Pia Pakarinen, Deputy Mayor for Education, City of Helsinki, Finland
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What is it all about?
INTO SCHOOL was launched in 2017 at EDUCA fair in Helsinki together with Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, the Minister of Education in Finland.
INTO SCHOOL program is an efficient answer to the objectives and challenges posed by the 21st century, preparing children with necessary future skills by:
* INSPIRING children to take on a creative journey through music, storytelling, arts and drama
* NARROWING the gap between arts, technology and science
* OFFERING expertise in digital technology from kindergarten to high school
* CREATING new experiential pedagogical approaches and learning environments
* STRENGTHENING the role and status of creativity and collaboration in education
INTO SCHOOL is built on best pedagogical practices available. It offers new perspectives and widely applicable knowledge for future-focused learning, teacher education and in-service training. The program offers the latest and the most relevant data as well as the know-how on how technology-supported creative project-based learning can be implemented in varying contexts of tomorrow’s education.
The implementation of the INTO SCHOOL program consists of two overlapping components: providing teachers in-service training in authentic environments and carrying out creative projects in schools and preschools.
INTO SCHOOL offers know-how and tangible tools to integrate technology into creative and multidisciplinary learning. The program raises awareness of different ways to apply modern digital tools in creative ways in schools, kindergartens and teacher education institutes.
There are great differences in available resources, technical equipment, and technical know-how in different schools and educational levels. Our program aims to enable and improve efficient utilization of technology also in schools and communities with modest premises and resources available.
In order to continuously evaluate and develop the pedagogic model, it is vitally important for us to include ongoing academic research and extensive feedback from the field. As academic partners we have University of Cologne (Germany), University of the Arts (Finland) and University Pompeu Fabra (Spain).
Spreading INTO SCHOOL across borders can be a game changer for education and more equal future, worldwide.
INTO SCHOOL has received extremely positive feedback on the quality of program and on how it is organised. All the participants and the education providers, headmasters, teachers, children and parents have found the program very successful.
This innovation shows how you can make music with the help of technology without any previous experience.Impact
Students work together on the project to learn new things and improve their self-confidence.Scalability
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