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Digitalizing A Rural School

What changes in the way we think and operate due the digitalization of schools? How will information and communication technology be used in teaching and learning? Will new practices add value to learning experiences from the viewpoint of students? Does digitalization create more opportunities to collaborate? In this experiment we are looking for the answers to all of the above questions by following the digitalization of a small rural school in Kautiala over the course of one school year.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?

The experiment attempts to improve schools in a way that supports students in challenges and changes. The goal is to find practices that assist in digitalizing a rural school and learn new and inspiring ways to use digitalization in part of school work. Students will be assisted in learning how to produce information and in learning to learn. The idea is to collaborate with agents outside of school for example with the media or agents in the field of information technology.

Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?

The experiment is new.

How will the experiment be scheduled and how will it be put into practice?

The experiment will be proceeding in three stages. In the spring of 2016 the infrastructures needed were considered in part of the development of the plan of action for the upcoming school year. This stage involved networking with businesses or other.

In the fall of 2016 we will be training working in a digital environment, learning digital skills and implementing the necessary modifications into our school daily routines.

Why does Kautiala Elementary School feel the need to improve through digitalization?

The Kautiala Elementary School sees development as a positive and hopes to become a pioneer in developing and digitalizing rural schools. The trialling of the  experiment will bring more meaning to the work at schools. Kautiala Elementary seeks answers to questions such as: how can you digitalize a school in a reasonable way that supports learning? The information gathered from this experiment will be shared with other schools as well.

Contact Information

Organization: Kautiala Elementary School

Contact person: Anssi Paavola

Contact email: anssi.paavola@kangasala.fi

Kautiala Finland
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