Huddinge, Sweden

| August 19, 2014 | 11 Comments 

Huddinge

Our next steps, in Sweden: “To inspire teachers in Huddinge municipality, just outside of Stockholm.”

With more than 100,000 residents, Huddinge is the second largest municipality in Stockholm County. The teachers at today’s event came from Huddinge’s primary and secondary schools.

Thank you to Conny Steinmo, Deputy Director of Education at Huddinge Kommun, and Ostra grundskolan principal, Peter Bragner, for sharing these thoughts:

The use of ICT in the schools varies quite a lot. There are a few schools that are almost 1:1 and there are schools that more rarely use ICT in teaching and learning. There is, though, a firm intent from school administration and the local politicians that ICT should be more commonly used in schools. And quite a few steps have been taken to strengthen support and competence that schools are able to take part of.

The general interest in the use of ICT in schools on the part of teachers and school leaders is lively, but can use an inspirational push to be developed into even more action. This is where Tim comes in ~ to inspire, those already inspired, even more, and to show those not yet fully inspired a glimpse of how fun and useful the use of ICT can be.

One of the schools in Huddinge that has decided to leap forward in terms of how teaching and learning with firm use of ICT is – executed is Ostra grundskolan. They describe their thinking this way:

@Ostragrundskolan, our motto for our 500 students in grades 4-9 is “learning in the present for the future”. We believe that learning should be individual, understandable and meaningful, therefore we have an approach where we’re close, curious and innovative.

In a world where communicative, social and digital capabilities are important, now and onwards, learning rests primarily on four legs:

Firstly, we have chosen to equip all our students with an iPad. It is a planning and communication tool which in many ways supersedes and collects student learning. In our effort to work with visible learning, we have chosen to work with the iTunes U platform for teaching.

Second is the language development approach. Language is important not only to communicate but also as a tool to understand and experience their life with.

Thirdly, special educational approach, which means the assumption that each child is unique in their circumstances, and opportunities, and that every child has the right to reach their full potential.

Fourth, entrepreneurial learning, ~ the students will be the ones who create their own circumstances and opportunities based on the given conditions

A big thank you to Malin Broberg and Jonas Hammargren from Caperio for inviting us to Sweden.

ARdragon1Again, we looked at SO much, including Spicynodes, Chogger, Taggalaxy, Gadwin, Thinglink, Clevr, Panoramas.dk, Arounder, 360 Cities, Streetview, Photosynth, Streeview Stereographic, Nature Sound Map, Go Mix it, Ambient Mixer, Audacity, Garage band, Soundation, Dragon Dictation, Talk Typer, Nice translator, Ivona, From text to speech.com, Crazy Talk, Myst, EasyPrompter, Dear Esther, Jules Vernes Return To Mysterious Island, Epic Citadel, Thinking Dice, Ipiccy, Lunapic, Photofunia, Comic Life, Zooburst, String (the one with the dragon!),Pottery HD Lite, Idough, ColorSplash, PuppetPals, Wordle, Tagxedo, Snappy Words, Biography.com, Greenscreening, Runkeeper, and more.

Thank you all.

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  1. Sandra Melani says:

    This was incredibly inspiring! It went a bit fast, because you showed us so many great things. But as you told me, with a glass of wine at home in my couch, I will definitely look deeper into these different sites and programs!

    Cheers,
    Sandra

  2. Anna says:

    What an inspirational morning! Thanks!

  3. Edward Dannenberg says:

    Thx! Great morning.

  4. Henrik says:

    Thanks for a Magic journey🙏

  5. Helena Alenby Moritz says:

    I really loved the way you use this games as a tool for making the children speak, think and write. It was so inspiring!

  6. Cathrine says:

    Thank you for another inspireing lecture Tim and Sarah! I’m going to start using ONE thing, the wonderful themes of MYST. Excellent way of working with communication and writing and to inspire the students!

  7. Maria says:

    Thank you for an absolutely amazing and inspiring lecture today.
    Magical trip!
    Thank you Tim and Sarah 🙂

  8. Maria says:

    Thank you for a great and inspiring morning! I’ve learned so much! Now I will let my students teach me 😀
    You were great!

  9. Maria says:

    Thank you very much for all the laughs and all the great inspiration! I went straight back to school and got me a dragon!

  10. Jan-Eric Johansson says:

    Thank you for an inspiring afternoon. We need days like this!

  11. Sylvia Svenungsson says:

    Thank you both so much for the inspiration and showing us how to “make our students take off and fly”! It’s so much about opening our eyes as teachers and principals: to see the possibilities that technology can offer, to make connections and offer a variety of tools to our students and let them be creative and think critically!

    Thanks again, Sylvia, (one of the ICT-instructors)

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