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word cloud


As 100 mais belas palavras da língua portuguesa em wordcloud is a free online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator. Customize your cloud with shapes, themes, colors and fonts. You can also edit the word list, cloud size and gap size. can also generate clickable word clouds with links (image map). When you are satisfied with the result, save the image and share it online.


Arrumar eBooks no PC: KooBits 4.0

Dantes, era um aborrecimento: abrir as pastas, procurar o livro, … e, na saída, ter de fixar onde ia a ler… Claro que um PC não é um eBook reader. E há aplicações que ajudam.

Tenho estado a gostar do KooBits, que tanto permite adquirir como arumar os ebooks numa Biblioteca e suporta formatosmuito variados: PDF, EPUB, XML, HTML, KBJ, e outros.

Os livros podem depois ser organizados por categorias e são mostrados em estantes.

O leitor dispõe das funcionalidades habituais: sublinhar, adicionar marcadores, copiar texto, etc…


Are learning portefolios worth the effort?

BMJ | 9 august 2008 | Volume 337

Although the portfolio concept may seem deceptively simple, it is only too easy for the desired integrated, comprehensive picture to drown in a disorganised mess of useless information. Fortunately, the literature shows that three simple conditions can prevent this.

Mentoring is the single most decisive success factor. Without an audience, every portfolio is arguably a waste of time. (…) Evidence shows that portfolios improve the planning and monitoring of continuing medical education by combining external assessment and self assessment with mentoring.

Secondly, the portfolio must be smart and lean. (…) The concept of combining formative professional development alongside summative assessment is new. Clear guidelines on the purpose, contents, and organisation of the portfolio are essential.

Careful implementation is crucial. A strong resistance to the portfolio can be unleashed when learners are forced to stick to a rigidly prescribed format. Conversely, when learners are allowed to create a portfolio that reflects their personal interests and concerns, they will have a sense of ownership and be motivated to develop its content.

We need to overcome existing tensions in portfolio design and seek a strong evidence base to optimise their use. With proper mentoring, restricted but relevant content, and well balanced guidelines reflective of its purpose, a portfolio undoubtedly makes an important contribution to the effective assessment, both formative and summative, of performance in the workplace.

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