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Back To School, In Finland At Least!

Every Autumn we have this steady news topic about how to ‘back to school’.  And guess what – it is about the type of a smart phone for a 7 year old.

Probably it is our heavy Nokia burden, that makes the Finns honestly believe that the age  of 7 years is the age to have the first if not a smart phone, but a mobile, and personal phone anyway. It is of course based for the security, communication, sociality among the peers, but the most important reason might be individuality.

Also the Finnish government’s school curriculum takes into advantage the mobility, iPads, tablets and digital learning. Unlike in France, where the mobile has been rejected at school, totally banned recently, in Finland it is often allowed to use your own phone during the classes, well, for learning of course.

Read the intro of Helsingin Sanomat about the comparison of price and technological features. (In Finnish and for subscribers only.)

Some guidelines for teachers by the vocational association of teachers in Finland. (In Finnish.)

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Remember to cover the screen – no matter minor or major!

Eventful, Actionful Autumn!


Our indoor positioning partner IndoorAtlas has published an article about our Moomin museum app, which guides the visitors right from the hallway to the museum attractions in two floors.

Read the whole article here!

We participated in the networking event AlihankintaHEAT, where we also created an indoor positioning map using the IndoorAtlas technology.

Read more from the ePressi article!

Geographic information magazine Positio has published a one page article about Citynomadi’s achievements, clients and products, but first of all, where are the most exiting places to visit and how to get there!

The printed version of the Positio magasine 3/2017 is already available, and the e-journal comes out soon!


Powerful speaks and interesting meetings at the Nordic Business Forum!

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There was a very imposing feeling at the Nordic Business Forum, when over 7000 people from over 40 countries gathered together to listen speaks about work culture, money structure, climate changing, motivation and courage! Among many other speakers Severn Cullis-Suzuki aka “the girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes”, Sir Richard Branson, Nick Vujicic and Will Smith nailed it!

Of course, we had bunch of new, interesting contacts and tried some new local flavors such as home crickets, prepared by Jyrki Sukula and his team.

#NordicBusinessForum2017


SchoolNomadi takes students out of the class room!

Citynomadi was running a SchoolNomadi demo in the event of the Moving School, Liikkuva koulu project in Kuopio!

The teachers are eager to learn more of the new digital means and methods!

Check out SchoolNomadi on citynomadi.com


The brand new cemetery route of Espoo!

The cemetery route of Espoo is a brand new mobile route, by which you get to know 35 interesting stories from the past: In the cemetery rest in peace several athletes, politicians and artists – people who have had their impact on the Finnish everyday life. With the stories of the mobile route, the place becomes like a living history book!

Check out the cemetery route here!

What is the most interesting story from your point of view?

#Espoo #Cemetery #Church #Mobileroute #History #App #Nomadi


Our projects in China!

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Sino-Nordic workshop, organized by Pivot5 ja Comb+ in Beijing got its climax in the roadshow, when we had the pitching day for the Chinese investors and business partners! With

#Suomihealth, #1oT, #Idifa, #Zupersoft, #Musicinfo, #Flexound, #Beibamboo #Oviko #ArcticAir #Zadaa & our translator #Zikang.

We were also glad to be part of Kasvun Roihu Oy event in Shanghai, where the most promising growth companies of Finland met interesting growth partners of Shanghai!

#Shanghai, #KasvunRoihu

Taking Social Media Seriously At Schools – 10 Tumb Rules For Teachers

Rule 1 is about socialising.

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When pupils will leave schools for the summer vacations, and they’ll arrive in autumn – with their mobiles. There’s nothing new of drawing the lines of the mobile use over and over again, isn’t there?

There are special kinds of lockers for the mobile in some schools, and Clash of Clan is cultivated even in the queues in some schools.

Well, the pupils follow trends, let us follow them! They try new gadgets and apps, and a  trend follow one another in a quick pace. The teachers or parents are not fully capable to follow them. And why should they, while the social trends come and go, some are here to stay.

Did you know that the most common message of a teacher to a teacher on social media is: ‘did it get through?’ and from a pupil to a pupil: ‘Yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy….’

The fist rule is: You don’t really have to have anything to say – just say – in social media.

Rule 2 is about creativity.

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Parents and teachers don’t always support the creativity of pupils in social media. We often forget that it’s really about creativity, nothing else. Being verbal, clever, finding out the cleverest way of playing on words, taking grazy photos, editing photos.

Social media is entertainment, but it’s also creativeness and trying out the limits the features of gadgets and apps. Hanging on the edge. That’s why the kids are better with the computers than we adults are. The cliché but so true. Conclusion, the teachers should perhaps give up and have some fun with social media.

The second rule is: You can’t break the social media, be brave, make trials, download apps and get introduced to their features.

Rule 3 is about flow.

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Tablet computers and social media has entered to working at schools which is a positive thing. We must bear in mind that in the future they will be used every day in the working life. Conclusion, schools should teach the reasonable use of them instead of closing the eyes and pretending that social media is only for fun.

It also seems to be motivating to use the familiar gaming gadget for the home work as well. The pupils seem to get enthusuastic about the subject if they are to make a You Tube video about it. It’s more likely that a pupil performs better and gains better results.

The third rule: follow the flow, accept tablets and mobile phones on your lessons.

Rule 4 is about participation.

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Finland had a new parliament in April, the campaigns have been going on in social media, it’s got a great influence on amazingly large amount of voters. We must remember, that social media is not only entertainment unless participating and influencing. We both parents and teachers should deal this attitude forward.

To enlighten this in connection to the parliament elections we could mention the election machine of YLE. It’s been two times more popular than earlier. Many Finnish voters searched similar opinions and values to vote for.

It’s a good lesson to teach the pupils to influence through the social media. E.g. using the map application the pupil may mark the good and bad things around the school environment and therefore affect to the atmosphere at school.

The fourth rule: Discuss with your pupils about the social media effect on the life of their own and their families in everyday life and school going.

Rule 5 is about empathy.

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Social media is also sharing experiences and getting to know new things and people around. Thinking social media as a possibility to express empathy instead hate lessens bullying and harassment. No growing place for that.

What is true interaction, it’s listening to others, honouring the opinions and acceptance of differencies. Even we adults have sometimes difficulties to remember the empathy on web. Here we’ve got a mutual goal …

The fifth rule: You don’t have to have a save mode for expressing the feelings and emotions on web. It’s crucial to teach pupils to think how the others feel about your comments.

Rule 6 is about sharing.

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Tablets are the cheapest way to implement the ICT to schools, both in developed and developing countries. This fact predicts that they will be widely used in teaching. At the same time there will be more and more applications placed into the education plan and into the lessons. They say that the developing countries will have a super highway to the mobile use age.

The way of utilizing the applications can vary. One way is to stream information via mobile data and the other way is to use native apps.

 

The sixth rule: Ask for your pupils to give a tip of app of week, and find some time to find out about it together as a class

Rule 7 is about expressing.

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Tablets, mobiles and selfies equal social media to many of us. Trend, and some of us are tired of it. Yes, I have been tired of reading the similar kind of Facebook posts over and over again. But … is there something positive in this too?

In social media you’re able discuss, negotiate, give arguments, express yourself creatively. Partly this is the reason, why nearly all of us are active in at least one social media channel.

The seventh rule: Is there even a minor role available for a social media post or mobile device use each day or dare to say, each class?

Rule 8 is about acceptance.

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Teachers might find it hard to recognise the pedagogically valued social media applications for classes. How to make the most use out of the most popular ones in school work? They may irritate you in the first place and it might be hard to remember that the point is to find out how to utilise them in school work.

The keywords of the social media are interactivity, co-operation and togetherness.

The eight rule: Have a think tank with pupils about the irritating features of the social media and how to turn them into positive energy.

Rule 9 is about choosing.

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The apps for social media vary all the time and pupils surf on the trends. One of the recent ones is Periscope for short time video blogs. They exist only for 24 hours and after that dive under water again. Waste of time, says a reasoned adult and is probably quite right.

The ninth rule: Take the advantage of the apps that are for you, serve your objectives as a teacher, and then choose which ones are suited to your classes and support you as a teacher.

Rule 10 is about life.

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While in social media, it’s not just clicking and surfing. This is social media for many of us. In social media it’s a benefit to have communication skills in style, writing, language skills, politeness, literacy and so called media literacy. In addition it’s good to know how to make audio and video files and how to publish them.

It’s important to remind the pupils to cross check facts and dismiss rumours, combine information, make source criticism, estimate and analyse the social media content.

The tenth rule: Social media is a new dimension in communication and interaction with others, consider it as a richness of life.