The 25th of January deadline for the participation of the Makers in the Fastweb4School project launched by the Ministry of Education, by the University and Research, and by Fastweb for the promotion of culture and innovation in the school, is approaching. The project seeks to stimulate the execution of digital projects in middle and high schools and to contribute to the growth of digital knowledge. To each school that collects, through the crowdfunding, 50% off the budget for the submitted project proposals, Fastweb will donate the remaining 50% up to a maximum amount of Euro 10,000 per project. The projects are financed through a grant and the execution of the idea shall remain the property of the school that proposed it.
Fastweb4School will also be holding a workshop on Friday, 19 January from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, titled "Fastweb4School: the crowdfunding for the school" within "Futura - 3 giorni per il Piano Nazionale Scuola Digitale: formazione, dibattiti, esperienze" [Futura - 3 days for the Digital School National Plan: training, debates and sharing of the experiences], i.e. the event organised by MIUR that will take place in Bologna from the 18th to the 20th of January. During the workshop, teachers and students will be offered some useful advice for participating in the Fastweb4School program and applying for funding their projects, taking advantage of potential resources accessed through the Internet.
(for additional information: http://www.istruzione.it/scuola_digitale/prog-festa-pnsd.shtml)
Fastweb4School, open to middle and high schools, will be officially kicked off with a public notice posted on the Miur Platform "Protocolli in Rete" [Online Protocols]. The project is open to the world of Makers, or digital artisans, and aims at financing engineering projects, such as electronic equipment, robotic solutions, 3D printing devices and CNC-machines, but also items created, thanks to the use of digital tools, with metals, wood and traditional artisanship.
To participate in Fastwev4School, the schools must complete, by 3:00 pm of 25 January 2018, the on-line form available in the area "Protocolli in Rete" [Online Protocols], accessed through the Miur site link: https://miurjb4.pubblica.istruzione.it/protocolloIntesa/; they must enter the title of the project that they wish to propose for crowdfunding, a description of the project (up to 2,000 characters), the URL of a presentation video (optional), the budget needed and how it will be used.
The selection of the ideas will take place in the thirty days following the end date of the public notice and will be based on the following criteria: compliance with the set requirements; educational and learning contents applied to digital methodologies; quality and originality of the project idea; number of subjects involved (e.g. teachers, students from different grades and schools); repeatability or reusability over time, in the same schools or in other schools.
The selected projects must then be loaded by the schools onto the Fastweb4Schools.it site which is supported by the crowdfunding platform "Productions from down up". Fastweb will make available to the schools a customer care service which will provide support on how to load the projects onto the crowdfunding platform, will help the classes in converting an idea into an executable project and in best communicating it using social networks and the press, and will offer, free of charge, to the teachers information days and webinars for the discussion of the sharing economy, implementation of on-line fundraising campaigns, development of critical digital skills, including in partnership with institutions and universities.
To each school that collects, through the crowdfunding, 50% of the budget for the submitted project proposals, Fastweb will donate the remaining 50% up to a maximum amount of Euro 10,000 per project. The projects are financed through a grant and the execution of the idea will remain the property of the school that proposed it.
Fastweb4School seeks to encourage new ideas and make them grow, support a virtuous mechanism in the school and convince the students to be active rather than passive users of digital tools and technology.
For more information: https://miurjb4.pubblica.istruzione.it/protocolloIntesa/,