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Scientific article “Alan Turing’s History and Legacy for Computer Science”

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Today’s edition of the International Journal of Scientific Research and Public Management features a scientific article entitled “Alan Turing’s History and Legacy for Computer Science”, co-authored by António Santos, a computer technician at this school for two years.

 

Abstract

“Throughout history we have come across some personalities who think ahead of their time and, in many cases, are misunderstood or even wronged. However, they all have one thing in common: they are geniuses who find impressive solutions to complex problems. The aim of this article is to carry out a historical review of one of the important personalities who has written his name in history and has great relevance to the development of modern computing: Alan Mathison Turing, or as he is known: Alan Turing. Considered the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, he made his great contribution to humanity by developing, in 1936, through an academic article, an automatic machine (“a-machine”, which was later called Turing) that could read and write different numbers and symbols. This article covers his birth, his academic career, his mentality and vision of machines and technological equipment, his partnerships and some interesting facts about his life.

Thus, it can be understood that, even at that time, it was already possible to see the signs of the first computer logics and realise that machines have dynamics beyond human comprehension, as they can also learn from humans and other machines and, best of all, transmit this knowledge with quality. Thus realising the legacy and historical milestone that this British mathematician, computer scientist, philosopher and biologist left for the modern and contemporary world in which we live today.”

DIGITAL SCHOOL – DEVICE REPAIRS AND DELIVERIES

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The Digital School is a programme of the Portuguese Education Ministry that aims to do much more than provide computers and the internet. As the project’s website states, “We want all pupils, teachers and schools to be able to collaborate, teach and learn in a digital environment.”

The programme is based on key initiatives, namely: 1. Making equipment and internet connections available to pupils, teachers and schools; 2. Training and empowering teachers to go digital; 3. Providing digital collaboration platforms and access to digital teaching resources for pupils and teachers; 4. Establishing an action plan for digital development in each school.

As there are some known limitations on the delivery of devices, given the rules applicable to each type/phase and ASE bracket, there are huge constraints in terms of repairs, in addition to the expiry of warranties on many machines, as well as the blocking of access via the hotspots made available to students. On 16 February, a national meeting was held with DGEstE, but the issues associated with maintenance/end of warranty and access to the internet network still remain unanswered.

Nevertheless, the school is already moving forward with streamlining some basic procedures in line with the possibilities of the Digital School rules, in order to reduce the number of computers awaiting intervention, having acquired various materials and adjusted internal procedures for dealing with situations. In addition to the creation of a platform for registering and processing occurrences, with the history of the equipment and automatic communications with the students’ teachers, during the Carnival break, an update on the state of the equipment was promoted, with the registration of anomalies that do not limit its use (e.g. hard keys, audio output not working); dozens of missing screws were also applied, chargers replaced, backpacks repaired… which made it possible to deliver around 30 more pieces of equipment to the students. We would like to highlight the collaboration of IT technician António Cunha, as well as the technical and operational assistants, in a process that, given the volume of data/equipment involved, is not easy to manage, and during the Christmas break, an adjustment was made to the support storerooms.

This process will end by the end of February, with new assignments, reinforcement the requests for intervention with devices under warranty or waiting at school for decisions.Those situations resulting from misuse/irreparable damage will also be charged to the EE, under the legal terms of the loan, with the aim of reducing the number of outstanding repairs by 15 March, which was over 80 at the beginning of February.

Alongside all this, there has been constant concern about the fixed items of equipment in classrooms/services, the maintenance of which is carried out by the ICT teachers working at the main school, using the system for reporting problems, via the tickets on the school’s website. The headteachers have worked together to keep a record of abnormal situations with the students’ equipment, since regular use of digital equipment is promoted, as this is the only way to gradually familiarise students with and prepare them for the Final and Benchmarking Tests.

In addition, in the 1st cycle, the conditions for internet access will be reinforced, with the City Council approving the suggested intervention by the School Group, and the purchase of new equipment to replug the Wifi signal in all the classrooms has already been awarded, and it is expected that by the end of the 2nd term all the classrooms will have efficient internet network coverage. This work will be carried out by the school’s IT technician, António Cunha, so that all classrooms will have a network capable of allowing consistent use of IT equipment, considering that, since last year, all classrooms have multimedia projectors, one of the axes of the Digital School.

Of course, we don’t have perfect settings and there are always aspects that can be improved, so we would like to thank all the students/Guardians,Parents, Teachers and staff for their collaboration, in the certainty that the use of digital devices requires extra care, not only in terms of transporting/keeping the equipment, but also in its regular use.

Purchase of tools to promote remote working

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As part of the funding operations underway for CALL NOTICE No. 05/C19-i07.05/2022 – Acquisition of work resources to promote teleworking, Agrupamento de Escolas de Aver-o-Mar has established an agreement with a worker from its administrative services to carry out his professional activity under a subordinate teleworking regime (alternating periods of remote work and face-to-face work), under the terms of articles 165 to 171 of the Labour Code, applicable by reference to article 68(1) of the General Public Employment Law. In accordance with articles 165 to 171 of the Labour Code, applicable by reference to article 68(1) of the General Law on Public Employment, the employee will carry out his/her duties under the authority and direction of the latter and without prejudice to the technical autonomy inherent to the respective activity. In accordance with Notice no. 05/C19-i07.05/2022, equipment (a laptop computer) was acquired through funding from the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) for the employee to carry out his work remotely.

Almost finished Snoezelen parlour

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The Aver-o-Mar School Group is setting up a sensory stimulation room in the main school, which is associated with the concept of the Snoezelen Parlour, a project supported by its own funds and resulting from Erasmus projects, also counting on the partnership of community companies, in this case Quantal SA, as well as funds from the Pingo Doce “Happy Neighbourhood” project.

The Snoezelen atmosphere stands out from other multisensory environments because it is organised to offer sensory experiences that generate pleasure and well-being, in a relational climate based on freedom of choice, respect for the rhythm of the child/young person/elderly person and their safety.

This room is a safe space, with positive therapeutic and pedagogical effects on various pathologies in order to promote:

  • Motor skills: fine and large motor skills, range of movement, postural control;
  • Cognitive skills: attention/concentration, language, communication, memory;
  • Psychosocial skills: social skills, motivation, self-esteem.

The room is currently set up with the following facilities:

Ultraviolet (UV) projectors for visual stimuli: this is an invaluable means of having a safe light that has a wide range, in order to stimulate visual and cognitive abilities, through fluorescent and shiny materials that attract attention;

Optical Fibres: provide this stimulation with less energy power. A person with epilepsy entering the room cannot be subjected to strong visual stimuli, such as those involving movement or rotation;

Water bubble column: this is one of the most attractive pieces of sensory equipment and is essential in any sensory space. It is perfect for stimulating the user as it cycles through various colours, such as red, green, blue and much more! The constantly changing lights produce a very calming effect and can help work on colour recognition. To be interactive, get the button controller, with which you can choose the colour you want to see on the column, and work on communication, interaction, cognition and learning. The water column attracts attention and interest through the constantly changing colours and moving bubbles, ideal for visual stimulation, developing cause and effect skills, colour sequencing and matching, and touch through vibration;

Sensory swing: cradles for comfort and relaxation, provides gentle movement to help relax. Excellent for stimulation and sensory integration;

UV puff: relaxation;

Liquid projector: provides visual stimulation, attention and visuomotor coordination:

Tactile kit: works on fine motor skills and posture;

LED gloves: cognitive and visual stimulation.

The creation of this space is an added value, both as a response for all students with specific needs and for the older community. In this way, as well as complementing the full development of the students, alongside the measures already in place, the school aims to contribute to improving the quality of life, well-being and inclusion of the entire community.

The room is in the final stages of installation and is expected to open soon.

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Some recordings of the project’s execution.

AWARD OF THE FIRST PRIZE FOR SCHOOL PROJECTS 23

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On the 24th January, the Aver-o-Mar School Group was awarded the 1st Cooperation and Solidarity Prize for the “Ala-Arriba” project, in the iconic Voz do Operário venue in Lisbon.

Carlos Gomes de Sá, along with Andreia Teixeira, the social worker from the Aver-o-Mar School Group, proudly wearing our handmade Poveira jumper, explained the Ala-Arriba project to dozens of guests, including the Secretary of State for Social Security, Gabriel Bastos, and Eduardo Graça the chairman of the CASES organisation.

The brief description of the project,  ended with the audience cheering in one voice: “Ala-arriba”!

In addition to the €5,000 prize, the school was also awarded the “Todos Contam Prize – National Financial Training Plan”. The meeting took the opportunity to strengthen a network of partnerships with higher education institutions and the social sector, which will soon be unveiled.

The school group will be back in the capital on 3rd February (Culturgest) and in Porto (Super Bock Arena) on 2nd March to present “Projects for Inclusion and Sustainability” as part of the 12th Meeting of Early Childhood Educators and Primary School Teachers, organised by Areal Editores, with the motto ” Together for a sustainable future”.

Photos from the event and the awarded diplomas.

SCHOOL GROUP PRESENTS INCLUSION AND SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES IN LISBON AND PORTO

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The Aver-o-Mar School Group will be taking part in the 12th MEETING OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATORS AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, organised by Areal Editores, in Lisbon ( 3rd February – Culturgest) and Porto ( 2nd March – Super Bock Arena).

With the motto ” Together for a sustainable future”, this two-day training event, the programme of which you can see in the links below, will feature the presentation of a set of practices for inclusion and sustainability by our school grouping, which will be taken up by the Headmaster, Carlos Gomes de Sá, and Andreia Teixeira, Social Worker.

The sessions, with very compelling and up-to-date issues, vary slightly between Lisbon and Porto, with the highlight being the communication “The difficult does not mean the impossible”, the panels “Technologies in childhood: advantages, disadvantages and responsibilities” and “For a World without Barriers”, ending with a round table discussion entitled “Because everyone counts”.

The School Group is grateful for the invitation to this National Meeting, which is seen as a form of recognition for the practices we have developed, acknowledging the work of the entire community in permanent networking and the search for new and complementary responses.

The registration link can be found in the corresponding programmes, the proceeds of which will go to three institutions that work with vulnerable children.

GROUP PRESENTS INCLUSION AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE 

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On the 3rd of February, the Aver-o-Mar School Group, represented by the Director, Carlos Gomes de Sá, and the Social Worker, Andreia Teixeira, went to Culturgest in Lisbon, as part of the 12th Meeting of Kindergarten Teachers and 1st Cycle Teachers, promoted by Areal Editores, to present inclusion and sustainability practices. In the video below you can see some records of this day of sharing, in which those who give also receive!

This meeting, although with adjustments to the participants, will be held again in Porto, at the Superbock Arena/ Pavilhão Rosa Mota, on Saturday 2 March. You can see the programme and registration link below, and all teachers, regardless of the cycle, are invited to register, which will be donated to a charitable cause, given the scope and complementarity of the presentations.

Programme: Programme_Porto

Lisbon video: (8) Video | Facebook

Photos of one of the moments of interaction with those present:

Portuguese Singers Fernando Tordo and Paulo de Carvalho get to know the Aver-o-Mar school project

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The schedule for the 24 January António Sérgio 23 Cooperative Awards ceremony is known.

It is to be held in Lisbon, at the “Casa do Operário”, and with the presence of the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho. The ceremony will begin with a concert by Fernando Tordo and Paulo de Carvalho, who will have the opportunity to get to know the “Ala-Arriba” project, by the Aver-o-Mar School Group, winner of the “School Work” Class.

The School Group will be represented by the Headmaster, Carlos Gomes de Sá, and Andreia Teixeira, Social Worker, who were also present at the 2021 edition, when the “Aver-o-Mundo” project was awarded.

NEW UNIR TRANSPORT TIMETABLES FROM 1 JANUARY

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At the end of the year, we are pleased to share the information provided yesterday by the City Council of Póvoa de Varzim about the changes to the timetables for the buses that run to and from the schools, which are now more in line with the realities of entry/exit and with more acceptable waiting times when necessary.

The new timetables come into force from tomorrow, 1 January 2024, and the new timetables are attached (more detailed information, with more bus stops marked and clear identification of the Aver-o-Mar Basic School [stop now called ” Aver-o-Mar School”], identification of the routes followed by the buses and a summary map with the lines [bus number] that serve the schools).

Information received from the Town Hall and also made available to pupils/guardians via email:

“In the context of the entry into force of the UNIR Network this December, and the steps taken by the City Council with PMA to introduce improvements to the transport service at certain times on some of the lines serving our municipality, namely lines 3002, 3003, 3004, 3005, 3006 and 3301., I am asked by the Engineer Luis Ramos, Councillor for Mobility and Transport, to send him a copy of the timetables for the line(s) in question, so that he is aware of the changes to the timetables, which will come into operation on 3 January.

We would also like to inform you that the timetables for the other lines remain the same and can be consulted on the municipality’s website.

We also send you a table identifying the lines that serve the school your child attends, so that you can better recognise them.”

Free BUS PASS “Cartão Andante” – FREE COMPULSORY RECHARGING

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On request from the City Council of Póvoa de Varzim, the following information is hereby released, which applies to users of the Andante card, which is co-funded by the City Council:

“For the purpose of recharging the Andante card for the month of January, students or the guardians must go to a Payshop agent, Andante shop or machines (at the railway station), from the next 29th of December until the 2nd of January, in order to carry out the respective recharge, which is FREE, and they must be accompanied by the Andante card.”

We hope to be able to present the new timetables for the buses serving the school soon, as they are expected to start running in January.

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