Finnish Innovations and Technologies in Schools

A Guide towards New Ecosystems of Learning

  • Hannele Niemi
  • Jari Multisilta
  • Lasse Lipponen
  • Marianna Vivitsou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Frames for the Future and 21st-Century Skills

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hannele Niemi
      Pages 3-19
    3. Sanna Vahtivuori-Hänninen, Irmeli Halinen, Hannele Niemi, Jari Lavonen, Lasse Lipponen
      Pages 21-32
  3. Global Sharing Pedagogy with Video Storytelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Hannele Niemi, Jari Multisilta
      Pages 35-47
    3. Vilhelmiina Harju, Kirsi Viitanen, Marianna Vivitsou
      Pages 49-56
    4. Johanna Penttilä, Veera Kallunki, Johanna Ojalainen
      Pages 57-66
  4. Games for Learning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Vilhelmiina Harju, Jari Multisilta
      Pages 69-76
    3. Harri Ketamo
      Pages 77-85
    4. Kristian Kiili, Pauliina Tuomi, Mikko Koskela, Jeffrey Earp
      Pages 87-96
  5. Technology and Collaboration In & Beyond the School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Tiina Korhonen, Jari Lavonen, Minna Kukkonen, Kati Sormunen, Kalle Juuti
      Pages 99-113
    3. Marja Kankaanranta, Sanna Vahtivuori-Hänninen
      Pages 115-128
    4. Anna Aarnio, Lasse Lipponen, Sanna Vahtivuori-Hänninen, Jarkko Mylläri
      Pages 155-163
    5. Hannele Niemi, Jari Multisilta, Lasse Lipponen, Marianna Vivitsou
      Pages 165-169
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-175

About this book


This book combines several perspectives on the steps the Finnish educational system has taken to provide students with the skills and competences needed for living in today’s society and in the future. The ecosystem is used as a metaphor for the educational system. The Finnish system aims to achieve sustainable education by ensuring that the system is simultaneously interconnected and open to transformations. The book describes how a flexible curriculum system is succeeding without the pressures of high-stake testing. It also illustrates how the ongoing curriculum reform of the basic education is working. The book brings together knowledge gained in schools through the cooperation of researchers, teachers, school principals, the public sector, and private companies. The book presents case studies of technology integration aimed at crossing boundaries in formal and informal learning settings, locally and globally. The contributors address 21st-century needs and requirements through learner-driven knowledge creation, collaboration, networking, and digital literacies. It opens new scenarios of how to apply digital storytelling and games connecting fun, motivation, and learning. The strong message is that, through collaboration and networking, we can create an educational ecosystem that supports different learners.


21st-century skills Educational ecosystem Finnish education innovative schools technology-enhanced learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Hannele Niemi
    • 1
  • Jari Multisilta
    • 2
  • Lasse Lipponen
    • 3
  • Marianna Vivitsou
    • 4
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.University of HelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.University of HelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2014
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6209-749-0
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