ITALY

Istituto Comprensivo 9 (IC 9) in Bologna includes a preparatory school (75 pupils), two primary schools (625 pupils) and a lower secondary school (480 pupils). Almost 30% of the pupils (from 3 to 14 years old) have non-Italian parents, and there are about 5% pupils with special needs. This student variety challenges teachers to experiment many innovative methodologies and many new educational tools. Beyond educational activities for children there are several teacher training courses (in the framework of INDIRE and MIUR-PNSD projects) and opportunities for undergraduate students training, in collaboration with Bologna University. IC9 is well known for a widespread use of new technologies and for an interest in innovation and experimentation with new teaching methodologies: project based learning, inquiry learning, flipped classroom activities are carried on in many courses and disciplines using several ICT tools. IC9 is well known for a widespread use of new technologies and for an interest in innovation and experimentation with new teaching methodologies: project based learning, inquiry learning, flipped classroom activities are carried on in many courses and disciplines using several ICT tools. Moreover, the number of pupils with special needs and social disadvantage increased considerably and this has persuaded the teachers to look for new innovative practices; students at IC9 Bologna are used to several experiences with innovative methodologies, devices and ICT tools, the enthusiasm that has guided us so far makes us look beyond national borders in order to find new contacts and incentives in Europe. And this is the main reason that has inspired our project. The digital innovation gives the school the opportunity to rethink the learning space and time and open new networks with European schools in order to grow in terms of active citizenship and achieve a «smart, sustainable and inclusive growth», Europe 2020 goals. Da Cortà Federica (English teacher, expert in running European Projects, and expert of web tools for presentation and collaboration) Leone Damiela (Maths teacher, expert of PBL, Flipped Classroom and teachers’ trainer for the School Department of Emilia-Romagna region.) Pozzo Balbi (German teacher and expert of web tools for presentation and collaboration) Agostini Roberto (Music teacher, teacher expert on IT tools, Flipped Classroom and teachers’ trainer for the School Department of Emilia-Romagna region) Colalongo Maria Chiara (Maths teacher and expert on the creation of digital resources ) As IC9 has a widespread interest for innovation and experimentation with new teaching methodologies, it will be in charge of preparing material and planning for PBL and Flipped Classroom. As a result we expect that skills of participating students will be greatly enhanced: These Innovative student-centred methodologies will certainly develop creative and critical thinking, problem solving and communication competences.

Italian School:

Legal name: istituto comprensivo 9       
Address: Via Longo 4
Country: Italy
Post Code: 40139
City: Bologna
Website www.ic9bo.gov.it
Telephone: +39051460205, +39051461075
Fax: +39051460007