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Towards ICT in Everyday Life in Finnish Schools: Seeking Conditions for Good Practices
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Learning, Media and Technology Volume 38, Number 1, ISSN 1743-9884

Abstract

The article discusses how to strengthen educational use of information and communication technology (ICT) in Finnish schools. The conceptions and experiences of the successful integration of ICT in everyday school settings are reported. Participant observations in 20 schools in different parts of Finland were carried out, including discussions with principals and teachers. The results show that when promoting new technology and practices in schools, many components overlap and support each other. The following six main characteristics of successful integration were identified: (1) ICT included in strategic planning, as part of school culture, (2) teaching and learning methods facilitating participation and leading to empowerment, (3) flexible curriculums, (4) high investments in communication, (5) optimum leadership and management, and (6) teaching staff's strong capacity and commitment. The research indicates that an open school culture allows staff to take risks when applying new technology, creates learning environments and empowers learners. (Contains 1 figure.)

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Niemi, H., Kynaslahti, H. & Vahtivuori-Hanninen, S. (2013). Towards ICT in Everyday Life in Finnish Schools: Seeking Conditions for Good Practices. Learning, Media and Technology, 38(1), 57-71. Retrieved June 17, 2019 from .

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