Handbook of Research on Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements (2 Volumes)

Handbook of Research on Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements (2 Volumes)

Paolo M. Pumilia-Gnarini (Independent Researcher, Italy), Elena Favaron (La Scuola che Funziona, Italy), Elena Pacetti (University of Bologna, Italy), Jonathan Bishop (Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems, UK) and Luigi Guerra (University of Bologna, Italy)
Release Date: September, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 829
ISBN13: 9781466621220|ISBN10: 1466621222|EISBN13: 9781466621237|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2122-0


Recently there has been a growing wave of local initiatives in support of their public schools. Teachers and communities together have been playing an active role in the innovative efforts towards new educational methods aimed at helping schools. These grass root experiments, though very effective, tend to go unnoticed in the wide scheme of the educational system. However, if the most useful and meaningful of these initiatives could be fostered and developed, they may have the possibility of transforming it.

Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements aims to be a platform for the most significant educational achievements by teachers, school administrators, and local associations that have worked together in public institutions that range from primary school to the university level. This book aims to be useful for both scholars and the citizens that are involved in improving the educational system.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistive Technologies
  • Collaborative Language Learning
  • Ecology of Learning
  • Educational Initiatives
  • Interdisciplinary Learning
  • Multimedia
  • Online Collaborative Resources
  • Socio-Constructivist Learning

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Elena Favaron, Paolo M. Pumilia-Gnarini
Chapter 1
Paolo Beneventi
As referenced in the chapter title, the Children’s Virtual Museum of Small Animals is a website where multimedia documents are collected, based on... Sample PDF
The Children’s Virtual Museum of Small Animals: From the Schoolyard to the Internet
Chapter 2
Elisa Spadavecchia
Is it possible to exploit the potentialities of Web 2.0 tools and the advantages of knowledge sharing to guide students towards effective learning... Sample PDF
Wikipedia: Educational and Learning Laboratory
Chapter 3
Roberto Agostini
This chapter discusses the relationship between education technologies and music teaching with reference to four activities developed in an Italian... Sample PDF
Technology of Education and Music Teaching: New Responses to Old Issues
Chapter 4
Ilaria Mascitti, Daniela Di Marco, Monica Fasciani
This chapter reflects on the educational potential of virtual worlds and draws on the results of ST.ART project - Street Artists in a virtual space... Sample PDF
Educational Contents and Creativity in Virtual Environments: ST.ART Project
Chapter 5
Floriana Falcinelli, Chiara Laici
This chapter presents the research carried out by teachers and students of 6 junior high school classes on the modern ICT use in didactics. They... Sample PDF
ICT in the Classroom: New Learning Environment
Chapter 6
Gabriella Taddeo, Simona Tirocchi
The “Classi 2.0” programme is a national applied research project aimed at investigating if and how new media and technologies for producing... Sample PDF
Learning in a “Classi 2.0” Classroom: First Results from an Empirical Research in the Italian Context
Chapter 7
Roberto Trinchero
Starting from the diffusion of information technology in schools, many computer games have been produced for the teaching and learning of... Sample PDF
PotenziaMente: A Collection of Online Games for Learning Mathematics and Enhance Thought Processes
Chapter 8
Séraphine Francoise Altamura, Alessandra Cannelli, Roberta Maria Delle Monache
The idea of one-to-one computing (1:1C) with instructional material tailored to the individual learner is not new. However, a continued adherence to... Sample PDF
Acer: European Schoolnet Pilot Netbook Project
Chapter 9
Lanfranco Genito
For several years, in Naples (Italy), a project-workshop addressed to students and teachers of different educational levels has taken place: it is... Sample PDF
A “Bottega Didattica” for an Inclusive School
Chapter 10
Elena Marcato, Elisabetta Scala
The Project “Moodle: A Platform for a School” started in February 2010 in the first year of a cl@sse 2.0 of the middle school I.C.9 of Bologna.... Sample PDF
Moodle: A Platform for a School
Chapter 11
Giovanna Chiozzi, Giovanni Nassi
Educ@tion is an application framework available to teachers, students, and headmasters, based on the integration of open source modules and specific... Sample PDF
Strategic Trials of Educ@TIon, the Telecom Italia Solution for Cooperative Digital Learning
Chapter 12
Simona Maria Cavagnero, Maria Adelaide Gallina, Renato Grimaldi
The aim of the research is to understand how much the use of the Web and its related services affect the lives of young people, as well as to... Sample PDF
Digital Teens: An Investigation into the Use of the Web by Adolescents
Chapter 13
Jonathan Bishop
The Classroom 2.0 initiative is one of the most fundamental reforms to the way education is performed across the European Union. Starting its life... Sample PDF
Cooperative E-Learning in the Multilingual and Multicultural School: The Role of “Classroom 2.0” for Increasing Participation in Education
Chapter 14
Mariachiara Giorda, Marina Guerrisi
Starting from the potentialities and the limits of the Italian Religious Education and the healthiness of the knowledge about religions, this... Sample PDF
Educating to Democracy and Social Participation through a “History of Religion” Course
Chapter 15
Mariachiara Giorda, Giulia Nardini, Beatrice Nuti
In the context of an increasingly multicultural Italy, teaching young people about different cultural and religious identities is in order. The... Sample PDF
The History of Religions as a Tool for Citizenship Education of Children: An Experience in a Primary School
Chapter 16
Maria da Piedade Carvalho da Silva
Learning a foreign language (FL) entails more than attaining the mastery of a system of linguistic norms or the functional and pragmatic aspects of... Sample PDF
“Learning from One Another” eTwinning Project: A Model of an Intercultural Approach to Using ICT in Foreign Language Teaching
Chapter 17
Sabrina Campregher
Over the last ten years, advancement in technology has increased two-fold. Fortunately, this advancement has started to filter down into the school... Sample PDF
An Innovative Way of Learning through the Use of the Interactive Whiteboard within a Cooperative Learning Context
Chapter 18
G. G. Malinetskiy, O. N. Kapelko
Humans have been approaching their cognitive limits through technological and social development, as well as widespread use of information and... Sample PDF
History of European Education from Euclid to Contemporary Times: Moving toward Cognitive Limits as the Foundation for Education in the Future
Chapter 19
Jonathan Bishop
Cooperation and respect for different opinions have been considered prime didactic goals in environmental projects which encourage citizen... Sample PDF
Lessons from the Emotivate Project for Increasing Take-Up of Big Society and Responsible Capitalism Initiatives
Chapter 20
Angelo Chiarle
To meet the complex challenge set by the 2006 European Reference Framework of the Key Competences for Lifelong Learning, different didactic tools... Sample PDF
Implementing the EU Key Competences for Active Citizenship Teaching Latin-Italian Literature and Assessing Students
Chapter 21
Elisa Motta, Elena Boldrini, Alberto Cattaneo
The dual-track system characterising Swiss Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on the alternation of three learning locations: the... Sample PDF
Technologies to “Bridge the Gap” among Learning Contexts in Vocational Training
Chapter 22
Rosa Iaquinta
Distress at school is one of the most pressing issues currently facing our school systems. There is, however, very little debate, discussion... Sample PDF
Succeeding Together: Cooperative Learning in an At-Risk School
Chapter 23
Min Liu, Jennifer Wivagg, Erin Maradiegue, Cesar C. Navarrete
While mobile devices have become very popular for communication and entertainment, there is a lack of research about how these devices can... Sample PDF
Affordances and Challenges of Using iPods to Support Learning by English Language Learners at the Middle School Level
Chapter 24
Rosa Iaquinta, Maria Antonietta Impedovo
The purpose of this chapter is to reflect on the socio-cultural dimension useful when schools plan measures for coping with the requirements of a... Sample PDF
Expanding the Boundaries of Learning: The Role of Vocational Orientation
Chapter 25
Maria Antonietta Impedovo, Rosa Iaquinta
This chapter discusses the construction of knowledge as an innovative approach to traditional teaching. This topic is treated via the presentation... Sample PDF
From Broadcasting to Transforming: The Social Construction of Knowledge for Understanding Lawfulness
Chapter 26
Cecilia Costa, Elena Zezlina
The “Little Readers’ Circle” was born as an attempt to encourage reading in a class of young adolescents. One of the authors worked in a middle... Sample PDF
The “Little Readers’ Circle”: Infectious Love for Reading in a Middle School Classroom
Chapter 27
Mara Theodosopoulou, Vana Papalois
Storytelling and proverb sharing teaches children daily living skills, common sense, and moral values and introduces intergeneration and... Sample PDF
Proverbial Storytelling and Lifelong Learning in the Home-School Dialogue
Chapter 28
Sabrina Fusi, Zara Mehrnoosh
The chapter presents a review of a series of workshops, called “I learn this way!” that was directed at children at the primary stage of education... Sample PDF
I Learn this Way!: Educational Workshop for Dyslexic Students
Chapter 29
Alida Favaretto, Iola De Monte, Carmela Billotta
The RESCUE project (Retention in Secondary education: a European Network), carried out within the VETPRO mobility action funded by the E.U.... Sample PDF
RESCUE: Improving Students’ Retention through Successful Relations at School
Chapter 30
Rosa Tiziana Bruno
Storytelling is often employed as a teaching method. If storytelling is not used properly, however, teachers run the risk of banality and of... Sample PDF
Storytelling in Intercultural Education
Chapter 31
Maria Maddalena Erman
Music composition may be used as a tool for the development of creative thinking; it can be considered an “exercise of imagination,” and it can... Sample PDF
Music Composition for Creative Thinking: An Educational Experience Based on Creative Process
Chapter 32
Helga Fiorani
The focus of this chapter is on the annual project “Adottiamo i nonni dell’ospizio,” translated “Let’s adopt grandparents in retirement home”... Sample PDF
How to Bring Together Two Generations so Distant in Age, yet so Close by Heart: A Case Study of the LAGR Project
Chapter 33
Max Liebscht, Sebastian Wahren
Teachers often tend to give answers to questions their students have not asked yet due to curricular requirements. In reflecting this practice, an... Sample PDF
Does the One Who Asks the Question Lead the Way?
Chapter 34
Luca Toschi, Stefania Chipa, Gianluca Simonetta
“150DIGIT – Italy of schools” is a research project intended to test the model of generative communication in schools... Sample PDF
Territorial Knowledge, National Identities, Social Media, a Case Study: 150DIGIT - Italy of Schools
Chapter 35
S. Macchia, D. Bossolasco, A. Fornasero
The reasons why drop out in the EU countries is so widespread are different in places and contexts. The Member States have therefore undertaken to... Sample PDF
Strategies and Technologies for the Future Success of Students at School
Chapter 36
S. Macchia, D. Bossolasco, A. Fornasero
In this chapter, the authors present the first thoughts after the experience gained, still in progress, made by the Working Group Handicap (GLH) of... Sample PDF
New Technologies to Support Educational Inclusion
Chapter 37
Dalya Yafa Markovich
Museum in a Suitcase is a mobile museum dedicated to the voice and tradition of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel, whose culture and stories... Sample PDF
Making Identity Visible: The Case of the “Museum in a Suitcase”
Chapter 38
Angelo Venti, Cristina Iovenitti
Libera (associations, numbers, and names against criminal organizations) and Liberainformazione, following the earthquake of 6 April 2009 that... Sample PDF
Legality, Citizenship, and the Constitution in the Earthquake Area
Chapter 39
Jerneja Križan, Ana Vovk Korže, Nina Hriberšek, Mojca Kokot Krajnc, Nina Globovnik
The Slovenian education system educates and trains young people under the guidelines of sustainable development, as this will increase... Sample PDF
Research Learning of the Environmental Subjects in Case of Educational Polygons in Slovenia
Chapter 40
Mirko Lamberti
In teaching environments, students that are in the same classroom do not always share the same basic skills. This is also true for ECDL classes.... Sample PDF
Experiences of Cooperative Learning and Social Learning to Manage Test Anxiety
Chapter 41
Maria Antonella Perrotta
The “Teatro a Scuola” (Theater School) project, directed at 14-18 year-old, Real innovation lies in the involvement of students as writers, in a... Sample PDF
Theater School: Students as Actors and Writers for the Stage
Chapter 42
Let’s Make a Try!  (pages 473-490)
Andrea Crawford, Agostino Gotti
An educational/sporting experience known as “Let’s Make a Try!” is presented. The aim of the project was to introduce the sport of Rugby into the... Sample PDF
Let’s Make a Try!
Chapter 43
Ornella Robutti
This chapter is focused on the GeoGebra Institute of Torino, Italy (http://www.geogebra.unito.it/), founded in July 2010 at the Dipartimento di... Sample PDF
The GeoGebra Institute of Torino, Italy: Research, Teaching Experiments, and Teacher Education
Chapter 44
Laura Fedeli
The chapter deals with the implementation of a multi-author blog which was launched during the post-lauream course Online Tutor, promoted by the... Sample PDF
Teacher Training and Social Media: Using a Multi-Author Blog for Lifelong Learning
Chapter 45
Carmela Dell’Aria
This chapter focuses on a Second Language Acquisition (SLA) study conducted in virtual worlds that could help teachers in terms of knowledge about... Sample PDF
Integrating the Real and Virtual World for Academic Language Education in Second Life
Chapter 46
Maria Slowey, Ekaterina Kozina
The landscape of university undergraduate and postgraduate education in Ireland has undergone a significant change within the broader context of the... Sample PDF
New Knowledge - New Learning?: Curriculum Change in Higher Education and Academic Engagement in the Bologna Process in Ireland
Chapter 47
Alida Favaretto, Iola De Monte, Carmela Billotta
The ROLE TEACHER project (“The New Role of the Teacher in Competence Based Education”) has mainly dealt in the important subject of the teachers’... Sample PDF
Role Teacher: Teaching/Learning Competencies in a European Scenario
Chapter 48
Lut Baten, Ana Beaven, John Osborne, Jan Van Maele
The main outcome of the WebCEF project (2006-2009) is an online collaboration tool for self-, peer-, and expert assessment of oral proficiency in... Sample PDF
WebCEF: An Online Collaboration Tool for Assessing Foreign Language Proficiency
Chapter 49
Lynn Romeo, Mary Brennan, Terri Rothman Peters, Donna Mitchell
Current students who have become digital natives are used to engaging in the use of multiple types of technology and social media. It is extremely... Sample PDF
A Model for Effective Delivery of Online Instruction
Chapter 50
Gianni Panconesi
The aims of this project were to develop the participants’ skills and knowledge in educational design of Virtual World teaching, in management and... Sample PDF
The Prospects for Teaching in Virtual Worlds
Chapter 51
Luis M. Casas García, Vítor J. Godinho Lopes, Ricardo Luengo González, Sofia M. Veríssimo Catarreira, José L. Torres Carvalho
The Theory of Nuclear Concepts (TNC) is based on prior theories and ideas coming from Ausubel and Novak among others, who argue that concepts are... Sample PDF
Theory of Nuclear Concepts: A New Approach to Understand and Represent Cognitive Structures
Chapter 52
K. Thomas McPeek, Laura M. Morthland
In the United States, many university based architecture schools feature shared learning experiences for beginning students in related applied... Sample PDF
The Collaborative Gap: A Case Study of Interdisciplinary Design Education
Chapter 53
Konstantinos D. Chatzidimou
The present contribution examines microteaching as an instructional method and focuses on it as a vehicle of teacher training at the Department of... Sample PDF
Microteaching in Teacher Education through the Students’ Perspective
Chapter 54
Despo Ktoridou, Nikleia Eteokleous, Ioanna Dionysiou
Following technology’s evolution and society’s needs and demands, the current study examines the integration of cloud computing with higher... Sample PDF
Google’s Applications for Undergraduate University Courses: Tools for Sharing, Communication, and Collaboration
Chapter 55
Philippe Remy
At all education levels “remediation” is more and more integrated into the learning process. Tutoring is one of the multiple possibilities in this... Sample PDF
Tutoring: Between Future Teachers Stakes and Perspective in a Potential Learning Process
Chapter 56
Ekaterina Kozina, Aidan Seery, Andrew Loxley
It is recognised that the first year of professional practice of teachers, also known as an induction year, has far reaching implications for their... Sample PDF
The Role of Teacher Self-Strategies in First Year Teacher Experience and Teacher Socialisation
Chapter 57
Michela Freddano
This chapter focuses on blended learning towards social capital by showing the experience of Methodology of Social Research II, the blended learning... Sample PDF
Blended Learning towards Social Capital in Higher Education
Chapter 58
Cristina Bardelle
This chapter describes an experience concerning a mathematics course offered at university for first-year science students. The course, realized in... Sample PDF
Improving Learning Strategies for Mathematics through E-Learning
Chapter 59
Anahit Ter-Stepanian
The adaptation of traditional, face-to-face courses to the online format presents both challenges and opportunities. Many pedagogical practices need... Sample PDF
Discussion Board Assignments and Their Impact on Creating Engaged Learning Environments in Art History Online Courses
Chapter 60
Salvatore Barbagallo, Roberto Bertonasco, Fulvio Corno, Laura Farinetti, Marco Mezzalama, Matteo Sonza Reorda, Enrico Venuto
Politecnico di Torino has been actively experimenting distance education scenarios since 1992, through the development of innovative methodologies... Sample PDF
E-Learning at Politecnico di Torino: Moving to a Sustainable Large-Scale Multi-Channel System of Services
Chapter 61
Livia Casamassima
This chapter aims to explore new possibilities in musical, social, and cooperative learning offered by new technologies. The author worked on an... Sample PDF
eTwinning Project: A Virtual Orchestra
Chapter 62
Lisbeth Amhag
The study focuses on strategies for how online course outlines can be designed to improve the use of collaborative peer feedback in distance... Sample PDF
High School Students’ Argument Patterns in Online Peer Feedback
Chapter 63
Francesco Aldo Costabile, Annarosa Serpe
In this chapter, the authors describe the research and experimentation carried out and the results achieved in the last ten years in Calabrian... Sample PDF
Computer-Based Mathematics Instructions with MATCOS: A Pedagogical Experiment
Chapter 64
Sara Costa
The problem of processing texts containing a number of unknown words is relatively common in foreign language learning, especially for students on... Sample PDF
In Links We Trust: Net-Like Strategic Reading in L2 Learning Context
Chapter 65
Andrea Balbo
This chapter aims to investigate the opportunity of employing Jig Saw in teaching Latin literary texts, giving also an example of possible activity... Sample PDF
Proposing Jig Saw Method to Teach Latin Literary Texts in Small Classes
Chapter 66
Sandro Gallea, Roberto Gallea
This chapter presents an e-learning teaching/learning activity to support the traditional activities at school. It was developed as a part of a... Sample PDF
A Math E-Learning Course to Improve Pupils’ Performances
Chapter 67
Helga Fiorani
The purpose of this contribution is to describe innovative proto-mathematical educational activities at kindergarten level (K) in the context of... Sample PDF
Hands-On Math in Kindergarten
Chapter 68
Alessio Drivet
This chapter concerns the use of concrete objects and tools connected with mathematics. Currently, over a hundred items have already been provided... Sample PDF
The Toolbox: Objects and Tools for Doing Mathematics
Chapter 69
Why this Silence?  (pages 792-802)
Eduardo Caianiello
The teaching of scientific subjects at schools and universities presents the eminent opportunity for what the psychiatrist/phenomenologist Ronald... Sample PDF
Why this Silence?
Chapter 70
Manuela Delfino
Some activities that are typically regarded as “a waste of time” may inspire useful experiences in school contexts. This is the case of spamming. As... Sample PDF
Don’t Trash Your Spam!: Reasoning on Spam as a Way to Train Critical Thinking
Chapter 71
Silva Pavani
In this work, innovative methodologies to teach scientific matters have been put to test, aimed at recovering the those human attitudes that lies at... Sample PDF
Physics and Creative Thinking Connected by “Bit”
Chapter 72
Maria Guida
This chapter talks about the author’s experience as a teacher in the panel of SPICE (Science pedagogy innovation centre for Europe), a partnership... Sample PDF
Active Learning of Science in the European Dimension
About the Contributors


In this publication, after a general introduction, an analysis is offered of the experiences documented in the book using different criteria.

The aim of this section is to analyse the quality of the various contributions from a pedagogical point of view: on one hand the school level at which the documented experiences are distributed; on the other according to some macro-criteria which have been considered fundamental in the educational field. Chapter 1, curated by Elena Pacetti, analyses the set of documented experiences in detail starting from the different educational contexts and school levels. Chapter 2, curated by Luigi Guerra, analyses the contributions according to the criterion of constructivism and active didactics. Chapter 3, curated by Elena Pacetti, analyses the experiences according to the criterion of didactic innovation and ICTs. Chapter 4, curated by Manuela Fabbri, examines the experiences according to the criterion of inclusion and didactic innovation. Finally Chapter 5, curated by Federica Zanetti, considers the contributions according to the criterion of the relationship between school and community in a perspective of education to citizenship.

  1. An overview of the chapters in the publication (Elena Pacetti)
  2. Constructivism and active didactics (Luigi Guerra)
  3. Teaching innovation and ICT: qualifying the educational experience (Elena Pacetti)
  4. Inclusion and didactic innovation (Manuela Fabbri)
  5. The relationship between school and the local community: a view to education to citizenship and active citizenship (Federica Zanetti)

Educational Technologies Research Group
University of Bologna, Italy

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Paolo M. Pumilia-Gnarini graduated in Physics in 1986 from the Milan State University and had advanced courses on physics and computational techniques (NATO/ASI, NATO/MIDIT and CNRS), during his career as researcher. He has a long lasting professional experience in setting up and analysing results of large atomic systems numerical simulations matching experimental measurements of nuclear magnetic resonance signals, infrared absorption and raman spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction patterns. Most studies for italian research institutions (CNR and Montedison) have addressed molecular crystals and biosensors dynamics, while working as consultant for pharmaceutical companies (Farmitalia Carlo-Erba S.r.L, Pharmacia Corporation) and research institutes (Ronzoni, Donegani), focus has been on protein structure and biosensors. He has been teaching mathematics and physics at high school level, while working as a consultant on the use of the ICT in small businesses and for cultural associations interested on the impact of the information technologies on our society. To that aim, in the last decade, as member of the AICA (the oldest cultural association in Italy, to tackle computer science issues at academic and at popular level as well) Paolo M Pumilia has organized and managed workshops and conferences about the open source phenomenon, dealing with the economical, technical, law and cultural aspects. He has been invited as an expert to the Consultation on 'Access rights for e-earning content', at the European Commission. In 2007, he has represented a number of italian cultural associations at the Beijing Symposium of the International Council for Science CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology). Few years ago, he joined a group of scholars at the Bologna and Padua universities to frame a viable proposal to gradually improve the youth education school system by involving the whole local community in that effort.
Elena Pacetti is Researcher and Assistant Professor in Didactic and Special Pedagogy at the Department of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Bologna, where she teaches “General Education and Educational Technologies”. She is involved in several research projects about ICT in education, inclusive school, children and citizenship education in Italy and abroad (in Palestine, El Salvador, and in European networks). Her research fields are concentrated in ICT in everyday life (especially informal learning and digital media); didactic innovation and ICT; socio-constructivist learning and social networking (also in a gender perspective); e-learning environments; community education. Since 2009 she has been member of CSGE, Study Centre of Gender and Education, Department of Education, University of Bologna. From 2011 she is member of Editorial Board of the University of Bologna Open Access International Scientific Journal RPD - Ricerche di Pedagogia e Didattica - Journal of Theories and Research in Education.
Jonathan Bishop is an information technology executive, researcher and writer. Having gained an MSc in E-Learning in 2004 he went on to found the Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems, which now outputs a significant amount of research in these areas. During his MSc he devised the Classroom 2.0 concept, and his Digital Classroom of Tomorrow Project has been replicated across Europe, as discussed in this book. Jonathan has at the time of going to press over 35 publications, and is the most published academic in the area of Internet trolling. He is also a school governor in the Welsh village of Treforest, a private tutor, and a director of an educational social enterprise based in Swansea.
Luigi Guerra is Full Professor of Technologies of education and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Bologna. He is the Director of the Masters “International co-operation and new citizenships: the educational dimension”, “International conflict mediators-Peaceworkers”, “Direction and management of the scholastic structures”. He is scientific referent for the project Cl@ssi 2.0 with the Italian Ministry of Education as referred University for the selected classes in the Emilia-Romagna region and for the international cooperation project “Inclusive school in El Salvador”, co-funded from the Salvadorian Ministry of Education and from the Italian Cooperation. He is Board Member for Emilia-Romagna's Commission of Environmental Education and the Scientific Committee of CESAF, The Centre for Studies and Higher Education on addiction. His research fields are concentrated in e-learning environments and learning objects; educational innovation and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies); socio-constructivistic learning and social networking; ICT and inclusive learning environments; technologies and empowerment.