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25.03.2015

mSchools in the MWC: the increasing prominence of mobile phones in the classroom.

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The days of banning mobile phones from the classroom are coming to an end. Up until recently it seemed the use of these devices in the classroom was little more than a utopian fantasy. However, it looks like the world of education is finally ready to embrace mobile technology.

In fact, the Consell Escolar de Cataluña – a school board that represents parents, pupils, teachers, and the government in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia – pointed out at the beginning of March that the prohibition of mobile phones in the classroom could constitute a breach of student rights.

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Allowing the use of mobile technology in educational centers and increasing its use as a didactic resource affords an array of advantages according to the Consell Escolar  and the Education Department of Catalonia’s government. These include:

  • Allowing students to learn responsibility.
  • Helping students develop the skills to be able to learn autonomously in an  increasingly digital world.
  • Converting educational centers into places where children can also learn the correct and efficient use of mobile technology.

It seems the advance of mEducation is unstoppable. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. Programs such as mSchools from the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation are becoming an indispensable resource in the campaign to increase the use of mobile technology in educational initiatives.

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The mSchools initiative hopes to help students, parents, teachers and educational centers to adopt new teaching methods utilizing mobile technology. The objective is no less than to equip students with the ability to develop new digital skills as soon as possible.

The mSchools program had a significant presence in the 2015 Mobile World Congress. Working under the title “Changing education together”, 512 school directors attended the conference in Barcelona to speak about the top trends that impact education worldwide.

The seminars were lead by John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, the director of mLearning in GSMA Adrian Godfrey also participated. We had the pleasure of interviewing him here a few weeks ago.

As well as leading figures in education from Catalonia and all of Spain, the seminar also benefited from the participation of Bournemouth University’s Stephen Heppell and Tina Makela from the University of Jyvaskyla. They and others spoke of the convergence of technology and education and how this coming together will impact the field of education: from small children, to high school students and undergraduates.