Ystad, Sweden

| August 21, 2014 | 8 Comments 


Our last event, for this tour of Sweden, and now we have made our way down to Southern Sweden, and the coastal town of Ystad.

In a meeting with the directorates and principals, and a long afternoon/evening session with the teachers, we looked at how education has to start running in order to catch up with the pace that some young people are integrating new technologies into their daily lives. It is hugely encouraging that children and young folk, who can be demonised by the press, are actually being remarkably creative, inventive and innovative and it is our challenge to keep up, let alone attempt to run a pace ahead.

It is an interesting thought that learning needs to change to harness the opportunities of technology. However, it is the challenges and tasks we set children, and the ways we expect them to present their results, that are sometimes possibly struggling along in an analog crawl.

That is why it is important to set an open ended challenge and guide children in ways of tackling that challenge creatively. If we set a discrete task, we can end up being glorified Microsoft Office instructors. Some children feel the need to be “taught” but that might come from an historical impression that learning is being fed a body of information. Structure is still necessary in these tasks but supporting flight in thought is an essential, for children of all abilities.

Thank you to Niclas Olsson, ICT-coordinator, at Sydskånska gymnasiet, for sharing these thoughts on their strong approaches to education:

YstadWe are a relatively large school about to embark on journey that will change the way we teach, assess and work with our students. Our focusing is on assessment for learning and technology will be a tool to support the change. During last year much time was spent gathering information from schools, organisations and agencies in preparation for the year ahead of us. One-to-one computing, a changed culture of teaching, a higher level of job satisfaction for everyone, more efficient use of time, competence and other resources.

A few of us had the opportunity to listen to Tim at BETT in London. Now you are invited to talk at our school and kick-off the implementation of a changed teaching culture. We believe that our experience can contribute, especially in regards to using technological tools in teaching, but also as inspiration in our up-coming process of change. Also, the schools management can benefit greatly from your knowledge about the experiences of other schools.

Thank you

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  1. urban says:

    A whole lot of links that are more or less cool! the challenge will be to implement some of this! anything goes!

  2. Tomas says:

    inspiring, and a loth of new wor(l)ds to explore,
    and don´t try the myst app for smartphones – you be disappointed

  3. Isa says:

    Exhausting, intense and very useful presentation for our work with the students – thanx a million!

  4. Peter Schepke says:

    Thank you for a highly inspirational and VERY professionally preformed lecture !
    Peter Schepke

  5. Lena says:

    Inspiring! Thank you for showing us the world beyond YouTube and PowerPoint!

  6. Monica says:

    It has been an inspiring afternoon and evening. I have received many new ideas, now I will try some of them IRL.

  7. Anna says:

    Inspiring! Whant too learn more, too have patience and time!
    Thank you!

  8. Louise says:

    Thank you for a very inspiring afternoon. I appreciate all the new tools and I hope I will use at least one of them (as you said) even though I right now would like to try almost all of them.

    I´m teaching natural science and my students are from different parts of the world, speaking different languages but hardly Swedish, so I hope I can use the translation tool (I don´t remember the name right now) that could translate words and sentences into many languages at the same time.

    I hope you will have a nice stay in Ystad.

    Best regards


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