“Astrolabio”: a pioneering Telefónica project to introduce ICTs into classrooms.

The Colegio San Gabriel – Ciudad de la Educación (Spain) presented this month “Astrolabio”, a project that intends to introduce methodological innovations through ICT use to encourage the percentage of students that successfully pass secondary education and raise the rate of students finishing post-compulsory studies.

“Astrolabio” has a 700,000 euro budget invested by Telefónica and the Ministry of Education and Culture through the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologías de la Educación. With this investment, the Colegio San Gabriel teaching staff and the Telefónica chiefs have worked for four years to put this unprecedented project into action in Spain, and intend to design an “avant-garde school”.

“Astrolabio” arrives alongside virtual classrooms and Weclass, a Telefónica educational platform used in these classrooms and via any mobile device. Students access the classroom through tablets provided by the centre and can study and do exercises or assignments. Families can communicate with the teachers and view their children’s information. For the teachers it is a tool for generating activities, selecting the most appropriate methodology for each group of students.

At the moment, “Astrolabio” is only available through a “pilot classroom” for 24 first-year secondary school students at the Colegio San Gabriel, but next academic year it will expand to include all 300 students in the school.