Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Active and autonomous learning strategies with mobile devices

Erasmus+ KA1 Mobility program offers the opportunity to send school staff for professional development, with all expenses covering travel, board, lodging  and course fee funded.
All information explaining how to apply for the mobility grant can be found in the web site of your National Agency at

Course Summary

Considering the importance that apps for mobile devices can play in enabling students access to learning contents in and outside classroom, this course will promote use experiences and reflection debates regarding ICTs in educational scenarios.

Teachers will analyse mobile devices integration opportunities’ into lesson plans. While the focus of teaching remain on the contents, technology can enhance learning process at many levels and segments in a lesson. Letting students “Bring Your Own Device” into classrooms scenarios increases learning outcomes and evaluation scores, as well as students’ engagement in learning activities and subjects.

The current students’ generation has grown up with technology and want to use it in every aspect of their daily lives — including school. Students are not just using mobile devices to communicate with friends or download music. They use technology to study or work on homework assignments and believe that mastering the latest technology skills will improve their educational and career opportunities. Therefore, this is an opportunity to promote autonomous work, collaboration and centered student learning.

Course Objectives

  • To work the importance of ICT in a classroom setting;
  • To promote experiences of innovative methodologies that improve teaching and learning;
  • To explore innovative learning activities with mobile devices;
  • To practice with educational mobile apps;
  • To create digital contents for creative learning scenarios.
  • To reflect about the opportunities of using mobile devices for learning.

At the end the participants are expected to:

  • To be aware of the pedagogical ICT strategies in the classroom to increase student engagement;
  • Use mobile apps available to support innovative teaching and learning;
  • Share experiences and ideas with teaching


Course Program

Day 1:

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to learn;
  • Exploring apps in an educational setting to engage students learning;
  • Task: educational problem solving.

Day 2:

  • Cooperative learning: an experiment;
  • Task: create instructional videos, creative learning producers;
  • Group work: Project creation.

Day 3:

  • Active and autonomous learning: How to?
  • i) promote autonomous work;
  • ii) motivate self and peer assessment;
  • iii) learning in a gamified environment.
  • Task: case study.

Day 4:

  • Augmented reality opportunities for education;
  • Task: educational problem solving.

Day 5:

  • Group work: presentation;
  • Discussion and evaluation of the course.


Course Registration

This course is organized by the Algarve University, in the Campus Penha, in the city of Faro, Portugal, in the following dates:

  • 31st May to 4th June 2018.
  • 17th to 21st September 2018.
  • 7th to 11th January 2019.
  • 30th May to 3rd June 2019.
  • 6th to 10th January 2020.
  • 28th May to 1st June 2020.

You can pre-register to this course using this link.






II International Workshop of Mobile Learning in the MILAGE Project

The MILAGE-MathematIcs bLended Augmented GamE project is looking for improving mathematical performance and achievements for all students including low achievers and the top performers, extending the traditional learning environment to a virtual classroom setting that will keep students connected for learning mathematics by the exploration of motivating math tools.

In this workshop, it will be presented and discussed pedagogical approaches implemented and produced materials: videos with resolution of problems, eBooks and de app MILAGE LEARN+ app.
Important dates:
register to 31st of May 2017 (link to register)
Workshop: 2nd  of June 2017
Location: Anfiteatro José Silvestre, Instituto Superior Engenharia, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal


Workshop Program:

14:00 – Registration

14:30 – Opening session

14:45 – Presentation of the MILAGE project

Mauro Figueiredo, Universidade do Algarve


15:00 – Microsoft Inovative Educators

Manuel Faria, Microsoft
15:15 – Making videos and the experience of the MILAGE project for the teaching of mathematics for the 10th and 11th grade 

Palmira Ferreira, Célia Xavier, Luís Vilhena, Escola Secundária Pinheiro e Rosa


15:40 – The vision of students and teachers about the MILAGE project: a longitudinal study carried out during the first year of the project

Helena Quintas, Nélia Amado, Susana Carreira, Universidade do Algarve


16:00 – Exploring the MILAGE LEARN+ app and its experience in the classroom

Lúcia Palma, Agrupamento de Escolas Dr. Francisco Fernandes Lopes, Olhão


16:20 – The app MILAGE LEARN+ in the education community

Sónia Barbosa, Agrupamento de Escolas Santo André Barreiro
Microsoft Expert Innovator
You can see this presentation here.


16:45 – Coffee break


17:00 – Active learning and new pedagogies under the MILAGE project

José Bidarra, Universidade Aberta

You can see this presentation here.


17:20 – eBook versus the app MILAGE LEARN+

Mauro Figueiredo, Universidade Algarve


17:40 – Panel: The contribution of the MILAGE project to mathematical learning in Basic Education
Ana Isabel Cordeiro de Oliveira, Agrupamento de Escolas Silves Sul
Dora Isabel Gonçalves Malveiro, Agrupamento de Escolas Silves Sul
Paula Cristina Raposo Salgueiro, Agrupamento de Escolas de Albufeira Poente
Maria Conceição Piscarreta, Agrupamento de Escolas Rio Arade
Maria do Carmo Torrão Ferreira, Agrupamento de Escolas Eng. Duarte Pacheco
Frederico Ribeiro Escada, Agrupamento de Escolas Padre João Coelho Cabanita
Ricardo António Correia Pereira, Agrupamento de Escolas José Belchior Viegas
Luís Filipe Oliveira Ramos, Agrupamento de Escolas de Vila Real de Santo António
18:30 – Closing session


I International Workshop about Mobile-learning Experience of the MILAGE project

25th January 2017
Extremadura University, Caceres, Spain
More information here.