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Leading Education Reform in the Capital

How can technology improve learning? In the Fall of 2016, sixty Finnish schools will trial a four year-long experiment in which phenomenon based learning will be implemented in exciting new ways - the schools will be deskless, bookless e-Portfolio schools. HundrEd will be following the implementation process and will later produce ways to assist all interested schools across Finland to adopt these changes.

What is the idea and the goals of the experiment?

The education providers of Helsinki are developing phenomenon based learning methods in addressing school reform. Phenomenon based learning is about real world themes such as the European Union, humanity, media or climate change to name a few. The phenomena are studied holistically in a cross-curricular context with an emphasis on twenty-first century skills.

The entire capital serves as an urban learning environment and lessons can take place anywhere from cultural facilities to universities, libraries and businesses. Systematic changes and continuous development work are required in enabling this change. Teaching methods, curriculum implementation, pedagogical culture, learning environments, assessment and information technology are all at the center focus in developing schools to suit the needs of PBL. Leadership is important in applying the operational culture in schools across Helsinki. We are trialling the experiment in innovative schools in creating working models, assessment criteria, web videos on PBL and tools to plan the work. The result will be showcased at a phenomenon based learning seminar organized in Helsinki.

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

The schools that we will be trialling in have been selected and the experiment will begin in the fall of 2016. It will be ongoing throughout the school year.

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

This is a new experiment for us.

Schools involved

Will be announced later.


Will be announced later.

Contact Information

Organization: Helsinki Department of Education

Contact person: Liisa Pohjolainen and Pasi Silander

Helsinki Finland