26.02.2015

The Mobile Learning Awards recognise the use of mobile devices in classrooms

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Catalonia is one of the world’s first regions to implement mobile technology in its classrooms. This is partly thanks to the mSchools program, an initiative backed by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation in collaboration with the Regional Government of Catalonia, the City of Barcelona, and GSMA.

Pioneering courses like “App Education,” the “Mobile History Map” project, and the Mobile Learning Awards are the pillars of a project that has been implemented in Catalonian classrooms with great success.

At the end of the winter of 2015 the third edition of the Mobile Learning Awards comes to an end. After weeks of deliberations, the judging panel has announced the winners of these prizes, designed to continue to provide incentives for the introduction of digital technology into Catalonia’s educational institutions. Pre-school, primary, and secondary education students participated in the prizes’ three categories: “Mobile History Map,” “Educational Experiences with Mobile Devices” and “Audiovisual Micronarrations.”

We also wish to thank very greatfully the collaboration of the sponsors that made these awards possible:

“Mobile History Map” Award

Mobile History Map is a project designed for students of different ages in the Catalonian educational system to create and geolocate cultural contents related to points of interest near their schools. As a result of this new initiative the Mobile Learning Awards 2015 expanded the awards’ categories to encourage the practice of georeferencing emblematic cultural heritage elements in Catalonia through the use of digital technologies.

Within this category different prizes have been featured according to the ages of the students participating. Thus, winning first prizes were the primary-level students from the Escola Segimon Comas, in Sant Quirze de Besora, for their project “El castell de Montesquiu,” along with secondary-level students at the Escola Vedruna Carme de Cardona in Cardona for their project “La canònica de Sant Vicenç.”

The other projects and schools receiving prizes in this category were, at the primary level, “La catedral de Santa Maria” (IE Daniel Mangrané, Jesús); and “Església romànica s.XI” (Escola Jacint Verdaguer, Santa Eugènia de Berga). At the secondary level: “L’església de Sant Pere de Ponts” (Institut de Ponts, Ponts) and “El monestir de Santa Maria de Ripoll” (Escola Vedruna de Ripoll, Ripoll).

The winners were awarded backpacks, trophies, certificates, 3D printers and Lego WeDo and Lego WeDo Scratch robotic classrooms.

“Educational Experiences with Mobile Devices” Award

This category of the Mobile Learning Awards 2015 sought to recognise projects carried out by teachers in efforts to publicise the different ways in which mobile technology may be integrated into Catalonian schools.

An introduction to geocaching, the evolution of the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, musical education and augmented reality, the creation of a smart orchard, the development of an app version of a questions and answers game, and the creation of natural itineraries based on QR codes were the six projects named finalists in this category.

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The other projects and schools receiving prizes in this category were, at the primary level, “La catedral de Santa Maria” (IE Daniel Mangrané, Jesús); and “Església romànica s.XI” (Escola Jacint Verdaguer, Santa Eugènia de Berga). At the secondary level: “L’església de Sant Pere de Ponts” (Institut de Ponts, Ponts) and “El monestir de Santa Maria de Ripoll” (Escola Vedruna de Ripoll, Ripoll).

The winners were awarded backpacks, trophies, certificates, 3D printers and Lego WeDo and Lego WeDo Scratch robotic classrooms.

“Educational Experiences with Mobile Devices” Award

This category of the Mobile Learning Awards 2015 sought to recognise projects carried out by teachers in efforts to publicise the different ways in which mobile technology may be integrated into Catalonian schools.

An introduction to geocaching, the evolution of the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, musical education and augmented reality, the creation of a smart orchard, the development of an app version of a questions and answers game, and the creation of natural itineraries based on QR codes were the six projects named finalists in this category.

In the end the winning project was “Pica’t” by the Institute Baix Camp from Reus.

All the finalists received admission to the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015. The three first-place winners also received (prizes).

“Audiovisual Micronarrations” Award

The last category forming part of the Mobile Learning Awards 2015 was designed to expose students to the possibilities of audiovisual language employing mobile devices. Using easily accessible software, the participating teams of students and teachers had to create a promotional spot for their school in video format. As the awards are also here distributed according to the ages of the students and the grades they are currently in, there were three “Audiovisual Micronarrations” first prizes.

In their proposal “Els dispositius móbils arriben a l’escola” (Mobile Devices Reach School) primary-level students at the Escola El Sagrer in Barcelona showed how, through robotics, programming and geolocation they had learned to use mobile technology. This audiovisual micronarration garnered them first prize.

Another first prize, this time for secondary-level students, went to the Col·legi Singuerlín in Santa Coloma de Gramanet. Their micronarration “Singuerlín 3.0” demonstrated how the use of QR codes and mobile applications and tools is a common practice across all the courses taught at the school, from Chemistry, to History, to Gymnastics.

The final first prize in this category was claimed by the Institut Josep Vallverdú de Les Borges Blanques; specifically, a team made up of secondary schools students. Their micronarration, “Èxit=TAC6”, showcases the day-to-day application of techniques like domotics, 3D and augmented reality.

Other schools receiving awards were the Escola Pau Claris, in La Seu d’Urgell; the Institut Joaquima Pla i Farreras, in Sant Cugat del Vallès; the Escola Paidós de Sant Fructós, in Bages; and the Institut Illa de Rodes, in Roses.

The prizes awarded in this category were, again, Lego robotic classrooms and 3D printers for schools, backpacks, certificates and Kano Kits for students, in addition to a guided tour of the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015 on Thursday 5 March.

The Mobile Learning Awards 2015 represented an extraordinary opportunity for students throughout the Catalonian educational system to demonstrate their technological abilities and extend their use to all the educational disciplines. In short, they are established as the basis for a practice that will shape the future of education.

More information on mSchools website.