Students as agents of change
The idea of the experiment is to engage students more than ever in the development of schools. The student agents in the experiment will be supporting teachers and other students in a variety of ways to improve the use of technology in learning. 100 schools are joining forces to trial the model.
What are the goals you are looking to achieve with this experiment?
The goal of the experiment is to create new methods for improving the school’s use of information and communications technology, as well as to have the students participate in the process so that they have opportunities to develop their own skills.
What are the concrete steps of the experiment?
The 100 schools participating in the experiment will have trained student teams that will become agents of change in their local area, in and out of school, to further the use of ICT.
The agents of change will be supporting the teachers by organizing training sessions, for example during recess or on selected times outside of school hours. Teachers will be able to approach the students to learn more about ICT. The teachers may be able to use the agents during their classes as well to assist their students in ICT.
The agents will be used outside of school as well. The teams will be visiting businesses or service providers in their area such as kindergartens or senior homes.
How will the experiment proceed in the spring of 2017?
All schools in Finland are welcome to join in! The experiment will begin with a seminar in which the students and teachers involved in the process will share the practices they have considered effective. The schools already involved will become benchmark schools for each new school taking part.
As soon as the schools get properly started, we will be organizing webinars. The webinars will contain good practices and information for the student agents and teachers.
How will the experiment change the way we educate?
Changing the roles of teachers and students is refreshing for both parties. As the project has progressed it has been evident that students are more engaged when given responsibilities. Being an agent of change gives them the opportunity to demonstrate and reach their full potential.
Potential partnerships / schools:
Municipalities of Nurmijärvi, Kirkkonummi, Vihti, Hyvinkää, Tuusula, Järvenpää, Kerava, Mäntsälä, Pornainen, Sipoo
The cities of Hämeenlinna, Kaarina, Valkeakoski, Tampere, Vantaa
University of Tampere, Hämeenkylä School
TRIM - Tampere Research Center For Information and Media