ITALY - IIS Ragusa Kiyohara-Parlatore
Our school, the Higher State Education Institution “Vincenzo Ragusa e Otama kiyohara - Filippo Parlatore" in Palermo – Sicily, in the south of Italy.
It has two sections: a “Liceo” specializing in art subjects and a Technical Institute for Building Surveyors. Our experience, in the area of new technologies applied to education and to new digital occupations, dates back to 2004, with the reverse engineer and rapid prototyping. In particular we have developed educational modules which focus on new technologies applied to arts, craft occupations and professions.
Hence we hold classes in jewellery, woodwork, digital sculpting, digital modelling, rapid prototyping for Industrial Design. Moreover, within the new technologies applied to arts and professions, we have developed educational activities on surveying techniques of historical buildings, paintings and sculptures with reverse engineering systems.
So it is a big school with about 800 students, 181 teachers and administrative staff. We have students from different social, economic and cultural background; part of them belong to the middle classes, but the great majority to the lower classes, many of them with social and cultural disadvantage, many migrants. For this reason we have always given great importance on the activities which focus on fighting early school leaving, and promoting the Inclusion of all students’ through good educational practices.
We have a great number of students with disabilities supported by special needs teachers. Students often use dialect to communicate and we have noticed that the knowledge of their mother tongue is very poor, both in vocabulary and in grammar structures. Therefore we aimed at developing reading and writing skills, and communicative skills to improve their self-esteem and make them aware that language skills are basic skill in order to find a better job in the future. The school, through European projects, has been able to increase the technological tools, such as whiteboards, laptops, tablets and scientific instruments and to improve teachers methods of teaching in the different subjects. ICT tools are an important part of our everyday teaching activities, but we want to learn more and to share our competences with teachers from other European countries.
The project will also be a chance for international cooperation as it represents a very important occasion of intercultural growth for the whole educational community. The teachers will be able to improve their competences in areas such as communication, team work and evaluation.