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School, Giannini: “4.3 million for 25 innovative educational courses”. A Notice for digital curricula published

School, Giannini: “4.3 million for 25 innovative educational courses”. A Notice for digital curricula published

Internet rights, media and social media education, economy, art and digital culture, big data, educational robotics. These are some of the topics of the 25 innovative educational courses that will be created through the 403 million euro Public Notice issued today by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Once developed, the courses will be made available to all Italian schools. The call is part of the implementing actions of the National Plan for Digital Schools.

"The Notice we have issued today has a highly innovative content. On the one hand, it encourages the world of school to think of how to educate our children to face the new challenges of digital citizenship, how we can help them develop new skills. And it makes school the main actor in the preparation of these courses. On the other hand, it invites external entities – universities, enterprises, research institutions, associations – to network with schools and participate in this process by sharing their expertise and tools. This is another opportunity to get closer to the open school model and develop creative educational communities, able to build the future", said Minister Stefania Giannini.

The Notice, issued today, involves the production of 25 curricula able to promote the development of digital skills and complement students’ learning activities in an engaging and stimulating way. The courses will have to be innovative in terms of delivery modes, organization of contents, ways of coaching and optimization of results, ability to promote empowerment in students.

 Schools will have to work on the following thematic areas:

  • Internet rights;
  • Media (and social media) education;
  • Information education;
  • STEM (development of digital skills, for example, for educational robotics, 3Dmaking and printing, Internet of Things);
  • big and open data;
  • coding;
  • art and digital culture;
  • reading and writing education in digital environments;
  • digital economy;
  • digital entrepreneurship.

To participate, schools will have to form networks and create innovative partnerships with the external world. The contents and materials of the curricula submitted will have to be in an open format (Open Educational Resources) so as to allow full use and potential re-use at no additional cost. The objective is also to create a database of didactic material produced by schools and reused by the entire school system. 

The Ministry’s contribution to the creation of the digital curricula will be up to 170,000 euro per curriculum. There is time until 13:00 of 10 November 2016 to participate in the call which has two stages.

The Ministry will provide schools with live streaming sessions, FAQ and support Kits on the website http://www.istruzione.it/scuola_digitale to support them in their participation in the call.

 Link to the Notice: http://www.istruzione.it/scuola_digitale/curricoli_digitali.shtml