Fondazione per la Scuola della Compagnia di San Paolo

Fondazione per la Scuola della Compagnia di San Paolo
Fondazione per la Scuola (FpS) is pledging to run its newest and largest project, "Riconessioni". This initiative will be based around the development of infrastructure and services to build the first and largest urban school connectivity system in Italy. The project sees the active involvement of the Piedmont Region, the Municipality of Turin, the Italian Ministry of Education (including its local branch), companies and citizens. It relies on a 4-level approach to innovate schools: 
  • Level 1 Geographical Infrastructure: bringing fiber-optic broadband to all primary and lower secondary schools of Turin’s metropolitan area and to two Alpine valleys. 
  • Level 2 Classroom connectivity: wiring up all school buildings and installing Wi-Fi. 
  • Level 3 Digital transformation: setting up a cloud computing system to improve school administrative processes.
  • Level 4 Innovative teaching: experimenting with pedagogy and educational innovation.
 
Last update: 12/07/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills in education

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/07/2017
End date: 31/12/2019

Other Pledge details

Local/National scope:
Public Funding: NO

Fondazione per la Scuola della Compagnia di San Paolo

Fondazione per la Scuola is an instrumental entity of the Compagnia di San Paolo which aims to help raise the quality and effectiveness of the educational system in Italy.

Qualitative Impact

Riconnessioni’ promotes change and innovation in the educational system. Its goal is to overcome physical and cultural barriers that prevent schools from innovating and developing new skills.
Through its 4-level structure, the project will support and disseminate good practices, models and initiatives to bring digital skills and competencies to the students and staff of participating schools. Thanks to the project, masterclasses, labs, and on-site training will be organised in schools and in the universities across Turin throughout the next three years.
Training courses for teachers have already started and include innovative methods and content, while maintaining a focus on the safety of all involved parties. This content includes computational thinking, digital identity, digital citizenship and access to cultural heritage. Training courses offered through the project have been created and planned in accordance with the National Plan for Digital Education and the National Plan for Teacher Training (2017-2020).

The Lab’s topics are the following:
1 - Self-assessment and capacity building - operational catalogue of digital tools - digital skills for education
2 - Content production - instruments for creating high quality digital content - sharing platforms - publishing rules and relationships with digital content publishers
3 - Digital tools and content for special needs students - learning disabilities - enhancing social and cultural inclusion
4 - Digital identity, literacy, and citizenship
5 - Computational thinking - problem solving/posing- robotics - making
The trained teachers will help disseminate these lessons by training peers in their respective schools (at least 20 people each).

Lastly, the new ultra-broadband network will become Torino Smart City’s backbone. Issues including digital identity, health and safety, interoperability, and social innovation will be tackled by citizens using the network and facilities set up through 'Riconnessioni'.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
Connected school buildings School buildings will be connected with fiber-optic broadband (at least 1Gbps). 172 buildings are located in Turin and 169 within the metropolitan area. This network will also be used for installing sensors and digital cameras for school security, in compliance with the Municipality’s aims. 341 N/A
Students using digital devices Students in 4,000 classrooms will use digital devices during class hours. 94 N/A
People trained face2face/blended online face2face/teachers Teachers involved in training courses aimed at improving digital skills. 4 N/A
People trained face2face/blended online face2face/headteachers Headteachers involved in capacity building courses. 341 N/A
People trained face2face/blended online face2face/heads of administrative staff Heads of administrative staff involved in capacity building courses. 341 N/A

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

No evidence available about the progress.

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
Geographical Infrastructure: fiber-optic broadband in all primary and lower secondary schools of Turin’s metropolitan area. Overall, around 341 school buildings will be involved in the programme 30/06/2019
Classroom connectivity: checking, inspecting and fixing schools’ local cabling systems (network switches, access points, local servers) in 100 schools 31/12/2017
Classroom connectivity: checking, inspecting and fixing schools’ local cabling systems (network switches, access points, local servers) in 250 schools 31/12/2018
Classroom connectivity: checking, inspecting and fixing schools’ local cabling systems (network switches, access points, local servers) in 341 schools 31/12/2019
Digital transformation: setting up a cloud computing system to improve school administrative processes; making better use of school data (e.g. in support of national policies and internal development strategies); developing new services addressed to teach 31/12/2019
Providing training courses to 4,000 teachers, experimenting with pedagogy and educational innovation 31/12/2019