Finnish Education - Innovative Pedagogy and EdTech


Pirjo Suhonen

ALO Finland

Loves teaching, EdTech, experimenting and innovations. I have taught in Finland and abroad. I've lived and worked in UK, France and Belgium. Fresh Master’s thesis on educational technology 2016. 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!


Finnish education brings great academic results whilst cultivating creativity, curiosity and life-long learning skills. ALO Finland MOOC starts the conversation by introducing Innovative Pedagogy and the use of EdTech in Finland. And yet, there is so much more happening in Finnish schools than just Innovations to go hand in hand with EdTech. The emphasis is on the practical approach and simple solutions that can be easily repeated, adopted and further developed worldwide.

Finnish teachers hold a Master's degree and are trained to continuously develop their profession. Future focused research, curriculum implementation and its further development are part of their work. 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 is no 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.


ALO Finland MOOC is aiming to be more than just content delivery and theory. MOOC at its best is a global learners community with plenty of interaction and collaboration; sharing good ideas, thoughts and also failures, developing good practices further together!

Technology on its own won't change Education. People creating and using technology might do that. Technology is a tool among other tools, and pedagogy should always be in the front. Finland is facing changes in the digitalization of 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, but the new national curriculum in also introducing phenomenal learning and other changes to meet the needs of the rapidly changing living, learning and working environments. 



    Course content:

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 and gamified maths.


Gamified lessons with the little learners. A digital maths learning game was used to enhance learning and collaboration between primary year 1 pupils. Also maths videos were given as homework, so that pupils could practice the skills needed to play the game effectively in the class.

5. 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 the basics of coding and their teacher has moved on to teaching and learning how to code robots.


6. 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!


7. 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.


Course content




  • 3.1 Multi-Disciplinary Learning and Broad-Based Competence,

  • 3.2 Team Teaching, Cross-Curricular Studies and Phenomenal Learning

  • 3.3 Fun and Active Learning - Physical Education, Digital Devices and Books


  • 4.1 Gamified Maths, AI and Flipped classroom with primary year 1 pupils

  • 4.2 Coding, Collaboration & Computational Thinking


  • 4.3 Coding Lessons, Learners as Teachers & Robotics

  • 5.1 Entrepreneurship, Free Play and Responsibilities

  • 5.2 Collaboration, Global Education and Future


  • 6.1 ICT, Fun and Activity based Learning in a Finnish Preschool

  • 6.2 Making animations with the preschoolers

  • 6.3 Pedagogical reflection, Inclusive Preschool Classrooms

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