The first year of the mSchools program is about to end. And we’re wrapping it up with a bang! This week the best apps from mSchools will receive awards. And we will also be in the spotlight of the European educational world thanks to a delegation of teachers who will be visiting Catalonian schools which have been pioneers in the implementation of ICTs in the classroom.
mSchools, backed by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, and with support from the Regional Government of Catalonia, the City of Barcelona, and GSMA, has placed Catalonia at the forefront in the implementation of a new educational model incorporating mobile solutions into schools’ day to day activities. About 6,000 students have taken the “Mobilizing Computer Technology” course, offered at 196 Catalonian secondary schools. 200 professionals serve as student mentors, assisting them in the development of their app projects.
Promoting the use of mobile solutions in the classroom and enhancing the entrepreneurial skills of these 4th-year high school students has been the aim of the first edition of “Mobilizing Computer Technology.” To reward the efforts of students and teachers, on Friday 6 June we celebrate the first mSchools App Contest, a competition that will recognize the best work produced by “Mobilizing Computer Technology” students.
The TecnoCampus in Mataró is the venue chosen for the 25 finalist teams to present and exhibit their projects, in person. A panel made up of experts from the education and application development fields will choose the winners in each of the five categories: Personal Management, Leisure, Communications, Education and Services. The award for each of them: having their apps worked on by professional developers for release onto the market. Each award-winning student will also receive a Kano kit, a box consisting of computer parts so that each user can learn to assemble computers, in addition to programming them.
The App Contest enjoys special collaboration by:
Between 2 and 6 June Barcelona will host a group of representatives from the educational community from all across Europe interested in the mSchools project. They will find out about the project first-hand, discovering how ICTs are applied in Catalonian schools.
Schools and institutes in Barcelona, Sabadell, Sant Cugat and Castelldefels will open their doors so that this group can observe, participate and discover how ICTs are now an integral part of the day to day of both teachers and students. A schedule has been prepared calling for them to meet students in mSchools’ “Mobilizing Computer Technology” course, tour schools that are pioneers in the use of tablets and digital blackboards in classrooms or that use “Scratch” so that children are exposed to the world of programming.
mSchools is a pioneering global initiative designed to encourage Catalonia's high school students to work in the classroom with mobile technology through the creation and use of mobile solutions. Backed by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, with collaboration by the Regional Government of Catalonia, the City of Barcelona, and GSMA, mSchools is intended to improve students' academic performance and reduce dropout rates. The programme features complete curricular development related to mobile technology and its applications in the social and economic spheres.
Mobile World Capital presents a global vision that effectively integrates mobile technologies into the fabric of the industries transforming our lives. Committed to expanding the mobile experience throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain with strong support of the public and private sector.
Mobile World Capital is leading mobile transformation through commitments in Competence Centres, local Industry Development, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation programmes.
MWCapital offers an open platform and exhibition showroom where citizens can understand and experience how mobile is enhancing our lives: The Mobile World Centre, located in the heart of Barcelona on Plaza Catalunya.