STEMiverse 0006 - Jorge DeSousa Pires

June 5, 2017

In this episode of STEMiverse, Marcus and I talk with Professor Jorge De Sousa Pires.

Jorge is a retired associate professor. He was a researcher and senior lecturer at Uppsala University. He was also the Research and Education manager of Apple Sweden from 1988 onwards, and in 1996 he joined the Education Team of Apple Europe.

Jorge is fascinated by the power of technology to transform education. He worked at Malmo University in Sweden with the specific goal of improving Computer Assisted Learning at the University. He is also the author of several books and many peer-reviewed articles in Education and engineering.

In this conversation, Jorge discusses his colorful experiences in his long career in education. From helping his mother to teach grammar in her school in Portugal, to moving to Sweden, learning several languages, spearheading many educational initiatives, and using spreadsheets as a teaching tool.

This is STEMiverse episode 6.


These are resources that Jorge made available to listeners for download. 

01 Easter Påsken 2001 (PDF)
02 Easter Påsken 2001 (PNG)
  [Swedish, English, Portuguese] All about the days of Easter Such a file can be copied and changed for the actual year. Software: Inspiration

03 Concept map Communication (ISF - You will need Inspiration to open this file)
04 Concept map Communication picture File with the Concept map (PNG)
  Screen dump of the Concept map
  Software: Inspiration

05 Timeline size (JPG)
06 Timeline of history of Europe, Sweden, England, Portugal (3D) (PNG)
  Timelines always start with Me, My parents, My family and then the rest Software: Timeline 3D

07 Visual programming (from one of my books) (PDF)
  Programming with modules was introduced vey early on the Mac.
  Software: Extend, Stella, Excel, Mathematica,ANUGraph (Australia), Workbench, LabView

08 Read carefully! (PDF)
  Pay attention to the detail! It is true.

-- Good luck with your Mission! Jorge de Sousa Pires 20170410


Show notes

[00:00] Introduction - Introducing Jorge De Sousa Pires

[01:44] Jorge talks about his background, his book 'The joy of understanding how the concepts are interrelated', his company JSP and his relation to teaching

[05:41] Jorge discusses his books: His first book on electronics and his next three on Technology Enhanced Learning

[07:45] Using spreadsheets (Excel) as a teaching simulation tool

[08:54] How teaching in Sweden differs from elsewhere in the world

[10:55] Knowing your student before teaching

[12:24] Jorge's first spreadsheet application programmed in Basic before Excel and his journey of becoming a teacher

[15:55] Jorge's radio show during the period of dictatorship in Portugal and his migration to Sweden

[22:22] Getting over the language barrier

[24:59] How the students have changed over the years: Behavioral management & teacher's administrative duties

[30:32] Sweden's educational system and MOOCs

[34:21] What tools have changed in Jorge's time that change the way that he sees teaching STEM subjects: The computer

[37:30] How does one use technology in the classroom to gain insights: Go from 'what' to 'why'

[41:42] One of the responsibilities of a good teacher: Encourage the student to ask questions

[43:02] The impact of technologies such as AI, the Oculus Rift, 3D glasses, Virtual Reality on learning

[48:56] The most important technology for education in the next 5 years: AI and Programming

[50:18] Every student should be a programmer

[52:28] Rapid Fire Questions

[52:54] What App can you not live without: Evernote, Concept Maps and Timelines

[58:26] Most Influential Person in shaping the way that you teach: Teaching analphabets

[01:00:56] Jorge explains Concept Maps

[01:06:14] Advice to Educators just starting out: Elevate your students, keep in mind that not all children know about technology and be confident

[01:09:55] Parting Thoughts & Contact Information: Email:


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