Learn. Lead. Innovate.

Learn. Lead. Innovate

sunnuntai 29. tammikuuta 2012

One Finnish model of Entrepreneurschool

How we can get more active and self-confident citizens ? We have built several years Finnish Entrepreneurship studies and model of new school. Basic elements are :-team learning-project learning-personal development plan-coaching processRead more from Slideshare presentation below.Entrepreneurschool of jyväskylä area

perjantai 20. tammikuuta 2012

Do we need any more offices ? Try mobile pocket office.

World and schools have changed a lot during last year. Many schools go mobile and try to develop new ways of learning and coaching students. Also principals’ offices are moving more mobile ones.

Do we need anymore buildings or certain rooms for monitoring and leading our schools ?

My own work has changed rapidly last fall. I bought iPad and iPhone devices. These marvellous machines made my day. My office has moved everywhere. I find five different categories which has helped my work:

1) Communication is easier : emails, browsers, Facebook and internal school programs (Wilma) and school’s own homepage in the same device.

2) Online source of information : Flipboard, Zite, Diigo, Pulse, Vodio, Wikipania, Scoop it! are wonderful sources and full of new brilliant ideas.

3) Files, reports and photos : Dropbox and iCloud are with me all the time.

4) Connections : Blogs, Twitter and LinkedIn are great tools to build your PLN.

5) New thinking in learning : Sharing is caring ! More you give, more you get !

I can move and walk easily in corridors, classes and different places. I see often students and teachers. Probably I lead more efficiency than ever. Best part of all this is that our staff and students are learning all the time.

Anytime, anywhere, anyone !

keskiviikko 4. tammikuuta 2012

How you ensure quality in your school ? With quality system.

Every organization should evaluate itself time to time. This kind of evaluation and measurable system is quite easy to build. You don’t have expensive tools or technological gadgets. Only you need your society (teachers, students, parents, local authorities), teams to implement, values and vision to give you a target and Excel –tool to collect information.

First you need persons to work. It is always about their interest and commitment to work and learn – never ignore your clients. So these people should collaborate and make goals for the season. These targets might be quite large and big ones, but still measurable. Here is a simple example :

Here in Muurame High School we have three goals:

1) Atmosphere (How people feel)
2) Responsible (Matriculation examination, how satisfied students are our courses)
3) Collaboration (Companies, society, authorities etc.)

After setting goals, it is easiest to implement teams to work. Teams are actually persons, who will do the job. Team learning is true collaboration and mostly fun.

Wheel of continuous development

In the end of the season collect information and results. Here are two of our goals (in Finnish) and data collected.

After implementing these steps, we are sure that your school or organization has changed a little. Learning in basically changing your school, colleagues and yourself !