O smartphone desafia o ensinar e o aprender
: uma App que identifica, avalia e partilha Apps educativas

  • Francisco José Miranda Veiga (Student)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


In a society immersed in innovation and technology, there is undeniable evidence that the smartphone can take the world to the school and transport the school to the world. We are witnessing a continuous increase in the use of technologies in teaching and learning processes, more specifically in the application of mobile technologies inside and outside the classroom. Instead of indifference or refusal, this trend is an effort to adapt the school to the importance of technology in society and a use of its educational potential. The different actors/participants in education cannot miss the opportunity to explore the technological and educational potential of a smartphone.
There are already countless applications and good practices for using these devices inside and outside the classroom. Therefore, it is our purpose to identify the strategy for a school present anytime, anywhere and with any device, with the main objective of developing an APP to host a repertoire of apps that facilitates cataloguing,
evaluation, dissemination and sharing. This research, inspired by a Design-Based Research methodology and structured in scientific articles, addresses the adoption and use of the smartphone in education, analyzing its contribution to a more innovative school connected to the real world. Although the results are limited by the fact that the study occurred in a specific context, they indicate that the use of smartphones is a motivating factor for students, contributing to the consolidation and improvement of their learning, but it requires commitment, persistence, very well-defined rules and a period of training and habituation to the students. Teachers need time to search, learn and experience the myriad of apps that emerge daily and are available for effective use. Hence, we highlight the central role of the teacher who can implement an effective change in his/her pedagogical practice, since he/she is the one who operates the change in the classroom and interacts daily with his/her students.
Date of Award21 Feb 2022
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAntónio Andrade (Supervisor)


  • Teaching
  • Technology
  • Technology Acceptance and Use (UTAUT)
  • Smartphone
  • App Development
  • Educational innovation


  • Doutoramento em Ciências da Educação

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