A 3D preview of Laboratory of Photography and Video Shooting, realized by a student of the Vocational School (Emanuele Scapellato). The preview is a part of the Institute Des Ambrois’ virtual tour, realized by another student (Edoardo Pivi).
The case of the multimedia communication laboratory “M3Lab” – I.I.S. Des Ambrois (Oulx, Turin)
1. The context
The I.I.S. Des Ambrois is a secondary school, located in a mountain municipality of the Province of Turin (Oulx, Piemonte Region). The Institute includes several lines of study: Lyceum (Scientific of applied sciences and sports, Classical, Linguistic); Technical for Tourism and Vocational. The latter is structured in two sectors (Multimedia Communication and Design).
The municipality where the school is located is near the geographical border between Italy and France.
The location of the school is probably also reflected on teaching, in the sense that, starting from the place in which we are, it becomes almost a necessity to reflect and incorporate the liminal dimensions (geographical, in fact, but also social and cultural) in teaching practice and in the reflections that guide it.
In 2017, some teachers of the Vocational section drafted and presented the “M3Lab” project, within ERDF – PON 10.8.1 – “Innovative educational workshops”, “Vocational laboratories” sub-action. In 2018, the project was approved and funded by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
The project involves the redevelopment of two laboratories already existing in the Institute (through the purchase of new instruments and furnishings). Although the focus of the intervention refers mainly to the infrastructural dimension of the laboratory, the design focused on integrating this dimension into a broader educational vision. In particular, the infrastructures have been contextualised in the design of an innovative learning environment, which can also function as an interface between the educational reality and the world of work, with particular attention to the territorial context in which the school is located.
The intervention is currently underway and is aimed at the pursuit of two macro-objectives:
Allocate more effectively the resources made available by the EU, enhancing the use of the laboratory in extra-school hours and in work-study program activities.
Strengthen the territorial network of the Institute, activating new links and possibilities for collaboration with stakeholders, in order to promote the acquisition of skills and vocational experiences for students.
2. M3Lab – Widespread Multimedia Communication Laboratory
M3Lab (Multimedia, Multitasking, Multispace Laboratory) is intended as a widespread laboratory: located in various physical environments, connected to each other through the Institute network and the adoption of online storage tools for the work carried out. In this way, it is possible, for example, to produce photographs or videos, to realize a first post-production or to check the results during the shooting phase; to continue post-production in other school laboratories; to encourage the adoption of inter-or multidisciplinary methodologies; to enhance accessibility to tools and resources, in order to increase the chances of developing vocational skills.
The laboratory consists of three main groups:
The former Laboratory of Photography and Video Shooting of the Institute;
One of the school laboratories equipped with PCs (24) and professional software for graphic design and photographic and audiovisual post-production;
A mobile laboratory, consisting of 20 tablets and a refill and transport cart, which can be requested by the teachers and used in any of the classrooms of the school.
3. Design permeable boundaries between school and work
Technical: area in which university training or that of Higher Technical Institutes certainly have more weight;
Rational and relational: as previously stated, the development of vocational skills does not take place exclusively within the technical dimension, but also involves learning to stay (and work) with others; learning to compare technical knowledge with those developed in other disciplines; discussing and experiencing the rational implications (regarding the organization of work, for example) and ethics that all this entails.