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Regional Network of Piedmont Schools
Institution: Consorzio per il Sistema Informativo (CSI-Piemonte)
Consulenza Sistemi Procedure (CSP)
Implementation Date: ene 01, 2000
Summary: The Regional Network of Piedmont Schools project aims to overcome the digital divide in the educational field through the use of ICT in the schools. The project was born out of the will and enthusiasm of local institutions and is strongly supported by a foundation linked to an Italian bank. It meets the objectives of the eEurope Action Plan and of the Government of Italy Plan for the Information Society.

The project, which started in 2000 and is still in progress, consists of an integrated network interconnecting all schools (including those with buildings at separate sites) in order to enable all actors of the regional school system to use ICT in an everyday teaching and administrative context.

Responsibility for operational and technological management has been given to Consorzio per il Sistema Informativo (CSI-Piemonte), assisted by Consulenza Sistemi Procedure (CSP). CSI-Piemonte is a consortium of public bodies providing ICT and telematic support for public administrations to enable them to implement e-government services. CSP, an ICT research laboratory recognized by the Ministry of Research, supports local government in developing strategies to ensure global competitiveness.

This innovative project is a model of good practices at the European level. The initiative, which has involved all schools in Piedmont, has been based on a number of distinct projects, a dedicated infrastructure, and the support of a number of educational support and research centres located around the Piedmont region.
Impact: School ICT equipment has been expanded and improved through the co-financing of ICT-based projects and active collaboration with local authorities. The project has thus strengthened ICT infrastructures, systems and facilities within schools and has enabled the effective introduction of technologies into everyday school activities. The groundwork has also been laid for active collaboration between schools and local authorities, which have often participated as co-financers and have thus contributed to the innovation process of the region.

The project has strengthened ICT skills among various actors of the regional school system. Schools also have an increased awareness of their role as promoters of innovation in the regional school system.

The Universal Service implemented under the project enables all schools in Piedmont to access administrative services at the same low cost and to share reserved information with regional public bodies. Moreover, it provides advanced infrastructure and secure high-performance communication systems. The usefulness of the service has been recognized by the Regional General Direction of the Ministry of Education that uses it as a preferential transmission channel for official administrative communications.
Source: European (Europa)
Project Home URL: http://www.scuole.piemonte.it (in Italian)
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