Remotely Inspiring Students
In March 2020, the Italian government temporarily closed all schools in Italy in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In September 2020, on-site learning resumed for all students and as of January 2021, our High School students are on a 75% distance learning provision according to the latest government guidelines.
At Rome International School, Information Technology is embedded in daily learning, and this allowed our students to experience a smooth transition to remote learning. Here is a summary of the approach we took to ensure that our students progressed effectively with their education online.
- We offered daily ‘live’ teaching sessions and pastoral meetings via Google Meet. This was important to allow teachers to understand which students required more support and provided an important opportunity for daily "contact"
- Work was uploaded and posted via Google Classroom and/or Seesaw
- We supported our youngest students and their families by posting short videos and carried out live virtual meetings (Google Meet)
- We continued to host whole-school events including assemblies and presentations including Year 6's PYP Exhibition, an important event which represents the culmination of learning in the Elementary School
- Our P.E. department created amazing videos and tutorials for our community to keep active and healthy
- The work of our Eco Committee did not stop and committee members put together a range of fun challenges and activities for students across the school to take part in
- Our whole-school weekly newsletter and social media channels played a key role in keeping our community connected
Year 12 IB Economics students have studied the latest Economic theory on 'Behavioural Economics' by Richard Thaler (Nobel Prize 2017). They have learned the difference between Homo Economicus and Homo Sapiens, the Nudge Theory and Choice Architecture. Reading some of their analyses, you have to agree with me that we have some promising economists among us!
Once again, we have seen the active role that our student council has in our school this week. After a proposal from the council, we have spent this week creating a home learning timetable for Years 7 to 9 and home learning guidelines for Years 10 to 13.