INDIRE, the oldest institution of the Ministry of Education, founded in Florence in 1925, is the scientific partner of Fair Didacta Italy, the new Italian exhibition dedicated to school education and training. The Institute is the reference point for educational research in Italy. It develops new teaching models, the use of new technologies in training programmes, and promotes the redefinition of the relationship between space and time of learning and teaching. The Institute has extensive experience in in-service training of teaching, administrative, technical and auxiliary staff and headmasters, and has been involved in some of the most important experiences of e-learning at European level.

INDIRE coordinates a complete programme of educational events that will enrich the three-days exhibition and that will focus on the “school of the future.”

There will be over 80 scientific events, including workshops and conferences, dedicated to tutors, educators, teachers and business operators. In the dedicated section of the website it is possible to learn about the main scientific topics developed during the Fair: teaching innovation, responsible use of technology, but also practical issues like management of furnishings and school buildings.

In particular, the “Avanguardie Educative” (Educational Avant-garde) manifesto, also launched by INDIRE, will have a central role in the scientific programme.

The manifesto was drawn up in 2014 by 22 innovative schools. Now it involves over 600 schools committed to transforming the lecture-based school model, by identifying and supporting experiences of innovation with a “bottom up” approach.

Furthermore, Didacta schedules a series of seminars to foster the discussion on school, architecture and innovative furnishings for the school of the future. During these events, the relationship between space and time of learning and new teaching models will be further discussed and analysed. The seminars will also delve into robotics, 3D printers in the classroom and immersive learning.

The courses are divided into five main areas: Innovation of the educational model area, Teaching innovation, Comparative education topics, Innovation with technologies and “Physical Space Teaches.

 Fair didacta Italy is included by the MIUR in the multiannual plan for the in-service training of teachers.