Presentation on theme: "Use of ICT Tools in Basic Education in Europe: Case Study from Finland"— Presentation transcript:
1 Use of ICT Tools in Basic Education in Europe: Case Study from Finland General information about NBEKaisa VähähyyppäCouncellor of EducationFinnish National Board of Education
2 Finland (Finnish name Suomi) is a republic which became a memberof the European Union in 1995.Its population is 5.3 million.The capital Helsinki has 561 000 residents.Finland is an advanced industrial economy: the metal, engineering and electronics Industries account for about 60 % of export revenues, the forest products Industry for about 20 %. Finland is one of the leading countries in Internet use. Today, there are more mobile phone than fixed network subscriptions.
4 THE ADMINISTRATION OF EDUCATION IN FINLAND Ministry of EducationUniversitiesFinnish National Board of EducationPolytechnicsState Provincial OfficesMinistry of education makes the education policy for the whole country and of course gives us the orders and advices for our work.In the ministry they are also doing the legislation work.The ministry lead also the universities and polytecnics.Our work in NBE is to develope education on the grassroot level. We are doing the national curricula for all subjects and we do national evaluation and have some information services. Of course there are very many other tasks also but those are the main tasks.Education providersEducational institutions
5 THE ADMINISTRATION OF EDUCATION agreement onresults for aperiod of3 yearsMinistry of Educationeducational policylegislationFinnish National Board of Educationnational core curriculadevelopmental worknational evaluationinformation services
7 FINNISH NATIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION - TASKS National core curricula- preprimary, primary, secondary, upper secondary general, upper secondary vocational education and competence-based vocational qualificationsEvaluation- performance testsDevelopmental work- support nationally important aims of educational policy in close co-operation with the providersWe have national tests but of course there are many other international tests also like Pisa.- develops education. Finnish National Board of Education (NBE) draws up core curricula for basic and upper secondary education, the framework for vocational qualifications and competence-based qualifications, and undertakes various projects to develop educationRight now we have started to work with educational environments . That includes elerning of course but also local environments like all kinds of cultural intitutions etc, physical environments the most important of those is of course the school bulding itself. How is it possible to use that as educationla tool.Social and didactic environments belong in that also.
8 ICT in schoolsEquipping schools with computersNetworking schoolsOrganizing teachers’ in-service trainingDeveloping teaching methodsVirtual school projectDeveloping Learning Environments
9 ICT in educationSchools are assumed to create their own ICT strategy as part of their local curriculumAll schools have access to internetMost schools have high speed network communication
10 Developing learning environments FNBE awards state grants to development of learning environmentsThe amount of grants is approximately 5 million euros/yearNext application round spring 2009ICT should become a natural part of daily work
11 Aspects of learning environments LOCALSOCIALDidactic-pedagogicalTECHNICALPHYSICAL
12 Aspects of learning environments Locallibrariescultural organisationscommunitiesassociationssports organisationshomes….
13 Aspects of learning environments LocallibrariesCultural organisationscommunitiesassociationssports organisationshomes….Where should ICTs be?Positioning (gps)tasks before and after visitsmeasuringreportingkeeping contact…
14 Aspects of learning environments Physicalschool building, school yard, furniture, placement of furniture ....learning while playingICT outside- Yes!
15 Aspects of learning environments Technicallearning on the Netthemes of learningmobile learningpositioning systemsvirtual worldsgamesFacebookSecondLifeIRC GalleryWikipediablogs, wikisFlicr…
16 Aspects of learning environments Socialthe social network within which learning takes place.Social learning environments are influenced by all people (teachers, students,school staff, parents) who take part in the learning situation, as well as by theinteraction between these people.Simultaneous enthusiasm to learn!→ creative atmosphereCreativity is a game of the mind – give it the space it needs!
17 ICT projects – things has been done already In-service training for teachers and head teachersThree levels:Ope.fi I (Ope=”Teacher”)- every teacher must master the basic ICT skills (word processing, , etc)Ope.fi IIMost of the teachers must master the skills using ICT id educationOpe.fi III- about 20 % of the teachers must master a specialized knowledge on ICTso called experts
18 ICT projects – things has been done already Virtual Scool- projectPart of the national Information Society projectICT projects at schools, mostly finacied by the State- best practices colleted into one portal edu.fi maintained by FNBEOpettajaTV = TeacherTV- co-operation project between Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle)and FNBE- TV series for in-service training and courses on the net- materials connected to Yle’s so called living archive
19 ICT in Schools project 2008-2010 The project is carried out by Ministry of Transport and Communications(co-ordination), Ministry of Education and National Board ofEducation and in co-operation with industry and commerce.1) Pedagogical practices of ICT for teaching and learning 2) Media culture in formal and informal learning environments 3) ICT mediated interaction, team work and competencies 4) ICT tools, infrastructure and usability12 pilotschools selected at November 2008
20 Learning environments –project 2007 – Case studies Know-how – the Power of Art and SkillThe project creates a framework for learning arts and crafts, increasingsocial interaction and consolidating teamwork skills in an online environment.The project applies a range of online working methods: online learning platforms,knowledge-building using Wiki tools, learning blogs, and image, music andvideo galleries or online exhibitions with a view to strengthening an operationalculture based on shared expertise and networking at educational institutions.How to use the Museum from distance?Is it possible to add new Inventions to the Museum site?
21 Learning environments –project 2007 – Case studies Get a Move On!The Get a Move On! project involves three lower secondary schoolsand five upper secondary schools from different part of the country, which produce information about the environment from theperspective of different subjects (geography, chemistry,social studies, visual arts and health/physical education) andcross-curricular themes, using mobile learning methods.The project commercialises learning pathways directed atschool groups, a GIS learning environment andoperating model in co-operation with Science Centre,Marine Nature Centre and the PaikkaOppi GIS LearningPortal project.
22 Learning environments –project 2007 – Case studies Writing to Read – the Trageton MethodFive schools will start to apply the method developedby Norwegian Arne Trageton to teach Finnish-speaking children toread and write.Through this method, children will learn to read and write on acomputer and by hand at the same time. Computers will also enablethose pupils with motor difficulties in writing to grasp productivewriting skills more quickly.
23 Learning environments –project 2007 – Case studies GIS Learning PortalThe PaikkaOppi project creates an open geographical information systems (GIS) learning portal, which allows students and teachers to browse various centrally administered background materials (including base maps,weather satellite images, soil/bedrock maps,nature reserves, the road network,GPS navigation). The portalenables students, classes anddifferent schools to co-operatein different subjects or with jointenvironmental themes.
24 Learning environments –project 2007 – Case studies Information and Safety from the WebIn this project pilot schools’ project, pupils and teachers join forcesto put Web communication and instant messaging tools to use at school,produce new contents and transfer peer support practices into avirtual learning environment. Web use will be extended to pupilwelfare services and school well-being efforts.
25 Learning environments –project 2007 – Case studies Almost 400 learning environment project going on – ´partly financed by FNBEInternational case:eTwinning - European Schools Project in Finland connectsschools and teachers from all countries in eTwinning projects.About 1000 schools from Finland is participating eTwinning already
26 MaterialsFNBE has created a guide to the web 2.0 for teachers – free for all(only in Finnish and Swedish) edu.fiKenGURU a material for teachers- how to use ICT in a pedagogical wayon lessons. KenGuru is made especially for selfstudies edu.fi
27 Thank you!C Contact information:Kaisa VähähyyppäCouncellor of Education, Head of Unit