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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

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Pasi Silander, the city’s development manager, explained: “What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life.

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“Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of  bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed.

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“We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.”

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Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.

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More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.

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jmoreillon's curator insight, March 27, 9:42 AM

This is what school librarians have been doing forever!

María Florencia Perrone's curator insight, April 8, 4:00 PM

The world around us is not labelled or divided in categories, then why is academic content? Can we not relate topics and elaborate meaning on the basis of relationships and intertwined data? 

Helen Teague's curator insight, April 13, 9:11 PM

I wonder if this would work in the U.S.? Also, in Finland, students do not take standardized tests until the end of high school (Zhao, 2012, p. 111), so thankfully, perhaps the drill and kill process is diminished.


*Zhao, Y. (2012). World Class Learners. 

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Open Content Program (The Getty)

Open Content Program (The Getty) | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
The Open Content Program provides free, unrestricted access to the Getty's digital resources.

 

Why Open Content?

The Getty adopted the Open Content Program because we recognized the need to share images of works of art for free and without restriction, so that all those who create or appreciate art—scholars, artists, art lovers, and entrepreneurs—will have greater access to high-quality digital images for their studies and projects. Art inspires us, and imagination and creativity lead to artistic expressions that expand knowledge and understanding. The Getty sincerely hopes that people will use the open content images for a wide range of activities and that they will share the fruits of their labors with others.

 

What's in Open Content?

Currently, there are more than 87,000 images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute available through the Open Content Program, including more than 72,000 from the Research Institute's Foto Arte Minore archive, which features photographs of the art and architecture of Italy over 30 years by German photographer and scholar Max Hutzel (1913–1988). Other images include paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, antiquities, sculpture, decorative arts, artists' sketchbooks, watercolors, rare prints from the 16th through the 18th century, and 19th-century architectural drawings of cultural landmarks. Over time, images from the Getty Conservation Institute will be added, as well as more images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute.

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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, April 23, 2014 11:42 PM

"The Getty adopted the Open Content Program because we recognized the need to share images of works of art for free and without restriction, so that all those who create or appreciate art—scholars, artists, art lovers, and entrepreneurs—will have greater access to high-quality digital images for their studies and projects. Art inspires us, and imagination and creativity lead to artistic expressions that expand knowledge and understanding. The Getty sincerely hopes that people will use the open content images for a wide range of activities and that they will share the fruits of their labors with others."

Armando's curator insight, April 29, 2014 7:04 AM

Open Content Program (The Getty) 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 21, 2014 4:20 AM

Open content you can't beat that! Getty has some of the best on top of that.

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How to Run an Effective Brainstorming Session and Stimulate...

How to Run an Effective Brainstorming Session and Stimulate... | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Creative ideas can help you drive your business to success. Brian Tracy discusses how to run a brainstorming session and encourage creative thinking.

 

The aim of the brainstorming session should be to generate the most ideas possible within a specific period of time.

 

===> An effective brainstorming session will last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, and 30 minutes is usually ideal. <===



 

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:51 PM

 

===> An effective brainstorming session will last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, and 30 minutes is usually ideal. <===

 

Gary Harwell's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:26 PM

Most people are afraid to speak up or make any communicatin at all in Brainstorming sessions. doing a good sessiion will help aleviate those fears.

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 15, 2014 6:56 AM

Great ideas, tips and strategies.

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What Is Web 3.0 And How Will It Change Education?

What Is Web 3.0 And How Will It Change Education? | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
We'll reach a new state of web skills when we reinvent technology tools to better enhance our personal learning. We'll be at 3.0 when schools are everywhere and not viewed as daycare.

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Maria Richards's curator insight, March 29, 2014 4:41 PM

change is constant and inevitable! Might as well embrace it!

Antonis Michailidis's curator insight, April 26, 2014 5:44 AM

Για την ενημέρωσή μας.

Martha Mendez's curator insight, December 6, 2014 7:11 PM

Constrasting evolution of Web.

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A Great Project Based Learning Checklist for Teachers

A Great Project Based Learning Checklist for Teachers | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

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jillyfrees's curator insight, May 6, 2013 3:15 AM

This ia a neat checklist to assess whether the project you set is worth the effort.

Michelle Gohagon's curator insight, May 14, 2013 1:45 PM

Great checklist for project-based learning

KiwiBelma's curator insight, August 18, 2013 6:16 PM

Just to remind myself :-)

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Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
I am an adjunct faculty for several teacher education and educational technology programs.  I have been so for a few decades.  During that time I have noticed the changing nature of student behavio...

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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 14, 2014 6:44 PM

Accountability is one side of the coin. Appreciation is the other. Be accountable today and show appreciation to others being accountable and today and every day in every way will be better

Miep Carstensen's curator insight, September 14, 2014 11:33 PM

This graphic looks ideal for prompting student reflection and self evaluation.

 

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, September 16, 2014 3:50 PM

Great tips to see if you are using a growth mindset!

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How to Delete Yourself from the Internet [Infographic]

How to Delete Yourself from the Internet [Infographic] | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Ready to erase your tracks and disappear online, once and for all? This infographic from Who Is Hosting This reveals the nine steps you need to take to remove your personal information collected all over the web.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 8, 2014 8:25 AM

It's amazing how much information is out there about you. Have you ever Googled yourself?

There may be many reasons for 'deleting' your online presence, or parts of it. This is good information.

Carol Rine's curator insight, March 8, 2014 9:18 AM

How to Disappear Online !

Vilma Galstaun's curator insight, March 13, 2014 6:50 PM

Some sites to be aware of where you have an online presence.

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10 (Free!) Stock Photo Resources for eLearning

10 (Free!) Stock Photo Resources for eLearning | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
With limited time and money, free stock photos can be a life-saver for your online course. These are 10 free resources for stock photos.

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Eva Ramos's curator insight, January 11, 2014 10:03 AM

Free stock photos!  YAY!

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Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom

Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 27, 2013 7:04 AM

 

Learn more with infogrphics about Education:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Infographic

 

 

Tom Perran's curator insight, April 27, 2013 7:45 AM

Plan to use this in my online course!