On 27 and 28 February, mSchools took part in the second edition of YoMo Barcelona, the first youth mobile festival that combines science and design with mobile technology. More than 10,000 students and 4,000 teachers enjoyed the workshops, talks and interactive activities centred on the STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics).

This year, mSchools based its initiative at YoMo Barcelona on the Teacher Track, workshops and simultaneous sessions in which teachers discovered the programme’s educational proposals and learned how to apply them in the classroom. “I think it is really interesting to take these ideas into the classroom so that students can learn new things through interactive activities and play,” explained Miguel Ángel Cerdá, a teacher at Institut Apel·les Mestres in Hospitalet de Llobregat.

We are learning first-hand how to programme in the Scratch Challenge workshop in order to explain it to our students confidently, commented Silvia Sillero and María Belén Rodríguez, teachers at Escola Àngela Roca in Viladecans, on their experience of the mSchools activities at Yomo.

For two days, Teacher Track offered educators training workshops on georeferencing projects with Mobile History Map, sessions for learning how to programme with Scratch Challenge or a workshop on programming and entrepreneurship with App Education. Teachers also had the opportunity to attend the mSchools Toolbox Marathon, in which experts shared educational content and apps available on mSchools Toolbox, a platform aimed at schools, teachers, families and students for compiling and handling educational content that fits the current syllabus.

Anna, a teacher at Institut Sunsi Móra in Canet de Mar, said about her participation in the mSchools afternoons: “Discovering proposals like Mobile History Map has been really useful, as I think it will be a good opportunity for students and teachers to get to know the school and city surroundings better and be up to date with technology.”

The aim of these workshops was to equip teachers with technological tools and content to make a positive change in their teaching methods. “The Science with Mobile @ school with mSTEAM workshop was fascinating. It involved objects and experiments that can easily be replicated and that I would like to gradually introduce in the classroom to create a “different” way of learning science,” stated Carles Martínez of Escola Jaume Balmes in Corbera de Llobregat.

YoMo also hosted the second on-site session of mSchools EduHack, the pioneering educational hackathon in Catalonia at which teachers, student teachers and industry experts design innovative classroom experiences using design thinking and digital technology. More than 220 teachers involved in this co-creation process gathered to continue shaping and developing their educational projects. The third EduHack session will take place on 11 July.

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