E’ started the school year almost everywhere (in our region we leave the 16 September) and can not miss some reflection “geek” on the relationship between school and digital in our country and in neighboring.
From this year enters in Vigore, compulsory for all Italian schools, The Logbook: ever more enormous folders on which to pin absences, notes and class information. Or at least that, on paper, you expect from the new beginning.
De facto, it seems that the schools really equipped for this important change is only half (a luglio si parlava di un 45% ready) and already there are Deans “against” and ready to postpone the adjustment to this rule.
Serve training for teachers, refers to the Association of School Executives, and you have to give them time.
Who – like myself – ha figli, remember the confusion, in January, caused by Online registration. A few hours before the opening of the form, the Ministry website went haywire (and with him thousands of parents, concerned that the enrollment of their children had not been finalized) also highlighting a general inadequacy of the instruments (or the manner in which they were used).
But the point, say well Deans, maybe not so much the tool to improve, when the dissemination of digital culture minimum that allows adults to deal with the “digital natives” and power use from time to time the most appropriate technology.
Yet the situation is very complex and sometimes looks like a dog chasing its tail:
What are the schools really 2.0 today?
In how many classes there is a Lim?
Many teachers want to keep up with the times but do not always know how to get around: I often work in schools with courses literacy the use of the web and social media (on my website Weaving the Web the upcoming events) and more than once I found myself having to do lesson without being able to access the Network (considering the topic of the course, I have often found it very ironic).
The computer provided in the classrooms are slow and old and within the structures are lacking for the most suitable professionals to promote change.
Who goodwill work at home, studied and car shape on the Net, who is passionate about open Blog with their pupils: Despite this there are still cases virtuosos at your fingertips.
The lack of funds slows down the process of enlargement at the base of a digital culture among adults and among students: a teacher can not always afford to volunteer, working for free to encourage the dissemination.
Then there are also those who totally reject the digital or prefer keeping themselves on the sidelines, considering it as something “external” School and education: when I meet people who have this attitude, I hope that will soon change their minds because they are losing a truly valuable dialogue between generations and are a little’ abdicating their role as trainers.
Without basic digital culture, which allows everyone access to technology and get used to the change, it seems hard to think that we can “innovate” processes and educational methods.
Yet this is the goal that we have to give as a country, this is the goal that you are given other countries, which consider technological skills a conditio sine qua non for all students.
This is also why the association Girl Geek Dinnes Bologna, has long been committed to spreading the digital literacy among women and – in general – among all the people who want to get the sense of opportunity and develop a critical mind to use it well and collaborates with the Digital Agenda of the city to promote digital inclusion of gender.
In England, eg, Robotics has been introduced in the curriculum of studies to ascertain the “skills for life” [Source Mondodigitale].
No matter wanting to become engineers, astronauts or scientists: this choice is based on the assumption that the technical skills are now essential in mental model of the contemporary.
Only a multidisciplinary vision and a positive use of digitale, understood as a tool and not as an end, will be able to develop the right terrain to engage “Innovation” and raise a generation of young innovators aware, restoring new life and meaning to this term, abusatissimo, that does not necessarily have to do with the web and digital but that certainly can not be separated from a technological approach to life also.
Who knows what will happen this year and if our schools (but most of all our institutions) will be ready to adapt to what is now part of everyone's life.
I'm very curious as always