EdVisto and Kide Science start collaborating in Colombia

As EdVisto has started its operations in Colombia, several Finnish companies that are focusing on education export are entering the country to promote Finnish educational philosophy.

This year, EdVisto’s first partner is Kide Science, a Finnish company that organizes children’s science clubs. The pedagogical model is aimed at day care centers and parents of young children who want to feed children’s enthusiasm into the world of science. Kide Science visited Taller de Arte Arco Iris daycare campus launching a science club pilot project in March 2018.

“We’re very happy to invite Kide Science as a collaborator in our attempt to co-create a strong educational ecosystem in Colombia, promoting excellent Finnish innovation with high quality pedagogical focus, combining play and research skills. Kide Science’s early concept piloting the use of video with the EdVisto platform makes us proud to see how fast and effectively the concept has evolved from research to practice, inspiring children in a beautiful way, by becoming young scientists with their natural curiosity to learn and discover, being stimulated through a beautifully designed pedagogical methodology.” Joni AlWindi, CEO of EdVisto.

With the guidance of Finnish early-age educators, children between the ages of 3 and 8 are allowed to become researchers already before school.

Pedagogical innovation was born on the basis of a research by the founder of the company, the researcher at the University of Helsinki, Jenni Vartiainen. She has over 10 years of experience in natural science education for young children through phenomenal learning and playfulness.

In Kide Science Clubs, children and educators can help the child to ignite the enthusiasm for natural sciences that remains throughout life. At the beginning of this year, an experiential natural science lesson was accessible for the large audience to be seen, as the YLE TV Pikkukakkonen, program Tiedonjyvä, presented a concept nationwide.

Kide Science has also developed a digital learning environment where children can learn natural sciences in the fictive world of the Supra Valley through play, creativity and drama. The purpose is to support the child’s natural enthusiasm for the sciences. According to research, this enthusiasm remains up to adulthood.

EdVisto and Kide Science fit also methodically well together: “EdVisto makes it easy to document own observations and communication between children even if they can’t read yet. I would highly recommend it, especially to support the exploratory science education,” says Jenni Vartiainen, Pedagogical Director of Kide Science.

Collaboration between Kide Science and EdVisto, supported by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Education Finland (focusing on education export), and the Ministry of Culture and Education, aims to bring Finnish philosophy of teaching in Colombia.

For more information

Joni AlWindi, CEO
joni@edvisto.com
Phone:+358 458 440 044
www.edvisto.com

Sari Hurme-Mehtälä, CEO
sari@kidescience.com
Phone: +358 44 531 5134
www.kidescience.com

EdVisto Part of the European Commission’s Video-supported Collaborative Learning Project

Aims at developing comprehensive pedagogical use of video in teaching

EdVisto participates in a joint ViSuAL project across Europe to develop video-utilization models as part of teaching. At a European level, there is a need to develop teachers’ expertise in using video tools in a way that develops students’ skills needed in work life, such as problem solving and critical thinking skills.

HELSINKI, 26 February 2018 – EdVisto visited in the Netherlands to kick off a video-supported education alliance (ViSuAL) project among of 6 Higher Education Institutions -Teacher Education Departments and 6 Educational Technology Designers. The project is part of the EACEA Erasmus+ program and involves six European countries. The three-year project has participants from Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Tartu University from Estonia, Aeres University of Applied Sciences from Holland and University of Évora from Portugal, to mention a few. The aim is to study and develop models based on video-supported collaborative learning and to increase the next generation of teachers’ awareness of methods to promote future skills.

“In teacher education, the aim should be that teachers should be even ahead of time in using learning and teaching technologies, to keep pace with the demands of the students, who were born and raised around technology. Even though theoretical knowledge is highly appreciated, the use of video in teaching enables access to practical information sources, particularly in the fields of hands-on studies, such as healthcare training. Competence can be much more than just writing and it can be shown in several other ways, so the use of video enables involvement and inclusion for different learners,” says Sirpa Laitinen-Väänänen, project leader at JAMK Vocational Teacher Education College.

EdVisto has so far received very good feedback from the universities of applied sciences within the European countries that are part of the ViSuAL project. Frank de Jong from Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Holland tells about his first impressions of EdVisto in a video: https://edvisto.com/story/WmeJejDg

The CEO of EdVisto, Joni AlWindi, commented on the project as follows: “It’s inspiring that a lot has already been achieved at the research level on the various opportunities for the use of video in teaching. We strongly encourage the theoretical knowledge to faster and more effectively transfer into practical use on large scale and as a clear and strong pedagogical package. The aim is to increase the understanding of the tremendous and already known benefits of the method at all levels, teacher, school and city level, so well that there would be no reason not to implement these kind of solutions as official learning and teaching tools, instead of for example only books and digitalized versions of books and other methods created for consumption only, with highly limited space for creativity and development of modern skills for the learner. The ViSuAL project is a beautiful extension of the research behind EdVisto and exactly what Europe needs, and even more so as a strong example for the world to follow.”

For more information

Joni AlWindi, CEO
joni@edvisto.com
www.edvisto.com


Background

Digital storytelling has been scientifically proven to be a motivating and inspiring teaching method. DiSEL21 continues to develop it and bring it into schools in practical level. EdVisto combines the most ancient teaching method of storytelling with modern video and social sharing technology for a powerful learning solution, which has become an important part of today’s teaching. The company behind EdVisto, DiSEL21 Ltd, was established in 2015 together with the University of Helsinki to meet the needs of the 21st century teaching. After seven years of university research, DiSEL21 launches a pedagogically strong video storytelling platform that effectively supports the students’ future skills development and their growth into active citizenship.

Read more at www.edvisto.com.

 

Lenovo Education Finland and EdVisto Announce Collaboration

Technology company Lenovo and EdVisto initiate collaboration that aims at bringing video storytelling into the classrooms on large scale. Lenovo creates technological solutions and provides devices to consumers and businesses. One of Lenovo’s major projects focuses on the Finnish education industry, in particular in making the digital leap a reality.

Lenovo’s role in the education industry is to provide a diverse selection of technological solutions including laptops, workstations, displays, tablets and smartphones. Lenovo EDU Ecosystem offers, together with its partners, applications and services that enable digital learning.

“Our active role among decision-makers in the education sector has given us a strong understanding of the needs and the best solutions that we want to make available to the entire education field in Finland. Technology is at its best, when it inspires and motivates students to learn. Storytelling has across time worked as a learning method. What could be better than combining stories and modern technology.” Leif Ekebom, Business Manager, Lenovo Finland.

“It’s a great honor for us to get such a strong expert in the education industry on board as our technology partner. With Lenovo, we are able to plan our offering on a larger scale and as part of a new, innovative package, which we wouldn’t be able to do alone. This is a really exciting continuation of EdVisto’s own story.” Joni AlWindi, CEO of EdVisto.

Combining EdVisto’s video storytelling method and tool with the Lenovo technology solution will enable an inspiring learning environment where students can be active content creators.

For more information:

Joni AlWindi
CEO, EdVisto
joni@edvisto.com

Leif Ekebom
Business Manager, Lenovo Finland
lekebom(a)lenovo.com

 

 

EdVisto Invites 100 Schools to Celebrate Finland 100 Years through Video Stories

The campaign encourages students to learn about the Finland100 theme in a fun way

The provider of video storytelling as a teaching and learning method, EdVisto, organizes a campaign, where students create video stories about “Finland 100” during the autumn. The theme of the campaign is “Finland through the eyes of students – 100 video stories about Finland”, and it is part of the centennial year program of Finland’s Independence. EdVisto offers video storytelling platform for free for subscribers to the campaign for the rest of the year and, in addition, the opportunity to win a license for the school for the whole year ahead.

HELSINKI, September the 15th, 2017 – EdVisto launches a three-month Finland 100 campaign for schools. The goal of the campaign is that students from upper and lower secondary schools from 100 schools around Finland plan, film and edit educational videos of their chosen theme. The topics of video stories may be for example about the Finnish history, present stage or future. As well, themes can be related to the “together” theme or the meaning of communality. The campaign culminates near the Independence Day, when the best schools are rewarded with EdVisto’s one-year licenses.

EdVisto wants to be involved in representing the world-famous Finnish competence in education. The campaign aims to encourage teachers and students to try out a new video storytelling methodology in learning. This way the teachers and students get a chance to explore Finland’s jubilee year in a fun way and learn about the related phenomena through video stories. During the project, valuable video material will be created on how 100 years old Finland is seen through the eyes of present-day students.

Media contact

Joni AlWindi, CEO
Phone: +358 458 440 044
Email: joni@edvisto.com
Press kit: www.edvisto.com/press

EdVisto

The company behind EdVisto, DiSEL21 Ltd, was established in 2015 together with the University of Helsinki to meet the needs of the 21st century teaching. After seven years of university research, DiSEL21 launches a pedagogically strong video storytelling platform that effectively supports the students’ future skills development and their growth into active citizenship.

Digital storytelling has been scientifically proven to be a motivating and inspiring teaching method. DiSEL21 continues to develop it and bring it into schools in practical level. EdVisto combines the most ancient teaching method of storytelling with modern video and social sharing technology for a powerful learning solution, which has become an important part of today’s teaching. Read more at www.edvisto.com.

 

EdVisto and Heureka Co-developing Phenomenon-based Learning Method

EdVisto participated in the spring projects “DIT-Heureka” and “6AIKA EduDigi”, where EdTech companies and school classes collaborated to take the product development to the next level. EdVisto’s aim was to demonstrate how phenomenon-based learning can be put into practice by the incentives provided by the Heureka Science Center combined with video storytelling. Five classes of primary and secondary schools from the cities of Vantaa and Helsinki participated in the project.

The classes involved in the project visited the Heureka Science Center twice during the spring. During the first visit, students got familirized with both EdVisto and the different exhibitions at Heureka. Students explored topics and exhibition themes that they had chosen in groups, and started to generate ideas, take pictures and film video material for their presentations. The themes of the 4th and 5th grade students were selected according to the themes of the exhibition. The 7th and 8th grade students created video stories on the “senses” theme using the different stimulus provided by Heureka. The project was at the same time a part of an entrepreneurship education, as Heureka’s staff presented the students with the iterative cycle of product development and the variois stages of everyday products.

On the second visit, the students finalized their video stories and presented them in the form of a film viewing group by group. The students had had the chance to continue their video presentation in school between the visits, adding elements available in the school and to seek more information on the subject. The achievements of the students were really successful, taking into account only the few hours had been used to study the phenomena and create the videos presentations. Some of the students had also edited their videos outside school time. Background music and texts finalized the results in a nice way. 

Kati Surakka, teacher of upper secondary school, commented on her class experience: “The students were excited about the new learning method with such active engagement. They started innovatively to work on videos and came up with many different ways to approach the senses as phenomena. Video storytelling enables creative learning – the only limit is your imagination! Heureka provided a great framework for exploring the senses, and Heureka inspired the students to film the phenomena in a truly diverse way. “

Heureka’s Project manager Leenu Juurola who has coordinated the collaboration, says: “In the Science Center Heureka, phenomenon-based learning comes naturally, and our key goal is that in the future the role of the visitor will become more and more as an active composer instead of just an experiencer. With EdVisto’s learning application, students who participated in the pilot produced their own stories and learning content from Heureka’s exhibits, which also helped us to see the exhibitions with the visitor’s eye. Many of the stories produced by the students were nicely thought-out and implemented, and it was far-reaching to see how naturally the students make use of the means of video storytelling methods. The experience also made us think about how Heureka could allow sharing of stories from visitors in an exhibition or online.”

“It has been very inspiring for us to follow how creatively and in so many ways the students have started to use EdVisto. Heureka is an ideal place for phenomenon-based learning, where students naturally get very inspiring material for their own videos. We encourage all learners to take advantage of these types of physical environments when using digital tools,” says Joni AlWindi, the CEO of EdVisto.

Original interview with EdVisto CEO, Joni AlWindi. (Finnish)

 

EdVisto Certified for Quality Education by Kokoa Agency

EdVisto received a quality certification by Kokoa Agency as a recognition of a product that enhances learning. Kokoa Agency evaluates pedagogical products and services according to their criteria, and it gives a certification to companies that fulfil the demands.  As a sign of a high quality product, EdVisto received a Kokoa Education Standard stamp.

The Kokoa Education Standard evaluation consists of pedagogical and learning engagement parts. The evaluation criteria is based on 21st century skills and the Finnish understanding of efficient learning. EdVisto got the best A level scores from all the pedagogical categories. In the learning engagement part EdVisto was appreciated for its self-efficacy supporting characteristics.

EdVisto was especially praised for its built-in pedagogy: the entire learning is based on learning by doing and the user’s own activities. EdVisto is suitable for many age groups as the user is able to create either a simple video story or a technically more advanced video. In addition EdVisto was commended to its possibility to work in groups inside the platform, which helps developing collaboration and interaction skills.

Below you can read more (in Finnish) what the entrepreneur and co-founder of the Kokoa Agency, Olli Vallo, thinks about how to recognize a high quality EdTech product. Olli was presenting his ideas at the Arctic15 startup event, and he mentioned EdVisto as an example of the three great companies he believes in, and besides EdVisto the other companies are called Mightifier and Seppo: https://www.yrittajat.fi/uutiset/558032-mista-tunnistaa-varteenotettavan-edtech-ratkaisun-no-saisiko-se-hyvaksynnan

EdVisto Awarded Commissioner of the Year by Haaga-Helia Porvoo

EdVisto was awarded as Commissioner of the Year by Haaga-Helia Porvoo campus on May 5, 2017. The yearly award goes to “companies / organisations who are actively involved in the cooperation with Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, who are encouraging students to perform over expectation, and who have an open mind towards the ideas of students.” EdVisto was especially praised for the successful collaboration over the last one and a half years.

IT coordinator Darren Trofimczuk from Haaga-Helia has widely helped build the collaboration and he told in his speech that he really thinks EdVisto as a company will go far in Finland and outside Finland. He also told that the partnership between Haaga-Helia and EdVisto will continue next year. The EdVisto platform is increasingly being used by staff and students from all degree programs at Porvoo campus. Haaga-Helia already purchased user licences to the platform for 50 teachers and students for next year. 

Joni AlWindi, the CEO of EdVisto, told that he is very grateful for receiving the prize. He told it has been an honour to work with Haaga-Helia for over a year already. Joni said that Darren has been a true pioneer what it comes to the philosophy and the methodology that EdVisto wants to provide to schools and universities. Joni also wanted to thank Kaija Lindroth, the Degree Programme Director of Haaga-Helia, who has been very supportive for Darren’s ideas and for the use of EdVisto. He mentioned also Marcel van den Brom, who has been a great, passionate student and the team leader in the EdVisto project. Marcel has shown a lot of passion and dedication which can be seen as important features for a startup as well to succeed. 

Here is a video of the Digiday at Porvoo campus that EdVisto also took part in the spring: https://www.facebook.com/DigiDay18/videos/740634462774951/

EdVisto Road Show in Tapiola as Part of City of Espoo KYKY Project

EdVisto Road Show visited Tapiola High School in the city of Espoo October the 26th 2016. Co-operation with the Tapiola High School was originally started through the KYKY project that aimed at the co-development of EdTech companies and the city of Espoo. In the KYKY project, education companies and schools develop and experiment with new products and practices that promote new learning.

As a venue for the video tour in Tapiola High School was a lobby style space, where students gather for example between their classes to spend time. The Road Show was arranged so that the invited teachers visited the lobby with their student group at agreed times. Teacher Pia Liimatainen was responsible for organizing the tour at the school.

Three teacher’s groups participated in the event: mother tongue, English and French language student groups. The students had created user accounts in EdVisto beforehand so they were able to start planning and creating their video stories immediately in small groups. EdVisto’s team followed the progress of the work and guided the students when needed. After the event for students, a separate workshop was held for teachers to use EdVisto.

A road show on the Tapiola high school was documented in a joint video about the KYKY projects in Espoo. Joni AlWindi, the CEO of EdVisto, was interviewed in the video about how the co-operation between the city of Espoo and the company supports and utilizes each other.

Promotion video in English available here.

“Video Storytelling as a Teaching Method” Road Show Started in Lauttasaari

EdVisto’s New Collaboration Features Help Teachers in the Digital Leap

The provider of video storytelling as a teaching method, EdVisto 2.0, started its launch tour at Lauttasaari international business high school on October 3, 2016. The tour kickoff was hosted and assisted by the company’s multinational team, international students from Haaga-Helia and Chinese exchange students from Beijing. The EdVisto Road Show plans to visit 10 Finnish schools during the autumn to present the effective and fun way of learning with the new features of EdVisto. 

HELSINKI, November 1, 2016 – During the launch tour that started in October, EdVisto releases its 2.0 version that captures the entire learning process. The tour aims at showcasing how video storytelling can be used in teaching, promoting genuine interaction, collaborative creation and learning together in line with the objectives of the new Finnish core curriculum. The theme of the tour is “Know your skills” which highlights the active role of students as content creators as well as learning as interaction. This happens by focusing on their strengths and inspiring them through communal storytelling.

During the kick off event at Lauttasaari, the students got acquainted with EdVisto at the demo points in the lobby, they registered to the service and tried out video creation with their devices. The students reflected their own skills on the video and told that they liked project based learning, in particular for the reason that by this way you get to do the cooperation. The first event of the tour was attended by a total of about 200 persons, of whom 122 registered to EdVisto during the demo day. Along with the highschool students, a group of upper secondary school students got inspired of creating video stories in the lobby. Also the group of Chinese exchange students started their video project at the event.

Director of the international program at Lauttasaari international business highschool, Mia-Stiina Heikkala, says: “Project- and teamwork skills are study- and worklife skills that have been named as part of the most important skills to learn in our school, together with interaction- and communication skills. We started our collaboration with the digital storytelling platform, EdVisto, last spring. We tested the application during our study trip to Stockholm, where we got to know different companies and business promoters, such as chamber of commerce and the Stockholm School of Economics. We are now trying to expand the use of EdVisto with several teachers.”

EdVisto has also visited Omnia Espoo, Tapiola high school, two primary schools in Hattula and Haaga-Helia Porvoo, during October. Joni AlWindi, the CEO of EdVisto, says: “We are getting more and more confirmation about the need for this type of solution, where the focus is on cooperation and ease of use. EdVisto’s continued emphasis on these features in the new version has received good feedback. The challenge with taking the new curriculum and new teaching methods into action is that the teacher’s new role requires plenty of guidance. The EdVisto school tour has given us a chance to develop our teacher training offering further by hearing concrete challenges from teachers’ everyday life.”

The tour proceeds next to Tampere in early November. More information about the tour and EdVisto in the address: www.edvisto.com/roadshow

Media contact
Joni AlWindi, CEO
Phone: +358 458 440 044
Email: joni@edvisto.com
Press kit: www.edvisto.com/press

EdVisto’s video story about the event is found here: EdVisto Lauttasaaren Kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan lukiossa

Otava Invests in EdVisto and Digital Storytelling

The provider of video storytelling as a teaching and lesrning method, EdVisto, and Otava Publishing start cooperation to advance digital learning and new learning methods.

Bringing video-based storytelling as part of the students’ learning processes will open up new opportunities for self-expression and allows an easy-to-use way to utilize students’ own devices as part of the studying.

The new curriculum allows and promotes taking the learning situations into students’ everyday life as authentic learning experiences. EdVisto and Otava provide a solution that, with the help of technology, enables genuine interaction, collaborative storytelling and shared learning aligned with the curriculum objectives.

Using video storytelling in teaching and learning combines traditional storytelling and modern technology. By investing in EdVisto, a pedagogically unique online service, we at Otava strengthen our position as experts in the use of digital content in education”, says Teuvo Sankila, Publishing Director at Otava Publishing.

“We are excited to start the cooperation with Otava Publishing. Otava’s will to invest in better learning and seeing video story creation online as a major part of it fits perfectly with EdVisto’s objectives. Otava’s strong tradition and success in the Finnish education sector is important as we develop new services that enhance learning together”, says Joni AlWindi, CEO of EdVisto.

More information:
Publishing Director Teuvo Sankila +358 50 373 7474 teuvo.sankila@otava.fi

CEO Joni AlWindi +358 458 440 044 joni@edvisto.com
Press kit: www.edvisto.com/press