Edition núm. 088

Schools in the cloud

With this spring issue, ‘Barcelona Metròpolis’ magazine has reached the first year of a new age. As the school year draws to a close, this time we focus our sights on education to weigh up one of the city’s most active and strategic sectors.

“Doctors have a commitment to society that we cannot forget,” says Dr Valentí Fuster, director of the Cardiovascular Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and the Carlos III National Cardiovascular Research Centre in Madrid. This social vocation has led this doctor from Barcelona – one of the world’s leading cardiology experts – to work untiringly as a disseminator and educator.

Schools in the cloud

Barcelona Metròpolis

The crisis in education fully coincides with a technological revolution that is transforming education in all areas and at all levels, from primary to university. Whether we are talking about the digital whiteboard and the tablet or the new large-scale

From crisis to revolution

Bernat Puigtobella

The cloud is not just a virtual repository of information that allows us to scale costs or save space on our hard drive; rather, it also has an emancipatory potential for teachers and students because it structures reality and, in

When we ponder the core questions of our society, and education is one of them, we must be careful not to put the cart before the horse. We live in uncertain times and, as if skating on thin ice, we

The world of education has numerous specificities which hitherto no technology company has managed to transfer to the Internet. Many of the big platforms have unsuccessfully attempted to answer the needs of teachers and students. Every era in history is marked by the

Educational skills

Albert Aixalà

The technification of the classroom is utterly consistent with the most abject intellectual poverty. Teachers of Humanities should instil in their pupils the ability to face life’s challenges: teach them to think well as a prerequisite for living well. For

A question of balance

Dra. Teresa Fèrriz Roure

The incorporation of ICT into classrooms must pursue very clear objectives, with a preliminary study of student needs to strike the right balance between pedagogical, technological, organisational and contextual elements. Permanent connectivity is not a value in itself, but the

 What kind of schooling awaits our grandchildren? In the year 2040, this question is answered in an article that takes stock of the educational situation and the changes that have occurred over the previous decades. Thirty years ago (in 2010),

Youngsters completing their compulsory education, even those who attain good academic grades, are not sufficiently satisfied with what schools offer them. Nor are their parents, politicians or teaching professionals. “Imagine an ‘Education Nation’, a learning society where the education of

FC Barcelona, or Barça, as it is known, and the way it is today, would be impossible to understand without the semi-anonymous figure of Oriol Tort Martínez (Barcelona 1929–1999), the talent spotter who discovered Guardiola, Iniesta and Xavi, and a

In Catalonia, for many years now theatrical innovation, experimentation and risk have been about dressing up the characters of Hamlet in a white blazer and having them sing in front of a microphone. This, we were told, is modernity, and

Three years ago, Marta Cerdà Alimbau set off for New York to seek her fortune with her photo album under her arm. She had won the ADC Young Guns award, had worked in London and Berlin and had the makings

I find it distressing to rehash what everyone says about Josep Pedrals, that he’s a young poet, as if we were announcing Youth Fashion Week at El Corte Inglés – denim fashion, bold sonnets, poetic joy, etc. We get it:

The image of life itself

Jana Balacciu Matei

Coming to Barcelona to study Catalan, two decades ago now, was a turning point in Jana Balacciu’s life. She came from a sad city, still licking the open wounds of the dictatorship and the revolution, to a totally new world,

A series of new projects have begun to come to the fore in recent years in the world of arts and artistic education. These projects tap into classroom experience, but they are more flexible and responsive to the social reality

True musical action does not talk about the number of music schools, of results in terms of numbers or sales, but rather the transforming power of music and the richness of art as a catalyst for social needs. The teaching

In 2004, in the district of Gràcia, sixteen children started up the project Voces y Música para la Integración (Voices and Music for Integration), an initiative with which the conductor Pablo Gonzalez revived, in Barcelona, the theory and practice of

The Argentine musician Pablo Pérsico, who has been living and working in Barcelona since 2007, is the driving force behind a new educational system, Integrasons, which has created two children’s and youth orchestras in Badalona and Poble-sec. In all orchestras

Video: Transforming music

Barcelona Metròpolis

[Video in Catalan] A series of new projects have begun to come to the fore in recent years in the world of arts and artistic education. In this video, you can see the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, conducted by the

Galerisme a Barcelona 1877-2012: Descobrir, defensar, difondre l’art  Jaume Vidal i Oliveres Ajuntament de Barcelona, Art Barcelona Barcelona, 2013 307 pages The first historical studies that address a particular topic are usually founding acts that mark future research into the

The “Don’t” city

Marta Rojals

The first time I ever saw an immigrantwas at Mercat Nou metro station, at the end of the nineties. Or, come to think of it, it was the first time I actually became aware of them. I saw her and