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Writing about edtech by night, developing our own digital learning platform by day. We are Eduten, a spin-off of University of Turku, a top 1% university.

Large class sizes, lack of funding and a crowded curriculum work against personalization in the classroom. As we know, teachers work tirelessly under a heavy weight of expectation from different stakeholders.

In a perfect world, students would work one-on-one with their classroom teacher at least once a day, but let’s be honest, sometimes it’s impossible that a student’s name would be called, let alone have an entire discussion.

This is where Eduten comes into play. Eduten recognizes that each student is unique and that we all have different learning styles, and preferences when it comes to learning methods. We respect…

Helping our kids to solve problems in the classroom can be a tricky business. Often, the easier path is to do it for them or to lead them to the outcome. In the long run, however, this route robs our students of the opportunity for personal victory.

Let’s imagine something familiar — a student who spends several days preparing for a major exam and then forgets everything after completing the test paper. This is a typical example of an unsuccessful learning scenario based on shallow and superficial learning.

The goal of Eduten and indeed, Finland’s education philosophy, is the exact…

In our last few blogs we’ve shared how Growth Mindset is the belief that with the right instruction, practice and effort, anyone can improve their ability. Research reveals that students with growth mindsets achieve higher than those with a fixed mindset. Therefore, when students change their mindset — their achievement changes.

One of the core aspects of growth mindset is brain plasticity (neuroplasticity).

Neuroplasticity means that the brain can grow and change. Recent neuroscientific studies reveal that the brain doesn’t stop growing at a certain age, and we can learn new things that we might find challenging.

When it comes…

Over the last couple of blogs, we introduced growth mindset as the foundation of Finland Math (and Finnish education in general) and then, how to foster a safe environment for mistakes.

In this blog, we’ll focus on feedback and praise. If applied correctly, it can be a magic touch that can influence our students, relationships and even our parenting.

But first, some wise words by the guru of growth mindset, Carol Dweck:

What we’ve found in study after study is that ability-praise backfires. Emphasising effort gives a child a variable that they can control. They come to see themselves as…

Finland Math is a collection of tools and methods that aim to develop students’ 21st-century skills. It is the best that Finland education has to offer. We think of this as ‘future-proofing’ so that our learning fits with what’s to come. An aspect of 21st century learning is to make mistakes and learn from them without shame or fear. This is also a vital component of growth mindset.

Consider the following scenario as a teacher or parent: Your student or child has just scored full marks on their math test. A natural response could be all or one of the…

Wherever in the world you happened to be educated, you’ve learnt certain systems and processes for completing mathematical tasks. In the coming series of blogs, we’re not here to share the processes of completing math tasks per se, but the pedagogy behind the implementation of math.

Finland Math is a pedagogical concept that makes mathematics learning and teaching more effective, fun and engaging. It considers placing students at the centre of the learning process and engaging the teacher as the expert ‘guide on the side’.

Finland has big dreams about spreading our educational processes and pedagogy around the world —…

Artificial intelligence (AI) and digital platforms have transformed education. Naturally, the discussion has turned to the role of teachers in this new climate.

Online and digital learning geared toward a generation of digital natives might cause alarm for teachers. “Will we be replaced?”, “Can we be replaced?”, “How will I navigate this new technology as a teacher?”

The short answer is no. Don’t pack up your desk just yet. Artificial intelligence and robotics are not going to take your job away anytime soon.

While artificial intelligence helps with instant feedback and may even, in some cases teach new things to…

We are globally facing a whole new situation. Most of the society has shut down and people everywhere are working remotely from home whenever possible. Naturally, this applies to most schools as well. The sudden change to distance learning has raised concerns about the quality of education, and these concerns are often valid. The digital readiness of teachers and students varies quite a lot, and the knowledge of available tools and methodologies is not always up to date. …

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic in many areas and education is no exception. A wave of new kind of AI-based digital methods is arising to improve both teaching and learning, but how does it all work exactly? What’s in it for teachers and students? What is required to gain the benefits? Read on for a non-technological idea on how AI can be applied to learning and education.

AI is not required for adaptive learning

All learners are unique, and it’s true that there can be no fixed learning path that works well for every student. You may have heard how AI in learning is all about…

A teacher named Dan received feedback from one of his former students: “You saw the potential in me from the beginning. The fact that you believed in me as a learner had huge meaning for me. It really boosted my self-confidence and resilience.” That was feedback after 20 years.

One of Dan’s strongest qualities as a teacher is that he always believes in his people. He believes that with encouragement and responsibility, anyone can be a good learner. Dan knows how to support kids and the growth of their positive self-image as a father figure and a teacher.

Unfortunately, some…


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