Since its launch in 2012, the mSchools programme has successfully reached more than 30,000 Catalan students with its initiatives. Using digital technology as a main learning tool, mSchools students and teachers are the acceleration force for change in schools, transforming the traditional educational model by increasing participation and effectively introducing digital skills required for today’s world.
The mSchools Student Awards contest and ceremony will be held in June to acknowledge and celebrate students and teachers for their accomplishments during the mSchools programme. Formerly known as the App Awards, in its 4th edition this competition is open to students of different educational levels. mSchools Students may participate in any of the three categories: App Education, the Mobile History Map Challenge and, new this year, the Scratch Challenge.
The App Education competition category is open to students in 3rd and 4th Year of ESO, High School or Vocational Training courses in centres that have implemented this lesson plan during the 2016-2017 academic year. Finalists selected from among all the projects submitted will take part in the mSchools Student Awards Contest in June and may be selected as winners at the Ceremony afterwards. Students will compete on two education levels: “ESO” (3rd and 4th Year of ESO) and “High School and Vocational Training”. Projects submitted to the 4th edition of the Awards must fall into the following areas: “Sustainable Communities”, “Inclusion, Equality and Accessible Education”, “Connected Industry and Services” and “Artistic and Cultural Creation”.
The Mobile History Map Challenge is aimed at Primary and Secondary School students at centres that are registered in the Mobile History Map geopositioning platform. This year’s challenge includes “El Lloc dels Fets” (The Scene of the Facts), where students are invited to create original content on historical events that occurred in one of the 13 proposed geographical points in Catalonia. This challenge is linked to an upcoming educational television programme with the same name that will be shown on TV3, the Catalan public television channel. Other challenges are “Elements patrimonials emblemàtics”, based on geo-positioning the emblematic heritage of Catalonia and “La Catalunya del segle XX – Records i vivències d’un temps passat” (Catalonia in the 20th century – Memories and experiences from the past). The mSchools Student Awards will reward the most outstanding submissions in 2 different categories: Primary and Secondary.
Finally, mSchools is launching a new competition category in the mSchools Student Awards 2017: the Scratch Challenge. Aimed at upper Primary School students, it will reward the most imaginative and innovative work created using the Scratch programming language. The theme of this first Scratch Challenge in the mSchools Student Awards is “Travel”, and may include either real or imaginary experiences.
The credibility of the mSchools Student Awards has been built on an extensive panel of experts and professionals in education and mobile technologies. The awards take into account creativity, coherence and technical development. They are backed by professionals in education and digital technology, who assess the projects in relation to the criteria set out in the competition rules and also select the winning teams. More than 4,000 students participated in the 2016 edition of the Awards, and 227 projects were submitted.