Learn. Lead. Innovate.

Learn. Lead. Innovate

tiistai 17. kesäkuuta 2014

Buenos Aires MoE meets our students

Buenos Aires MoE delegation and our students

We were honoured to get visitors from Buenos Aires Ministry of Education. Argentina delegation was interested in several perspectives in Finnish education :

1.      Inclusion and social equity

2.      Primary education

3.      Upper secondary education

4.      Finnish educational system success

5.      Curriculum development and assessment

6.      Reform and change management

7.      Career guidance and navigation

8.      Teacher education

9.      Entrepreneurial education

10.  Use of technologies in education

11.  Seeing schools in action

                                                               Mercedes de Miguel

Mercedes de Miguel is the Director General of Education Planning for the Education Ministry in the City of Buenos Aires. Her duty is to improve education quality through pedagogic innovation and constant improvement of student’s learning.

Mercedes with her team plans, develops and implements education policy for the 1.200 schools, 370.000 students and 70.000 teachers of City of Buenos Aires. Depending directly on the Education Minister, the area has a broad perspective of the city´s education. 

As a General Director she develops the following tasks: 
-Designs and implement curriculum for all the levels of education in the City of Buenos Aires.
-Develops strategies and implement actions to integrate education and learning processes of education institutions to digital culture.
-Elaborates and provides with pedagogic resources pursuing quality education in every school.
-Plans and implement strategic educational policies for teacher training development and teaching and learning of foreign languages in the educational system with English as a second language compulsory from 1st grade in every public school.
-Focuses on ever student learning improvement.

 Mercedes is currently leading the reform of the city´s secondary level curriculum which is the first in its history. The New Secondary School puts students in the center of education policy. The curriculum is based in learning competencies and character development for XXI century students.

                                              Our trained and skilled student guides

maanantai 14. huhtikuuta 2014

Why school news ?

Our school has started broadcast the news of our own lately. We got this idea from Chrystal Polski U.S. Fulbright teacher from Minnesota. She is now having a Fulbright season in Finland Jyväskylä area. There are lot of 21st century educational and learning perspectives in school news. Here some ideas :

1. Using technology like iPads and iMovie
2. News were totally made by students = ownership of the school
3. Performance and creativity
4. Sharing via Youtube, Twitter and Facebook
5. Communication is leading / flow of information
6. Collaboration and trust between students and teachers
7. Flipped classroom in communication

See also this link : http://youtu.be/gjApwxeNM_U


lauantai 12. huhtikuuta 2014

Google, Gafe and the future ?

                                       Mr. Ross Mahon Gafe Specialist. Photo Aki Puustinen

We had marvellous chance to join and learn Google/Samsung concepts in Hämeenlinna (Finland) ICT conference. Google has enormous vision to manage all the information on earth. They have great plans also in education sector. We heard Mr Ross Mahon (Gafe Evangelist) who works at Google trying to get the world of education thinking about 100 % web.

Google thinks that we need to prepare our  kids/students for a world we can't see yet. They believe that next generation will need following skills :

                                                                Photo Aki Puustinen

Google's answer for that is Gafe (Google Apps for Education) ecosystem. Gafe consist the whole package : Chromebook, Apps, Google +, E-mails, Google Drive etc. Their point is learning on the web. They might be on the right track...

maanantai 17. maaliskuuta 2014

Cloud computing at senior high school

                                                                  Photo Julia Anttonen

Our school has done several years mobile learning with tablets. We use mostly iPads. Every teacher has iPad of their own and students can use school’s iPads. Nowadays we have 45 iPads at school. Tablets are quite useless without proper cloud computing strategy. The main questions with tablets are :

1.       How to store files with tablets ?

2.       How to share files and materials, videos, photos etc. ?

We have worked out this problem with school’s official account. Muurame senior high school has got own accounts in Slideshare, Dropbox, Instagram and Youtube. Teachers know the passwords and students/teachers can store and share files via these accounts.
                                                          Our Ball 2014 from Youtube.

                                          School's Instagram account and High School Man

                                            Slideshare is handy to share PowerPoint slides

tiistai 11. maaliskuuta 2014

maanantai 17. helmikuuta 2014

TED Mobiluck / Gamification and game theory in school culture

TED Mobiluck video series. One goal in our Mobiluck project is to implement gamification and game theory in school system and culture. Here is our model and implementation from Muurame Senior High School. If the video doesn't work, see this link.

tiistai 31. joulukuuta 2013

What does it mean to be a Certificated Institute in Finland?

Muurame Senior High School has been several years highly qualified institute. This means lot of development work day by day. Our school has gained three times the certificate for promoting sustainable development. Our school was the very first senior high school to achieve this status. Today there are only 5 senior high school in Finland who has reached this certificate.Certificate stands for quality.
Criteria for sustainable development certificate :

1.       PLANNING

Values – sustainable development is one of the main values in our school and everybody is aware of these values. Briefing staff, students and parents about these values

Legal requirements – school/staff knows the rules and legal regulations of sustainable development

Organization and resources – school has an environmental team and enough resources (skills, people, money, time etc.). School management supports these activities

Sustainable development program – school has a development plan with goals, timetables, staff and activities/actions. Students and teachers are involved in planning


Themes and implementation – annual themes in learning/coaching and in school’s general policy

Networking – active role and tendency to find new networks

Education and coaching – good knowledge on ecological, cultural, social and economical environments. Thinking skills like critical thinking, understanding of causality, evaluation and visions. New learning environments like nature, experiences, social, mobile, technological and cultural environments. Possibilities to engage and to be active. New learning methods and pedagogy in coaching.


Systematic evaluation – school evaluates itself every year. Neutral monitoring outside of the school every third year.

Development plan and report – A 3-year plan. Reporting to all partners.

Next time we have this supervising in March 2014. So wish us luck for this big challenge…
Happy New and Sustainable Year 2014 !