The education sector is changing. Textbooks are being replaced by tablets, methodologies are being adapted to the digital age, and educational institutions are gradually adjusting to the emergence of new technologies.
mSchools, the educational programme backed by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, in partnership with GSMA, the Regional Government of Catalonia and the City Hall of Barcelona, helps students and teachers throughout the digital transformation process. On February 20, 2016, as part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress, mSchools presents Edu_Hack, a large-scale co-creation workshop to identify and develop, in a collaborative manner, innovative classroom experiences for all educational levels.
Teachers in public and private schools, university students and industry experts are invited to participate in this innovative event designed to create new learning methodologies, from the ground up, to be introduced in the classroom. “At mSchools we want Edu_Hack to function so that teachers can experiment with new ideas and concepts for their use in the classroom and so that, at the same time, they learn a new co-creative work methodology that will serve them as a tool for the future,” explained mSchools Director Albert Forn.
Edu_Hack 2016, the education hackathon
The co-creation event on Saturday, February 20 will yield approximately a hundred projects produced by some 500 teachers. In the morning the participants will be grouped into small work teams to develop educational materials and methods based on mobile technology.
Throughout the day each team will work on a single project, in different phases, with specific goals set. As they complete the various work stages the ideas and concepts from the start of the day will take shape, ultimately featuring specifics. The projects will be presented to all the attendees at the end of the day.
As Albert Forn underscored, participation by professionals from various fields “will help to foster a fertile environment to enrich the co-creation process, establishing an exchange of ideas between the workplace and teachers. Furthermore, the incorporation of students – who will be tomorrow’s teachers – will make it possible to improve their training, as they observe how current teachers work.”
To attend the mSchools Edu_Hack it is necessary to pre-register on the mSchools website. Admission will be determined by order of registration, and spots are limited by the venue’s capacity. Members of the mSchools Experts community are guaranteed slots to attend and participate in Edu_Hack.