International Catholic Journal of Education



The renewed human dimension of the school in the digital era

António Dias de Figueiredo

Recent advances in digital technologies, algorithms, and machine learning cause both excitement and concern. Excitement, because they offer a world full of social and economic promise. Concern, because they can result in immensely harmful effects. Our schools play a core role in preparing the next generations for this transformation, but the territory is uncharted, and no one knows how to explore it. This article attempts to lift the veil on the issue by proposing a conciliation between the cultural appropriation of digital technologies and the renewal of the human dimension in schools.

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The potential of an “APP” that facilitates smartphone exploration in the classroom

Francisco Veiga & António Andrade

Today we are living difficult times due to the pandemic situation we are facing, schools reinvent themselves daily and “finally” reach to technology to get to the student, whether through a simple but sometimes complex videoconference or a myriad of other applications that always depend on the knowledge and skills of each teacher in the technical field and in the pedagogical acuity of adapting the resource to the training purpose. Simulators, games and robots, among other resources, which will culminate in the integration of Artificial Intelligence in education, are at an advanced stage of incorporation of technology, but there are intermediate phases with potential that are important to disseminate so as to be explored.

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Cuando ir al colegio ya no es posible: Luces y sombras de la utilización de la tecnología en la educación en entornos sociales vulnerables durante la pandemia Covid-19

Belén Urosa Sanz & Santa Lázaro Fernández

This work addresses the positive and negative aspects of the use of online teaching technologies with students living in environments of poverty during the Covid-19 pandemic. It analyzes the perception of the professionals in 34 socio-educational entities that carry out the program CaixaProInfancia to Fight Child Poverty in Madrid, specifically in its subprograms for Educational Reinforcement and Non-Formal Education.

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Using IOT to improve learning

Andreia Magalhães, José Matias Alves & António Andrade

Having identified the dynamics of the classroom as an important factor for improving students’ learning, we intend to present Internet of Things (IoT), through the learning platform SOLL: Smart Objects Linked to Learning, as a resource capable of generating favorable conditions to an environment of learning.

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Faire face aux défis de notre humanité. Dynamique d’une alliance pour un monde responsable et solidaire

Ségolène Le Mouillour

It is undoubtedly in the schools for Maria Montessori that the world of tomorrow is being built. On this point, the ideas of the Italian pedagogue are more relevant than ever. Perhaps before the others, Maria Montessori focused on a triple crisis that the world was going through at the end of the 20th century. That of the relationships of men among themselves, that of societies among themselves and finally, that of men in their environment.

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Diffuse education: a new proposal for the emancipation of our young people

Paolo Mottana | Università di Milano Bicocca

The text presents an education model. A model built based in experiencies and practices and also an utopia not yet realized, but a model that is inspiring education in many places all over the world.

“Diffuse education” offers an alternative vision of our society, one in which the education of its youngest members is no longer a separate, specialist practice but, rather, increasingly becomes the responsibility of all members of the society and part of its life, taken as a whole. In this model, young children and adolescents are encouraged to involve themselves in real-world activities and tangible projects, and thus to learn and find agency in the flux of everyday life and participate in the opportunities it brings.

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Justice and mercy as a value of the education and pedagogy of mercy

Marian Nowak

What is the justice? What is the mercy? – as values of the human existence? What do they mark for education and pedagogy? What does it mean to be a just person? What does it mean to be a merciful person?

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La Misericord est-elle injuste?

Carlo Nanni

La miséricorde – outre que une importance pratique – a aussi un profond sens culturel et anthropologique, que l’école est appelée à approfondir et développer.
Mais à ce propos il y a trois questions, qui sont à surmonter:
(1) la miséricorde est contraire à la mentalité commune d’entendre la justice (voir a propos de la parabole du père miséricordieux, des ouvrier de la dernière heure, du soleil pour tous, du larron crucifié…..)?
(2) Les œuvres de la miséricorde, sont-elles un «amortisseur» social?
(3) L’action miséricordieuse favorise la passivité, l’inaction d’entreprise, le non affrontement des problèmes?
Et donc, quoi faire au niveau de l’éducation?

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Education as a Mission that is Inclusive

Joseph Varghese Kureethara CMI

Christianity as a religion focussed mainly on the spiritual transformation of human beings in the first millennium. In the second millennium, it realized the unique role of reason in the emancipation of individuals. Hence, it augmented the establishment of institutions that catered to the sharpening of reason. In every part of the world, direct or indirect influence of the Church is seen in the spread of education. India is not an exception.

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Dialogue with the Other. For a pedagogy of encounter

Joaquim Machado de Araújo, Alberto Filipe Araújo | Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Faculdade de Educação e Psicologia – Porto, Portugal . Universidade do Minho, Instituto de Educação – Braga, Portugal

This article values pedagogy as dialogue, the founding leitmotif whose cornerstone is the initiatory word, as trans-formation (um-bildung) whilst emphasizes the importance of Looking at the Other not as a “minor”, not as a “foreigner” but as my “neighbor“ like in the Gospel parable of the “Good Samaritan”. It underscores the traveling condition of the human being (homo viator), highlights the symbolism of the brotherly gesture, shows the importance of the dialogue held along the way and the pedagogical implications of this perspective.

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La distanza tra l’apprendere e il servire

Italo Fiorin | LUMSA di Roma

L’articolo presenta le ragioni che hanno portato l’università LUMSA di Roma ad istituire la Scuola di Alta Formazione “Educare all’Incontro e alla Solidarietà” (EIS): da un lato, la positiva esperienza di Service Learning, iniziata con un piccolo gruppo di studenti qualche anno fa e ora molto più diffusa; dall’altro, l’attenzione alle sollecitazioni della Congregazione per l’Educazione Cattolica, con la quale l’università ha un rapporto molto stretto, fin dalle sue origini.

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