Narcís Vives Ylla
Fellow Since 2008
Atlas de la diversidad
This profile was prepared when Narcís Vives Ylla was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
The New Idea
Narcís gives students around the world the opportunity to learn interactively and enter the information age sharing information instead of merely receiving it. His online platform, Atlas of Diversity, presents a new teaching paradigm that utilizes technological applications as tools for teachers to explore innovative educational techniques. The result is a new classroom dynamic that improves and deepens young people’s learning experience. Having identified teachers as the key to success for any educational program, Narcís equips them first with the technological know-how and local coaching they need to adopt new and more effective ways of teaching. Atlas’ online training courses make teachers facilitators of learning, empowering young people to take responsibility in their education. Narcís has carefully designed the courses to get teachers to apply their learning in the classroom from day one in order for the new methodologies to quickly reach the students. These courses also play a critical role in creating support networks among teachers, so they can continue to learn from each other and stay up-to-date on new practices long after the course has finished. Atlas is designed to be applicable to any subject, from literature to mathematics. Students work in teams researching, summarizing and uploading information to exchange and discuss their work with others around the world. By making learning a dynamic and exciting process in which students and teachers learn and build important parts of their own educational content together, Narcís is adapting education systems around the world to the new, increasingly globalized information era.