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Solutions for a "good school"

As part of the collaboration between Telecom Italia JOL in Turin and the Regional Education Department of Piedmont, a training course was held for secondary school teachers to teach them how to use the Open Source ROS (Robot Operating System) framework, which is the "standard de facto" framework for writing "hardware dependent" robotic applications.

e-Schooling

The younger generations rely on technical innovation on a daily basis, even through social communities and the countless sources of information present online; this context requires the identification of new digital teaching models in keeping with the styles of acquiring knowledge and skills.
The project, starting with the technologies adopted and/or adoptable in the school context and a new form of participatory education, has defined and validated a “digital teaching model for schools” which is sustainable and capable of integrating technologies (even “social” ones) effectively, to support new learning processes and extend them outside the classroom.

The project ended in 2015 and the technical and scientific objectives achieved were:

  • to devise an educational communication model supported by digital technologies in all the intra-inter-extra curricular relations for thepromotion of a Learning Community;
  • to devise a learning support model, which moves towards “support for cognitive processes” and overcomes the traditional paradigm of the “presentation of content”;
  • to devise a methodological and educational publishing model that offers a flexible publishing format;
  • to identify and develop a digital education model that incorporates the specific models identified and is based on specific educational and methodological standards;
  • to develop prototypes for the various models identified.

The school 3.0

  • As part of the collaboration between Telecom Italy and the Regional Education Office for Piedmont he was held a training course for teachers in high schools in order to educate schools use of the platform for the publication of programs or "apps robotic" all 'interior of a social environment of support and joint discussion between the network of schools. This course is a prerequisite in setting up a field trial with a school in the next school year.
  • SOCIETY (Social Ebook Community), the collaborative multi-device reading tool with Telecom Italy also gives support to children suffering from specific learning disabilities (SLD), was redesigned between 2013 and 2014 to make it easier in general and interactive experience with the service. This was possible thanks to the feedback collected by teachers and students during the ongoing trials in some schools on the Italian territory, thanks to some interviews conducted specifically with students with SLD.

EducaTI

EducaTI is a CSV Digital Education project developed for students, teaching bodies and families, a multi-annual synergistic programme which plans the implementation of a series of complementary initiatives carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and with some institutional partners of excellence. The main ones are listed below:

  • Programme the Future: the Group was the first company to sign up, in the role of “Founding Sponsor” partner, to MUIR's  “Programme the Future” initiative to encourage the introduction of computational thought and coding to primary school students. The initiative is being implemented by CINI (Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per Informatica - National Inter-University Consortium for Information Technology).

The Company is contributing in three ways, providing economic support (by supporting the activities and awarding prizes for the most deserving schools) through communication (with initiative development activities through the website telecomitalia.com and the Group's social channels) and providing corporate volunteering. The company provides volunteers (over 400) from its staff to offer support and tutoring to teachers and students. The commitment will allow it to achieve the objective of ensuring the presence of its staff in around 4,000 classes over the three years of the plan.

The initiative was started at the end of 2014 and will be carried out for the next three school years. At the end of May 2015 an awards ceremony was held at MIUR for the end of the 1st year of the initiative which saw over 300,000 students take centre stage, around 2,100 schools participate and 16,500 classes get involved.

October 2015 saw the start of activities for the 2nd year; specifically, TIM4CODING” was held on 8 October, a day when 100 volunteers provided teaching support to teachers and children in 100 schools to encourage the introduction of computer science to schools.

  • A Social Life: during 2015 the Group renewed its collaboration with the Postal and Communication Police to run the second edition of the “A Social Life”, a road show, aimed at raising awareness among young people on the topic of online security and the dangers connected with being uninformed about the use of the Internet and Social Networks. The project was organized by the External Relations Office and the ceremony by the Secretary's Office of the State Police in collaboration with MUIR. The educational tour on legality on the web was developed throughout the country, in all regions and in several cities and small towns where TIM organized events and presentations by representatives of its Marketing and Security departments on the topic of Internet safety and communication activities through the Group's corporate website and social channels. A “Handbook for Young Surfers: The Rules for Safe Browsing” was created, in collaboration with the State Police, with 10 virtuous behaviours that a “social” teenager should follow on the Internet. The brochure was distributed during the stages of the tour. The second edition of the initiative came to an end in June 2015, visiting 55  cities and involving 400,000 students in schools and over 100,000 in city and town squares.

Moreover, a special edition of the tour was put together for Milano EXPO, offering visitors truck entry and parking at the Fair (9 and 10 May) and a special corner was set up for the State Police within the company's temporary store.

  • YouTeach: is a creative contest set up in collaboration with MIUR for high schools throughout the country involving the creation of videos in which, in a reversal of roles, students conduct a lesson for their teachers on the use of social networks. The aim of the initiative was to involve 10% of the 5,000 secondary education schools and receive 50 video productions. The classes participating had to prepare and film a lesson, using a smartphone, lasting no more than five minutes and addressed to teachers, on the responsible use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

The Contest rewarded the films received (around 120) which best conveyed the learning process of the social tool and its value as regards the digital culture to be disseminated at school.

  • TIM WebRulez: is a digital education campaign starring ten Web Stars who will be the ambassadors of the booklet developed in collaboration with the National Police to disseminate the responsible use of the Internet among teenagers. The TIMWebRulez website also offers a section dedicated to scientific reflection on Internet Safety topics: ten real cases, news events, each linked to one of the ten rules, commentated by experts from the Postal and Communication Police and the Minotauro Institute of Milan.

OTHER PROJECTS FOR SCHOOL WORLD 

  • Technical applications 2.0: an event organized in Turin with 20 schools during which an introductory lesson was delivered at the same time, which allowed around 1000 students from primary and secondary schools in the city to acquire the first electronics/making/DIY (do it yourself) skills, encouraging them in the informed use of the new technologies through a problem solving experience and technological creativity.
  • TIM Young College: an offer for students consisting of a package including a Tablet + connectivity + study contents.
  • Study Plan: since 2009 Telecom Italia has partnered with MUIR in this project which aims to provide secondary school students who own a Student Card with offers in all goods sectors at favourable conditions. The group provides special offers for talking, messaging and browsing.
  • #TIMgirlsHackathon: the Company organizes a hackathon for girls in the last three years of high school. This coding opportunity allows them to experience the world of technology as key players, a total immersion of around 7 hours to bring out the feminine side of technology.  This is a project with a great scope capable of involving young women who would like to become part of the technology world or who would like to gain familiarity with it but who are not confident enough of their skills.
  • Telecom Italia is a member of the advisory board of SIC - Italian Safer Internet Centre - in the context of MUIR's Connected Generations project and it is part of the “ICT Coalition for Children Online” Association,a platform of around 25 European ICT companies (including some telcos and players such as Microsoft, Google, FB, Twitter, etc.) which help young European Internet users to address the risks and challenges of the web.

EducaTI projects

Whith EducaTI, schools become digital: #ilfuturoèditutti to create social values and grow together.

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the digital school

To simply keep a PC connected to the internet in each classroom isn’t enough: the whole teaching and learning system must evolve, educating tutors and students to employ technology at best and to make use of the internet in a responsible manner.

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