20.09.2016

Back to School: mSchools announces the launch of YoMo Barcelona

mSchools begins its fourth year maintaining the spirit of further growth in students’ and teachers’ participation in mSchools initiatives.

mSchools, the mEducation programme of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, in partnership with the Generalitat of Catalonia, Barcelona City Hall and GSMA, is back in classroom for its fourth consecutive year, consolidating its presence in the educational framework of Catalan schools.

During 2015-2016 school year, more than 24,000 students participated in initiatives fostered by the mSchools programme effectively integrating mobile technologies into the classroom, opening upnew ways of teaching and learning that improve achievement and employability. These students all participated in App Education, the educational initiative based on app design and prototype development, or in the Mobile History Map challenges, a geo-positioning platform allowing students to collaboratively create content on points of interest close to their schools.

More than 1,500 teachers are using the tools offered by mSchools, demonstrating their trust in a technology-based innovation method. Specifically, mSchools Toolbox, the online repository of apps and mobile education content validated and tested by teachers, currently holds more than 1,200 application reviews and more than 150 classroom experiences..

The programme will continue to hold information and training sessions for teachers less familiar with the digital world to help them in the introduction of mSchools learning approach in their schools.

Among the programme’s novelties this year, special mention must be made to mSchools participation in YoMo (Youth Mobile Festival), an event targeted to young students between the ages of 10 and 16 eager to discover everything that technology has to offer them. The festival, supported by GMSA in collaboration with Mobile World Capital, will be held within the framework of the Mobile World Congress at Fira de Barcelona in Montjuïc between 27 February and 2 March. YoMo seeks to encourage and inspire the new generations in the use of mobile technology based tools to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math (STEAM) disciplines.

The event, which will be held in Barcelona following the success of the previous edition at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, aims to help young people to face a future in which, according to EUROSTAT, 90% of the jobs will be requiring digital skills.

YoMo attendees will find educational content, specific exhibitions on technology and hands-on interactive activities. The event will also host live shows and demonstrations designed to motivate young people and encourage their curiosity for technology.

Registration for YoMo Barcelona will open in October, but students and education professionals interested in participating can register beforehand. Interested in attending YoMo?