The students of the Arimondi Eula Institute in Savigliano and Racconigi were the protagonists of the project entitled: Digital citizenship. Digital citizens of today, society of tomorrow, promoted by the Rotary Club Savigliano. The project ended these days with the final meeting, convened for the return to the school community and the city of the results obtained during its development.
The final meeting took place in the charming Hall of Fame Taffini Palace with the participation of the Councilor for Culture of the municipality of Savigliano Petra Senesi, by the President of CRS Bank Francesco Osella and the Director of the ISS Arimondi-Eula prof. Luca Martini and all the protagonists of the project.
The objectives of the project were as follows:
Improving the critical capacity and awareness of young people in relation to digital media, in particular with regard to the use of video games and the time they spend online;
Develop knowledge on the international subject of video games;
Increase time management skills and methods of using digital content.
The project was structured in three phases:
first phase it consisted of conducting workshops in the first eight classes and a fourth class of the Institute involved in the project. The activity in the classrooms, consisting of two meetings of two hours each, involved a critical analysis of the use of video games and social networks by children; about 200 boys / girls took part in this phase;
second phase was represented by an extracurricular activity that involved about fifteen boys / girls. As part of this phase, with the help of operators and technicians, the boys / girls made two videos related to the creation of a new video game;
phase three was represented by teacher training sessions and the final meeting to return the results to the school community and the city.
The project was carried out thanks to the collaboration of different Bodies and Associations:
The Savigliano Rotary Club who has planned and planned the project, as well as the co-financing, following all the phases of coordination and execution of the final meeting;
Arimondi Eula Institute of Higher Education di Savigliano and Racconigi actively collaborated in the project identifying, together with RC Savigliano and the expert collaborators, the classes to participate in the project. In addition, the teachers of the subject of Civic Education collaborated extensively for the first phase (workshops in the classrooms, two meetings of two hours each, in nine different classes). For the second phase, despite being an extracurricular activity, the teachers involved supported the group work aimed at developing the project to create a video game.
The Caracol cooperative represented the operating partner of the project, making media educators available for both the former and the latter; He also made the speakers available for teacher training and collaborated with the Club to organize the final seminar for the return of project results.
The Cwithin Steadycam Asl cn2 d’Alba, through Dr. Valentino Merlo, collaborated with the project coordination group, guaranteeing specialized advice to explore and experience the intertwining between media education and health promotion;
The SER.D. ASL CN1 – Savigliano’s office, through Dr. Giancarlo Serra, participated in all the activities of elaboration of the project and later in the phase of execution, contributing the important contribution of those that of the zone take care of the prevention and treatment of the pathologies by addictions.
The teacher. Michele Marangi in drawing some conclusions he defined the project as a model to be replicated and that only a reinforced action of civic education can provide answers to the problems of misuse of modern communication and socialization tools. Adolescents and young people need to be made aware of the use of social media and video games, and this only happens if they are provided with the necessary knowledge and skills.
During the final meeting the president of RC Savigliano, Giovanni Battista Testahighlighted the important role of the Rotary Association and illustrated to children the important tools and opportunities that Rotary itself offers to children: Rypen, Ryla, Youth Exchanges, and Interact and Rotaract.
The project was partially funded by the Rotary Club Savigliano and with contributions from the Rotary Foundation and the CR Savigliano Bank.