10.2.5A-FSEPON-PI-2018-117 Arts, culture and landscape in the heart of the UNESCO areaSchool year 2018/2019
Istituto Comprensivo di Costigliole d’Asti
The Istituto Comprensivo in Costigliole d’Asti was created on 1 September 2012 in accordance with the school network sizing plan. It currently consists of 11 school complexes whose students come from a large area covering the municipalities of Calosso, Castagnole delle Lanze, Costigliole d’Asti and Isola.
(in Italy, “istituto comprensivo” is an educational institution providing primary and first grade secondary level education in the same school).
75 students in their 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of first grade secondary school and students attending their 5th year of primary school in Costigliole and Castagnole.
The project workshops aimed at raising students’ awareness on their surroundings by examining its cultural landscapes, its agricultural traditions, its local culture. The activities involved direct exploration of said places and landscapes, such as walks through the hills and in the old town center with experts, doing interviews to older people or listening to historians, taking pictures of the most significant landmarks which were then processed using ITs (Power Point, Movie Maker, Scratch, QR code generation, Photo Gallery, Digital Storytelling).
The school cooperates with local institutions, mountain communities, the Province, the Region, banks, libraries, service cooperatives, cultural associations, charities, the Universities of Turin and Genoa.
The project aimed at increasing knowledge in the students – and their families – on the local cultural, artistic and environmental heritage through ITs, thus encouraging its protection and promotion both from a cultural and from a tourist/economic perspective.
The project was innovative both for its active pedagogy and for its use of ITs. Technologies such as personal computers, digital cameras and video cameras, editing and processing software for sound and picture, were highly motivating and engaging, and can be considered as an innovative teaching method.
Cooperation with experts, teachers’ training and learning and the new skills acquired by the students had positive repercussions on daily teaching practices. A virtuous circle was therefore created between active learning practices and workshops connected with new technologies and ordinary teaching practices.