The Municipality of Pisa is a local authority deemed to administrate Pisa town, which has a strategic role in Tuscany (Italy), thanks to the three universities (Università di Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore and Scuola Superiore S. Anna), one of the largest research centre in Italy (CNR), a largest international airport (4 million passengers/years) and one of the most important Italian hospital.
Pisa has a population of about 90,000 inhabitants. With immediate surrounding it reaches 200,000 inhabitants, representing the second largest conurbation in Tuscany. Partly as a legacy of its past, Pisa performs functions that have a regional, national and even global reach. It shows global excellence in science and technology. The University of Pisa (founded 1343) is the 11th largest University in Italy.
Research in physics, mathematics, nanotechnology as well as in information technology (the first department in computer science in Italy) shine at global level.
On of the main goals of the Municipality of Pisa is to foster and promote the use of digital technologies in schools.
It has implemented the following projects:
a) 1 PC for each classroom: wiring in all lower secondary schools in Municipality of Pisa
b) Internet – Internet connection in all lower secondary schools in Municipality of Pisa
c) Websites for all of Pisa’s Comprenhensive Institutes and a number of lower secondary schools
d) Smart School: Multi-media IT devices, described below, enabling access to a complete series of innovative teaching methods provided. Over 70 interactive whiteboards have been installed (Municipality of Pisa, CNR and the Tuscany region.)e) Smart Inclusion: Provides a virtual “bridge” by exploiting the most advanced technologies available to reduce social, human and cultural distance, inevitably created between long-term hospital patients – especially children and adolescents – and their school and family. At the same time, the project improves the safety of the 2.0 clinical process and schools in hospital connection.
f) Activation of Wi-Fi connection in 6 upper secondary schools and 5 lower secondary schools
g) Clohe: Fibre-optic broadband Internet connections: fibre-optic connections are planned in Pisa’s main upper / lower secondary schools, including broadband Internet access via the GARR network (Municipality of Pisa, University of Pisa, IIT-CNR.
h) An integrated plan for innovation in analogic and digital learning processes is planned, involving all Pisa School Institutions with3-18 years students.
i) The research activity “Teaching as educational relationship” for analogical innovation in learning/teaching processes has been conducted in the course of two years with Pisa Municipality funding, involving a multidisciplinary research group composed of three teachers for each School Institution including 0-6 yo. schools, one for each school degree ensuring vertical continuity, and expertsresearchers from Pisa Academies in neurosciences, pedagogy, psychology and information technologies. The group has elaborated guidelines for innovation in learning processes, subsequently applied to the solution of specific problems.
l) Developed the action “Innovate for growing up” and “Socrate”, devoted to students with Specific Learning Disorders, funded by Pisa Municipality, Vodafone Foundation and Pisa Foundation. The action, conducted by Paideia in collaboration with the Biorobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, has trained teachers to use new analogical methods and digital tools, which had been engineered and validated by students themlseves and bio-engineers in afternoon laboratories.
Below you will see links to the website’s of the schools and a brief summary of each school outlining the school environment, technology usage, issues and successes. These are the schools affiliated with Comune di Pisa for the DSoE project.
The Comprehensive Institute was founded in Pisa in 2001 and includes 2 nursery schools, 4 primary schools and 2 middle schools. Some of them are located in the city centre and in the south-west suburbs of Pisa. Others are placed in a social depressed area with high risks of drop-out . Since two years we have set up two classes (one for pupils aged 6-10 and one fro pupils aged 11-14 ) within The Paediatric Department of the Hospital of Pisa.
All 8 building of the school are cabled and have the Internet connection.
Thanks to the funds provided by the National Digital Plan for schools which started off this year, we plan:
- to empower the connection to the Internet of all buildings;
- to create digital environments in all school.
To implement this plan is challenging because funds will be given only if some criteria of the school are met and specific projects provided.
Licenses Microsoft Office 365 on cloud for the school have been offered to our school for free by Microsoft.
Lots of parents are collaborating and helping to fix computers in order to be used again in each of the primary and middle schools.
The main objectives of the Institute are:
- to develop didactic activities to comply with the National curriculum;
- not to separate the cognitive competences from the ones which can improve relational and affective skills;
- to consider the students at the core of the learning process;
- to put forward the meta-cognitive aspects over the stereotyped ones;
- to carry out student-oriented projects to develop students’ self-awareness and self-confidence;
- to encourage projects or activities to help pupils become responsible European citizens.
Our school strives to provide an harmonious environment in which all diverse pupils’ needs are taken into consideration, nurtured and cared. The school will endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone and promotes inclusive programme and strategies for pupils with special needs or disabled.