Technology, particularly computers, were already introduced to Finish schools in the 1990s. At first, it was challenging to adapt to the new technologies - says the Headmaster of Oulu Yli-li Comprehensive school. Today, Oulu Yli-li offers continuous training programs and professional development for teachers, to understand how to integrate technology and pedagogy in the classroom.
Jukka Miettunen is the Headmaster of Oulu Yli-li Comprehensive School in Finland. During his interview, he explains how the education system in Finland is organized to give all students an equal opportunity and high-quality education, regardless of their social background.
Finnish schools rely greatly on trust amongst major actors - cities, principles, teachers, students and parents - in order to deliver quality education without standardised testing. The introduction of technology began in the 1990s with computers. Today Finnish classrooms are equipped with data projectors and whiteboards, alongside lots of e-materials to accompany textbooks. Finish teachers receive regular training and professional development from expert colleagues in order to understand how to best integrate new technologies in their classrooms.
The whole Finish education system is based on trust. So decision-makers, at a government level, they trust cities, and cities trust schools, and principals trust teachers and students and families trust schools.