In this period of "forced distance", class 4D of the IC Martin Luther King of Grugliasco and class 1B of the Scuola elementare Marconi - Istituto Comprensivo Centro Storico di Moncalieri are the first in Italy to have tested a new way of year-end trips.
A video call through Microsoft's Teams platform - one of the safe tools recognised by the MIUR - allowed the children and their teachers to take a real virtual walk in the Orti Generali of the Parco Piemonte in Mirafiori, together with the person in charge for the didactics of the Ortis Davide Di Nasso.
The children discovered the secrets of sowing and talked with the "ortolani" listening the history and the social meaning of their experience of sustainable urban agriculture. Unlike the video-walks or the virtual experiences already present on the web, this end-of-year virtual trip was live and allowed the interaction between the children, the guide and the other people who live the places of Parco Piemonte: a real "experience" of exchange and dialogue with "real" people. A virtual experience of about 60 minutes to leave the taste and the desire to really come back to life and touch what you see on screen, when it is possible. The end-of-year virtual trip on environmental issues consistent with the European project ProGiReg of which the City of Turin is local coordinator, and which has among its partners also Orti Generali.
The year-end virtual trip are promoted on Microsoft's international platform "Skype in the classroom" and the City of Turin is the first municipality in Italy to have activated this experience. An international showcase for the territory and an opportunity always open to other museums and educational institutions that can join forces to enable further virtual visit experiences. An opportunity offered free of charge as part of Torino City Love.
For information on the calendar of upcoming trips to Orti Generali and for those in the process of being defined in some museums in Turin, please consult the social channels Torino City Lab, the "school" section Torino City Love on our website and the dedicated page Skype in the Classroom.