Thursday, 16 January 2014
Ensina: Portugal's new Educational Portal
Portugal's state-owned TV channel RTP, together with the Ministry of Education and a few Portuguese universities ( with relevance to Open University Portugal) launched a new educational open-source site in the language of Camões, Pessoa and Saramago called "Ensina" ( =Teach), a valuable resource for teachers, parents and educators in general. This will largely benefit the huge Portuguese-speaking community of Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, S. Tomé and Principe, Portuguese communities in Goa (India), Macao and the vast number of emigrants and 2d and 3rd generation spread all over the world adding up to circa 480 million speakers (290 million native, 155 million second-language and 35 million other non-native) (source Wikipedia)
Videos, audio, infographics and photographs produced by the different channels of Radio and Television of Portugal over the last eight decades are available initially. In addition to short excerpts of interviews or programs, there will be some great documentaries with great relevance for certain school subjects.
The area of contents is divided in the main subjects of Art, Portuguese Language and Literature, Science, Citizenship, etc.. Under each theme results are filtered by content type, education level or sub-theme. Some of the published articles are aggregated into files, which offer us the whole existing order on a given subject, or sets of episodes in the same series. The children's area is intended for pre-school audience.
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