‘Chocolat’ in Como means technology

| April 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Como, Italy, middle school teacher Luca Piergiovanni – a 37-year-old former disc jockey with a degree in Literature – is garnering international acclaim.

With a mixer, microphone and CDs, he teaches the basics of poetry analysis through music – and podcasting. What started as an after-school project, with students recording radio shows on poems and pop songs, soon evolved into a class website, with podcasts available for free at the iTunes digital Store. Piergiovanni uses the students’ emotional reaction to poetry to trigger their critical thinking. In one podcast, the students explored commonalities between a desperate poet writing from a trench during World War I and a mournful, anti-war songwriter from the 1970s.

Piergiovanni says this new medium has also given students an entire new set of skills. “Students learn how to work in a team, give each other tasks, and do all the research needed to interview experts for the podcast,” he says. The class website –www.Chocolat3b.podomatic.com – attracted the attention of Roger Schank, the CEO of Socratic Arts, a virtual company that promotes innovation in education. Piergiovanni is now helping Schank create a new curriculum for first grade teachers.

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