Historical LandmarksDescription of "Our Community"
Our "Community" is the whole City of Rome: from Francesco Rutelli (actual Mayor) to the youngest citizen of today, from Romulus (the founder) to the newest citizen of tomorrow.Summary of Our Project
Because many people from all over the world connect with us through Internet, seek information about our "Town" and ask us news about the City of Rome, we decided it would be useful to make a site dedicated to "ancient" Rome. A web site concerning the Town Council of modern Rome already exists.
We have developed an historical and cultural guide of "ancient" Rome, named "Roma - History and Civilization of the Eternal City".
Roger Williams visited the Boys Town of Rome in March of this year as part of the project: "Where on the globe is Roger". He asked us for news about Rome and told us that the students who participate in his project as well as many others would be interested inknowing more about our city.
Our project can be divided into three different areas: historical, cultural and artistic. These three curriculum areas are covered in Italy by three different teachers.
The history of Rome, for example, is taught, in third year of elementary school, the first year of middle school, and in the first year and fourth year of secondary school.
Since students of different ages have partecipated in this project, we have limited the depth of the research so that all the students can understand the material. Moreover, having the necessity of translating all into English (none of us has English as a first language -- we study English as a foreign language three times a week) we are using a fairly limited vocabulary and simplified sentence structures.
Many technologies were used to actualize this project, therefore the result is truly a "multimedia" production.
Most initial contacts were made by telephone (unfortunately not all the offices have an e-mail box) as was the case of setting up appointments with the Government officials of the City of Rome as well as those responsible for the libraries, the museums and the monuments.
Having gathered interview materials, books, documents, magazines, photos, paintings, video cassettes and other material, we begun to use the computers.
We employed the scanner to input photos and other documents. We used a video-recorder and a video-digitizer to enter video material.
Then use a variaty of software packages to build all the necessary files for the HTML assembly:
- Corel Photo Paint for photo-retouch
- Corel Draw for drawing
- Corel WordPerfect for documents
- MS Video for Windows for videos
- Htmleasy for HMTL editing
- Netscape as HTML browser
The first people we contacted were the web-site managers of the Rome Town Council knowing that they could give us help on the project. The first contact was through e-mail to ask which persons could provide the necessary help and authorizations. We also spoke with them on the telephone. When we met these people for the first time, we brought with us a portable computer to explain what "Cyberfair" was and who the partecipants would be. Moreover we explained to them which contents we wanted to put in the final project.
The Town Council supported us with letters of introduction and authorizations for the libraries, museums and monuments.
At the end of the project, the members of the Town Council of Rome were so impressioned with the results that they asked us to insert the entire guide in their web-server, giving a link directly from their home-page.
As a matter of fact, while you are reading this file, as you come to the end and click on our web-site project, you may be advised that the web-site was "moved" or "mirrored" to another link, please excuse this small inconvenience.
We have learned much in the course of doing this project. Even though we had studied the story of Rome since early elementary schoool, it was not until now that we began to put together the various aspects of the history, life and culture of Rome.
Usually we study this material in different subjects and in different years in our school curriculum (elementary, middle and secondary), so that rarely do we have the time to reflect on how it all came together. For example in the time of Augustus Ottaviano lands were conquered (history), monuments were built (art) and besides our Lord Jesus was born (religion). How all this fits together is not usually understood because the historical period of 800 years that we studied in a two month period is usually spred out over the course of an entire year.
From the first visitors to our web site we began to appreciate how putting all this material together has helped us and others to discover new insignts into the story of Rome. We are happy to have had a part in contributing to the cultural education of others around the world.
Because we are co-participating in Cyberfair with the Elanora Heights Primary School in Australia as part of another project entitled "The Rivers and Lakes Project on Internet", we have developed a page about the Tiber River. In our project "Roma" there is a link to our page of the project "Rivers and Lakes".
As we mentioned above, we have received much appreciated help from the Town Council of Rome and the curators of the libraries, monuments and museums.
We are also very grateful for the technical assistance we have had from the staff of MC-link, our services provider who have explained to us many aspects of HTML and have given us disk space on their web server.
Of course, we are also very appreciatiave of the many "Cyberfriends" in Rome but also in other parts of the world especially in the United States and Australia who have tested the beta version of the web-site. Without their help there would have been many more errors in the links and in the layout.
The Cittą dei Ragazzi di Roma (Boys' Town of Rome) is a residential educational community that offers hospitality to children and adolescents "at risk" from everywhere in the world, challenging them to live and work together in the management of their self-governing "town". Our school itself "shares and unites".
The School of Computer Technology of the community, with over fifteen years of experience in the design and validation of various methods, organizes and co-ordinates courses of pre-professional and professional formation. The climate of innovation, research and formation, that grew out of the daily experience of teamwork and mutual assistance between students, teachers, office staff and other personnel who use the Computing Center, gave birth to the idea of the "Convention of Students Expert on Computer", which every year, from 1989, is organized by Citta' dei Ragazzi for students of high-school in Rome and all of Italy (for information for this year's Convention click here).