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Creating a 21st century school
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Background: We have students with a a broad perspective of needs and learning strategies. We want to use modern technology as a tool to meet these needs as well as develop our methods and pedagogy. Project: We equipped one class and their teacher with pads. They use those pads as tools to build knowledge and learn how to find, filter and evaluate information and after that build up understanding. The students learn how to cooperate and help each other towards a deeper understanding. This is done via shared cloudbased services, more opportunities to discuss and work together. Primarly personnel involved directly in this project are the classteacher, a schoolaid and the headmaster. Indirectly other teachers teaching this group also will be involved. Another important issue is to adress ergonomic issues and to find solutions that are ergonomic and supports health while using modern technology. This will be implemented in a larger scale in new schoolbuildings in Porvoo during the next few years (Porvoo is about to invest >32 000 000 € in schoolbuildings). Methods and good practices will be shared to teachers in Porvoo and the surrounding municipalities. There will be bilingual cooperation in every aspect between swedish and finnish schools in Porvoo. This is a key factor in working for equal opportunities and equity in the schools of Porvoo. In cooperation with teachers from Keskuskoulu in Porvoo we aim to gather solid knowledge of ICT in teaching practises as well as WEB 2.0 curating and dissemination of knowledge to work in co-operation with our partners in other schools, special education, and municipalities. In our schoolbuilding we have both our swedish school as well as the bigger finnish school(kevätkummun koulu). We have moved into a shared staffroom and work closely on developing our new school. We have different key areas that we try to adress and together we try to cover as much as possible of the required field as to plan a new school. We share and discuss the findings and each school decides on what and how to implement good practices in the teaching. Since the new school will be for 420 students we have formed bilingual teams that is in charge of certain areas. The ict-part is concentrated more on the swedish staff. The finnish headmaster has formerly worked for an univesity and was in charge of planning and leading teachers in work training. He will be in a key role developping better ways to share good practices in the both schools so that the mentoring can be done in the whole building in both finnish and swedish. The aim is to lead equally cooperative in both swedish and finnish. As a result the peer support system we are currently building in Porvoo will be in a key role as the main channel to share what is done, how, where, by whom so that every teacher will have a clear picture of whom to approach for guidance in similar projects.
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