The Institute for Educational Technology part of the Italian National Research Council is the only scientific research institute in Italy devoted solely to research into educational innovation supported by the employment of ICT-related models, methods and tools.
ITD's investigation of Educational Inclusion addresses the relationship between education and students with Special Education Needs (SEN), including those related to disability, immigration, people with learning difficulties or who are unable to attend school regularly. This research effort is inspired by the UNESCO approach to inclusion, whereby the individual requirements of learners with difficulties are best met by creating learning environments and communities that can be configured in an agile manner to meet their specific needs.
The current spread of the COVID-19 virus is posing enormous challenges, profoundly affecting our daily way of life, including the way we work, socialise and learn. CNR-ITD researchers and support staff are seeking to help Italy's teachers by offering them opportunities to take part in online initiatives that explore the adoption of distance learning strategies and environments and inclusive education.
A SERIES OF WEBINARS (in italian) on inclusive distance learning (by CNR-ITD)
A SPACE DEDICATED TO INCLUSIVE DISTANCE LEARNING on the Italian-language Essediquadro training platform.
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Essediquadro provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on educational software and other digital learning resources. It offers teachers three main services:
I-MOOC sul Modello TRIS (Tecnologie di Rete per l'Inclusione Socio-educativa, Networking Technology for Socio-Educational Inclusion)
This open platform for teacher training offers methodological and practical guidelines for deploying inclusive hybrid classes and using them for teaching. TRIS is featured on Italy’s Education Ministry website as a leading example of how to implement online distance learning.
Teachers can access the I-MOOC as an always-on open educational resource but can also follow it as a structured training course with support from expert tutors. Completion of the course version gains the trainee a formal training credit corresponding to 25 hours’ of professional training to add to their annual quota of mandatory training hours.
TRIS.2 is funded by Fondazione TIM, a major Italian telecoms provider.
The online portal for Clipso (CLassi Ibride Per la Scuola in Ospedale, Hybrid Classes for Hospital Schools)
SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS DEALING WITH EMERGENCY CONDITIONS: the training environment (in italian) created in the CLIPSO project gathers together a set of learning environments to support the development of competencies in the educational use of network-based tools and technologies for communication, sharing and co-construction. The tools in question include the likes of Skype, Google Meet, Drawchat, Microsoft WhiteBoard, Kahoot, Google Forms, Microsoft Forms, Coggle, Openshot Video Editor, Filmora, So.Di.Linux Orizzonti, EASYDIDA 3, Scratch, e-books, and augmented reality. CLIPSO provides a series of video tutorials and also features a section specially dedicated to hospital teachers across Italy currently dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.
The CLIPSO project is funded by Compagnia di San Paolo.