It is well known that technology at schools can generate enthusiasm and participation. But some critics argue that this does not always convert into an effective learning process for students. For this reason, every year we ask the teachers involved in PoliCultura to describe their experience through questionnaires, focus groups and interviews. Clearly, obtaining certain benefits depends on various factors, including the initial situation of the class, the students’ age and level of autonomy, the pedagogical approach and the goals of the teacher, etc.. Moreover, the involvement of the teacher and the necessary support of the school, are important ingredients to complete a successful teaching experience.
Some of the most significant educational benefits identified by the teachers themselves, in order of statistical relevance, are:
- cognitive benefits: better understanding of the topic, ability to understand relations, ability to synthesize…
- relational benefits: ability to work in teams, better relationship with the teacher, the development of cooperative behavior…
- motivational benefits: deep involvement in the specific activity, more involvement in the school activities in general… (it is important to point out that often the teachers reported the increased involvement of persons who normally have some trouble to follow and get involved in the activities of the class)
- benefits related to skills: ability to use technology to perform teaching tasks (and not for own personal amusement), ability to write text for multimedia, ability to edit audio and images, ability to search for information, pictures, materials on the net…
Each teacher can create a narrative declining the educational experience according to the needs and goals that he wants to achieve with his class.