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Funding: Veneto Region with state resources from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies, contributions to support O.d.V. and A.P.S.
Location: Padua, Treviso, Venice, Verona, Vicenza
Duration: 1st ed. 2019-2020; 2nd ed. from October 2020
ISF role: Leader

 

STEM disciplines, gender equality, youth employment, are priority areas of attention. They require targeted, continuous, and long-term interventions to be effectively addressed and produce a positive impact on youth employment and the innovation capacity of all companies in the area.

Informatici Senza Frontiere took the field with the aim of creating lasting collaboration on this issue between institutions, schools, universities, companies and the third sector to ensure a real social impact.

The project, which in its first edition started on October 2019, has allowed 8 university students to become tutors and 120 teachers at the lower secondary schools to be trained on Scratch and then become in turn trainers in the classroom with the support of ISF tutors.

Since March, in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, classroom lessons have been suspended and consequently also the assistance / tutoring which was planned for the 2nd phase of the project.

ISF therefore proposed, obtaining positive feedback, to use video lessons to support teachers in distance learning; they were also distributed directly to pupils to encourage self-learning.

In addition, on-line tutorials were developed for the creation of virtual Scratch classes. To help in their use, support was offered both by telephone and by email scratch.helpme@informaticisenzafrontiere.org

Thus, at the end of the project, despite the difficulty of the period, 73 classes for a total of 1,500 children were able to experience Scratch as part of the learning of the school subjects in the program and with lessons provided by their teaching staff.

There are also many parents and children who have relied on self-learning: a significant measure, underestimated and relating only to school pupils, is represented by the number of projects received by teachers who have opted for DDA in the 6 ICs involved (2384 works in the 3 months monitored).

The project ended with a competition for the best works presented and the release of a free e-book downloadable from this link:

https://www.informaticisenzafrontiere.org/le-book-che-racconta-il-progetto-coding-nelle-scuole-2019-2020/

A guide that not only helps to understand the importance and potential of the ‘Scratch’ language, but also deepens the evaluation system of the papers and reports feedback from teachers and support teachers. The latter have experienced how coding captures the attention of a generation of students who need stimuli different from the past, thus favoring attention and learning, but also the inclusion of the most vulnerable students.

In the school year 2020/2021, the project came out of the province of Vicenza to involve 3000 students and 130 teachers from 14 Comprehensive Institutes in 15 municipalities of 5 Venetian provinces.