Rosella Schietroma Eminent09 Workshop A2


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Rosella Schietroma Eminent09 Workshop A2

  1. 1. Digital Schools: the process Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research Rossella Schietroma
  2. 2. The “network” society <ul><li>Information and Communication Technologies modify the concept of “time” and “space” </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange and relationship systems are now based on real-time interactions </li></ul><ul><li>From a model of hierarchical management towards a network-based work </li></ul>
  3. 3. Governance From a centralized system of ruling to governance <ul><li>Digital communication technologies impacted on governmental organizations and changed also State Administration approach </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-positioning the State Administration role on a different axis in the relations between: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>centre/periphery - national/local - institutions/civil society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replacing the traditional hierarchical organization with governance, a more complex political leadership system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It's a modernization process that concerns all the Western countries and creates a strong pressure on school systems too </li></ul>
  4. 4. Digital society The generation gap turns out to be digital <ul><li>Communication speed breaks many borders but increases some gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Divide  limited access to technologies and the web </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Disconnect  digital skills gap among generations </li></ul><ul><li>Digital native  always connected </li></ul><ul><li>Digital immigrant  more distant, often distrustful </li></ul><ul><li>Yet, the digital society concerns everybody </li></ul>
  5. 5. Digital society Role of the school <ul><li>Schools can boost the “new millennium learners&quot; to a conscious and correct use of technologies and digital contents </li></ul><ul><li>Schools are ready to start new pedagogical and vocational training processes, leading to an interaction between formal and informal learning </li></ul><ul><li>The Web and a network-based system could represent a bridge among all the players in schools </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Digital innovation programme Strategies <ul><li>The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research is developing a digital innovation programme in schools, aiming to change and improve teaching and learning processes in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>IWB action </li></ul><ul><li>Addressed to a large number of schools and based on a gradual and motivating approach. Interactive whiteboard is a technological tool that opens the access to digital contents in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Classi 2.0” action </li></ul><ul><li>An advanced innovation action, for a small group of schools, aiming to change the learning environment in everyday school activities through an intensive use of technologies </li></ul>
  7. 7. The IWB programme The process <ul><li>Creation of school networks in order to optimize purchasing, organize training and research communities </li></ul><ul><li>Use the services offered by the Electronic Market Place of Public Administration, aiming for transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Make IWB producers and dealers aware of school needs </li></ul>
  8. 8. IWB some data 2009/2010 Middle Schools <ul><li>3.731 schools </li></ul><ul><li>11.234 IWB </li></ul><ul><li>41.850 teachers </li></ul>IWB some data 2010/2011 Primary Schools and Highschools <ul><li>6000 Primary Schools </li></ul><ul><li>3000 Higher Secondary Schools </li></ul><ul><li>22.000 teachers </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cl@ssi 2.0 The action <ul><li>156 classrooms, selected through a national call. </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers experience in ICT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involvement of all classroom teachers in the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet connection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The action lasts 3 years, with an overall financial contribution of € 30.000 for each classroom </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cl@ssi 2.0 The action <ul><li>This budget will be used to provide each classroom with technologies, such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>netbooks, notebooks, desktop computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interactive whiteboards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wi-Fi devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-book readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>appropriate furniture, in order to design new models of classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choice of technologies depends on the educational project. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cl@ssi 2.0 How schools can rethink learning environments <ul><li>Creating in the classroom a new connection between the potential offered by tecnhologies and everyday school activities </li></ul><ul><li>Transferring inclusive and collaborative processes into didactics </li></ul><ul><li>Verifying and measuring the impact of technologies in student cognitive processes </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering a conscious and incisive use of technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a shared research environment among all the players involved in the process taking into account the pluralism of scientific and pedagogical researches </li></ul><ul><li>Matching the choice of technologies with the effective needs of classes and schools and their social context </li></ul><ul><li>Customizing the learning route of each student and teacher </li></ul>
  12. 12. Cl@ssi 2.0 Context, system, opportunities <ul><li>Make schools able to take part in educational innovation research </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce different ways of evaluation and documentation of learning processes </li></ul><ul><li>Apply models of coaching in teacher training activities, based on peer-to-peer and learning-by-doing approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Create a system that allows schools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to orientate market strategies ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to choose resources offered by firms, associations and organizations </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Cl@ssi 2.0: the process behind National Agency Universities Ministry of Education Schools Foundations Firms, Associations, Organizations
  14. 14. Cl@ssi 2.0 The process <ul><li>Schools : detect the need and develop the learning project </li></ul><ul><li>Universities : 19 Italian Universities support schools in developing the learning project; one university for each region </li></ul><ul><li>National Agency (A.N.S.A.S.) takes care of the documentation activities of the process and works with the regional supporting staffs </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Branches of the Ministry: manage activities and coordinate the regional supporting staff </li></ul><ul><li>Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo e Fondazione Agnelli : two important Italian foundations make external evaluation of the process </li></ul><ul><li>Firms, Associations and Organizations : collaborate and support the process through donations and activities aiming to reduce the digital divide in schools </li></ul>
  15. 15. Contacts <ul><li>For any information, please contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rossella Schietroma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>