Digital textbook challenges printed school books
“Digital learning resources are intended to support teaching and learning. The goal is, above all, to improve learning results,” says Santtu Toivonen, development manager at Sanoma Pro.
Tablets in the classroom
Six upper secondary schools in Finland introduced iPads in the learning environment two years ago. The exercise is part of the Mobiluck project, which aims to bring learning and teaching into a new era. The project also serves as practice for the electronic matriculation examination which will be introduced in 2016.
Learning goes digital
Information and communications technology has made its way into schools in recent years. Schools have good capabilities in place, but they still have their work cut out to put these capabilities into practical use. Finnish education know-how is currently experiencing growing demand also outside the country’s borders.
Nano and materials meet
Nano materials offer companies a myriad of commercial opportunities. One of Finland’s spearheads is the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology, which is used in the production of solar cells, for example. Nano can also make materials more environmentally friendly.
Graphene is on its way
Graphene, described as the world’s strongest material, is quickly making its way onto the scene. This year it will already be possible to utilise the super-material in sports equipment. The substance holds almost limitless application possibilities.
Composites resonate with customers
In recent years, natural fibre composite has found its way into musical instruments. The Finnish guitar manufacturer Flaxwood is already making a name for itself globally. The resonant material also corresponds with the demands of sustainable development.
New materials save the environment
New environmentally friendly materials offer Finnish industry significant new opportunities. In terms of packaging materials, the potential is in the range of billions of euros.
Designers inspired by wood
Wood is a fascinating and inspirational material for designers. Proof of that are at least Helsinki’s wooden Chapel of Silence (Hiljaisuuden kappeli) and the soon-to-be-completed public sauna ‘Kulttuurisauna’.
Wood is back in town
Industrialisation, innovative solutions and ecological values make the construction of wooden apartment buildings a competitive and attractive option. From the viewpoint of wood, the present possibilities offered by urban construction look good.
How a round-log house gets smart
Within half a century, log house construction has experienced quite a revolution: traditional round-log cabins have evolved into today’s modern smart homes. Public construction and exports are two special growth areas. The material’s environmental friendliness also adds to the appeal.
Vast markets for wood-based construction
The roots of wood construction in Finland run deep, but there is still room for growth, especially in new apartment building construction and in renovations, as well as in public-sector construction. The outlook for exports also looks bright.