An initiative sponsored by Asset Room - the Special Agency of Rome Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to enable schools to become more dynamic institutions through creative use of digital technologies.
Purpose and process
The aim of Hack4School is to enable students, teachers, parents and any other key stakeholders to imagine, design and build the school of the future by selecting and applying a range of digital solutions. There are 2 steps:
- A camp/workshop of 6-8 hours during which participants are guided to think about the needs and wants of those who work in their school and the opportunities offered by digital technologies which might help to address them.
- Two months of project management follow the workshop during which participants work in teams, supported by external technical experts with background in IT development and/or marketing to embed the selected technologies in their school; they test the software, manage weekly Skype conferences with their external partners and eventually launch the final product.
- Learn to consider customer needs and find solutions to them
- Build knowledge and expertise in managing IT software and being able to promote/explain it to non-expert IT users
- Develop skills in critical analysis, reflection and being able to make choices efficiently and on time
- Develop entrepreneurial skills including communication, presentation and marketing
- Increase their understanding of IT-related items such as: web communication; CRM; interface; databases and information-loading sequences
- Create strong networks with other schools involved in the initiative
- Think creatively and learn how to generate new ideas
Curricular or thematic relevance
A project that suits older students in their final year in secondary technical schools with the support of IT teachers.
How to organise:
The workshop is likely to run over 6-8 hours during a suspended timetable day with extra-curricular sessions taking place during the 2 month project management stage; a total of 48 hours of external support is offered.
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Inbuilt into the project via successful testing, implementation and acceptance of the product - does it achieve the intended outcome?
The successful implementation of this programme depends entirely on the contribution of external partners with expert technical knowledge in IT development and marketing; these are supplied by the organisers of the initiative.
For further information, go to: http://prezi.com/embed/rfob6hhxgaph or http://hack4school.worldwiderome.it/
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Livia Di Nardo
Very interesting project combining ICT, Entrepreneurship on a topic strictly related to the students: the school of the future. It seems from the website the project was only running until 2012...it would be interesting to see what happened to the ideas generated and if some were actually implemented