Among the problems in our country is school dropout. That is, leaving school before the end of the compulsory cycle, or in any case before the timetable.
And among the solutions is also the digital school. This was the idea of the Janus Institute of Higher Education, which launched Innova, Italy’s first (fully) digital school for graduates.
Let’s find out what Innova is and how it works. And then we see a cross-sectional sample of early school leaving in Italy, with the most recent data provided by the Ministry of Education.
Innova, the first all-digital school
Innova is, therefore, the digital platform launched by the Janus Institute. The school is based on an innovative methodology, where everything is only online: from 10,000 hours of classes to the study of texts, to prepare the diploma from all corners of Italy.
A complete platform
The Innova platform offers a school that is not only digital but also smart, mobile first and inclusive.
In fact, he was born ofneed to provide an avant-garde, integrated and multimedia tool for an innovative and up-to-date teaching offerthrough the widest variety of devices (computers, smartphones, and tablets).
The full name of the platform is LMS-Learning Management System-Innova. And it was developed on a training model that promotes autonomy and personalization of the path.
Accessible 24 hours a day, it contains all the teaching material, allows you to create a personalized curriculum and offers various functions, such as assessment tests, recorded lessons, webinars and exercises, tutoring and guidance, simulations and PCTO (Pathways for Transversal Skills and Orientation) online.
An inclusive platform
The project is also attentive to students with special needs (attention deficit, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia), to whom it offers dedicated courses.
Learning in the digital school of the Janus Institute is considered a comprehensive experience, which involves the person from different points of view: therefore, at the beginning of the course live webinars were launched, by psychologists training experts. , to teach students how to organize their time and manage any moments of anxiety and stress.
How the first fully digital school in Italy works
There are several initiatives in the world in favor of digitalization, especially of the younger generations. But Innova is the first fully digital Italian school.
After registering, the student receives the access credentials to the platform and is immediately assigned a personal tutor, with whom to arrange an appointment for the first cognitive interview.
The tutor will have the task of establishing the didactic level of access, helping the student to organize his hours of study. And include, if necessary, review moments in the program.
Lessons and study itineraries
Each lesson consists of four moments: explanatory video of the teacher, slides with concept maps and focus on the fundamental points of the lesson, in-depth document on the topic, exercises (if necessary).
Each course includes specialized personal tutors, complete and constantly updated teaching material, online tests and verifications, oral questions. In addition to high school exam simulations and refresher webinars.
Schedules are flexible, educational programs are tailored to each student. And there are programs to make up for lost years.
Early school leaving
The Innova digital school was created to respond to the problem of early school leaving.
Up to 3 million students have dropped out of high school in the last 20 years. In this sense, the most recent data provided by Miur dates back to 2019. And they give us uncomforting figures. Precisely in 2019 there were about 17,000 candidates outside the state test, with a percentage of not admitted equal to 80%. In fact, if children drop out of the traditional course of study they are not able to prepare properly. And so the risk of not finishing studies increases.
The Janus Institute digital school was born precisely to modernize traditional teaching methods and provide real support to students. Classical training is integrated and improved thanks to web tools.
The Janus Institute has invested in research, teaching and technologyaware that new technologies can offer a great help in the creation of learning environments for a flexible, modular and autonomous training, adapted to the different didactic and cognitive needs of each one.