PROJECTS

 

Our line of thought is built upon the theoretical framework summarised in TPACK, resulting in the proposal of several tutorials which combine Technology, Pedagogy and Content for Knowledge.

In order to create a teaching component for TPACK, we used three elements of the theory proposed by Howard Gardner: his concept of intelligence, the definition of eight intelligences as potentially bio-psychological that may develop in favorable environments, and the concept of easy access to information.

The psychometric concept of intelligence, dominant for a long time, implied that intelligence was unique (there was only one type of intelligence: the intelligence) and it could be measured. Actually, when measurements were carried off, only tests that were related to what we know today as the linguistic type and the logical-mathematical type were used, leaving a wide range of our potential abilities ignored.

It is important to offer a variety of opportunities to students by which they can develop and prove their talents, creating products and solving open problems; the kind in which it is necessary to make reflexive decisions. We learn by doing, but not doing by mechanical nature, rather by applying personal abilities. Also, we learn by incorporating meaning to what is done.

The Strengthening Program of Edúcate allows to work on each curricular subject by involving more than one way of simultaneous access. This helps to capture interest and build motivation for participation among a greater number of students. The material included in the e.dúcate projects become great allies for the presentation of curricular subjects by different means of access.

Focusing on diversifying the means of access allows the establishment of new paths for communication with students whose main strengths and motivations do not necessarily coincide with the types of intelligences most valued by the educational system, (most often linguistic and logical-mathematical types as we already mentioned).