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Cortiana: cell phones in the classroom, no to censorship



Cortiana: cell phones in the classroom, no to censorship


“The solicitation of the Milanese Dean Giorgio Galanti not to ban mobile phones from schools but to make appropriate use of them must not be dropped. Our children are already internal to the information and communication methods allowed by digital convergence: chats, sms, video photos, video films, blogs constitute formats within which they develop new syntaxes and new grammars made up of contractions, spelling simplifications, acronyms, etc. This heterogenesis of the uses for which digital media were conceived suggests an unprecedented way of relating that we must, as parents, teachers and administrators, bring within authentic and quality experiences in the identity and cultural growth of young people “.

Thus the sen. Fiorello Cortiana – Consultation on Internet Governance of the Ministry of Innovation – spoke about the heated debate on mobile phones in schools.

“The adult world – reads a note – cannot be limited to actions of censorship and removal which would feed a parallel world in which evaluation criteria and views on the world take shape without any relationship with the pedagogical and didactic experiences of the school. In this way we would embody the spectrum of digital interconnection on the network as a virtual dimension that would then have heavy repercussions in the reality of individual paths and social quality “.

“Minister Fioroni – underlines Cortiana – attacked Google for the scholastic misdeeds transmitted on You Tube as if we were angry with the driver and the ATM president for the harassment on the tram. This can make you smile or despair but it is an indication of the adult world’s misunderstanding of the communication and cognitive production systems of the digital age. Yet with the “Lisbon Agenda” Europe has set itself the goal of becoming a competitive reality in the “Knowledge Society” by 2010 ″.

“Who if not the school can be the educational and cultural agency linked to the territory and to several generations capable of metabolizing and sharing the extraordinary innovation process underway? It should do this not only for teaching but also to document class advice and foster relationships with teachers, both students and parents. It is not a question of substitutive but extensive and supplementary modalities of direct meetings. For this reason the function and condition of teachers should be valued “.