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INTO – Inventive and Skillful Learner

The changes in information technology infrastructure, economy, culture and social practices have put strong emphasis on the importance of diverse thinking skills as well as the need to learn how to learn. With the help of modern technology, the INTO-experiment aims to develop pedagogy to support innovative thinking and learning and to change the operative culture within schools. INTO develops scalable, replicable practices to reinforce the development of thinking and learning skills.

What is the idea of the experiment?

In the INTO-experiment, new methods will be conceived for creative processes in terms of brainstorming, planning, executing, self-assessment and peer assessment. The tech-savvy pilot is focused on collaborative project based learning in handicrafts as an independent, multidisciplinary subject in itself at comprehensive schools. The experiment will integrate multiple technological tools and virtual environments, like 3D technology and online portfolios, as part of the processes. These solutions will assist in learning how to plan, explain and document handicraft lessons and the different stages involved in craftsmanship.

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

The goal is to systematically and pedagogically develop innovative, long-term creative thinking skills with the use of technology and virtual learning environments as well as promote student ownership of learning. Students will be unprejudiced when exploring and trialing their own ideas and skills. Students will also observe and develop their work independently or in groups in the different stages of the process by the means of self-assessment.

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

The experiment is based on the UBIKO-project which researched the use of self-regulation in learning academic subjects. The INTO-experiment will continue to do so in the subject that is handicrafts.

How will the experiment be scheduled?

The INTO-experiment will be piloted during the 2016-2017 school year and will continue after the year is done.

How will the experiment change education?

The new national curriculum challenges schools to develop their operational culture in areas such as learning environments and methods of learning. The change must support active learners who can independently or collaboratively set goals for themselves and problem solve. The INTO-experiment focuses on developing self-regulation in art subjects with the help of technology.

Contact Information

School(s): Oulu University Teacher Training School

Contact person: Jaana Anttonen and Hannu Juuso

Contact email: jaana.anttonen@oulu.fi hannu.juuso@oulu.fi

Partnership(s): Oulu University Teacher Training Program and Rajakylä Comprehensive School.

Oulu Finland

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