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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)

 

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