FCLab Helsinki

Helsinki Normal Lyceum uses innovating pedagogical approaches linked to physical and virtual learning spaces and developing versatile teaching practices for different environments. We are experimenting with different solutions on combining F2F and online teaching methods and hybrid teaching practices. Pupils physically absent from classroom can participate via online streams and are able to collaborate with their peers through Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Online streams have included webcam audio and video and screensharing of OneNote-notes on smartboard as well as electronic assignments. Our school building is old and under strict conservation regulations but within those limitations we have constructed a modular learning lab combining media classroom, school library and study hall, arts and crafts classrooms, a study lobby and a drama classroom to create an entirety to support pedagogical uses of learning zones. We are also creating new interdisciplinary learning modules aided with phenomenon-based learning to increase pupils’ transversal competence. These modules include STEAM projects, Makerspace elements, Lego or micro:bit programming and electronics. Viikki Teacher Training school Viikki Teacher training school develops pedagogical and versatile teaching practices that are suitable for different learning environments. The aim is to develop both physical and virtual learning environments. We approach the issue from the perspective of sustainable development, student participation, comfort and strong pedagogy. We combine these with new technology and innovation. From the perspective of sustainable development, we find out what kind of equipment and know-how our school already has. We think how to make everything possible for pedagogical use. We combine various new innovations with this. We are also planning reforms from the perspective of student participation. What kind of school is a comfortable, functional and safe school? How can a comfortable learning environment be combined with curriculum-based ICT teaching? We are creating a virtual science classroom that brings together devices related to virtual education, such as VR glasses and devices related to robotics education. Using the environment is designed to be pedagogically easy for everyone. Various cross-border courses are planned. We are also transforming our library into a multidisciplinary and interactive learning space. How can the library be integrated into multidisciplinary thinking and curriculum teaching? How do the physical and virtual spaces of the library meet the needs of information retrieval? 


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Helsinki Normal lyceum - Ratakatu 6, 00120 Helsinki, Finland Viikki Teacher Training School - Kevätkatu 2, 00790 Helsinki, Finland 


Jani Kiviharju, FCLab Ambassador
Terhi Maskonen FCLab Ambassador