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Using modern technology to support creativity


Marker Helsinki, Finland
INTO SCHOOL brings technology supported music making and arts into K-12 education inspiring children on a creative journey from an original idea to a finished work. The holistic, cross-curricular and phenomenon based learning approach creates opportunities for more versatile music & art education in diverse learning environments. Neither teachers nor children need any previous knowledge of music.

What is it all about?

“During the self-critical phase kids go through on the brink of adolescence, it might be difficult to express your emotions. With music, we were able to overcome obstacles and fears and say what we wanted to say through a song.”

Niko Lehtonen, grade teacher, Rastaala School

The fast development of technology presents new challenges for schools and music education to keep up. Mobile and music technology has brought musical equipment into everyone’s pockets, so schools, and music lessons in particular, now have new opportunities that have not been available before.

Creating, composing, and expressing yourself through music no longer requires an ability to play traditional instruments or any knowledge of musical theory. By using modern music technology, you can give all students from all backgrounds the equal opportunity to participate in creative processes.

Technology has become an important and natural part of the everyday life of kids in many parts of the world. Schools, however, are not fully aware of the opportunities offered by technology even in music instruction – teachers are often shy or even scared to use technology. Changing the way you use technology in school requires learning entirely new skills and classroom practices.

INTO SCHOOL - Technology Supporting Creativity adds modern technology, and producing, composing and writing music into music lessons.

This innovation is based on the new Finnish curriculum and offers schools and teachers know-how about music technology as well as tangible tools and methods for using digital learning environments to teach music.

Kids of all ages, all schools and groups can make use of the lessons. It requires no musical expertise from the teacher and no previous experience in making music, singing or playing instruments from the students.

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Intended Outcomes
Target Group
Resources Needed
A classroom and music equipment (optional), tablet computer(s) or smartphones, 1-3 months for implementation.
HundrED Criteria
This innovation shows how you can make music with the help of technology without any previous experience.
Students work together on the project to learn new things and improve their self-confidence.
As long as you have access to a few tablets, you can implement this innovation.

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Getting to know the concept
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Contacting the team
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Checking the school’s equipment
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The training and classes
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Evaluation and support after implementation
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An example of an INTO MUSIC project
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Janne Hiedanniemi
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