eCity in Portugal + CISTI 2015 + Public Transportation Scenario
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eCity at CISTI 2015
 


The CISTI'2015 - 10th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, took place between the 17th and 20th of June 2015, at Águeda, Aveiro, Portugal. CISTI is a technical and scientific event, whose purpose is to present and discuss knowledge, new perspectives, experiences and innovations in the Information Systems and Technologies field.

eCity was presented on the 2nd ICTWays Workshop: Best Practices on ICT Ways in the Classroom as a tool to support problem based learning. The presentation was made by Carlos Vaz de Carvalho from ISEP supported by an article written with the collaboration of António Andrade, David Gouveia and Pedro Russo.

 

eCity Testing in Portugal




eCity was extensively tested by about 150 students from 12 to 16 years old in schools in Braga and Vila Nova de Gaia, in June. Students from different school years from the 8th to the 11th degree of education in sciences and vocational courses tested the game.

Results were excellent in terms of motivation and learning. António Andrade from Virtual Campus, Carlos Vaz de Carvalho and Ana Lopes from GILT-ISEP lead the testing.
 


eCity Featured Scenario: Public Transportation


The main objective of this lesson plan is to make students analyse and design an optimal graph structure, represented by the implementation of a public transportation network. The students are presented with a scenario-problem: to provide a public transportation to a city scattered in smaller provinces. The basic interaction to solve this problem is placing bus stops along the roads. Although there is not one single correct solution, a compromise must be achieved between placement and maintenance costs and transportation network quality.



As in all scenarios, students are free to explore different configurations and all the information needed to solve the scenario is provided in-game. Teachers can use this scenario to introduce some topics on graphs theory (such as the “travelling salesman” issue) and students can share and compare their approaches with the classroom.
 
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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