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Project

Essediquadro - Risorse e strumenti digitali per l'apprendimento

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Research theme:
«E-inclusion»

Project duration: 2005-2017

Project website: http://sd2.itd.cnr.it/

Staff
Lucia Ferlino - Project manager
Giovanni Caruso

Ongoing initiative

Essediquadro is an experimental online service that provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on educational software, together with support for integrating software into teaching and learning. The service was established in 1999 by the Institute for Educational Technology (ITD) in conjunction with Italy's Ministry for Education and Research.

The Essediquadro web site is designed to meet the needs of both practising teachers and those following Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses. Registered users can consult a database that provides full descriptions of over 4,000 software titles covering all school levels and disciplines, with particular attention to special education needs. The site also provides support for the effective adoption of software in teaching, with in-depth studies of software available in particular subject areas or for specific purposes, teaching modules based on the use of educational software, teachers' reports and an online help desk. The products listed in the database include commercial, free and open source titles, which in this last case can be downloaded directly from the site.

Part of the Ministry of Education program on ICT and Disabilities addressed the issues of accessibility of educational software (Action Area 3). Under this program, a methodology was developed in 2006 for evaluating the accessibility of educational software. Consequently, evaluation data for over 350 products are available in the Essediquadro database. To see these, select "Focus inclusione" in “Ricerca strutturata”.

Banca dati Sd2Approfondimento Sd2

Partners

INDIRE
http://www.indire.it/
MIUR
http://www.istruzione.it