It seems to me that participants in PLENK2010 already know good points of PLE, PLN, LMS and their borders as well. Those were reported at the beginning of Friday Elluminate (the recording is available) . I want to take a broader point of view. Or try anyway, to discuss about factors that help learning in a state level as Finland. I like a presentation of Tarmo Toikkanen: Education in Finland, held in Galgary 15.7. 2010. Perhaps some of you heard it there?It is Slideshare with 16 slides with audio, easy to follow.
I do not want to say that Finland is good at learning things, I know we have normal difficulties and this theme is a very complex one. But I admire Tarmo’s way to choose some of the important facts. Official explanations must be shown (slide 4) and some are worth noticing: Master level of teachers for instance. Tarmo’s unofficial explanations begin from slide 6: teaching is a valued profession, slide 7-8: teachers have freedom to try out new pedagogies. I love slide 9: free time and less homework are needed for long childhood. Slide 10 can explain reading and writing results – did you know that we speak and write in a same way? We are so simple.
In the end of the presentation you can find how Tarmo puts the technology into its place: it is not the first challenge in learning. Students activity is more important and a good basement in pedagogy, learning culture etc. Slide 15 shows some possible future trends: open content, informal learning etc.
Perhaps some of you like this presentation as I do 🙂