With a remarkable past and optimistic future, Colégio Vasco da Gama has become a national reference among primary and secondary schools in Portugal. The school provides its students with an education that focuses on the right set of skills and tools to promote the development of collaborative, autonomous, and creative learners.
To better prepare students with skills for the 21st century, Colégio Vasco da Gama has created the iClass Project. This initiative was designed according to the concepts of the Future Classroom Lab, keeping in mind the school’s specific characteristics while adapting it toward the students’ needs.
The project was first implemented in 2016 in a class of seventh-graders. It was based on three main aspects: pedagogy, space, and technology. All of them worked together to consolidate a collaborative environment, empowering Colégio Vasco da Gama’s students with an active pedagogy, a multidimensional space through technology. After that, the project was extended to other classes, impacting nearly 120 students in the school year 2017–2018.
The project began with Microsoft Outlook. Students used their personal Outlook accounts, and then rapidly expanded to the use of Microsoft Office 365. The highlight was the implementation of Microsoft OneNote as the students’ notebook tool, and recently, Microsoft Teams has been adopted as an efficient way to organize classes and lessons.
The project has continued to grow in the classroom. Today, the project is already underway with students in the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades, making widespread use of Office 365 tools such as Teams, OneNote, and Sway. All the students have their own hybrid devices, so they can use the active pen for more dynamic integration with the technology.
“Apart from tablets, our pedagogy is also different,” says Vítor Bastos, iProject Class Adminstrator.