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Tarmo Toikkanen

The Finnish Education System Rocks! Why? - 1 views

  • In short, Singapore and Finland have become world renowned for their education systems, but interestingly they have achieved their success using quite different approaches (to say it mildly!).
  • Here are five reasons, why Finish people have been, and are successful: Quality education with equal opportunity High level of investments in R&D for technology development Good regulatory framework and efficient public service Open economy: competition has to prevail Social model: social market economy, welfare society
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  • Besides free and universal high-level education from comprehensive school to university (6% of GDP directed to public education), Finland stresses also equal opportunity for all, irrespective of domicile, sex, economic situation or mother tongue. Teachers are required to be trained in dealing with low-achieving students, as well as students with disabilities and learning difficulties.
  • The fact that education is free, including travel expenses, welfare services, accommodation, books and other school material, means that students can focus more of their time on learning, rather than all the other distractions that might come with it.
  • Interestingly, a teacher must have a master's degree to teach in Finland, and also have a lifelong learning program mapped out for them. They emphasize a lot on lifelong learning, and it is kind of embedded into the their learning culture.
  • Finland don't rank students or schools, and they don't emphasize on standardized nationwide examinations that drive students, teachers and parents nuts.
  • I personally believe (based on my shallow understanding) the Finnish education system has managed to infuse discipline, hard work, and competitiveness, but at the same time also infuse the right balance to nurture critical skills required for the 21 century, which include communication, collaboration, creativity (innovativeness), critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy, flexibility, adaptability, global care/awareness, and emotional intelligence.
  • In addition, the Finnish education system is rather decentralized and schools are given a degree of freedom (independence) to develop their own curriculum. The problem with having a centralized system and curriculum, is that if you get it wrong, the whole country will suffer. Also, with a top-down model, it is difficult to quickly innovate and spark changes to the curriculum that is needed to deal with the increasingly disruptive learning world that we are experiencing today. However, in a decentralized system, schools can easily change and adapt as they learn, and also they have more freedom to explore and try out new things, without needing to worry about ranking of this and that.
  • Finally, Finland emphasizes big time on research and development (around 4% of GDP), and have interlinked companies with the Universities to collaborate on new innovations. Whatever they do, their approach is very scientific, which of course includes how they are continuously improving their education systems.
  • Focus less on exams, and more on learning.
  • Focus more on teacher education, and less on centralized content/curriculum.
  • Focus less on investing on flowers and big buildings, and more on equipping educators and students with the learning tools needed to transform the way they learn.
    Analysis on why the Finnish education system gives good results.
    ZaidLearnin kirjoittaja pääsi kuuntelemaan Suomi-Malesia-konferenssiin opetuskulttuurien eroista. Tässä hän analysoi USAn näkökulmasta, mikä suomalaisessa koulutusjärjestelmässä häntä inspiroi.
Tero Toivanen

Eurocall CMC & Teacher Education SIGs Annual Workshop - Home - 0 views

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as “materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone” (Downes, 2011). Open Educational Practices (OEP) are practices which “support the production, use and reuse of high quality OER through institutional policies, which promote innovative pedagogical models, and respect and empower learners as co-producers on their lifelong learning path.” (ICDE, 2011). Open Communication is reciprocal and respectful exchange which contributes to social presence in online learning (Gunawardena & Zittle, 1997), and the development of intercultural awareness and competence in language learning.
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      Avoimien resurssien, avoimien käytäntöjen ja avoimen kommunikaation määritelmät.
  • “A culture of sharing resources and practices will help facilitate change and innovation in education” (OER Commons, 2011).
  • Open access initiatives to make research publications freely available online or the adoption of open source software solutions, such as Moodle or Mahara, are already having a big impact on education.
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  • This two-day conference focuses on the impact of adopting openness as a key principle in education.
Tero Toivanen

The Innovative Educator: Don't force your child to fit in at school. Find a school to f... - 0 views

  • Get your child to a school that fits him or her…however you can.
  • Personalize each student’s learning experience to meet their diverse and individual needs to the maximum feasible extent.
  • Optimize a match between individual student learning needs, learning modalities, content and instructional resources through an algorithmic engine
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  • Quest to Learn
  • The school believe that students today can and do learn in different ways, often through interaction with digital media and games.
  • iSchool
  • The NYC iSchool has taken a problem-based learning approach to education.
  • The mission of School of One is to provide students with personalized, effective, and dynamic classroom instruction so that teachers have more time to focus on the quality of their instruction.
  • investigating what schools will suit the needs of their 21st century learning and teaching styles and then figuring out how to attend or work in such environments.
    Blogikirjoitus mielenkiintoisesta lähtökohdasta. Oppilaan ei tarvitsekaan muuttua koululle sopivaksi, vaan koulun oppilaan tarpeita vastaavaksi. Inklusiivista ajattelua!
Tarmo Toikkanen

Yahoo! Launches Major Challenge to Facebook Connect - ReadWriteWeb - 0 views

  • If you thought Facebook represented the mainstream face of newsfeeds, 3rd party identity authentication, etc. just imagine what Yahoo! could do. The only question is whether the giant company will move fast enough - Facebook is very close to having stolen its thunder already. Yahoo! has been talking about "opening up" and integrating social data across its sites for months, Facebook tends to be much, much faster at taking action and innovating.
    Facebook Connectin avulla FB-tunnuksella voi vaikkapa kommentoida blogia. Nyt Yahoo vastaa haasteeseen omalla Updates-palvelullaan. Kisa kiihtyy, kun isot pelaajat yrittävät vastata pienien tulijoiden haasteisiin, kuten avoimuuteen ja yhteensopivuuteen.
    Yahoo's response to Facebook Connect: Yahoo Updates. And it uses OAuth, an open standard.
Tero Toivanen

Ten Technologies That Will Rock 2010 - 0 views

  • The Tablet: It’s the most anticipated product of the year.
  • Geo: The combination of GPS chips in mobile phones, social networks, and increasingly innovative mobile apps means that geolocation is increasingly becoming a necessary feature for any killer app.
  • Realtime Search: After licensing realtime data streams from Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and others, Google and Bing are quickly ramping up their realtime search.
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  • Chrome OS: In November, Google gave the world a sneak peek at its Chrome operating system, which is expected to be released later this year.
  • HTML5: The Web is built on HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and the next version which has been taking form for a while is HTML5.
  • Mobile Video: With video cameras integrated into the latest iPhone 3GS and other Web phones, live video streaming apps are becoming more commonplace—both streaming from phones and to them.
  • Augmented Reality: One of the coolest ways to use the camera lens on a mobile phone is with the increasing array of augmented reality apps.
  • Mobile Transactions: As mobile phones become full-fledged computers, they can be used for mobile commerce also.
  • Android: Last year saw the launch of nearly two dozen Android-powered phones, including the Verizon Droid.
  • Social CRM: We’ve seen the rise of Twitter and Facebook as social communication tools.  This year, those modes of realtime communication will find their way deeper into the enterprise.
    Techcrunch -blogin ennustus vuoden 2010 tärkeimmistä uutuuksista.
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - A video invitation to join the Invisible Learning project - 0 views

    John Moravecin kutsu Invisible Learning -projektiin.
Tarmo Toikkanen

The Innovative Educator: Ten Ways To Confuse a Child: Education Edition - 2 views

    "Last week I wrote a post about how parents can confuse their children. Then I started thinking about how teachers and school administrators can do their parts as well. We can all work together to make sure no child is left thinking the world makes sense."
    10 tapaa saada koulussa lapsi ymmälleen. Piilo-opetussuunnitelman esiinnostoa ja nykytilan kritiikkiä.
Tarmo Toikkanen

 News Singleview - European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009 - EUROPA - 0 views

    Vastaa kyselyyn opetuskäytännöistä 15.10. mennessä jos operation koulussa.
Tarmo Toikkanen

ZaidLearn: The Secret Recipe to Delivering World Class Lectures - 0 views

  • NEW SCHOOLFive simple learning steps/phases, which can of course overlap anyway you like (image above):ExploreLearnInnovateFeedbackReflect (back to Explore)This learning cycle can happen within minutes using your mental reflection and visualization, or perhaps days, weeks, or months in the real world, depending upon how you apply this flexible learning approach. Actually, these steps are just indicators and do not need to be followed step-by-step. Just use them how you feel like it, or what works best for you. I am still learning, so these steps or phases might change even by the time I really finish this article. Alright, let's move on!
    Ohjeita parempaan luennointiin. Linkkejä hyviin luentotallenteisiin ja muita resursseja.
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - November agenda: Boundless conversations - 0 views

  • Finally, I head to Helsinki on November 20 for a visit with a seminar at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science on Boundless Learning. With both virtual and in-person components, the seminar is developing into a real treat to participate in. For a sample of the ideas we will explore, view the videos posted on the Boundless Learning blog.
    John Moravec will come to Helsinki on November 20 for a visit with a seminar at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science on Boundless Learning. With both virtual and in-person components, the seminar is developing into a real treat to participate in. For a sample of the ideas we will explore, view the videos posted on the Boundless Learning blog.
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