Time for
one of the last events in the GIGS project; the national multiplier where the
results from the project are used to inform and inspire local teachers and
stakeholders. It was our friends at University of Borås that hosted. Two
interesting names had been booked to complement the presentation from Jonas,
Anne-Sofie, Tobias and myself.

Associate
professor Sylvana Sofkova Hashemi from University of Gothenburg is specialized
in learning and ICT and talked about the newly revised Swedish curricula where digitalization
is a key word. She pointed out that it is important that we consider what we
want the pupils to do. Sometimes the hard ware is more focused than the
learning. She seemed to be genuinely interested
in our project though, and it seems as if we may have a start for future
networking and collaborations.

Mats Larsnäs
was also talking about the digital classroom, but more from the gadget point of
view. Quite many examples of hands on tools for picture editing, 360 and VR
were shown.

The
afternoon was spent with a workshop where the 20+ participants tried Book Creator
to make e-books similar to the ones we showed. The majority of the participants
were primary school teachers and they seemed to enjoy themselves.

I have left
the best part. We were actually five people from the project since we had
invited one of the challenge creators, the (then) year-nine-students that
planned and carried out teaching for younger pupils. Elvira talked about her
experience and what she had brought from the project and used in her present (Science
program with a focus on leadership at high school) education. We were all
stunned by the talk and afterwards Jonas and I were invited to present at
Hashemi’s department because she considered Elvira’s student perspective so
powerful. Let me finish this post by quoting the end of it.

Now at high school, it’s back
to the usual again, record what the teacher says at the front, but I know
something that everyone else does not know. I know that the subjects are so
much more than just that. I know that there are several different perspectives.
I know that behind each topic, even behind each word there is a whole world of
different ways to look at what the teacher says. And I think that is the
most important thing, to get the understanding that the subject is so much more
than just sitting in school benches writing down what the teacher says. You can
experiment, play, twist and turn, go down the depths, yes, do so much more than
just take a note.