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Ontem — 29 de Novembro de 2022Tecnologias

AIIA 2022: Academia e startups fazem pitch final das suas soluções. Conheça todos os projetos finalistas

A edição deste ano dos prémios Altice International Innovation Award 2022 recebeu candidaturas de 125 projetos, um recorde de participação. Hoje são distinguidos os melhores projetos nas categorias Startup, Academia e a INCLUI, focada na inclusão.

Google financia combate à desinformação online com 12,7 ME

A Google e o YouTube vão doar 12,7 milhões de euros à Rede Internacional de Verificação de Factos (IFCN) para combater a divulgação de desinformação 'online', anunciou hoje a empresa na conferência 'Fighting Misinformation Online', em Bruxelas.

Infografia: Fibra ótica e 5G como aceleradores de negócio para as empresas

A elevada capacidade, desempenho e baixa latência da fibra ótica combinada com o 5G, permitem às organizações desenvolverem novos casos de uso, assentes em redes e plataformas de nova geração, e criar novas oportunidades de negócio.

One More Day

Over the last year many of you have kindly supported my work here on Free Technology for Teachers and Practical Ed Tech by purchasing a copy of my eBook, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips. If you've been thinking about purchasing a copy, there's a 20% discount available until the end of the day on November 30th. 

50 Tech Tuesday Tips was curated from more than 400 editions of The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. In 50 Tech Tuesday Tips you will find ideas for lots of helpful things that you can teach to your colleagues and to students. Throughout the eBook you'll find tutorials and handouts that you can pass along in your school. 

Some of the many things you'll find in 50 Tech Tuesday Tips include:

  • What to do when a web app isn't working as you expect.
  • Building your own search engine.
  • How to create green screen videos.
  • Improving instructional videos. 
  • Streamlining email management.
  • Creating educational games. 
  • DIY app creation.
  • Podcasting tips for teachers and students. 



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Are you a tech coach or media specialist looking for some new ideas to share with your colleagues? If so, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook you need. You can get it right here.

Japonesa ispace prepara-se para lançar primeira missão espacial privada com destino à Lua já amanhã

A missão envolve o lançamento de um lander lunar, que transportará no seu interior dois rovers, e espera-se que tenha uma duração de três a cinco meses, cumprindo um conjunto de 10 metas importantes ao longo deste período.

Vasco Electronics olha para novas parcerias como a “chave” para reforçar crescimento em Portugal

A Vasco Electronics quer levar os seus tradutores de bolso a hospitais, a organizações da área do turismo e à polícia fronteiriça, mas também a autoridades locais, em particular em zonas mais turísticas. Estão também a ser pensadas parcerias com grandes eventos, congressos e feiras já para 2023.

Venda de produtos informáticos online era base da maior fraude carrossel de IVA agora desmantelada

A investigação da operação Admiral nasceu em Portugal e levou hoje a detenções em 14 países europeus. As fraudes ultrapassam os 2,2 milhões de euros num processo onde a intervenção da Procuradoria Europeia se revelou decisiva.

A Mean PhET Simulation

PhET is one of my go-to resources for math and science teachers. Just before the Thanksgiving break (for those of us in the United States) PhET released a new simulation designed to help students understand the concept of mean. 

Mean: Share and Balance is an interactive simulation in which students are shown a series of beakers of water. They then have to estimate where the mean water level will be. The simulation can be adjusted to show as few as two beakers or as many as seven beakers. When displaying the simulation to your students you can enable or disable level indicators on the beakers and turn on or turn off prediction indicators. 


Applications for Education

Mean: Share and Balance could be a great instructional aid for elementary school or middle school lessons. One of the things that's great about PhET simulations is that most of them, including this new one, can be downloaded for use offline, shared in Google Classroom, or embedded into your website.
Are you a tech coach or media specialist looking for some new ideas to share with your colleagues? If so, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook you need. You can get it right here.

21 milhões de utilizadores do Android avançam com processo contra a Google nos EUA

Doze Estados norte-americanos conseguiram luz verde de um juiz para juntar acusações contra as práticas alegadamente anticoncorrenciais da Alphabet, dona da Google, numa mesma ação popular. Em causa estão as regras da Play Store, a loja oficial de aplicações do Android.

Táxi europeu de sete lugares quer voar em 2025. eVTOL já garantiu investimento de 119 milhões de dólares

A empresa alemã Lilium deu mais um passo importante para o road map de desenvolvimento seu Lilium Jet de sete lugares. O eVTOL elétrico em fase de certificação vai absorver boa parte do investimento de 119 milhões de euros que a empresa acaba de conseguir atrair.

Samsung prepara aplicação que ajuda à auto-reparação dos seus smartphones

A Samsung fez o pedido de uma patente para uma aplicação que sugere ser um assistente de reparação e que deverá ajudar os clientes que desejam reparar avarias nos seus equipamentos.

James Webb mostra pormenores nunca antes vistos da atmosfera de um exoplaneta

O Telescópio Espacial James Webb acaba de contribuir com novas revelações para a comunidade científica ao traçar, pela primeira vez,  o perfil molecular e químico dos céus de um mundo distante.

Apex Legends é o jogo do ano do iPhone. Conheça os vencedores da App Store Awards 2022

Anualmente, a Apple distingue os melhores jogos e aplicações da sua App Store, assim como as que foram mais descarregadas. O Tik Tok é a aplicação com mais downloads e o Wordle foi o jogo mais descarregado.

Drone 2.0: Europa tem nova estratégia para mercado de drones e quer regras claras para segurança

A estratégia Drone 2.0 tem 19 ações calendarizadas e pretende fazer crescer o mercado de drones na Europa sem esquecer o enquadramento de segurança. Foram identificadas também sinergias entre as áreas de operação civil e de defesa,

Waze "dribla" o trãnsito com importação de temas do Mundial22

A aplicação de navegação automóvel já tem disponível a possibilidade dos utilizadores adotarem os avatares das seleções de futebol no Waze e personalizarem a voz com um comentador desportivo. Em Portugal é o Iran Ferreira.

Elon Musk "ataca" a Apple e pede explicações a Tim Cook pelo congelamento da publicidade no Twitter

Sem resposta, Elon Musk disse que a Apple impõe uma taxa secreta de 30% em cada produto comprado através da App Store e que deveria publicar os atos de censura que fez.

Tentativas de fraudes a clientes da EDP Comercial aumentam mais de 230% em outubro

A EDP Comercial alertou hoje que as tentativas de fraude a clientes, em que o nome da empresa é usado para cobrar dívidas inexistentes, aumentaram mais de 230% em outubro, face à média dos meses anteriores.

Não sabe pronunciar os nomes dos jogadores do Mundial no Qatar? Este site ajuda a praticar

Say My Name: Footballers dá aos adeptos que estão a acompanhar o Mundial no Qatar a possibilidade de ouvirem a pronúncia nativa dos jogadores que compõem as diferentes seleções e de a praticarem.

Portugueses apostam cada vez mais no e-commerce e esperam por períodos especiais para fazer compras

Um relatório da Adyen mostra que a ida às lojas físicas diminuiu 20% face a 2021, obrigando retalhistas a focar-se numa estratégia de digitalização ativa. 7% das empresas já unificaram os seus canais físicos e digitais.

Threadit is Closing - A Few Alternatives to Try

Threadit is a Google product that when it launched I thought could have become a rival to Microsoft Flip. As feature-laden as Threadit is, it never really caught on and now Google is shutting it down in a few weeks. On December 19th Google is closing the doors on Threadit. If you have videos in it that you want to save, you need to download them sooner than later.

Alternatives to Threadit in the Google Workspace Environment

Some of what Threadit does can be replicated with other tools that are still available to Google Workspace users. Those tools include the screencast app for Chrome OS, office hours in Google Calendar, and Google Meet.

How to Record a Screencast in Chrome OS

Are you a tech coach or media specialist looking for some new ideas to share with your colleagues? If so, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook you need. You can get it right here.

Dados de 5,4 milhões de utilizadores do Twitter expostos online. O número ainda pode aumentar

Uma falha que tinha sido corrigida pelo Twitter no início do ano continua a fazer estragos. Já se sabia que deu acesso a dados de 5,4 milhões de utilizadores, primeiro postos à venda e agora publicados sem preço, mas afinal esta não foi a única tentativa bem-sucedida de extrair informação.

Mauna Loa: Satélite capta erupção do maior vulcão ativo do mundo a partir do Espaço

O momento da erupção do o Mauna Loa, no Havai, foi captado pelo satélite GOES-West da National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Várias imagens, captadas em terra, demonstram também a evolução do fenómeno.

Carro híbrido de corrida Ferrari Vision chega a Gran Turismo 7 em dezembro

O simulador de automóveis da PlayStation continua a ser um palco onde as fabricantes partilham automóveis conceptuais, neste caso a visão da Ferrari para um modelo híbrido de corrida.

15 Years of Free Technology for Teachers - Some Thoughts

Fifteen years ago today I was supervising detention when I wrote the first post on this blog. I did not have any idea what was to come over the next fifteen years let alone that I'd still be writing about educational technology in 2022. So on this occasion, if you'll indulge me, I'd like to take a few minutes to reflect on the last fifteen years. 

People and Places
I've met some wonderful people and made great friends as a result of writing my blog. I've been invited to speak at events on six of seven continents over the last fifteen years. If anyone is hosting a conference in Antarctica, I'll be happy to speak at it. I've been to events in 49 of 50 states. New Mexico is the only one I'm missing. And I've spoken at events in every Canadian province that borders the U.S. (one of my old dogs got to tag along for a few of those 2012). But none of that would have happened without the support of all of the folks who have followed my blog and invited me into their schools and conferences over the years. Thank you!

Years ago many of you reached out to me when one of my dogs passed away. Some even sent me condolences via good old fashioned USPS. Likewise, many of you reached out and sent congratulatory notes when my daughters were born. In both cases it was nice to know that people cared and knew there was a real person behind the blog.

Sadly, some of the people that I met through this blog (and social media) over the years are no longer with us. Sylvia and Allen immediately come to mind and I hope they knew that their work mattered.

Social Media
Over the years I've seen social media go from this odd place where only the really techy/geeky people were hanging out to the really odd place that it's in today. I'm glad that I didn't abandon blogging to chase social media likes and views.

Only a few of the people who regularly blogged when I started are still doing it on a consistent basis. Larry Ferlazzo, Vicki Davis, Kevin Hodgson, Stephen Downes, and Alan Levine seem to be the only ones I followed then who are still at it on a regular basis today. Keep it up!

Could've, Should've
Eight years ago I had a chance to sell this blog for a sum that would have given me a lot of financial flexibility (especially considering that I was single and debt-free). I passed because I wasn't sure what the heck I would have done with myself without blogging. In hindsight, I probably should have taken the offer. Oh well, live and learn.

Punctuation
In 1997 my freshmen comp professor wrote on one of my papers, "you throw punctuation around like it's confetti." I'm sure I still do that because some nice readers have corrected me over the years. My favorite was the person who used purple comic sans font in all caps to correct my mistakes.

More good than bad
I've gotten some nasty emails over the years (yes, from teachers) and some of them really sting. Overall, the good ones far outweigh the bad ones. And I hope that I've done more good than bad over the last fifteen years as well.

Battling plagiarism has been a source of frustration for almost all of the last fifteen years. I try to spin it as a teaching opportunity even though it really grinds my gears.

Some of the pitches I've gotten for sponsored guest posts over the years have been quite entertaining. No, I don't think your "high quality" article about crocheting is relevant to my audience. 

Another 15 years?
To be completely transparent, there have been some times over the last couple of years that I've seriously considered walking away from it because of become a bit cynical about some aspects of the educational technology industry. But I keep coming back because at the end of the day, I still enjoy writing and trying to help other teachers. So will I still be doing this in 15 years? Probably not, but I would have said the same thing 15 years ago.

The ten most popular posts of the last fifteen years!
1. Google Forms Can Now Automatically Grade Quizzes Without an Add-on
2. How to Create Your Own Online Board Game
3. Click to Spin - A Fun and Free Random Name Picker
4. Use Whiteboards in Google Meet Without Screensharing
5. Five Google Classroom Improvements Announced During ISTE
6. 5 Handy Chrome Extensions for Teachers
7. The Periodic Table in Pictures and Words
8. Two Ways to Visually Show Classroom Noise
9. Six Tools for Creating Classroom Quiz Games - A Comparison Chart
10. 250 Google Tools Tutorials for Teachers
Are you a tech coach or media specialist looking for some new ideas to share with your colleagues? If so, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook you need. You can get it right here.

In Memory of Ed Webster - Resources for Teaching and Learning About Mount Everest

This morning I opened Facebook and saw the news that fellow Mainer, mountaineer, and author Ed Webster had passed away on Thanksgiving morning. He's probably most famous for pioneering a new route up Mount Everest in 1988 which he chronicled with words and fascinating imagery in Snow in the Kingdom

I met Ed a few times over the years. He was incredibly humble and he was someone who you knew right away was a kind and generous soul. The first time I met him was at LL Bean fifteen years ago. He was signing books in the lobby but all the people there that day seemed to be too busy to stop and chat. I got to chat with him for nearly an hour. What struck me most about that first meeting was that he seemed more interested in hearing about where I wanted to climb than he was about telling his stories. 

The other thing that I'll remember about Ed is that he loved history and telling the stories of climbers and explorers of old. To that end, he gave innumerable talks at libraries, schools, and clubs. His rates for speaking at schools were so low that I'm not sure he wasn't losing money when he gave those talks.

In memory of Ed Webster, here are some resources for teaching and learning about Mount Everest:

To understand the scope of the accomplishment that Ed and his three teammates accomplished in 1988 watch this presentation that he gave at a library a couple of years ago. 



Why is Mount Everest so Tall? is a TED-Ed lesson in which students learn why the peak of Everest is so high, why other mountains are longer from base to summit, and how mountains in general are formed. Through the lesson students can also learn why the heights of mountains change and why Everest may not be the tallest mountain forever.

Through Google's Street View imagery of Mount Everest Basecamp (south side) students can zoom and pan around the foothills of Mount Everest. Students viewing that imagery for the first time might be surprised at how different the view is compared the to the typical pictures of Everest. After viewing the imagery students can click forward to see Street View imagery of other places in the region.

Scaling Everest is an infographic that goes beyond the usual scale of Everest comparisons to buildings and jet flight paths. In the infographic you will find audio of three Everest climbers talking about the approach to Everest basecamp and the nuances of the climb itself. The infographic also provides some interesting facts about plants and animals in the region.

Expedition Everest: The Mission is a five minute overview and introduction to a scientific expedition to Mount Everest. The purpose of the expedition is to study the effects of climate change on glaciers on the world's tallest mountains. When you watch Expedition Everest: The Mission in your computer's web browser, you can click and drag to move the viewing angle while listening to the narration. If you have a VR viewer, watch the video in that and you can move your head to explore the immersive imagery while listening to the narration.
I was just dabbling in climbing and dreaming about bigger mountains when Ed wrote that inscription for me in 2007.
Are you a tech coach or media specialist looking for some new ideas to share with your colleagues? If so, 50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook you need. You can get it right here.
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