Five for Friday: Education solutions from Finland
Finnish education is the currently the talk of the town – all over the globe. This week we take a peek at some of the ways that Finland is broadening its scope of learning even further.
Thanks to this Finnish-Russian company, robotics in the classroom are a thing of the present, enabling students to develop their coding skills.
“Finland understands that this is the real skill that children will need in future,” observes program manager Kristina Z. Karkkonen. “Personally, I haven’t been using things like algebra in real life since I finished school. But with programming, you can apply it right away.”
It’s been quite the year for this Finnish education tech startup. A collaboration with Catholic Schools of Western Australia (CEWA) and Indian training and consultancy specialists Vinsys made headlines, but it was the deal inked with the United Nations that really got tongues wagging.
“Claned is a great solution for collaborative learning and this agreement is yet another proof of the versatility of our platform,” Vesa Perälä, founder of Claned, said back in July.
In keeping with Finland’s ‘free education for all’ approach, this online platform allows instructors to create, share and teach courses without a single cent exchanging hands.
“Access to education really should be our basic right, but it is true only for portion of humanity,” co-founder Sergey Gerasimenko explained earlier this year. “We want to be a one-size-fits-all platform that doesn’t force you how to teach your course. Instead it just gives you enough flexibility and essential tools for teaching.”
Helping lift smart devices out of students’ pockets and make them useful in the process, mobile application Flinga’s communal blackboard is seen as a tool for exporting Finnish expertise in education.
“Flinga makes learning a shared activity,” says Ilari Raja, CEO of Nordtouch. “The teacher isn’t just preaching and pupils listening, but they can together add questions, photos, comments and whatnot onto Flinga.”
A one-stop shop for textbooks, videos, assignments, educational exercises and a game, Keeduu seeks to cover all learning bases in the one concise and convenient digital package.
“The response has been really good,” founder and CEO Mari Kilpeläinen told us in February. “Teachers like it; it’s easy for them to use. They don’t need separate clouds, for example, as there is everything in the one app. Children love it; they find it easy to learn.”