sc 22(17): e3

Research Article

Using the ThingLink Computer tool to Create a Meaningful Environmental Learning Scenario

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.21-2-2022.173457,
        author={J.A.F.A. Batista and M.M.P. Souza and T.D. Barros and Nishu Gupta and M.J.C.S. Reis},
        title={Using the ThingLink Computer tool to Create a Meaningful Environmental Learning Scenario},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Smart Cities},
        volume={6},
        number={17},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={SC},
        year={2022},
        month={2},
        keywords={Smart cities, Smart environment, Learning contexts, ThingLink, Computer tools, Spanish as a foreign language},
        doi={10.4108/eai.21-2-2022.173457}
    }
    
  • J.A.F.A. Batista
    M.M.P. Souza
    T.D. Barros
    Nishu Gupta
    M.J.C.S. Reis
    Year: 2022
    Using the ThingLink Computer tool to Create a Meaningful Environmental Learning Scenario
    SC
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.21-2-2022.173457
J.A.F.A. Batista1, M.M.P. Souza1, T.D. Barros1, Nishu Gupta2,*, M.J.C.S. Reis3
  • 1: University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal
  • 2: SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai, India
  • 3: University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro/IEETA, Vila Real, Portugal
*Contact email: nishugupta@ieee.org

Abstract

The primary objective of a smart city is to optimize city functions and promote economic growth, while also improving the quality of life for citizens by using smart technologies and data analysis. Within this context, this article presents a learning scenario which is built with the “ThingLink” computer tool. This learning scenario was applied in an educational context of teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Active methodologies have been used so that students, at their own pace, with the help of the teacher, could not just develop subject-specific skills, but also transversal skills, in a perspective of education for an informed citizenship, interventional and responsible. A significant global improvement of 14.39 % in students’ performance was verified, the number of grades below 50% was greater in the test applied before the completion of the learning activities, and the number of maximum grades was lower in the test applied before the completion of the learning activities.