The first virtual summit was a great success and has allowed us in Australia to engage with the speakers, workshops and presentations virtually for the first time. If you did not fancy staying up to watch some of the European sessions live during the night, then you can find all the recordings from the event here:
One of the significant features of the Summit is the Launch of the 2021 Global Collection of Educational Innovations from around the world.
In my role as HundrED Ambassador and Academy Member I was lucky enough to be involved in the process of assessing and voting for the innovations to be included in the 2021 Global Collection based on impact and scalability. This was a wonderful opportunity to engage with amazing innovations from around the world that have the potential to significantly and positively influence education. I can highly recommend taking some time to explore the innovations which you can find here: https://hundred.org/en/collections#global
The HundrED Innovation summit always takes place alongside Helsinki Education Week and we were lucky enough to secure a spot on the agenda for HEW last week. We held a fireside chat with two Finnish Educators based in Helsinki schools to explore The Finnish Way of Learning. Johanna is a primary teacher and Kirsi is a secondary teacher. They spoke candidly about some of the conditions for success in their education system such as the culture of trust that exists generally in the community that flows into education. They talked about phenomenon-based teaching which translates beautifully into the PBL or inquiry focus that we talk about in our Australian context and spoke about some of the universal trends in education that are familiar to all educators regardless of the context.
The audience was highly engaged and asked more questions than we could facilitate during the session. We will endeavour to partner with hundrED again in 2021 to run a follow up session where we delve again into what makes Finnish education a stand out model for best practice and to continue discussions about some of the practical measures that would translate successfully into our Australian context and are worth our schools considering.
If you weren’t able to make that event last week you can access the recording here: https://youtu.be/xjUwDQ7Q748