The digital evolution of teaching is not just an opportunity, rather, as the most difficult months of the pandemic have shown, it is a necessity.
To make it more widely available in our country, however, we first need infrastructure able to support it. TIM is involved in a major project aimed at overcoming the geographical digital divide, taking fixed and mobile ultrabroadband nationwide. This is the context within which we also find the Infratel initiative to equip all schools with ultrafast connections, which TIM has joined having been awarded two lots of the tender. The institutes of Tuscany, Veneto, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise and Apulia will be able to connect to the ultrabroadband network, thereby accessing essential services for teachers and students.
Beyond the COVID-19 emergency: infrastructure and competencies
In order to transform the way we perceive teaching, however, we do not just need better infrastructure. We also need to develop a culture that can address a change that is not only technological, but which also involves skills, professionalism and behaviour.
To do so, we need to develop a sustainable digital education project, which leaves no one behind, in territorial, social and generational terms.
A new form of integrated, improved teaching: thanks to digital
One initiative taken in this sense is the “New Digital Teachers - Integrated teaching for open schools” course run by WeSchool in partnership with TIM, as part of the Operazione Risorgimento Digitale. It is a free-of-charge training opportunity open to 5,000 teachers interested in enriching and supplementing teaching with new technologies, which has also made it possible to obtain opinions on the pros and cons of distance teaching (or “DAD” as it has been termed in Italy).