project.

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22/12/2017

EduPARK in a live interview for Rádio Soberania

Rádio Soberania, from Águeda, invited the EduPARK Project Coordinator for a live interview on the morning program "In café with ... Lúcia Pombo" at around 9am on December 18th.

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18/12/2017

EduPARK mobile application with augmented reality will unveil the secrets of the flora of the Park of the City of Aveiro

Involving 15 UA researchers that integrate three main areas (Education, Biology and Informatics, the EduPARK project - Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education) this application proposes original and attractive strategies of interdisciplinary learning that combine educational practices with mobile devices, in green spaces, in the Infante D. Pedro Park, of Aveiro.

The EduPARK application allows teachers, students and the general public to explore and access information about the plant species in the city park, historical references, multimedia contents and map of the park, allowing interaction with users.

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15/12/2017

EduPARK featured in various media, such as the Diário de Aveiro and Jornal de Notícias

The launch and availability to the public of the EduPARK Application, on December 6, was widely publicized by various media, being featured on the front page of the Diário de Aveiro. The news was also presented at: Jornal de Notícias, Diário de Notícias, Jogo Online, Jornal de Notícias Online, Notícias ao Minuto Online, Smooth FM Online, o VerPortugal Online, Rádio Terra Nova Online, Rádio Comercial Online, TSF Online.

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15/12/2017

ENAbLE and EduPARK reinforce the methodology of mobile learning in initial training

In the Department of Education and Psychology of the University of Aveiro, in the scope of the Curricular Unit "History, Geography and Natural Sciences Didactics", a field trip was made in the city of Aveiro using Geographic Information Technologies and mobile learning, in the December 7th, which resulted from a joint initiative of  Ana V. Rodrigues, Vânia Carlos and Lúcia Pombo, researchers of the ENAbLE and EduPARK projects.

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08/12/2017

EduPARK, the perfect app to find out the flora of the gardens of Aveiro

Finding out the characteristics of the plants of the Infante D. Pedro Park in Aveiro is the goal of the EduPARK app, launched this week. Created by a group of researchers from the University of Aveiro, Google Play's greenest app is now available for Android-based mobile phones.

Using an augmented reality system, the EduPARK application allows anyone who visits the park of the city of Aveviro to find out unique characteristics of the plants and flowers of this local.

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07/12/2017

Application brings the Monkey Park to the world 4.0

Innovation - "Edupark" is a mobile application that wants to get people to explore the Infante D. Pedro Park, challenging people to do so through a game

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07/12/2017

Knowing the flora of the park with the phone

AVEIRO - A mobile application which helps to better understand the species of plants in the Infante D. Pedro Park, in Aveiro, and points of historical interest of this green space, was launched yesterday. The application with the name "EduPARK" was created by a group of researchers from the University of Aveiro (UA) and can be downloaded through Google Play. It is only available for Android devices, said the coordinator of the project, Lúcia Pombo.

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06/12/2017

The Monkey returned to the municipal park of Aveiro

The oldest garden in the city of Aveiro is currently a less common destination on the routes of local residents.

Developed by a multidisciplinary team from the University of Aveiro in the areas of biology, computer science and education, the Edupark project will be a useful multimedia guide, but also allows pedagogical games.

The mascot is a monkey, thus recovering the memory of the Aveiro Citizens that lasts many years after the park has lost its most popular inhabitant. 

After the free download, the application based on augmented reality technology allows, without wifi, to "discover the park and observe what most people do not even notice," explained Lúcia Pombo, coordinator, after the inauguration of the system, this Wednesday. 

Through 32 plaques distributed throughout the park, visitors get to know not only the biodiversity distributed there, especially trees, but also information about the city, particularly concerning heritage and culture.

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05/12/2017

Mobile Application helps to know better the plants of the Aveiro city park 

In the logic of promoting a mobile application that helps to better understand the plants species in the Infante D. Pedro Park, in Aveiro, and points of historical interest of this green area, will be launched next Wednesday.

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05/12/2017

App reveals species of plants in Aveiro

The mobile application with data from Infante D. Pedro Park will be launched next Wednesday

App reveals species of plants in Aveiro

A mobile application that helps to better understand the species of plants in the Infante D. Pedro Park, in Aveiro, and points of historical interest of this green space, will be launched next Wednesday.

The application named "EduPARK" was created by a group of researchers from the University of Aveiro (UA) and can be downloaded through Google Play, This is only available for Android devices, told Lúcia Pombo, the Coordinator of the Project.

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4/12/2017

EduPARK mobile application with augmented reality will unveil the secrets of the flora of the City Park of Aveiro

Aveiro Citizens, tourists who increasingly visit the city, and students of all ages will get to know better the species of plants existing in the Infante D. Pedro Park, as well as the points of historical interest, available, from the December 6th, at an application with augmented reality, developed by a group of researchers from the University of Aveiro, under the project EduPARK.

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30/11/2017

Invitation for the inauguration of the EduPARK Mobile Application, on December 6

It is with great pleasure that we have invited you to participate in the Inauguration of the Mobile Application EduPARK with Augmented Reality, on the 6th, at 14:45 in the Auditorium Mestre Hélder Castanheira (1st moment) and at 4:00 pm in the Infante D. Pedro Park (2nd moment).

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30/11/2017

EduPARK in the Teaching Day'17 with a poster and a communication

The proposal "EduPARK and Initial Training of Future Professionals in Education - a symbiosis relationship", by Lúcia Pombo and Teresa Neto, was presented in the Teaching Day, with a poster and a communication.

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24/11/2017

Inauguration of the EduPARK Mobile Application, on December 6

On the December 6th, the EduPARK will turn available to the public the mobile application. The opening session will be attended by the Rector of the UA, the Mayor of Aveiro Municipality, the Coordinator of CIDTFF, the Directors of the involved Departments (DEP, DBio and DETI) and the EduPARK Project Team.

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21/11/2017

EduPARK selected for the Teaching Day'17 program with a Speed Talk communication

The proposal "EduPARK and Initial Training of Future Professionals in Education - a symbiosis relationship" was selected to integrate the Teaching Day program in the "Communication (Speed Talk)" component, where Lúcia Pombo will show cases of student involvement in the project EduPARK, thus providing them experiences of research practices in Education in collaboration with the project team.

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17/11/2017

EduPARK integrates two students in the scope of the Program of Scientific Initiation of young students - Graduation in Basic Education (PIC-LEB)

Rita Sousa and Inês Pinto Ferreira are the two students of the Undergraduate Degree in Basic Education (DEP-CIDTFF) who chose the EduPARK Project to carry out scientific initiation activities within a Research & Development project.

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10/11/2017

EduPARK embraces Integrated Science of Nature (ISN) II with mobile outdoor activity

In the logic of promoting methodologies that integrate research in the teaching and learning process, EduPARK embraced ISN II, with a mobile outdoor component in the context of the theme "Biodiversity and preservation" with a 20% weight in the students assessment.

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3/11/2017

EduPARK installs plaques with Augmented Reality in the Infante D. Pedro Park

The Municipality of Aveiro, as a partner of the EduPARK Project, collaborated in the installation of the 32 identification plates in the Infante D. Pedro Park. Now it is possible to identify the species of trees that inhabit the Park. The boards also allow access to augmented reality for each species through the EduPARK application: i) in free mode (also available in English) and ii) through specific games for each level of education, in a school context, and also for the general public.

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13/10/2017

EduPARK participates in INForum integrated in TechDays 2017 Programming

The work is titled "EduPARK app: the evolution of a mobile application for learning in outdoor context" by Luís Afonso, Mariana Castro, Paulo Dias, Joaquim Madeira, Margarida Marques and Lúcia Pombo and was presented in the 9th INForum, as a poster.

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6/10/2017

EduPARK participates in the 15 hours-training: "Tablets in education: promotion of digital skills in the field of mobile learning"

In the first of the three cycles of the "Tablets in Education: Promoting Digital Skills in Mobile Learning" training, the EduPARK Coordinator, Lúcia Pombo, collaborated as a Trainer in the 1st session, attended by 20 teachers of Basic Education of the School Grouping. In this first session, after the presentation of the EduPARK project, the trainee teachers explored the mobile application of EduPARK and created educational resources that could be integrated into outdoor activities.

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4/10/2017

EduPARK meets with Aveiro City Council in the Parque Infante D. Pedro

The installation of 32 identification plaques in the Park will allow the access of Augmented Reality content on botanical species with the EduPARK mobile application, in free or game mode, available in Portuguese and English.

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26/09/2017

EduPARK participates in the ICEM (International Council for Educational Media) in Naples

The CIDTFF researcher and the EduPARK member, Maria José Loureiro, participated in the ICEM conference on September 20-22 at the Federico II University in Naples, where she presented the work "Technology and innovation in Science Education for authentic learning: EduPARK, a project exploring augmented reality games in an urban park ".

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5/09/2017

Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education – experiencing the app of the EduPARK Project

The EduPARK coordinator shared with COMPETE 2020 a testimony on the added value of the support COMPETE 2020 in the project in question, through the news "Have you heard of EduPARK: Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education?"

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28/07/2017

Masters students in Teaching of 1st CBE and MAT and NS in 2nd CBE defended their internship reports in the scope of the EduPARK

The Masters Ana Rita Monteiro Rodrigues and Márcia Carvalho, supervised by Teresa Neto and Lúcia Pombo, defended on July 21, their master's projects in the area of Ethnomathematics and the Study of the Environment in outdoor learning environments, with recourse to the EduPARK application. Having obtained 18 values, they showed the excellent results coming from a link between the initial teacher training (Supervised Pedagogical Practice) and the research and development project, EduPARK.

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14/07/2017

Summer Academy - EduPARK activity: ‘Come and play with the EduPARK Project mobile phone application while exploring the city Park’

The EduPARK team has prepared an activity for the children of the 2nd CEB of the DEP’s Summer Academy. The EduPARK Monkey waited for the young explorers, at the Infante D. Pedro Park, to guide them on a treasure hunt where they could learn while playing

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14/07/2017

Professor Martin Llamas Nistal from the University of Vigo, External Consultant of the EduPARK project, visits the CIDTFF

On July 10th, the EduPARK project consultant, Professor Martin Llamas Nistal from the University of Vigo, visited the CIDTFF and the Departments involved in the project: DEP, DETI and DBio.

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14/07/2017

Short-term training session for teachers "EduPARK Project - Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education"

The EduPARK team and the CCTic-UA organized a short-term training session (3 hours) for teachers, on July 10th. The session was included in the visiting program of the project external consultant, Professor Martin Llamas Nistal, and comprised two main parts.

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14/07/2017

EduPARK at the National Meeting TIC@Portugal, July 7th, Nelas

EduPARK was present at the Teachers' Meeting on ICT Educational Use, TIC@Portugal, in Nelas, on July 7th, with the oral presentation ‘Good Practices of Gamification with Mobile Learning and Augmented Reality - Edupark Project’.

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6/07/2017

CIDTFF Researchers at the Science Meeting 2017, organized by the FCT, at the Lisbon Congress Centre

On July 3rd and 4th, the CIDTFF was represented at the Science Meeting 2017. On July 3rd the CIDTFF Coordinator, Professor Maria Helena Araújo e Sá and the Researcher Margarida Lucas gave an oral presentation on Digital Competence. On July 4th the researchers Lúcia Pombo, Susana Pinto and Marília Rua presented communications about the projects EduPARK, KOINOS and Educa&Care, respectively.

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6/07/2017

Chapter | Augmented Reality and mobile learning in a smart urban park: Pupils' perceptions of the EduPARK game

Chapter authored by the CIDTFF researchers Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Marques, Vânia Carlos, Cecília Guerra, Margarida Lucas & Maria João Loureiro | Citizen, Territory and Technologies: Smart Learning Contexts and Practices, Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies 80, pp. 90 - 100

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30/06/2017

Short-term training session | EduPARK Workshop - Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education

10 de julho | Auditório Mestre Hélder Castanheira, junto à livraria da Universidade de Aveiro (1ª parte) e Parque Infante D. Pedro (2ª parte)
Objetivo: divulgação, junto de professores e da comunidade académica, do Projeto EduPARK que integra realidade aumentada, mobile learning e gamificação no Ensino em ambientes outdoor.
Data: 10 de julho, das 14h30min às 17h30min

Programa:
1.ª parte (14h30min – 16h) – Auditório Mestre Hélder Castanheira (sala anexa à livraria da Universidade de Aveiro)
Sessão de abertura: António Moreira, Martin Llamas Nistal, Lúcia Pombo, Maria José Loureiro
Comunicação com Questões & Respostas “Una experiencia de flipped classroom en la Universidade de Vigo”, por Martin Llamas Nistal
Comunicação com Questões & Respostas “Um ano de experiência de desenvolvimento da app EduPARK”, por Lúcia Pombo
Sorteio de exemplares do livro “Parque Infante D. Pedro – Património Histórico e Botânico, Projeto EduPARK”

2.ª parte (16h-17h30min) – Parque Infante D. Pedro, Aveiro
Piquenique no Parque (cada participante traz algo para partilhar)
Exploração prática, em grupo, da app do EduPARK

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23/06/2017

EduPARK participates in SLERD2017

On this Thursday, Lúcia Pombo participated in the 2nd International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Developments, co-organized by the University of Aveiro and the Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Developments (ASLERD) that took place in the DECA of the UA, on June 22nd and 23rd.

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9/06/2017

EduPARK at the Environment Week with activities for the public at Infante D. Pedro Park

The ‘Aveiro Now’ Association joined the Aveiro Municipality (CMA) and the ‘Factory Centre of Alive Science of Aveiro’ to organise three days of activities. On June 10th and 11th, at 3 pm, EduPARK invites you to participate in the activity for the public: ‘Exploring the Infante D. Pedro Park with the mobile application of the EduPARK project.’

On June 10th and 11th, at 3 pm, EduPARK invites you to participate in the activity for the public: ‘Exploring the Infante D. Pedro Park with the mobile application of the EduPARK project.’

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8/06/2017

Launch of the EduPARK book at the Book Fair, on June 5th

The EduPARK book was publicly presented at the Book Fair in Aveiro, ehich took place between XX and XX. Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Morais Marques, Maria José Loureiro, Rosa Pinho, Lísia Lopes and Paula Maia are the authors and Vânia Carlos was responsible for the map of the park that is included in the book. It is an edition of the UA-Editora, financed by FEDER / FCT.

The launch was part of the Aveiro Municipality (CMA) Book Fair and Environment Week Program. It was attended by the president of the CMA, Ribau Esteves, who wrote one of the prefaces for the book; the coordinator of the CIDTFF, Helena Araújo e Sá, and the directors of the involved departments: Jorge Adelino Costa, from the DEP, and Amadeu Soares, from the DBio. The book was presented by two of the authors, Lúcia Pombo, coordinator of the project EduPARK, and Rosa Pinho, curator of the UA Herbarium.

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23/05/2017

Release of the EduPARK Project Book

On June 5th, at 9 pm, the book ‘Infante D. Pedro Park, Historic and Botanical Heritage - EduPARK Project’ by Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Morais Marques, Maria José Loureiro, Rosa Pinho, Lísia Lopes and Paula Maia will be presented.

The release will take place at the Manuel Firmino Market, as part of the Book Fair and Environment Week program of the Aveiro’s Municipality.

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23/05/2017

EduPARK organizes an innovative outdoor workshop for the I Pedagogical Journeys ‘Future Classroom: New pedagogies, New technologies’

After being invited by the ‘Centre for Training of the Association of Schools of the Planalto Beirão’ and of the Mortágua Municipality, Lúcia Pombo developed an innovative outdoor workshop, under the EduPARK’s context. This workshop, which counted with 18 science teachers from several schools, took place in the Secondary School of Mortágua, on May 20th.

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17/05/2017

Research and initial training with hand in hand | EduPARK and Supervised Pedagogical Practice of the Master in Teaching of the 1st CEB and of MCN of the 2nd CEB

Fourth-year pupils played with the Augmented Reality application of the EduPARK, in the context of Supervised Pedagogical Practice of a group of students of the Master in Teaching of the 1st CEB and MCN of the 2nd CEB, in the Infante D. Pedro Park, last Tuesday.

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11/05/2017

Listen to the podcast about the EduPARK project

Lúcia Pombo's interview on the EDUPARK Project was aired last May 6th, at the Antena 1 program ‘The days of the Future’. The journalist Catarina Lázaro is responsible for the program.

Listen to the interview:

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11/05/2017

EduPARK Project at the UA Open Campus 2017

The EduPARK project participated in the UA Open Campus 2017 with the activity ‘Come and try the mobile application in Augmented Reality of the EduPARK Project’. The application is an interactive, interdisciplinary quiz type with augmented reality (RA) game, based on Geocaching principles, which is intended to be explored in the Infante D. Pedro Park.

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15/03/2017

The EduPARK has a bilingual site

It is an inviting, instructive, strongly illustrated, cheerful website, with excellent graphic quality. It was created by the Computer and Telematics Engineer Luís Afonso, a research fellow of EduPARK, accompanied by the remaining team.

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16/02/2017

The EduPARK is growing

In addition to the 15 researchers who are part of the EduPARK team, there are also several students who wish to develop their Masters’ and internship projects within EduPARK.

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2/02/2017

Internship "Collaborating in the EduPARK Project: mobile Learning in the Teaching of Sciences" | Mariana Castro de Souza

Mariana Castro de Souza, a graduation student in Exact Sciences at the Institute of Physics of São Carlos, University of São Paulo, Brazil, will begin her internship under the International Exchange Scholarship Program - Entrepreneurship Mode.

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11/01/2017

Nelas Educational Journeys | Plenary conferences offered by members of CIDTFF

Last Saturday was the first day of the Educational Journeys of Nelas, at the Multipurpose Centre of the Municipality of this city of the Dão-Lafões region. The journeys, whose organization counted with the collaboration of ccTICua, were subordinated to the theme "Technologies in education: new trends, new practices".

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24/11/2016

EduPARK Project at the Open Week for Science and Technology 2016

The EduPARK project participated in the Open Week for Science and Technology 2016 with the activity "Discovering the Infante D. Pedro Park’s treasures". Three sessions took place with classes from schools in the city, where students explored the oldest park in Aveiro with the support of an interactive Augmented Reality application for mobile devices, which was created within the project.

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11/11/2016

EduPARK’s logo and mascot.
The EduPARK project already has an image

The logo and mascot of the EduPARK project (coordinated by Lúcia Pombo) were both created by Joana Pereira, designer and fellow member of the CIDTFF. The logo will be used on all the resources produced within the scope of the project. The mascot "Macaca do EduPARK" [EduPARK’s Monkey] is mainly intended for the application for mobile devices, under development, which aims to promote Science interdisciplinary learning in outdoor contexts, in the Aveiro Infante D. Pedro’s Park, commonly known as the Parque da Macaca [Monkey’s Park].

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24/10/2016

UnderInvestigation: Psicologia&Educação@UA – “Mobile learning, tablets & gamification na Educação”

Wednesday, 26th October, another lecture of the edition of the UnderInvestigation: Psicologia&Educação@UA lectures cycle took place. The researchers Lúcia Pombo, Margarida Lucas & Vânia Carlos presented a lecture, dedicated to the theme of Education, entitled "Mobile learning, Tablets & gamification in Education." The lecture ran from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Auditorium 5.2.22 of the Department of Education and Psychology. Participation was open to all academic community, free of charge and did not require prior registration.

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Apr 15th, 2016

EduPARK: Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education - an innovative research and development project.

The project “EduPARK: Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Geocaching in Science Education - an innovative research and development project” was approved for funding. EduPARK’s main challenge is to create original, attractive and effective strategies for interdisciplinary learning in Science, through the creation of an Augmented Reality (AR) interactive application, using mobile devices, and supporting activities based on Geocaching. This application will be explored by teachers and students from basic to higher education, in outdoor contexts, with potential use in the field of tourism/ public in general.

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