VerDi - peer learning and digital skills
VerDi will be creating a model that trains teachers and faculty members in information and communication technology (ICT) skills. Teachers will then teach students these skills after which students will be teaching their younger peers the skills.
What are the goals you are looking to achieve with this experiment?
We are aiming to create a new practice in which:
Technology is consistent in teaching.
Peer learning in digital skills is a natural part of day-to-day school life.
Teaching students about technology is not dependent on a single teacher.
Students have equal opportunities.
What are the concrete steps of the experiment?
The pedagogical approach is based on the city of Kuopio’s ICT program that will be systematically applied to subjects. The sixth grade teachers and the school’s ICT specialists will be trained by the city’s ICT coordinator. The teacher will teach the sixth graders the skills and the students will be committed to teach younger peers the skills. Each grade teaches the next one.
How will the experiment proceed in the spring of 2017?
In the spring of 2017 the sixth grade teachers will learn coding, programming and robotics assisted by the ICT specialists, these skills will then be taught to the students using the VerDi method. Teachers will teach the sixth grade, sixth graders will teach the fifth graders, and so on.
How will the experiment change the way we educate?
The experiment is a new approach to learning ICT skills systematically. Each student has the opportunity to use their ICT skills in peer learning by teaching younger peers. The school faculty is also involved and will make good use of their know-how. The students will gain positive reinforcement on behalf of themselves as learners and as educators.
Potential partnerships / schools:
Kuopio city Department of Education and ICT coordinator Jarno Bruun.
Kuopion Lyseo Upper Secondary School.