M&M in Spain: From theory to testing

M&M project has as main aim providing secondary school with a methodology that facilitates the interest and motivation of students towards sciences. To do so, partners have created a new way of giving a class through the M&M platform, which includes the M&M methodology and brings it to the classroom. However, it was necessary to make sure those theoretical concepts and products were actually fitting for the classroom. To do so, partners carried out a cascade training with the M&M Methodology in which they showed teachers how to use it. And then, those teachers tried out the M&M methodology and platform in their own classes with students, testing the results and obtaining feedback from themselves and from the children.

Picture 1: teachers during the Cascade Training in Spain

In Spain, FYG Consultores went to a school and met with several teachers from diverse areas; especially science and math, but also geography, arts or literature teachers. The M&M Methodology was explained to them, showing concrete on-class examples that could be used, and teachers could also provide their feedback to the product created and how it could be amended to fit the class even better. This served to improve the M&M methodology and set the platform ready for testing in the school.

3 of the teachers that participated in this training decided to take on and try the platform in class with their own students. To do so, a specific exercise was created in the platform and a person from the FYG staff went to the school to assist in any potential issues that may appear during the testing.

Picture 2: Testing on the platform in the school’s IT class

The testing was quite successful, taking place in 3 classes with 25 students each. There were some constraints, such as the fact that there were less than 20 computers available and some students had to pair in the testing, and some technical inputs, but all those points have been quite helpful to improve the platform even more. However, the most important thing was that students were very happy with using this new tool, they really enjoyed all the stages of the platform testing and were willing to use it again. Also, teachers found the platform easy and interesting, and they said they were willing to give it a try next academic course!

Picture 3: students testing the platform