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Oppi Festival Programme

Friday 11th April

11.00-12:00

Festival doors open, come and grab some lunch and meet some people!
» Flow Space

12:00-12:50

Oppi Opening To get Oppi off to a flying start, we’ll get together with Finnish Education Minister Krista Kiuru, who’ll be exploring what the world can learn from the Finnish education system — and what the Finnish education system can learn from the world.
You’ll also hear from our host on this stage, Simon Breakspear, and discover what to expect from Oppi over the next two days.
» The Stage

13:00-14:00

Is Finnish education still the envy of the world? For years, the Finnish education system has been the envy of the world. But since slipping in the PISA rankings, is Finland still a shining example of how to do things?
Tony Wagner is creator of documentary The Finland Phenomenon and Pasi Sahlberg has written a best-selling book about the Finnish system. They’ll each have 15 minutes to give their perspective on its current state. Then they — and you — will take part in a panel discussion, along with Tim Walker — an American teaching in Finland — and Marjo Kyllönen from Education Department of the City of Helsinki.
» The Stage

Music. Seen & Heard, Differently.Dr Benjamin Schogler argues that something has gone wrong, we have lost ‘music making’ as a part of our daily lives. Music has become something we buy and consume like ‘ready’ meals. Performance seen as the preserve of the gifted or privileged. We need to take it back, and start making music in our homes as part of our daily lives. Why? Well, come and find out. How? Technology can enable us.
The Future of Music Learning Out of all people that start to play a musical instrument, 85% quite prematurely, usually due to a lack of motivation to practice. Being one of those dropouts, Chris Thür and his co-founder started Ovelin to change the way people learn to play a musical instrument. Ovelin’s interactive games are played with real guitars and are currently used by 5 million people worldwide. Chris will present their products which they believe, are the future of music learning.
» Challenge Space

Learning should be personal. There is no one solution to great education;different approaches to learning processes with Jolanta Galecka from Young Digital Planet and award-winning teachers. Hear research and practical examples from Jolanta and Brygida Dziatkiewicz-Buś and Marcin Zaród together they compare the approaches from all around the world and pick a few interesting examples to show what can be done differently.
The Power of Personalized Learning: Adaptive Learning Technology Improving Student Outcomes. Charlie Harrington will explain the impact of the shift from print to digital learning materials in education. He will analyze how this shift enables adaptive learning, discuss the power of data to empower teachers and tailor lessons for students, and share examples of how offering a more personalized learning experience has improved student outcomes.
Kristiina Erkkilä to chair.
» Teacher Space

Learning a Living: Radical Innovations in Learning for Work – An Introduction:Learning a Living showcases the most inspiring examples of education innovation from around the world. Explore the case studies with Innovation Unit Board Director Valerie Hannon, and hear directly from the people who have transformed the idea of what it might mean to learn for work, including:
Elliot Washor, Big Picture Learning US
Mervi Jansson, InnoOmnia, Finland
Martin Montero Hernandez of La Bastilla School, Nicaragua
Aminata N’Diaye, 2iE, Burkina Faso
Anna-Joy Rickard – Head of Programmes – Teach a Man to Fish, UK
» Innovation Unit Space

How Can We Best Prepare our Young People for the Future? Creating the School System our Young People Need for the Future. Finnish MP Päivi Lipponen shares the latest Finnish outlook regarding developing a school system that best supports knowledge and skills for the future.
» Education Lab

Play, Code and Invent your own Animations and Games Join Kirsty Grieg from Technology Will Save Us in developing and discovering skills to program your very first LED display using their DIY Gamer Kit and the wonderful world of Arduino.
» Play Space

The Future of Education; Climate Control or Climate Change? Join Chris Holmwood who represents Whole Education. Chris shares his experience of sustainable school improvement and new approaches to leadership development. Expect to get involved.
» Collaboration Space

Intro to Mozilla and Webmaker:
Doug Belshaw and Melissa Romaine will be talking about the educational initiatives Mozilla spearheads around the world. These include everything from community networks to free online tools that promote digital learning and learning through making among young people.
» Mozilla Space

Floor Ball Come and Play! Bring your game face;) Led by some Angry Birds continues throughout the festival :)
» Free Space

Bringin’ Motivation Back. Harri Ketamo, from Skills Pixels. School motivation has decreased in many western countries. We know how to bring it back with games based flipped learning pedagogy. Come and find out!
» Joy Space

14:25-15:20

If we’re broke, how do we fix it? As the digital world encroaches into every aspect of our lives, three experts discuss how it has shaped the education systems in which we work, teach and learn.

And with digital technologies becoming the norm, what do they mean for the future of education?

Join former Prime Minister of Finland, Esko Aho, mobile visionary Horace Dediu, and the Innovation Unit’s Valerie Hannon as they ask important questions about the future of technology in education.
» The Stage

Do international comparisons matter? The case of Singapore. Does comparing education systems accomplish anything?
Singapore’s education system is recognised globally for its outstanding performance, and is often held up as an example of how to do education well.
But with so many cultural and financial differences between countries, is there value in these international comparisons? Can what works in Singapore really work in Spain, South Africa or Senegal?
In this session, Pak Tee Ng — Professor at the National Institute of Education, Singapore — examines the nuances in education that can get overlooked by the league tables. Chaired by Oliver Quinlan
» Challenge Space

Insights from the Frontline Jeff Johnson, school and district-level leader from Alberta, Canada looks at how educators are being empowered to lead innovation from within. Jeff is joined by Kari Louhivuori Kirkkojärvi Comprehensive School in Finland both share their tales from the ‘frontline’ of education.
» Teacher Space

Learning a Living: Exploring the implications for schools Learning a Living showcases the most inspiring examples of education innovation from around the world.
This session will particularly explore the implications of the case studies for schools, and will feature:
Elliot Washor, Big Picture Learning US
Martin Montero Hernandez Director of La Bastilla School, Nicaragua
Anna-Joy Rickard – Head of Programmes – Teach a Man to Fish, UK
Led by Louise Thomas, Education Programme Lead, Innovation Unit
» Innovation Unit Space

Happy Teaching, Learning and Wellbeing. Kristiina Kumpalainen, Anna Mikkola and Saara Salmi from the University of Helsinki share research and practice relating to the importance of happiness and wellbeing in education- a topic often overlooked in traditional league tables…
» Education Lab

Angry Birds Learning – Catapulting Across the World! Let’s look at the impact of Angry Birds Learning projects and collaborations from across the world. Will include input from Chinese teachers, NASA and more!
» Play Space

iPaddy Patrick Carroll will demonstrate how a Finnish and UK school have encouraged children to start designing, creating, evaluating app ideas collaboratively through a non-technologically difficult etwinning project.
» Collaboration Space

Use this on Monday: Webmaker tools An introduction to how to use the Webmaker tools in the classroom. Our many creative templates and kits are a good starting point, but we want teachers to share their ideas on how the tools can be used. This hands-on workshop is the perfect opportunity for participants to design ways to use the tools “on Monday
» Mozilla Space

Me & My City – Learning 21st century skills in a simulated society Why should 12-year-olds know anything about society, economy and entrepreneurship? Me & MyCity is a success story: already 40 000 Finnish sixth-graders have spent a day in the Me & MyCity miniature town learning 21st century skills. This interactive session will introduce the pedagogy behind the unique learning concept.
Kristiina Erkkilä (City of Espoo) and Janne Niinivaara, Tiina-Maija Toivola, Tomi Alakoski (Me & MyCity)
» Open Space

Smilification Aape Pohjavirta. Founder and Chief Evangelist for inclusion.fi Aape seeks to solve the two root problems of today’s global education: access and quality. Join him for this workshop that explores uses of technology to change education and promote happiness.
» Joy Space

15:45-16:35

Disruption is the Way Forward + Let’s Re-Think how Society Can Function. (Two Inspiring Talks) People in developing countries deserve better access to education. But according to Neil D’Souza, founder of Zaya Learning Labs, providing that access is only the first step towards building sustainable, affordable maths and literacy programmes.
He’ll explain how cleverly-designed toolkits and cost-effective technology are having a big impact in some of the world’s most remote schools. And he’ll argue that expanding this approach could transform education across the globe — if there’s the will to make it happen.
Re-Think a Beautiful World: The Awra Amba Experience. Serdar Ferit tells the story of a how a small community in Ethiopia, called Awra Amba, has combatted poverty and changed deeply engrained traditions to pave way for a better life. Serdar and his partner Paulina Tervo have worked with Awra Amba since 2008, on a collaborative, interactive documentary, designed for tablets and computers – which they will launch in classrooms later this year.
» The Stage

One million Young People have their say. Student Aspiration Global Leader Russell Quaglia and some Talkative Teens lead an active discussion about what young people really think! Russell shares the data from over 1 million young people from across the world with surprising results. Chaired by Gavin Dykes
» Challenge Space

Design Matters. What can we learn from the Finns? Marco Steinberg, Founder of Snowcone & Haystack, Pekka Timonen, Director of (Helsinki World Design Capital 2012) discuss why design is so important and how it can be implemented with education. Chaired by Aape Pohjavirta.
» Teacher Space

Learning a Living: Education systems – Vocational and higher educational Learning a Living showcases the most inspiring examples of education innovation from around the world.
This session will particularly explore the implications of the case studies for education systems, and will feature:
Mervi Jansson, InnoOmnia, Finland
Aminata N’Diaye, 2iE, Burkina Faso
» Innovation Unit Space

Open Education: Bringing Together Loose Ends A practical and interactive session with Marieke Guy from the Open Knowledge Foundation, and Dr Jan Pawlowski and Henri Pirkkalainen from the University of Jyväskylä
» Education Lab

I Want to Teach the World to Skoog For many young people the barrier to making music is the instrument itself, knowing ‘how’ and being able ‘to’ play an instrument are essential. Skoog is an instrument designed specifically to address the barriers faced by young people with disabilities. An intuitive musical instrument that affords expressive and creative potential. Come and play!
» Play Space

How Finland can make the best school accountability system in the world even better Join in a discussion about how Finland might lead the way in helping school systems around the world replace their toxic high stakes accountability systems with high trust, high challenge approaches that draw out the intelligence and creativity of teachers, parents and students: with James Park on PROGRESS, Pak Tee Ng on Singapore, Ilkka Haavisto on Finland, Chris Holmwood on England …  and you.
» Collaboration Space

The WWW of Web Literacy (Who? What? Why?) A deeper dive into the idea of Web Literacy. Mozilla have recently devised a Web Literacy Map that we’re excited to share with worldwide educators, and we want your feedback! This is the chance to tell us your ideas about web literacy, and to discuss in groups how this is useful to you and your students in the future.
» Mozilla Space

Lean Startup Lessons + Improving Learner Outcomes Wendy Woelders and Linda Oranje. The world is changing and corporate organizations need to innovate faster and better. Sanoma set up internal ventures, who work on a lean startup way. One of these, ClipScool, develops an educational platform with videoclips check out their story.
Improving Learner Outcomes: Technology and Learning ContentHow can schools improve learner outcomes and drive efficiencies by combining technology with learning content? That’s a question that Kenneth Chapman from Desire2Learn will answer. He will unveil the 1+1=3.
» Joy Space

16:50-17:40

Oppi Friday Finish The revolution that started with a hole in a wall
When Sugata Mitra’s Hole in the Wall experiment showed that children can learn independently from computers, it raised fundamental questions about education. That research sparked his Schools in the Cloud initiative, which encourages students to explore topics in their own way.
Now the winner of the TED Prize 2013 appears live on the big screen to discuss his latest ideas about education. Find out what he’s doing with his $1m prize, how he perceives the role of teachers — and learn about the improbably-titled Granny Cloud. Sugata is interviewed by Pasi Sahlberg, Simon Breakspear and you!
Oppi’s friday Finish or Finnish:) concludes with a performance by the Famous Finnish Rap artist Signmark (a.k.a. Marko Vuoriheimo). He created his unique sign language based hip-hop style in 2006 and has since brought people together with the power of music. Not to be missed!
» The Stage

Drinks and Live Music from Jukka Ässä in » Flow Space

Saturday 12th April

9:00-10:00

Registration and interaction with feature areas
» Flow Space

10:00-11:00

Oppi Saturday Opening Session – What’s the point of discussing the future of education without involving young people? To get you fired up for day two of Oppi, we’re bringing together Sarah Brown — co-founder of the A World at School initiative — and some of the freshest, brightest young minds in global education.This inspiring session is led by student voice champion Gavin Dykes
It’s time to think big, find new ways to expand access to education and spark industry initiatives that’ll help drive these changes. Let’s find out how, together.
» The Stage

11:10-12:00

Innovation nation. Finland is fabulous at startups. But why? How can the startup model impact eduction? Finland has great startups. What can we learn from them? Finland’s amazing startup culture has spawned lots of exciting companies.
There’s a lot to admire in this gutsy, driven, risk-taking world of new businesses. But which aspects of startup culture could have a positive impact on education?

Join Rovio’s outspoken Peter Vesterbacka, Santtu Toivonen from Sanoma Pro, Clare Sutcliffe from Code Club, Steve Taylor, an entrepreneur, investor and advisor working with startups globally, chairs this lively session.
» Space

Building Learning Power, What’s the point of Education? How schools can change to teach learners for the real world with the Expansive Education movement. Compelling school stories and new research from entertaining speaker, Bill Lucas the Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester.
» Challenge Space

Teaching the Teachers. Who does it best? Leena Krokfors and Jari Lavonen from University of Helsinki Teacher Education Department are joined by Lachlan MacKinnon from GEMS Education together they discuss the future challenges for teacher education.
» Teacher Space

Collaboration: an essential ingredient for global education development Oliver Quinlan and Gavin Dykes are joined by Sarah Brown, Erin Lynch and other global representatives to discuss the importance of having genuine collaboration between all sectors in order to best serve global educational development. If you want your voice in this crucial conversation come along!
» Innovation Space

DreamDo Saku Tuominen from Idealist shares new project where they teach students a new mindset of ‘dreaming and doing’. It is a digital platform that we have been using with 5000 students in Helsinki. It will launch nationally & globally this year.
» Education Lab

Design challenge: 1001 ways to make Mario Jump Participants hack videogaming experiences by redesigning the computer-player interaction in the physical world. They craft functioning prototypes using makey-makey. No programming skills required. This workshop is run by Themis Gkion from Flow Athens
» Play Space

Involving everyone in making their school great
Try your hands at strategic leadership. Explore data collected from staff and students in Finnish, Romanian and English schools using the PROGRESS Diagnostic (try it at www.progress-hse.org). What is really going on in their schools? What would make things even better? This workshop is led by James Park and Andrew Fell.
» Collaboration Space

Webmaker + Badges Doug Belshaw and Emily Goligoski will be talking about Mozilla’s Webmaker and Open Badges projects. You’ll find out more about BadgeKit, a new way to make issuing badges even easier, as well as the latest developments around Webmaker and the Web Literacy Map.
» Mozilla Space

Failure Fair How have you failed? and what have you learned as a result? Get up and share your life lessons alongside educators, business leaders and policy makers:) A fun take on failing lead by Steve Moffitt from A New Direction.
» Open Space

Innovation Unit -System Design Jake Garber – senior service designer, Innovation Unit
Lucie Mandaus Stephansen – Innovation Unit Scandinavia (Sweden). Found an idea at Oppi that inspires you, or have a frustration or passionate belief you want to make into reality? Think you could do a better job at designing how time, space and people are organised in school? Find us roaming the festival and let us turn your best ideas into design principles, work with our designers to translate ideas into reality, and hear from people who have done just that in real life.
» Free Space

Design Thinking in Schools Dr Teemu Leinonen is a professor at the Aalto University, he will run a hands on workshop about the Edukata design process
» Joy Space

12:25-13:20

Shouldn’t learning be fun? Being able to play is a skill in its own right. At least, it is in education, where playing games can have a measurable, positive impact on how well students learn.
And that’s not just speculation. It’s fact. To prove it, Lauri Järvilehto — from the Helsinki Academy of Philosophy — will be joined by Helsinki University’s Jari Multisilta, along with masters of addictive play Rovio.
In a session chaired by Kristiina Kumpulainen, Professor of Education, we’ll discuss the power of play and find practical ways in which it can drive more effective learning.
» The Stage

What’s Next for Education? Yonatan Raz Fridman tells the Story of Kano the first computer kit that anyone can make – simple as Lego, teaches code, gives you superpowers! Kano raised $1.5 million in 30 days on Kickstarter. 7 Trends Shaping the Next Generation of Learning
John Martin has been passionate about learning his whole life, now CEO of Sanoma Learning he shares his personal predictions for the future of education. What are these 7 key trends? What do they mean for the future of learning? and How can we work together to be future shapers?
» Challenge Space

Helping teachers to teach Super Inspring Mini Campus Event for Teachers looking at how best to work with Change. Led by Saku Tuominen from Idealist.
» Teacher Space

Equality in Education. How can we promote and share good practice globally? In this conversation Naomi Williams from Plan International is joined by Hanna Klinge who leads the British Council Finland, Antti Pentikäinen from Teachers Without Borders and Young Poet Laureate for London Warsan Shire to discuss equality within education, what it means and how good practice can be harnessed to promote global equality.
» Innovation Unit Space

Jumping over the boundaries – learning in parks and museums How to utilise museums as active and cross disciplinary learning environments? Examples range from architecture opera composed by school children to nature education and innovative work with contemporary art. Session is chaired by Dr Susanna Pettersson, Director of the Finnish Institute in London and Adjunct Professor in museology. Susanna is joined by:
Mari Murtoniemi Curator, architecture & design education
Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyväskylä and Helsinki, Finland.
Minna Raitmaa Head of Public Programmes Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland.
Dr. Joanne Mould Regional Development Manager – North London London Wildlife Trust, London, UK
» Education Lab

Join the Code Club! In this session Clare Suttcliffe from Code Club will lead the group in an exploration of Scratch as each workshop attendee will build their own game.
» Play Space

Learning On The Go! Omnia, The Joint Authority of Education in The Espoo Region. Mobile technology brings so many opportunities into the palms of our hands. Join this world café style workshop to share insights on creative, collaborative mobile learning. A super-active and practical session focused on peer-to-peer learning. The topics:
– iPad administration in a nutshell, Pete Stockley
– Mobile storytelling, Pauliina Venho
– The creative side of tablets, Satu Järvinen
– Bring your own device – the answer or just more questions, Esko Lius
– Mobile peer learning, Leena Vainio
– Learning outcomes made visible, Mervi Jansson
» Collaboration Space

Open Badges and BadgeKit A hands-on session designing and issuing badges using the Badge Canvas and BadgeKit. Participants will have a chance to ask deeper questions about the badges ecosystem. Everyone welcome!
» Mozilla Space

Loving the Library! How Finnish Libraries are reaching out and engaging their users in fresh, meaningful ways.
» Open Space

Innovation Unit Design Lab Drop in
» Free Space

The Best Learning Approach to Involve All Learning Types A Finnish primary teacher describes how he’s created a 21st century learning environment to best provide for young people with different kind of needs. Tomi-Pekka Niukkanen from Viherkallio School
» Joy Space

13:50-14:45

Why are 65 million girls not going to school?
65 million girls around the world are missing from education, denied this basic right by the daily realities of poverty, conflict and discrimination.  
How can we change this? This powerful session brought to you by Plan International, a leading global child rights organisation, will highlight the groundbreaking ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign demanding every girl and boy has the opportunity to complete a quality education.
Learn how young people, governments, civil society, multilaterals,  international development agencies and the private sector are developing innovative partnerships to champion the right to education for all -with a special preview of the Girl Declaration. Session speakers include Naomi Williams Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications Manager, Plan International and global young leaders: Beyan F. Pewee from Liberia, Erin Lynch from the UK and Arawela Sovala from Finland
The session also includes poetry from Young Poet Laureate for London Warsan Shire.
» The Stage

Winning Matters. Just How Important is it to be The Best? A conversation between two leaders. Peter Vesterbacka, The Mighty Eagle of Rovio, has a unique and ambitious take on… life.. ‘winning is everything’. He takes on Director of the Education RSA Joe Hallgarten. Is winning important within education? Can Finland’s focus on balance and fairness across the board thwart success? Expect an exciting ride.. Chaired by Louise Thomas
» Challenge Space

Two schools- why does behaviour go so badly wrong in classrooms? Tom Bennett, teacher blogger and behaviour expert with Michael Shaw from Times Educational Supplement tackle behaviour issues head on. Comedy and top tips guaranteed
» Teacher Space

The Future and Education Export If you’ve got a great learning system how well can you export that into new cultures and systems.. and should you? Elise Tarvainen Director of Global Operations at Educluster Finland is joined by UK-based academic Dr Jennifer Chung to share their findings.
» Innovation Space

Have you got your CoderDojo on? Craig Steele shares how to: get hands on with tools and resources that are great ways to introduce young people to digital making. We will share tried and tested techniques that engage learners at our CoderDojo clubs across Scotland, and share how you can start your own CoderDojo to promote and develop digital skills and computational thinking.
» Education Lab

Gamification For Motivation The mechanics and features of games can be applied in education to foster motivation of students (and teachers!) come and see! With Santtu Toivonen, Sanoma Pro
» Play Space

Learning On The Go! Omnia, The Joint Authority of Education in The Espoo Region. Mobile technology brings so many opportunities into the palms of our hands. Join this world café style workshop to share insights on creative, collaborative mobile learning. A super-active and practical session focused on peer-to-peer learning. The topics:
– iPad administration in a nutshell, Pete Stockley
– Mobile storytelling, Pauliina Venho
– The creative side of tablets, Satu Järvinen
– Bring your own device – the answer or just more questions, Esko Lius
– Mobile peer learning, Leena Vainio
– Learning outcomes made visible, Mervi Jansson
» Collaboration Space

Web Literacy + Webmaker Badges In this session we’ll be digging deeper into how badges can be used to encourage and credential web literacy. In addition, we’ll look at what counts as ‘contribution’ for the Mozilla Webmaker project and answer your questions about Mozilla projects.
» Mozilla Space

Teach Meet @Oppi Oliver Quinlan + Tim Walker A chance to inspire and be inspired by teaching practice from across the world. This session will be a chance for participants to take centre stage and share their ideas on teaching and learning. Featuring presentations and discussions, this is a session for leaning in and starting conversations.
» Open Space

Innovation Unit Design Lab Drop in
» Free Space

Koulu-festival and future directions for on- and offline learning networks Oskari Niitamo, Elina Söderlund, Julia Melnik entrepreneurs share news of Koulu-festival (‘School-Festival’) which focuses on peer-learning and the launch their new think tank, Utelias (which means ‘inquisitive’)
» Joy Space

15:00-16:00

Oppi Festival CLosing Session – Angels, Astronauts and Robots. Local, Global and Galaxy Learning. A finale that connects the whole world via teaching and learning. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS… :) Includes contributions from NASA, Lilly Kam from the i.am.angel Foundation and more…
» The Stage

Drinks and Live Music in » Flow Space

 

 

 

 

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