Liveblogging the 2019 Nordic Innovation Conference, Seattle (9)–“Panel: Lightning talks: Nordics on a mission–educate the world!”

Tuula Rytilä Corporate VP, Microsoft (came from Finland with Nokia acquisition 5 years ago; studied 6 languages), moderator and Milla Kokko, Co-Founder & CEO, HEI Schools

Panel: Mervi Pänkäläinen, Founder & CEO, Mightifier; Ulla Koivula, Founder & CEO, Thinglink; Sari Hurme-Mehtälä, Co-Founder & CEO, Kide Scienc; Torstein Berteig, Senior Vice President, Skooler; Jussi Kajal, Cou-Founder & COO, 3D Bear

  1. Milla Kokko, HEI Schools (Hei = “Hello” in Finnish) Curriculum, Teacher Training, HEI Learning Environment (design, Nordic esthetics); HEI Learning Materials; Hei Operative Support 1.1 Minimize noise and stress in background 1.2 https://www.slideshare.net/SDNFinland/milla-kokko-heischools-designing-pedagogy-designing-with-kids-case-hei-schools 1.3 Hei Schools “about us” link
  2. Mervi Pänkäläinen, Mightifier: meaningful relationships, social-emotional learning atmosphere in the schools are key. Spending time & money on SEL nationwide $640 million; 4.3 hours/week, 30% of these are teacher training, professional development 2.1 Teach SEL 21st century skills: compassion, persistence, for example
  3. Ulla Koivula, Thinglink: from Eastern Finland originally; “School as a service;” a principal <Mikke> Ripatti wanted “virtual school” to reinforce material schools; in School as a Service, schools would be hybrid, in cloud and material, PIT (Physical Instructional Time), VIT (Virtual Instructional TIme)–wants this for all levels of education, not just professional MBA schools, for example; want a connection package for every student, for life;
  4. Sari Hurme-Mehtälä (Kide Science), science learning better when skills-based, in playful way; STEAM education; founder Dr. Jenni Vartianen, University of Helsinki, see article “Jenni Var­ti­ainen: Play-based science education raises chil­dren to be act­ive and crit­ical.”
  5. Torstein Berteig, Senior Vice President, Skooler: “Embedding LMS tools directly into education workflows” partnering with Microsoft to use their office tools
  6. Jussi Kajala, 3D Bear:
  7. Commentator: Washington State Senator Marko Liias, represents Edmonds, Lynwood, Mukilteo district. Legislature, responding to courts, addressing improving schools. Increasing teacher salaries, reducing class sizes, especially in earliest grades. Don’t have to teach to tests now, just passed. We can learn from Nordic models and make local models.

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