“EduHack is creativity, collaboration, change, future, digital, innovation”.

This is how the participants defined the EduHack co-creative process during the opening session held on Saturday 18th November. Over 100 teams of teachers, future teachers, industry experts and research centre professionals met in Catalonia’s four capital cities ─Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona─ to revolutionize the future of education.

The goal was to collaboratively design and develop innovative educational proposals integrating the use of digital technology and based on design thinking. These future projects will be tested and piloted in schools across Catalonia and made available to the educational community. “We believe that together we will go further, we believe that teachers are the revolution that education needs”, said Albert Forn, director of the mSchools programme, in his welcome speech.

For this purpose, mSchools established a new and improved EduHack methodology divided into four stages: Empathise, Define, Design and Prototype. In short, a very well set-out process to make collaboration among teachers as easy as possible, encouraging their creativity and promoting the combining of their respective talents. Silvia, a teacher at Can Peixauet Secondary School, indicated that taking part in EduHack had been “a very positive experience, an opportunity to be able to talk to colleagues from other schools and exchange a lot of ideas”. She was very grateful for the close relationship that existed within her team: professionals who, without knowing each other beforehand, shared experiences based on very different situations.

The participants formed multi-disciplinary teams to work on the different subjects proposed, based on the UN Goals for Sustainable Development, and embraced the adventure of co-creation with the help and guidance of the facilitators. “As facilitators, what we are doing is to motivate the different teams to come up with their own designs and prototypes. We want them to be creative, help them to propose a lot of different ideas, encourage them to work in a transversal way taking into account all disciplines. That eventually their prototypes become real projects”, explained Lorena, an mSchools EduHack facilitator.

During the day, the EduHackers had the chance to test the EduHack digital platform, a new feature of the 2nd edition. As well as containing tools and resources to encourage the development of the different projects, the platform offers each team its own work blog, a space in which all the information on the project can be entered: details of the participants, copies of the different canvases developed during the inauguration day, images of the prototype created, etc.

This is precisely what Antonio’s team did. Antonio is a teacher at the Mireia Centre d’Estudis in Montgat. “We want to create an app that students can download to study how recycling is done in schools, how energy is consumed and the measures applied to reduce this consumption”.

The 2nd edition of mSchools EduHack started on 18th November and will last for two years, which is long enough to fully develop the different projects and pilot them in different schools.