TIM supports digital school TIM supports digital school

TIM supports digital school

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Digital training for teachers is one of the most important aspects that we must address in order to have innovation in education. If teachers are not adequately prepared in this area, it makes no sense to equip schools with modern teaching facilities.

However, training teachers is not enough. In order for students to feel that they are part of a more advanced and international outlook, they must be accompanied in this growth phase, beginning in primary and secondary school, that will help them to feel in tune with the worlds of university and work.

We must not forget that a beneficial use of new technologies must take place in a context in which each individual is fully aware of how to enrich and strengthen their skills.

In Italy, according to an ISTAT estimate, the “education capacity” in over 50% of primary and secondary schools suffers greatly from the lack of resources and ICT support staff, while this average in other EU countries is much lower.

It is in light of these unresolved aspects of our school system that TIM’s projects for digital education will take place again this year.

Teaching teachers

Primary and secondary school teachers will return to their classrooms as learners with the “Scuola Digitale TIM” project that was developed by TIM and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. This information path, which will tour all the regions of Italy, aims to encourage teachers to use digital tools and offers them a broad vision of innovative digital applications, focusing on coding and computational thinking. In addition to and in support of the information provided during these sessions, teachers will have access to an online platform that offers detailed study of the topics in question, with the aid of videos, tutorials and documents. 

After the sessions, the qualified teachers can share their acquired know-how with their colleagues and build an extended network. The project will begin in Lazio, the pilot region of the initiative, with the first meetings being held in October 2016.

Training students

Along with the initiatives dedicated to teachers, there will be a series of projects involving high school students, thanks to the TIM4Coding event taking place from 15 to 23 October during the “Europe Code Week” and from 05 to 11 December during the “Computer Science Education Week”. Coding lessons will take place at the TIMWCap accelerators in Milan (18 October), Bologna (20 October), Catania (5 December) and Rome (6 December).
The objective is to inspire students to have fun while learning, as well as to encourage the use this approach both in various knowledge fields and as an everyday problem-solving tool.

Furthermore, the Programma il Futuro” [Programme the Future] project — which is in its third consecutive year and of which TIM is a founding sponsor partner — is aimed at younger students and is geared towards providing schools with a series of simple, fun and easily accessible tools to train students in basic IT concepts.
During the 2015-2016 school year, “Programma il Futuro” involved over one million students, about 50,000 classes, and provided over 8 million hours of training throughout Italy.

National Plan for Digital School

What are the major trends and changes in Italian schools today?
In recent years, Italian schools have begun an increasingly more intensive use of technological tools, such as multimedia smart boards and digital registers, with the latter being used in more than half of schools. However, the most important changes are coming from the National Plan for Digital School, giving schools greater responsibility for the road towards innovation.
Each school must select a digital Animator who will monitor the innovation process and be assisted by an innovation team made up of three other teachers.
Along with these changes, there will also be a major investment for the creation of laboratories and innovative teaching spaces.