Today Maria would use digital

“Tabula Fabula” is a project developed by the boys at the Labnormal in Rome. Their objective is to re-launch the Montessori approach through multimedia

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An environment in which a child can express his creativity. A preparation and use of educational material that stimulates a child’s abilities and has been purposely developed for him such as building triangles or cube binomials. Freedom as an educational principle. The Montessori approach leaves school classrooms, after more than a century from its first applications, and makes its appearance on the web and on tablets. A blog that includes contributions from Montessori-approach experts, a range of Apps and the opportunity to print educational material in 3D. This project is called “Tabula Fabula” and will be 100% operational by November. Its aim? To allow access to educational material to those who are unable to take their children to a Montessori school either because of the high costs involved or simply because such a school is unavailable.

The boys at Labnormal working on the project are based at the “Workinco” located in via Bacciarini in the Aurelio district in Rome. They are supported by the Montessori International Cantre and cooperating with the “Fondazione Chiaravalle” and Perugia University.

«With Tabula Fabula we aim to innovate Montessori educational material by re-planning and re-launching it» explained Marco Zamponi, a 32-year-old architect and Labnormal CEO. Tommaso Ragnisco is the project’s art director and deals with the industrial design. He is 41 years old and was brought up according to the Montessori approach. «In developing the portal I was inspired by the interactions and first gestures of children», Ragnisco explained.

He then continued explaining the App in detail: «Apps to transpose and expand the material that could be developed by means of the creativity of Montessori-approach experts and graphic designers». The first App has been called “The Cosmic Tale”, an interactive story allowing children to understand man’s position in the universe.

On the portal «files and projects, that can be printed in 3D, will be made available with the cooperation of Unterwelt (a group of Makers) so that Montessori material may be recreated wherever the need may arise», added Marco Zamponi. For those who are unable to print “we will ensure that the material is printed by the closest Makers and sent by post. Hence the process occurs locally”.

On 31 July a presentation page will be published: a landing page with a newsletter allowing people to be kept up to date with the project. Towards the middle of November the portal will be fully operational. «Downloadable blogs and files will be available free of charge as the project’s business comes from the paid Apps. We are hoping to launch an App every three months. We have planned investments of between €300,000 and €500,000. Are there opportunities for growth? There certainly are».

According to Tommaso Ragnisco «introducing the Montessori approach to the web fully exploits its potentialities. Today Maria would have switched to digital after understanding its innovative energy and connecting with digital communication on a linguistic basis».