Banda larga móvel em Portugal | Mobile Broadband in Portugal

Banda larga móvel atinge valor recorde de 6,8 milhões de utilizadores

“O número de utilizadores de serviços da banda larga móvel cresceu 17,7% no segundo trimestre de 2017, face ao mesmo período de 2016.

No final de junho existiam em Portugal 6,8 milhões de utilizadores de serviços típicos da banda larga móvel. O valor é o mais elevado até à data e revela um aumento de 17,7% em termos homólogos.

A Anacom refere que o crescimento da utilização destes serviços está associado ao aumento dos utilizadores de Internet no telemóvel – 20,5% face ao mesmo período de 2016 -, e à crescente taxa penetração dos smartphones – que atingiu 72,7% no final de junho, segundo o Barómetro de Telecomunicações da Marktest.”

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Mobile broadband reaches a record 6.8 million users

“The number of users of mobile broadband services grew 17.7% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

At the end of June there were 6.8 million users of typical mobile broadband services in Portugal. The figure is the highest to date and shows an increase of 17.7% year-on-year.

Anacom reports that the growth in the use of these services is associated with the increase in mobile phone users – 20.5% compared to the same period in 2016 – and the growing penetration rate of smartphones – which reached 72.7% at the end of June, according to the Marktest Telecommunications Barometer.”

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MINE at a conference in Germany

Petra and Tim have presented a poster of MINE on a conference in Chemnitz, Germany ( The Topic was, roughly translated, ‘rooms for education’. Our room, following this topic, can be interpretated as online and not bound to a physical place. We had some nice talks and impressions which will be brought back to our project.

Mine-Cast #2: Working with blogs in seminars – Part 2

Hello everybody,

the Mine-Cast is back. Again, we have got some interviews for you and the topic is related to our last post about blogging in seminars.
We asked three students to give us their opinions about blogging at university and this is what they told us.

We hope you enjoyed listening and would like to have you in the next one.

Mobile Learning discussions in Scotland

Petra Bauer from the University of Mainz, Germany visited the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in April 2017.

She saw mobile learning in action during a class in which students presented the findings of personal research to others as a small group activity. On their laptops they used a range of technologies to support their activities including presentation, video and animation software, drawing and quiz tools. Examples included Kahoot (quiz software), Padlet (collaboration tool) and Playbuzz (for interactive storytelling). During the class the tutors took a very ‘hands-off’ role – mostly listening and watching! At the end of the class several learners commented that they had found it useful and one of the most enjoyable sessions in the course. Continue reading “Mobile Learning discussions in Scotland”

Reducing barriers: About the new “iPad” 2017

Hello everyone,

today I wanted to address something hardware related. You may have heard that Apple has replaced its former mid tear iPad Air 2 with a new iPad, simply called “iPad”. Usually, we are used to new products becoming thinner, lighter and faster. This time, Apple opted for a new strategy. Sure, the new iPad got an A9 SoC that is already working in the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. Many have already noticed that the new iPad has not reduced its overall size and weight. Instead it has become 1,5mm thicker and round about 40 grams heavier, which makes it more comparable to the 2013 released iPad Air 1. Generation. Furthermore, the tablet’s touchscreen is not glued to the display anymore which makes for a noticeable air gap between the glass and display.

So why has Apple made this stepdown in quality? Continue reading “Reducing barriers: About the new “iPad” 2017″

Mine-Cast #1

Hello everyone, or “Helau” as we say during the carnival season in Mainz. In todays post I want to share three interviews with you, which were conducted at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. We simply want to provide some impressions of the student’s opinions about learning with mobile applications, cloud based tools etc.

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Survey about social networks and digital online tools

Thinking about social networks and digital online tools allows us to question how students use them. It is also interesting to examine the popularity of social networks and digital online tools. A survey was conducted encasing the result of 29 students. 22 of the 29 students study economic sciences and 7 students study educational sciences.

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This semester’s first outputs

Over the course of the winter term our students (at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany) have to complete different practical projects in groups. They also have to document the progress and insights of their projects. They are allowed to use different digital tools, which can help them to organize and improve their projects. These tools can be also used for mobile learning and working together.
During our first meeting on Friday we brainstormed about the digital tools they know and the purpose or learning scenario for which they could be used. The picture above shows the output of the group.