EdVisto Announces Global Partnership with Fun Academy

EdVisto announces a distribution partnership with Fun Academy, the e-Learning company that was recently spun off from Rovio. Fun Academy plans to pilot EdVisto as a part of its digital offering in the context of its Angry Birds Playground concept for early childhood education. Children in Minnesota (US) Angry Birds Playground classrooms are currently collaboratively with Singapore and Finland locations working on a story, and EdVisto fits well to that purpose with its collaboration feature. EdVisto is one of Fun Academy’s first partner products and it will be offered in selected international markets. The partnership is initiated at a perfect time for EdVisto, as efforts to internationalize are still in pilot mode.

Read more at CICERO Learning web site.

(In the picture: Joni AlWindi from EdVisto and Sanna Lukander from Fun Academy)

EdVisto 1.0 Launch at the ITK Fair

EdVisto 1.0 is launched! EdVisto was at the ITK Fair in Hämeenlinna, Finland, last week to promote the national launch of EdVisto 1.0. ITK (Interactive Technologies in Education) was crowded of teachers looking for new solutions to incorporate in their teaching, although in a quite hectic environment.

The EdVisto team could enjoy many brief conversations about digital storytelling and the use of video in education, and was glad to note a strong initial interest from a wide range of people, from teachers and principals to teacher trainers and decision makers.

EdVisto’s Finnish press release is found here: Lehdistötiedote huhtikuu 11

EdVisto’s New Story Editor – Introducing “Scenes”

EdVisto has renewed its editing tool to better support the concept of storytelling and simpler video editing. The aim of the editor was to be intuitive enough, so that the use of it would not take away valuable teaching and learning time, but at the same time be fun enough to use for more experienced users, who were missing more advanced editing features from video editors such as iMovie. As EdVisto aims to offer a storytelling platform and not a video editor, the technical team of EdVisto came up with a new solution, which is designed to better support the concept of storytelling with scenes as the central elements. At the same time it allows for the editing of video, images, sounds and text through a simple yet powerful user interface.

EdVisto at EDUCA Fair

EdVisto was presented at the national training fair for teachers, Educa, on January 29-30, 2016. The EdVisto team was out to gather feedback and engage in conversation with potential users of the video storytelling platform.

In conjunction with the fair, the EdVisto beta version was pre-launched with a fair discount offered to Educa visitors. EdVisto and digital storytelling as a teaching method raised broad interest among the visitors.

EdVisto Accepted at the X Edu Accelerator

DiSEL21 Oy was selected to join the X Edu Accelerator Program starting in the end of January 2016. X Edu is cooperating with the Behavioral Sciences Department of Helsinki University and is the first Education Technology Accelerator in the Nordics. It aims at bringing together education experts and startups, schools and researchers as well as government agencies in order to more effectively develop education services and technologies to answer the needs of the education market and advance 21st century learning. The X Edu Accelerator Program also aims at effectively opening international markets for new startups.

EdVisto Visibly Present in California

EdVisto’s pedagogical advisor, professori and director of the University Consortium of Pori, Jari Multisilta held a presentation last week at the Interactive Media & Games seminar at Stanford University. The topic of the presentation was Learning through Collaborative Video Storytelling: Inspiring Creativity, Co-Creation and Global Collaboration. Multisilta talked about the research behind EdVisto, where digital storytelling has been proved to advance students’ 21st century skills. In his presentation, Multisilta discussed further about how video stories and EdVisto can be used also in corporate education solutions.

Multisilta held a second presentation at the University of Pepperdine, in West Los Angeles, in the “Distinguished Visitor Discuss Education Research, Policy and Practice” series. Part of the event was a panel discussion, in which education experts also from Kenya and Chicago, besides from Finland, were present.

EdVisto gained attention also at the Silicon Vikings Event, EdTech Journeys, which Jari Multisilta attended. Multisilta was interviewed by Silicon Vikings about his views on the research origin behind the company DiSEL21 as well as about EdVisto’s future ambitions. The podcast of the interview is found at Nordic EdTech site.

Head Start in China for EdVisto Piloting

The University of Helsinki and Beijing University are starting a cooperation next spring, where digital storytelling in learning will be researched. Professors and researchers as well as teachers and students from the partner schools will take part in the cooperation. In the Chinese partner schools digital storytelling with EdVisto will be tried already during December 8 – 31, i.e. even before the official piloting of EdVisto in Finland is scheduled to start.

The trial in China is part of a broader research cooperation between Chinese and Finnish schools, as well as between the universities.

More information about the cooperation is found in Finnish at the University website.

EdVisto at Yle Morning TV during SLUSH

The company behind EdVisto, DiSEL21 Oy, was highlighted as the showcase example of 2015 of successful commercialization projects originating in top-notch research from the University of Helsinki. In collaboration with Helsinki Innovation Services, the company DiSEL21 Oy was created to catalyze the development of the video storytelling platform that excites students to learn. Yle Morning TV interviews the CEO of Helsinki Innovation Services, Jari Strandman, and the CEO of DiSEL21, Joni AlWindi.