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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are part of our way of life, are embedded in ourselves and in our Habitat family, work or leisure space, in a so symbiotic manner that somebody although understanding their presence did not even notice them while others consider them strange, independent, autonomous, threatening. However, many of our policy makers do not see the ICT presence through one or other window, and ignores its existence, especially do not recognizing the need to change paradigms of evaluation and assessment of learning young people are getting by using the technologies in their daily life.
For a school-age child does not come up the possibility of no internet access, not to communicate with keys, whether or not physically visible. Typing is so natural than speaking. Their fingers are like the mouth of other times (sometimes also the eyes and other sense organs). Fingers serve to go everywhere! When I was young, I was told that who had a mouth went to Rome, alluding that those who were able to express themselves come to everywhere, to the known and the unknown. Now, with ICT, who has "fingers" also goes everywhere, from the perspective of Marc Prensky’s Homo Sapiens Digitalis. It is precisely in this context that ICT is interesting me as a disturbing element of the current education system, especially in Portugal. I mean "disturbing" because it actually modify the ICT approach to teaching, the methodologies and the contents shape, both to better and to worse, despite being able or unable to distinguish between little and a deep consequences.
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