Riconnessioni Torino

Riconnessioni Torino was managed by Fondazione per la Scuola from 2017 to 2020. The project involved all primary and lower-secondary schools in Turin and its metropolitan area. Participating schools engaged in the educational innovation initiative through interventions around connectivity, community-building, and professional development. We connected school buildings to a dedicated fiber-optic network, involved teachers in professional development pathways, promoted a critical and conscious use of information technologies in teaching and learning, facilitated peer-to-peer collaboration and co-design processes involving research institutions, innovators, and schools.

We consider Riconnessioni Torino to be a case study to learn from for replication in other territories.

Internet Infrastructure

  • In Riconnessioni Torino we developed a metropolitan fiber-optic connectivity infrastructure (1 to 10 GBPS) which connected 233 schools, in partnership with Open Fiber. The infrastructure was realized using a star topology to guarantee each school point-to-point connectivity with the network’s central node.

  • Internet access is managed by Consorzio GARR, which provides symmetrical 10 GB connectivity which is ready for future upgrades (scalable performance). The GARR network was developed to be the Italian Network of Universities and Scientific Research. It is a high-speed connection which brings together universities, research centers, libraries, museums, schools, and other places devoted to learning, science, culture, and innovation throughout the country. Thanks to its technical characteristics, the GARR network allows for extremely low latency in data transmission, making it ideal for the transfer of large amounts of data, real-time communication, educational platforms, interactive tools for content creation, transmission and streaming of multimedia content

  • Connectivity service transit and provision is managed by the TOP-IX consortium (Torino Piemonte Internet Exchange). This solution was strategic, as it involved an Internet Exchange Point which was able to exchange high-speed traffic between schools and other Internet Exchange Points, reducing latency.

  • School buildings involved in the project were equipped with Aruba HPE network devices, with network infrastructure managed through a cloud-base control centre by Axians. This centralized authentication mechanism guarantees access to Wi-Fi in any Riconnessioni Torino school with the same personal credentials.

The community

We brought together all primary and lower-secondary schools in Turin and its metropolitan area to embark on a voyage towards digital and pedagogical innovation.

We started by inviting teachers and headteachers to a 2-day workshop. Participants worked together, supported by facilitators, to co-design the following aspects of the project:

Educational Outcomes

consolidate digital competences and enable pedagogical innovation and inclusion

Training

alignment between training operations and school calendars and needs

Engagement Process

5 teachers per school building participating in workshops and leading trickle-down training

Commitment to Innovative Education

a written commitment outlining responsibilities of each school and of Fondazione per la Scuola

 

Professional development

Teachers, headteachers and administrative staff were involved in professional development pathways aimed at consolidating digital competences and enabling pedagogical innovation and inclusion, based on the DigComp European frameworks.

  • We developed a training offering based on two complementary models
    Intensive and universal training courses aimed at innovating teaching practices and fostering digital competences. We designed, delivered and monitored 6 training labs open to teachers of all participating schools. Training focused on inclusion, creatività, computational thinking, digital citizenship, community-building, tools for school management.
  • Curricular experimentation which involved teachers interested in developing subject-specific competences, as well as digital competences and specific innovative teaching methods. We designed and delivered these experimentations in partnership with actors interested in pedagogical innovation and teacher training (foundations, publishers, universities, research centers, associations).

Communities of practice and trickle-down training

Professional development was aimed at the design, development and testing of lesson plans involving one or more disciplines, which were shared by teachers in our Lesson Plan Gallery. We developed this section of our websites to allow teachers to share lesson plans and be inspired by one another.
During the 9 months following their participation in the training labs, teachers returned to their schools and trained their colleagues, sharing learning and the lesson plans they developed with them. Thanks to a protocol with the national and regional Ministry of Education, Riconnessioni’s teacher training was included in the national training plan, allowing trickle-down training to reach around 60% of the teaching staff in participating schools.

Numbers

233
schools connected to fiber-optic broadband
1553
teachers trained
5000
teachers involved in trickle-down training

Monitoring

Monitoring and evaluation of the training offering was carried out by ASVAPP.
Monitoring supported constant re-design of the training pathways in their various iterations thanks to timely reporting, gathering of feedback, and oversight on project advancement more broadly.

Impact evaluation

We asked ourselves:
Did Riconnessioni’s training affect teachers’ competences?
Did involvement in the project affect students’ competences?

Impact evaluation was both quantitative and qualitative. 76 headteachers, 2,423 teachers, and 4,258 students participated in the Riconnessioni test, designed to measure changes in digital competences and socio-emotional skills. The test was administered twice with a two-year interval. Control groups were used.

Results show that Riconnessioni’s actions produced a 10% increase in teachers’ digital competences. This was particularly strong in teachers who had actively participated in the training programme, and less in those who had only been involved through trickle-down training. The project brought more visible effects on the competences of primary school students than in lower-secondary school students.

Partner

Model developed by:

 

Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo | Storia Riconnessioni

 

Model managed by:

 

Special Main partner:

iNstituTIONAL PARTNERS:
Ministero dell'Istruzione | Storia Riconnessioni
Ufficio scolastico regionale | Storia Riconnessioni
Città Torino | Storia Riconnessioni
Città Collegno | Storia Riconnessioni
Città Grugliasco | Storia Riconnessioni
Città Moncalieri | Storia Riconnessioni
Città Settimo | Storia Riconnessioni
SCIENTIFIC PARTNERS:
Astrid | Storia Riconnessioni
ASVAPP | Storia Riconnessioni
CNR | Storia Riconnessioni
DSJC | Storia Riconnessioni
Politecnico di Milano | Storia Riconnessioni
Politecnico di Torino | Storia Riconnessioni
Università degli studi di Torino | Storia Riconnessioni
Xkè Laboratorio della Curiosità | Storia Riconnessioni
TECHNICAL PARTNERS:
GARR | Storia Riconnessioni
Dea Scuola | Storia Riconnessioni
Paideia | Storia Riconnessioni
Giunti scuola | Storia Riconnessioni
My edu | Storia Riconnessioni
Pearson | Storia Riconnessioni
Logo Top-ix | Storia Riconnessioni

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