Archive for the ‘Tools’ Category

TACCLE 3 – Coding Project @ Zenodo

Monday, December 19th, 2016

TACCLE 3 coding Logo

Please find here the Zenodo Community of “TACCLE3 coding” track on “computational thinking in pre-university education” of the TEEM 2016 conference including all TEEM 2016 papers and presentations related to it, curated by Prof. Dr. Francisco José García Peñalvo, Director del Grupo GRIA, University of Salamanca

EyePlorer, graphical knowledge engines and media literacy

Thursday, July 16th, 2009


Google was yesterday, as they say, the new generation of future search engines which aims to contextualize terms and meanings, is on its way. I am currently playing around with EyePlorer, which is a graphical knowledge engine. “It provides an easy to use interface for exploring and interacting with a database of structured knowledge that contains more than 160 million facts.” EyePlorer (beta) is available at:

In the context of media literacy Nik Peachey wrote a blog post on “Note Taking Tool for Digital Literacy” and produced the video
BTW I recommend the De:bug magazine’s current special issue on search engines such as Wolfram Alpha and Eyeplorer. I am looking forward to seeing the De:bug magazine being embraced by the German media and art education research communities.

Here is the video:

graphic via Twitter/eyeplorer

barcodes and mobile tagging

Sunday, June 28th, 2009


Last year the media education students developed a teacher training about using wikis in education realized in collaboration with Department of Museum Communications at ZKM as well as the Ministry of education. Therefore we were discussing Semapedia software in the first place, as it links Wikipedia contents to the physical environment realized through the generation and reading of bar codes. However, a variety of educational scenarios for situated learning opens up using such technology with students and pupils at university and school level.

In the meantime even in Germany bar codes are to be seen in urban space. Some time ago, when I published a post on Semapedia in March 2006 and even 2007, things were different and we were struggling to solve the bar code reader problem, that is, providing all students with either a device or the reader compatible with his/her own cell phone was rather difficult. However, in the meantime technology improved in the field of online devices and mobile media. (For example you might access Media Arts Education on your mobile reading the barcode provided above).

BTW: Information of the ZKM Mobile tagging project is available at:

ZKM mobile tagging

UNESCO Young Digital Creators International Petition

Monday, June 9th, 2008


Those of you who work with UNESCO might have received the below letter including the petition for the Young Digital Creators Programme I want to share and disseminate.

“Dear YDC Colleagues:
You are receiving this letter because you have participated in the “Young Digital Creators programme” organized by DigiArts UNESCO from 2003 to 2007 (The Sound of our Water / Scenes and Sounds of My City / Youth Creating and Communicating on HIV and AIDS / History and culture of peace in Africa).

Unfortunately, we have received the terrible news that the Young Digital Creators Programme is going to be extinguished, and to express our collective insatisfaction with this situation we propose the signature of an online petition claiming that UNESCO reconsiders its decision.
Please sign the petition at until June 14th. The petition is available in French, English and Spanish, and can be better visualized using freeware software like Mozilla. We are working with the goal of collecting at least 1000 signatures until then!!! Also, please do be so kind as to ask your students, teachers, friends to take part in this effort to empower our YDC community and state our wish to continue participating in the programme and give other groups the opportunity to take part in it in the future.
Let’s all work together towards a collective action aiming to preserve such an important programme to our communities!

Best regards

YDC Community Commission
Ahmed Nabli (Tunisia), Atteqa Malik (Pakistan), Francisca Marques and Mariana da Veiga (Brazil), Gabriela Yaya (Argentina), Sudesh Mantillake (Sri Lanka)”

Francisca Marques
Associação de Pesquisa em Cultura Popular e Música Tradicional do Recôncavo
Laboratório de Etnomusicologia, Antropologia e Audiovisual (LEAA-Recôncavo)