The topic is also linked to the fact that we toured in this spring our basic education schools in Kajaani and discuss with the teachers about needs and challenges about teaching. We charted at the same time teachers' capability as well as their views about the transition to use e-learning environments. If we want to make effective change to learning but avoid at same time operationally and thereby economically weak solutions, we need pioneers who are willing to go towards the future path which is shown in Figure below.
|Technology should be the medium in education, not a goal|
The question What kind is future school, have been defined in various forums with distinction over the past year in Finland. New Education Forum participants made a vision of the Finnish future school: a country where everyone will love learning. This is an excellent vision. In the figure below, this idea has been involved. When the old, 1900s school has educated loyal citizens to needs of industrial society, is futures school mission to educate mentally balanced, inquiring and innovative citizens to guarantee success of Finnish society. Information and communication technology plays a key role in this process, whether we like it or not.
Pattern is read from bottom left toward the top of the right, towards the green of the new civilization and the phenomenon-based learning level. Three levels (red, orange, green) describe the teacher's and this way also the school's readiness (courage) to move from 1900s century teacher-centered education towards 2020s more digitally and phenomenon-based learning environment. The change is significant because we move in this way from the limited and predefined information to the open data. This is a key requirement for the creative and innovative future school. This ontology must be reflected in the evaluation of learning: if we were to define the subjects as the objects of evaluation itself, we will fail in the development of the school in the implementation of the future social and personal growth needs. Instead, we have to evaluate students' ability to operate on topics studied phenomena and skills to solve them. Basic skills and importance of the subjects in traditionally understood in content is not ruled out but the mindset has to be another way (bigger picture buy clicking the figure).
In many respects we are on the first level or we are approaching the first level (red level). The change towards an open and intellectually phenomenon central school is challenging and teachers need support to their work to succeed. Support is so educational, communal and pedagogical given by head as technical support also. Some teachers own excellent technological capabilities and their operation is largely similar to the new school. These pioneers are needed and this is the tip which must be extended.
PS. This was my first post in English and I have to apologize for my grammatical mistakes - text is mostly "finglish". But buy this way I also try to improve my, a bit rusty English language skills! If this work, I translate some texts of mine also in English - always when I have time and motivation to do it.