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Identification, piloting and impact assessment of digital solutions with the potential to improve and digitally transform education

Collaboration

mSchools Lab is an open innovation program promoted by Fundació Barcelona Mobile World Capital Foundation through its program Digital Future Society and mSchools. Its goal is to foster collaboration between educational centres and the EdTech industry to respond to the educational communities’ real needs through technology’s transformative, safe and healthy use. 

Through public-private partnerships, we advance the identification, piloting and impact evaluation of digital solutions with the potential to contribute to improving and digitally transforming education. 

We want to catalyze the collaboration of all stakeholders with the possibility to contribute from different perspectives to digitally transform and positively impact equitable and inclusive learning.

Lab Process

1

Definition of a concrete challenge

2

Open call for solutions

3

Selection of winners

4

Adaptation and planning of pilots

5

Implementation of pilots

6

Evaluation and dissemination

 

Promoters

mSchools Lab is an initiative promoted by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, through its programs Digital Future Society and mSchools.

In December 2023 we launched the first call to identify innovative digital solutions at national and international levels to answer the challenge:

How can technology contribute to motivation, personalised learning approaches, and academic success?

In recent years, society has changed profoundly and rapidly, and this has not necessarily shown in the practices and content of educational institutions.

In 2022, with 13.9%, Spain topped the early school dropout rates in the European Union, which went hand in hand with poor academic performance. Experts partly attribute this failure to the Spanish education system’s absence of flexibility and excessive rigidity. Within schools, learning paths tend to be uniform to comply with a single curriculum for all and do not respond to diverse and personal contexts, interests or objectives.

Educational success and learning are correlated, among other factors, with motivation. Motivation increases, for example, through personalised learning approaches or if learnings are meaningful and provide personal value to the learner, contributing to their self-knowledge, a better understanding of their reality and the active construction of a future with scenarios that involve them and enhance their capabilities.

Focus of solutions

1. Students motivation

Strategies to find personal value, purpose and relevance in learning and thus increase concentration and active involvement in pedagogical processes.

2. Improvement of personalised learning approaches

Diverse and flexible teaching strategies to identify, re-significate and create interests and skills.

3. Lifelong learning

Strategies to develop agency, self-responsibility, soft skills and 21st-century skills to “learn to learn”.

4. Academic success and reduction of school dropout rates

Strategies to develop skills, improve school outcomes and increase access to opportunities after compulsory education.

What do we offer?

Piloting: Pilot your solution in a real educational context to validate your proposal and its impact.
Funding: €25,000 for each of the two winning solutions to be piloted in educational centres.
Visibility: Get high visibility of the pilot’s implementation in various events.

How to participate?

The call for proposals has ended and we are in the midst of the evaluation process.
At the end of March, we will announce the two winning solutions.
If you want to know about future calls sign up in the following form.

Access the form

Evaluation process

The first evaluation round to identify innovative digital solutions contributing to motivation, personalization of learning, and academic success concluded with 16 semi-finalists. Based on additional information about the future pilot’s implementation in schools, six finalists will be selected to present their initiative at the Pitch Day at the end of March. 

An external jury of representatives from Academia, Public Administration, the EdTech Industry and Educational Centers will select both winning proposals.

These will be adapted and piloted within the 2024-25 school year in public and charter schools in Catalonia, specifically in the 3rd and 4th years of Compulsory Secondary Education.  An external entity will follow the pilot implementation process to validate the proposal and the impact based on qualitative and quantitative evidence.

More than 100 proposals

With the first phase of the initiatives selection closed, we have confirmed the Call's success with more than 100 proposals from around the world, a figure that reflects the existence of a large and vibrant EdTech ecosystem.

National and international ecosystem

International participation of 41%, with the presence of proposals from the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Canada, India and Asia. On the other hand, we want to highlight the national participation of 59% most of them from Barcelona.

Typology of organizations

Regarding the organization's typology and as an example of the diverse ecosystem of EdTech solutions, the majority of received solutions, 69%, are from Startups, 17% from SMEs, 6% from Corporations, 5% from Foundations and 3% from Universities.

Variety of technologies

About the suggested technologies, the majority, 60%, are platforms or Apps. Then 22% are solutions that use Artificial Intelligence, followed by 11% of proposals that use Immersive Technologies (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality) and, finally, 7% use other technologies such as Robotics, 3D and different types of Hardware.

Focus of proposals

Concerning the focus of the proposals that applied to the call, 30% focus on the adaptation and personalization of learning, 19% on gamification and 12% on STEAM. The remaining 39% raise other relevant and current topics such as language, soft-skills development and social-emotional learning.

Piloting in Catalonian Schools

Once the two winning proposals are selected, work sessions will be held with the educational centers to plan the scope of the projects and ensure a successful implementation for both parties.

The pilots will be carried out in public and charter schools in Catalonia during the 24-25 school year, specifically with 3rd and 4th Compulsory Secondary Education students, for 6 to 9 months.

Beyond both pilot’s impact evaluation, we will share with the entire educational community the learnings and conclusions of the process that may be of interest.

Support and Evaluation

During the pilot phase, the involved schools will have the support of the winning proposals teams and the mSchools Lab team. In addition, as part of the process, an external academic institution and expert on the selected topics, will assess the impact of digital solutions and disseminate the results and learnings of the process.

Stay up to date and join the mSchools Lab community

If you want more information about the mSchools Lab call, wish to follow the process closely, or are interested in participating in the pilot in educational centers, register your interest in this form.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at  lab@mschools.com.

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