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Micro-revolutions in the open networks of teachers in Finland


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Social media has opened the gateway to new types of learning communities. Educators in Finland have found this power of social media. The small linguistic region and uniform way of working are made into assets. Social media and the accompanying opportunity to innovate in communities of practice across organisational boundaries are at the core of their activity. Many teacher-networks, founded on voluntary activity, implement reforms both in pedagogical practices and social activities. The driving forces include the development work that takes place among peers and their learning from one another. We have good reason to speak of micro-revolutions.

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Micro-revolutions in the open networks of teachers in Finland

  1. 1. Micro-revolutions in the learning networks of Finnish teachers From peer to peer EdMedia, Tampere 2014 Pictures Anne Rongas 2014 Anne Rongas Anu Konkarikoski Kaisa Honkonen-Ratinen
  2. 2. We combined: The method of socio cultural animation + Julie Starr: coaching in six steps.
  3. 3. How can we support change? From top-down to grassroot activity. You can do something!
  4. 4. Read our paper (with theory and case) EdMedia 2014
  5. 5. 1. What do we do? Awakening: the present state and ideas concerning goals.
  6. 6. Do you try to do everything yourself for too long? PictureAnneRongas,2014
  7. 7. 2. Why do we do it? Mental atmosphere and relations networks: finding the desired state for motivation and cooperation.
  8. 8. Do you have emotional intelligence? PictureAnneRongas,2014
  9. 9. 3. What skills do we use to do it? Recognizing our own skills, self-knowledge, and the ability to assume a wider perspective: discretion, intuition, empathy, motivating skills, research-oriented approach.
  10. 10. When was the last time you gave encouragement to a colleague? PictureAnneRongas,2014
  11. 11. 4. How do we do it? Skills to conduct dialogue and listen genuinely, reciprocity, planning, finding the right methods.
  12. 12. Are you creating a culture of sharing?PictureAnneRongas,2014
  13. 13. 5. Who does it? Opening opportunities for participation, question-making skills, combining roles.
  14. 14. Do you appreciate the strengths of your colleague? PictureAnneRongas,2014
  15. 15. 6. Towards the concrete. Trying out in practice, reflecting in groups, development cycles, an iterative mode. Operating cultures change through action.
  16. 16. Do you only talk or do you get down to work? PictureAnneRongas,2014
  17. 17. The Association of Finnish eLearning Centre, Finland Anne Rongas Twitter @arongas Kaisa Honkonen-Ratinen Gild Schools: Anu Konkarikoski Tavastia Vocational College, Hämeenlinna, Finland
  18. 18. Thanks! ★ Julie Starr (2010): The Coaching Manual ★ SKAF (2013): Sosiokulttuurinen innostaminen ★ Helena Kantanen; Jyri Manninen; Jani Kontkanen (2014): Emergent dialogue as a prerequisite of learning and innovation in professional virtual communities
  19. 19. Training program ‘Peer updating’ (in Finnish): Vertaispäivittäjä