EduRemix – developing digital content with teachers and students
Eduremix is an experiment that trains teachers to become mentors, who then guide students as they produce digital content in the social sciences - a new approach in K-9 schools promoted by the new Finnish national core curriculum as of the fall of 2016. Teachers will undergo a tailored training program that combines pedagogies and learning digital skills.
What are the goals you are looking to achieve with this experiment?
The goal is to encourage students to become active agents in their communities and take ownership of their learning. We are trying to increase internal motivation of the students and draw them back into studying. In addition, we will be assisting teachers in creating digital content and material for schools. We will be mentoring them throughout the process.
Explain the concrete steps in your experiment.
The experiment contains three parts: developing educational technology, creating collaborative digital content and improving peer support amongst teachers pedagogically.
By mentoring teachers we will be redirecting them to produce collaborative digital projects with a variety of tools. We will be using the CupplaTech platform to make it easier for students and teachers to do the projects.
Students will be planning and conducting digital projects in small groups with the help of different kinds of digital tools.
How will the experiment proceed in the spring of 2017?
Based on the needs of the students from teachers, the Urpola School will be trialling mentoring. The aim is to create a scalable mentoring model that can be implemented in other schools in the spring of 2017.
How will this experiment change the way we educate?
With this experiment we will be taking education to a new level. Teachers will be taught to mentor students on their digital projects. The training program tailored for teachers combines pedagogies and learning digital skills. Students will become independent agents and entrepreneurs and learn to take ownership of their learning, transforming them from passive to active learners.
Potential partnerships / schools:
Urpola School (Mikkeli, Finland), City Montessory School (Lucknow, India), Cuppla Technologies, Rantakylä Comprehensive School (Mikkeli, Finland).
University of Helsinki: Docent Sara Sintonen and Docent Heikki Kynäslahti