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How to do the learning revolution?

Not long time ago I wrote a post about a real learning revolution. I decided to elaborated it now a bit in light of Sir Ken Robinson’s latest TED talk Bring on the learning revolution!, even though, I actually agree with what Stephen Downes already said about the talk. Anyway. Here is my advice for […]

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21st Century Skills: The Virtues of Ancient Greece

Last week I gave a talk in a workshop organized by the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK. The theme of the workshop was to explore the future of education in Finland. The title of my talk was “digitalization, networks and the future of education” (In Finnish: Digitalisoituminen, verkottuminen ja koulutuksen tulevaisuus). My original plan for […]

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No one ever got fired for buying LMS

I finally read the Wisdom of Crowds – Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few by James Surowicki. I picked up from the book the saying “no one ever got fired for buying IBM”. For some reason I have ran into this sentence in several texts lately. Surowicki is using the saying when writing […]

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Shopping Centres with Libraries

I am right now in South Africa starting the MobilED initiatives’ first school tests. More information about the products, services and testing of them will be soon in the MobilED web site. I am going to report some highlights – if there will be any – of the MobilED in Flosse Posse, as well. Today […]

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High standards means less low-level standards

Already some time ago Washington post wrote about the Finnish educational system and Finland in general. It’s a worth of reading for those interested in different “system design” of education and learning [Footnote 1]. The article explains how the whole Finnish educational system – from pre-school to universities – is public and accessible for all. […]

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Intentional learning: reflecting the discussion in the blogsphere

Intentional learning requires reflection and meta-cognition. Blogs are a great tool for this. Still tools are just tools. The skills of using them are at least as important as the actual tools. To nail you need a hammer but also the idea and skill of hammering. To build a chair with your hammer you need […]

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Learning objects – Is the King naked?

Do you remember the H C Andersen’s story about the Emperor’s New Suit? The point of the story is that, if we strongly believe on something, and same time all those who are doubtful or non-believes are claimed to be “unfit for their office or unpardonably stupid”, the believe becomes real. To see the truth […]

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FLOSSE Posse is more than us four, right?

I just noticed the new picture in the upper right corner of this site. I didn’t like the original picture of the girl working with an old PC, but can’t say that this would be much better. Well, ok – it is. I am not sure if this is the will of the rest of […]

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Introduction

Hello, my name is Teemu Arina, partner and CTO of a privately held company called Ionstream Ltd. / Dicole. I’ve been working with Open Source software in education since 1998. I have created several Open Source projects, notably a groupware and learning environment called MimerDesk and just recently a social software called Dicole, which is […]