National Digital School Plan (PNSD): Conceptual Ideas

The National Digital School Plan (PNSD) is the policy document of the Ministry of Education, University and Research for the launch of an overall innovation strategy for the Italian school and for a new positioning of its education system in the digital age. It is part of the innovation logic of the school system, which began with Law 107/2015.

The plan has a multi-year validity and concretely directs the activity of the entire administration through “actions” that receive constant funding, in particular through three sources:

  • the funds allocated by Law “La Buona Scuola” (Law 107/2015);
  • provided for by European programming, through the PON “For Schools” 2014-2020;
  • other specific funds allocated by the Ministry of Education.

The Observatory for the Digital School.

The Observatory was established in 2000 (with the name Technological Observatory) as a telematic support service to collect data on the digitization process of schools, in particular what:

  • dematerialization of services (sites and portals, school-family communication, electronic classroom and teacher registers, centralized management of multimedia learning content);
  • technological equipment of laboratories and libraries (connections, computers, IWBs and interactive projectors);
  • technological equipment of the classrooms (connections, fixed and mobile devices for students and teachers, IWBs and interactive projectors).

Provided by Action # 33 of the National Plan for Digital Schools, it provides an information tool necessary to “evaluate the pedagogical, technological and innovation progress of the school system” and to plan interventions for the development of pedagogical and administrative digitization of school institutions. The institution interfaces with the Observatory for School Buildings, with data on training and with other parts of MIUR’s information capabilities. The information collected by the Digital School Observatory will provide a valuable basis for the forthcoming expansion of the National Evaluation System (VNS).

Every year, schools are invited to complete the dedicated survey, which can be found on the SIDI portal as follows: Surveys> Permanent digital school observatory.

Action # 28 – Digital Animator.

Each school must be equipped with a “digital animator”, a teacher who, together with the teacher at DSGA, has a strategic role to play in spreading innovation within the school, from the content of this plan. Its activities must focus on:

  • internal school education on PNSD topics, both through the organization of training workshops as well as the animation and coordination of the participation of the whole school community in other training activities, such as those organized by training centers;
  • encourage participation and stimulate student protagonism in the organization of workshops and other activities, including structured ones, on PNSD issues, including opening up training opportunities for families and other actors in the area;
  • identify sustainable methodological and technological solutions that are disseminated in the school environment (eg use of specific learning tools that the school is equipped with; the practice of a common methodology; information on innovations that exist in other schools; a laboratory); for coding for all students).

The facilitators present a project which, if approved, will be included in the three-year plan of the training offer and will also be published on the school website and monitored over time.

In order to carry out the necessary activities, each school will receive an annual contribution of 1,000 euros from the Ministry of Education as part of Action # 28.


STEAM, Acronym for Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics, is an interdisciplinary and laboratory learning method, with the aim of bringing students closer to mathematical and scientific disciplines through a different approach, based on student protagonism, active and cooperative learning, relational good – are.

The recent decree of the Director of the Directorate-General for Structural Funds for Education, School Building and Digital School 19 May 2021, n. 145, approved the public announcement for the collection of expressions of interest from educational institutions to experiment projects of innovative learning methodologies in the field of STEAM with the use of digital technologies, as part of the National Plan for Schools Digital. The projects that are considered worthy have already been approved and receive appropriate funding, up to a maximum of € 180,000.00 per individual project.

The goal is to develop creative, cognitive and metacognitive skills as well as social, relational, emotional skills, in a dimension of collaboration, inclusion and “connection” with the world and with people.

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