EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION

Educational Innovation | International private school Agora Sant Cugat

Educational innovation is highly relevant in the Agora Sant Cugat International School educational project methodology, based on development and constant innovation. A process which improves teaching and learning processes to benefit the students’ academic and personal development. To ensure that the global education at our international school is a reality which knows no boundaries, at Agora Sant Cugat International School we focus on educational innovation through the following activities:

The GAVEA Project

In the GAVEA project (Managing the Virtual Classroom for Academic Excellence), tablets, digital boards, and interactive materials are a source of teaching resources which add a motivational component to school activities, favouring attention to diversity. These new tools improve learning, favour co-operative activities, and enable the development of cognitive skills and the acquisition of basic digital competence. We have our own methodology for tablet use, which in no way attempts to replace text books with digital books, but instead completely overhaul the work methodology.

Computer Science

NACE schools are pioneers in introducing the subject of Computer Science within the educational project from 1st Primary to 3rd Secondary Education, and offering it as an optional subject in 4th Secondary Education. This is an innovative method, given that through this subject the pupils learn to understand how the software and applications that we use on a daily basis are made. Learning programming language opens our pupils’ minds, favouring their learning.

Creative space

Creativity is fundamental in our students’ growth, since it helps them to build self-esteem, and develops their communication, favours socialisation, and encourages integrity. At Agora Sant Cugat International School we offer different activities which boost this great ability. We offer an extracurricular Robotics workshop, in which the pupils learn to programme robots to achieve different objectives. In Creative Technology, the pupils learn to programme drones and to design videogames, and in 3D. Through fun science the pupils apply different scientific concepts thanks to the use of laboratories. Kids Brain is also part of this creative space, and consists in learning Mathematics in English with the abacus. In addition, in Multimedia, pupils’ creativity is boosted by creating photos, short films, and lip dubs.

Flipped Classroom

The Flipped Classroom is a pedagogical model which transfers the work of specific learning processes to outside the classroom and uses class time, along with the teacher’s experience, to facilitate and strengthen the other acquisition processes and use of knowledge in the classroom. An integral approach which combines direct instruction and enables the increase of students’ commitment to and implication in the course content, improves their understanding of concepts, and enables active learning through debate.

ICT

We make the most advanced information technologies available to pupils as a subject of study and as a work and support tool. The use of the CAV (Virtual Classroom Community) by the teachers, pupils, and families enables direct contact despite time or location differences. The pupils have their diaries, teaching materials, and an internal email address to contact the teaching staff. Photo and video blogs are created to enable parents to follow the daily activities which take place at the school. Similarly, the pupils in 6th Primary have this type of classroom as well as a personal computer each so that they can work interactively on some of the key areas, and on different research projects.

Work through projects

Learning through projects is based on the child participating autonomously in their own learning, for active participation in the process of finding information, doing research, organising and presenting their work. This is a style of working which helps the pupil to learn, participate, and achieve meaningful learning. It allows the consolidation of knowledge as the student takes responsibility for their own learning. Pupils use different competencies in projects which leads to multidisciplinary work while they use and improve their skills with new technologies. Participation and fostering critical thinking are other advantages of working on projects.

Entrepreneurship

We understand entrepreneurship as an ability to be proactive, transform their environment, and act enthusiastically. The subject of entrepreneurship helps our pupils to learn how to start up a company, and all the skills and needs required, while they work in a team, develop an idea, and interact with their classmates. This teaches them to overcome challenges creatively, searching for different solutions. This is a subject which will be of great help to them, regardless of what they decide to do in the future.