For the fourth year running, mSchools gathered school administrators and experts in the sector to debate the digital future of education during the Changing Education Together (CET) one-day seminar held within the framework of the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Under the title of “Leading Digital Transformation in Schools”, the attendees were the first to discover this year’s novelty: CET is expanding beyond the walls of the Congress to offer work sessions during the year, in which participants will be able to work together and outline how to face the challenges of digital transformation in education centres.
“Changing Education Together is mSchools’ new initiative to support education centre administrators in their digital transformation processes. We offer them support through spaces for reflection and practice,” explained Albert Forn, director of the mSchools programme, during the introductory session of the new initiative.
Still in its early stages, CET is based on 6 main principles: leadership and strategy, teaching and methodology, the role of the teacher, innovative centres, the ICT effect and evaluation and impact.
“The demand from educational centres was, ‘Help us to involve the entire school in the digital reality we live in’”, continued Forn. “Mobile World Capital Barcelona has been working with the business and institutional sectors for years.”
Forn was referring to GoingDigital, the Mobile World Capital Barcelona programme that supports companies and industry in implementing digital transformation. “How can GoingDigital be adapted to the education sector? We invite you to take part in these work sessions, during which we will look for solutions together.”
The seminar also saw the participation of digital transformation expert and president of RocaSalvatella, Genís Roca. “Everyone is rethinking their business, their methods and their future. Ideas on how to organise this change and how to visualise the future are common to many sectors, and we also have a lot to learn from non-educational fields,” added Roca.
Carlos Magro, a specialist in educational innovation and vice president of Asociación Educación Abierta, was also at the seminar. “We should stop talking about digital education and start talking about education for a digital society,” he pointed out.
In addition to enjoying the speeches given by Genís Roca and Carlos Magro, participants also learned about the experiences of the winning schools and teachers in the mSchools Mobile Learning Awards 2018, which are given to the most innovative projects created by teachers and schools in Catalonia using mobile technology in education.
Carlos Magro pointed out that, “The winning Mobile Learning Awards projects are good examples of the digital transformation that is already underway in education centres and is making a cultural change in what teaching and learning means today.”
Among the winners, the project by Institut Badalona VII high school, B7 mTech High, focuses on empowering students to contribute to the digital transformation of their immediate surroundings by creating their own apps. “It is a real privilege to be able to describe our experience and how we think the challenge of digital transformation should be tackled, not only in terms of teaching and learning procedures, but also in the daily life and functioning of education centres,” explained Jordi Villar, a teacher at the school.
Another of the winning projects is Gamifiquem l’aula a primària! L’Antiga Grècia: El viatge a Emporion (Let’s gamify primary school classrooms! Ancient Greece: the voyage to Emporion), a project in which the school incorporates elements of historical and artistic heritage in videogames in which the student becomes the main character in a great adventure. During the seminar, its creator, Mercè Vilà, a teacher at Escola La Vila in Palamós, said that projects based on new technologies help to motivate and connect with pupils on a more personalised level, as they “work and evolve with these new tools, which become a new resource for learning the skills needed to complete the curriculum.”
Along the same lines, Eulàlia Canet of Escola Puig de les Cadiretes in Llagostera, another of the winners, stated that, “the students’ motivation and willingness to learn when you offer them technological tools is beyond compare.”
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