WHY and WHAT?
Imagine you are an historian in the future... around 2150... and you want to find out how ordinary people lived in 2000, at the turn of the MILLENNIUM...you are looking for documents, pictures, videos, music, sounds of that period...especially you are interested in the life of the young people. Suddenly, you come across an old CD-ROM, produced by a group of Italian students, aged 12-13 years old...how interesting!!! The CD-ROM deals with the DAILY LIFE of these students: it is about their house, their food, their school, their leisure time, their parents' jobs and so on. It's exactly what you were looking for: an original and unique piece of information about that time, written by the first hand young eyewitnesses of the period. They wanted to create their own TIME CAPSULE! There is so much in it: texts, photos, drawings, animations, sounds, music; it is about themselves and their grandparents, but also about their friends, or better their keypals, in Australia and in Japan. It's extraordinary how life changed at the turn of the century because of new inventions that affected their life such as, for example, the electricity, the car, the phone, the TV, the computer and INTERNET!! There is also a brief description of many inventions of the time and comparisons with the life abroad, in UK or USA. There are also many links to interesting Web sites. They worked hard, no doubt, but it was worth doing it, because, they say, they had fun and learnt a lot. You are curious now, aren't you? Explore their "masterpiece" at once!! They were very proud of it!
The students started describing their house, their eating habits, their school system and their subjects, timetable, etc.Then, they interviewed their grandparents about the life when their grandparents were young and they collected old photos. Divided in groups, they started to write down these texts using the computer; they took pictures of themselves, they drew and painted, they looked for animations, photos, music, sounds and they created the "beautiful" Web pages you can still see! They used a software programme, called Microsoft Frontpage Express, and they also used a digital camera, a microphone, a scanner and, of course, they were connected to Internet. Some pages are in Italian, but most of them are in English and they were the most difficult ones to write down for these young Italian students! At the same time, they asked their penfriends in Australia and in Japan to decribe their own life and to send their letters to them by mail or e-mail. They also collected materials from books, encyclopedias and doing researches in Internet. They organized the pages in maps and sub-maps. So, they created and checked and changed their pages ...until the end! They called it a "Web hypermedia"... certainly they were very creative!
WHEN and WHERE?
This activity began at the end of 1999 and finished at the beginning of the magic year 2000. They did most of the work at school, during the lessons of English and sometimes of Italian. It took around 15 hours each class and there were four classes involved. The last part of the activity, however, was done after school by a small group of them; in particular they did the links among the 125 pages and they created the maps. So, they always worked in one of the computer labs of their school and sometimes at home.
They were exactly 80 students, that means four classes (II E, III E, II F, III F), of the "G.Robecchi" school in Vigevano, a small historical town, in the north of Italy, not far from Milan (have a look at the maps from here). It's a nice town with an old square and a natural park along the Ticino river. But of course, they were not alone!! Their supervisors? Mrs. Anna Pasini, their teacher of English and Mrs. Simona Stacchini, the teacher of Italian of the class II F. All the students were 12 or 13 years old, as well as their keypals in Australia and in Japan. And of course, don't forget, their lovely grandparents "nonni": click on the picture to see them!! By the way, one of them wrote a beautiful poetry in dialect about his recollections of the house where he lived when he was young. Moreover, the pages created by the class IIIE are a part of European Union Project, "Socrates-Comenius 2"; intitled "Beyond frontieres"; this project about jobs, in collabaoration with Mrs. Carmela Simonetti, has the University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan as a project partner.
There is a main map and from there, click on hot words, to go to the sub-maps. The texts about Italy, are in Italian and in English as well (but they are not identical!). Click on the flags to choose the language. All the other texts about "abroad" are in English. Just in case you feel getting lost, click on the botton MAP, at the bottom of the page, and choose the topic you are interested in or go back to the main map (the homepage).
Have an exciting surfing!!!