PhD in Telematics and Information Society, she is Full Professor of Education, Media and Technology the University of Florence, Italy, specializing in the theory and methodology of media and technology in education. She has worked on and coordinated a number of European research projects on media, learning, technology and social inclusion. On these topics, Maria has published more than two hundred papers and chapters, and ten volumes. She is the Vice-President of the Italian Association of Media Education and a member of the Executive Committee of (Italian Society for Research in Medial Education). Currently she is the co-editor of Media Education: Studies, Research and Good Practices & the Journal of Media Literacy Education.