The worldwide pandemic of the past few months has shown that not all countries have been prepared for the digital learning challenge. While some countries had lots of issues, learning from home worked very well in Finland, for example. The land that experienced the mobile phone revolution decades ago with the rise of Nokia was far ahead of everyone else now. It seems that Finland made good progress in preparing for digitization even before the emergency situation has occurred.
Everyone Has A Computer
First of all, Finland is proud of the comprehensive internet connection they have there. Teachers and students know how to use digital tools to design lessons so that they work well. All schools and all private households have the technical aids to implement the necessary equipment or tools. Those who do not have their computer can borrow one from school. The state obliges schools to use digital tools and provide financial support to have progress. In the last few months, the publishers have spontaneously published all textbooks and teaching materials on the Internet, so everyone would be able to access it.
Wilma Is There For Everyone
The platform called Wilma exists in Finland for more than 20 years. This is a learning platform that teachers and parents can log in online and can be reached on a computer or app. Teachers can easily put their homework online, write messages to the parents, and give feedback about the submitted works or learning process. In this way, parents and teachers can exchange information and communicate quickly, easily, and regularly without spending time on actual meetings. If a child is sick or has learning problems, both parts talk about it on Wilma.
Lessons Start at 9 a.m. Via Video Chats
The lessons are going in the same manner as they would be done at school. The class starts at 9 a.m. every morning when all students report to the teacher via a video chat. Then the teacher distributes the tasks via the platform of Wilma. Besides, they also use Google Classroom, Seesaw, and other options. The teachers send out videos, drawings, and other teaching material. When a student has finished the task, he sends it back to the teacher for the evaluation. Every teacher has a responsibility to prepare the material, tasks, and test for the subject, and sports teachers have no exceptions. For example, students do exercises outdoors and send a video of it to the teacher. The only difference from the regular lessons is that the school days are not so long to prevent the students from being overwhelmed.
In Finland, the main attitude is that parents are not able to be teachers also. All they should take care about is that their children are attending the video class and doing the tasks. The teachers work in a digital way as much as they are doing in classes. They keep in touch with children, check the assignments, give the consultations and feedback. Now, Finland became the role model of a successful digital education.