Pirjo Suhonen


Loves technology, but loves learning and teaching more. Fascinated by EdTech, experimenting and innovations, which support global collaboration and learning. Fresh Master’s thesis on educational technology 2016. I have worked in education and care in Finland, UK, France and Belgium. Publications: Helsingin Yliopisto/Cicero Learning

Reviews (4)

hanna nyman
Interesting content, great themes!
Julian Sweet
Interesting and useful topics on the new Finnish national curriculum. This includes coding which is vital for 21st century skills.
Julian Sweet
hanna nyman
Great topic, interesting themes!


ALO Finland Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) introduces Innovative Pedagogy and EdTech in Finland. The emphasis is on the practical approach and solutions that can be repeated, benchmarked and further developed worldwide. Teachers can learn from the best practices in Finnish schools via videos, text and photos.

The digital teacher training course provides an insight into Finnish schools and offers an opportunity to visit primary schools in Finland online. 

Finnish Education 2.0 brings great academic results, whilst cultivating curiosity, creativity and future innovators. End result of an excellent education is academically strong, happy and healthy children, who become well informed and more sustainable global citizens than previous generations.

Finnish students score well in international tests such as Timms, Pirls and PISA. The differences between the weakest and strongest students are the smallest in the world, according to the recent survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). There are no school inspectors or standardized testing in Finland, apart from A-levels in high-school. And yet, the differences between schools are very small and a Finnish child is getting the same quality education in different schools.

Finnish teachers hold a Master's degree and are trained to continuously develop their profession. Teachers are the ones who put the new national curriculum in Finland (2016) into practice. Future focused research, curriculum implementation and its further development are part of their work. Teachers and their continuous professional development are the key in providing excellence and equity into education.




The purpose of the ALO Finland MOOC is more than just content delivery and theory. It aims to enhance collaboration between learners and encourage creative experiments in different schools and classrooms. MOOCs at their best become global learners communities with plenty of interaction and collaboration; sharing good ideas, thoughts and also failures, developing good practices further together.

Finland is facing changes in integrating technology into education and the very same challenge is happening globally. Therefore it will be not only interesting, but also useful to discuss different practical ways to successfully integrate technology into teaching and learning. ICT is not the only innovation in education and there is so much more happening in Finnish schools than just innovative pedagogy to go hand in hand with EdTech. The new national curriculum is introducing phenomenal, multi-disciplinary learning and other changes to meet the needs of the rapidly changing living, learning and working environments. 

1. Introduction to MOOC as a global learning environment and authentic learning. 

2. Finnish education- innovative pedagogy and holistic approach

3. Curriculum, learning environment and collaboration

4. Flipped classroom-pedagogy in secondary school in the European School of Brussels IV. Experimenting in English as a second language classes, was the starting point to further experiments in the primary school with the Finnish Twist, coding and gamified maths.  A digital maths learning game was used to enhance learning and collaboration in class, school and beyond.

Coding lessons in the primary school. Instead of teaching primary year 3 pupils how to code, they were taught how to teach coding to other classes. They have taught around 200 other pupils, teachers and local entrepreneurs the basics of coding. They have continued to learn more about coding and robotics too. In fact, some of the Coding Ambassadors came second in the Robotics Competition in Finland.



5. Preschool, ICT and child-centered approach. They have 28 preschoolers, a smartboard and three Ipads and they have managed to do many interesting projects with the children. Lack of resources is no excuse!



6. Award winning environmental school and phenomenal learning in practice. It is an old school in the most beautiful surroundings and they use the whole village as their learning environment.




Please use Twitter, #ALOFinland in advance to send interesting topics to discuss and questions to be answered.

Learning objectives:

1. Learn about interesting and innovative practical experiments and pedagogy in Finnish preschools and primary education.

2. Learn to share, benchmark, learn from other teachers innovations in learning and teaching and collaborate in MOOC learners community.

3. Practice positive peer assessment skills, emphasis on problem solving and solutions.

4. Innovate! Create, explore and experiment in practice. Study your own school curriculum thoroughly and compare, benchmark with the Finnish curriculum. Are there similarities? Can Finnish way of teaching, learning and curriculum work in your country and school. Why/ why not and how?

5. Develop together! Share the good practices and also the mistakes that you made along the way. Failures can be great learning opportunities and there is rarely a straight route to success stories.


A free online certificate is provided after successful completion of the course. It is an online version, which can be easily linked to your LinkedIn profile.

Also a printed certificate can be ordered via Eliademy.



ALO Finland wishes to use students' tasks and discussions for further development, research and other purposes to promote effective global learning online and improve education in Finland and abroad.


                                                                                ​CONTACT PIRJO@ALOFINLAND.COM

ALO Finland videos were funded by EU and Karhuseutu - investing on the development in the countryside.


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