Building capacity in Finland
Digital education requires capacity, both human and technological.
Learners: learning objectives
In Finland, it is important to ensure that every individual can function productively in an increasingly digital world. Finland's Framework for Digital Competence, published by the Finnish National Agency for Education and the National Audiovisual Institute in 2022, outlines benchmarks for students at every level of K12 education. These areas of digital competence and ICT require that learners demonstrate creativity and responsibility in their use of digital skills. Learners are given freedom of choice, which allows them to explore the digital landscape within the framework.
Teachers: work & support
Similarly, teachers need to grow their own digital competencies in order to set the groundwork for learners' success. Thorough subject area and pedagogical training as well ongoing in-service professional development are preparation for continued learning. Additionally, teachers engage in community-based exchange of ideas online, sharing their own work with others. Finnish edtech is used, not only to provide teachers with opportunities to grow their community, but also to curate best-practices instructional solutions. Teachers are encouraged to continuously experiment, innovate and develop new pedagogical approaches, as well as share their experiences in peer-networks.
Teachers engage in community-based exchange of ideas online, sharing their own work with others. Finnish edtech is used, not only to provide teachers with opportunities to grow their community, but also to curate best-practices instructional solutions.
It is not only a question of human capacity: In digital education the infrastructure for digital solution use (for example, internet connectivity and digital devices) has to be in place as well. The allocation of materials, such as devices, can vary: Some schools in Finland provide students with loaned iPads or laptops, but in others, students share equipment. Protection of users’ data is also a very important piece of the digital infrastructure.
Digital Education Ecosystem
The digital education ecosystem needs all of the above to grow. Still, there are other components that can help it to thrive:
Learner-led events, co-creation with schools programs, quality certifications for digital education innovations, hackathons, regional collaboration events, awards, study programs, academia, public business advisories, marketplaces, education export programs, funding for innovative teacher professional development, professional associations for peer-learning, and hubs or meeting places.
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Finnish education in a nutshell
This brochure gives an overview of Finnish education. One of the basic principles of Finnish education is that all people must have equal access to high-quality education and training.