Vertti Kivi (dSign Vertti Kivi & Co) has created an interior design for a harmonious, exiting and playful kindergarten for our project. The design has a great variety of surroundings and moods inspired by Finnish forest. Especially inspiring are the adaptable (automatic, programmable, creative or manual) lighting designs, for example, sunrise, noon, sunset, moonlight and starlight. You can see world in a different light. In the end, all we ever see in this world is light.
The Finnish National Board of Education has granted our project on Progressive Feedback for 280 000 euro. The grant was clearly the largest sum funded of all applications. This funding is a major support and recognition of our project. The participating municipalities include Espoo, Hyvinkää, Hämeenlinna, Järvenpää, Kerava, Mäntsälä, Nurmijärvi, Sipoo, Turku and Vantaa. The project coordinating municipality is Kouvola. Thank you for the team for a succesful project! The funding will help us to make the best of progressive feedback. We will concentrate on accuracy, depth, topicality and feedback.
Kati Rintakorpi’s and Jyrki Reunamo’s article Pedagogical documentation and its relation to everyday activities in early years has been accepted for publication in the Early Child Development and Care journal. Pedagogical documentation was related to participative, drama education, media-education and deeply processed pedagogical planning. It is remarkable that the pedagogical documentation evaluated by the team educators was positively correlated with the independently measured observation. The observers and evaluators had no knowledge and access to the other measurement data. Thus, the correlation between learning environment evaluation and observation must describe some real connections between pedagogical documentation and children’s everyday activities (we have to consider intermediate variables). For example, pedagogical documentation was positively connected with children’s increased happiness, joy and satisfaction. In these groups also children’s involvement in the activities tended to be higher. These results are among the first statistically significant results describing the connection between pedagogical documentation and children’s everyday experiences.
Kati Rintakorpi has received a grant from the Ebeneser-foundation (Siiri Valli’s grant) for 8000 euro for the finishing touches of her dissertation. Kati studies the benefits and challenges of pedagogical documentation in early years. Her last dissertation article is based on Orientation project data. How is pedagogical documentation connected with the everyday activities of the children? What are the connections to the learning environment? What kind of skills and tendencies does pedagogical documentation relate to? Congratulations to Kati!
Orientation project and IBM have been cooperating since 2009. The cooperation has been concentrated around the KidSmart heritage, see https://blogs.helsinki.fi/simulaatio/. The 10-year old tradition of providing Finnish early childhood education kindergartens and preschools KidSmart computers has now come to the end. We are happy to announce that the cooperation continues. IBM cooperation in Finnish early learning will continue and the flagship in 2015 will be analytics part of the Orientation 2.0′ project to understand how and why the kids do actually learn – the massive research to be done and data gatherer in four countries and with more than 100000 observations. The plan is that the IBM part of the research – the analytics – will be funded by IBM Impact Grant program funded by CSR / Celia. The discussions to proceed with the project to secure funding as part of IBM Impact Grant program have started. Descriptions of IBM analytics are introduced here.
The 2013 International Conference on Early Childhood Education Pro-Development and Agentive Practice in Dong Hwa University in Hualien was rich both intellectually and emotionally. Both Finnish and Taiwanese developers presented their development models based on the research results. The presenters themselves were best examples of ECEC developers who were aware of the difficulties but also saw the value of their work and presented their results with pride and respect. Thank you all who made it possible! The conference handbook can be retrieved here.
The fruits of the development work are presented in the International Conference at National Dong Hwa University in Hualien Taiwan at 18th May. The Finnish presentations are below:
- Hyvinkää: Kivistö Merja: Play, social relations and drama
- Hämeenlinna: Akselin, Marja-Liisa: Children’s choises
- Järvenpää: Pölkki, Taija: Outdoors, physical activity and safety
- Kerava: Söderqvist, Heli: Information technology, open simulations
- Kerava: Timo, Kati: Information technology, open simulations
- Nurmijärvi: Käyhkö, Marita: Supporting play
- Sipoo: Keski-Oja, Mervi: Supporting language development
- Sipoo: Salomaa, Petra: Supporting language development
- Tuusula: Joronen, Vesa: Quality and quality evaluation
- Jyrki Reunamo: Everyone has to participate
- Jyrki Reunamo: Planning models for ECEC teachers” (The importance of feedback in ECEC development)
Orientation project was present in the National ECE exhibition in many ways. The participating municipalities presented the project results and there was a lecture on children’s physical orientation at the Nuori Suomi seminar. Also the simulation project with Wolfram Demonstrations was presented at the exhibition
217 development models have been prepared based on the research results. One kindergarten is responsible for one model. The models can be studied here. Unfortunately only the Taiwanese models are in English. We hope to translate at least some of the Finnish models in English.
In the project more than 200 development tasks have been produced. They will be presented for the first time in the Orientation conference at 23rd May 2012 12:00-17:00. The development tasks will be represented as posters. There will be also 30 paper presentations concerning different research and developmental topics of the project.