Our new ceramic-steel whiteboard

Whiteboards have a life cycle, too. As you can see here, over time small scratches accumulate in the most used areas, with the result that the writing becomes difficult to remove, and the ink of the markers accumulates: the board becomes almost impossible to clean.DSCN1590

 

Therefore the board must be regularly changedwith the best that the market offers. Nowadays it looks like the best is the CeramicSteel surface board, very advanced technologically, scratch-resistant, environmentally safe and ecologically sensible.

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As they say, CeramicSteel is an innovation that essentially melds the sleek beauty of porcelain and locks it in steel. This process guarantees a beautiful and reliable uniformity across all contours, including edges. PolyVision CeramicSteel technology is complex and exacting. Here is a quick snapshot of the process:

  • Heated at a range of 1292° – 1652° F (700° – 900° C), powdered glass melts, flows and hardens
  • The resulting powder is then fired and fused onto the metal sheet/coil
  • Finally, a smooth, durable, abrasion-resistant surface is made.ceramicsteel-testing

PolyVision e3 CeramicSteel is 99.9% recyclable and the only globally Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM surface of its kind. It is safe and clean, and emits no harmful chemicals into the environment.

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Quite impressive, isnt’it? Tomorrow, the road test. We’ll keep you updated !

Scuola Toscana in Japan again!

Later than usual we were in Japan also this year; still a bit jet-lagged and after 2 hrs of Shinkansen from Tokyo, I was excited to present Scuola Toscana at the KCC Kobe Shimbun Bunka Center

Every year we try to find something new to present our courses: this year, thanks to Gerda and Gabriele brilliant idea, I presented a quiz about Florence; seven questions, ranging from very easy to almost impossible, and for every answer there was a small presentation of a “special course” at Scuola Toscana (art history course, fashion and design course, Florence discovery course, Internship course, wine and cooking course)

Given that two students finished on a tie, there was the suplementary final question (“guess: how old is the director ?”) to award the first prize (a bottle of Chianti…) The answer remained confidential, of course !

Last but not least, some further information about the school and Tuscan fingerfood for all the participants

… many thanks to Eri Nawate (Accademia della cultura italiana) who made it possible, and Minae Okada for the translation and organisation in Kobe !

Scuola Toscana : the movie

When a prospective student proposed us to shoot a movie about the school – for free, we did not give too much weight to the offer: many students are too nice and offer their professional abilities to us, and then they lose themselves in the beauties of Florence…

But when some months later Mrs Dawn Dubriel, from Los Angeles, CA., showed at the secretary of Scuola Toscana with a professional tripod – and an even more professional camera, we started to think that maybe there was something… after that, we heard that some of our students and teachers were interviewed – and then, we received a project for our interview as directors: we realised that it was for real – the next thing, we were in front of the camera talking about Scuola Toscana, Florence, the students, and so on.

Now, after the film has been edited, we can guarantee that the young Mrs Dubriel is a professional filmmaker – just have a look at the movie yourself !

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The only weak spot is us, the wooden directors, Mrs Dubriel tried hard but our performance did not improve too much, but do not worry: Scuola Toscana 2 is already in the works…

Learning Italian at the Enoteca


For students who stay in Italy for a long time, Internship programme is surely one of the best ways to learn Italian.

With the Internship Programme at Scuola Toscana, the students attend Italian classes in the morning and spend the evenings as trainees in cafes, restaurants, shops, to practice the language and to learn the special lexicon needed at work. To talk with Italian bosses, colleagues, and especially with Italian customers is a great way to improve the knowledge of the real language – really “learning by doing”. No simulations, no roleplaying, this is the real thing.
It is interesting and satisfying, but it requires a good amount of commitment : you go to the school in the morning, have your homework to do, and in the evening you go to work, to learn other skills, always immerse in no-stop Italian. As with all the works, some days can be harder than other days…rewarding but challenging. Our student Izumi seems to be equal to the challenge: she is a very proficient student, comes to her classes every morning for the regular four hours a day course, and in the evening … goes on learning Italian, but at a different place, Enotria, an enoteca in the Porta a Prato area of Florence;

Enotria is a family business, founded 1989 as a wine bar and now a wine restaurant, which caters to office people at lunch and to wine amateurs at dinner. Scuola Toscana has a long-standing partnership with Enotria and Izumi is the third student of Scuola Toscana doing a stage there.

At Enotria Izumi perfects her skills as a wine expert, explaining Italian wines and their qualities to (enthralled) Italian customers.

LEARN ITALIAN IN ITALY – OLDIES BUT GOLDIES

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It was 1982 when your Italian Language Expert began teaching Italian as the youngest guy of the pack (even if the legend wants him as a 3-years old, teaching Italian to some Swiss baby sitters).
This book was already old at that time, and in few months, at the school I worked we did not use it anymore – officially. But we teachers kept on making good use of it for many years, and at Scuola Toscana you can meet with some of its pages still today – as you know, learning and teaching a language has a lot to do with sensations and feelings, so you have to like the tools you work with…

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Moreover, some of the exercises you find were quite revolutionary for the times, and are quite creative still today – can you figure out how they work ?

… some books never get old, do they ?

Two worlds meet at ScuolaToscana

Tandem at Scuola Toscana: Japanese students of Italian language meet Italian students of Japanese language – it is a great opportunity to exchange conversation in the language they are studying.

Soon, we will do it also in Spanish !