Monthly Archives: October 2017

The future of learning in Nordic countries

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Education in Nordic countries

Scandinavia has always been an advocate for modern educational techniques. Moreover, Nordic countries are at the top of the list judged on students’ performance and quality of education.

But what makes these countries stand out from the rest?

There are no standardized tests in schools. Education is based mainly on teamwork and sharing knowledge while applying school theory to real-life experiences. These could be some of the reasons why Scandinavians excel in education. 

Local schools educate the world’s top students and most innovative and creative minds. Since they do not have many natural resources, “brainpower” is the most valued in these countries. Additionally, governments are investing millions in this direction.

In the last decade schools in Nordic countries started using iPads and laptops in classrooms for all lectures. Especially in high schools and universities. 

Recently robots and machine learning are adopted by schools and universities. The innovation is easy to achieve with implementing various interactive tools and systems. This also encourages the motivation for active participation in learning and understanding complex theories.

Education in Nordic countries is aiming to give the freedom of students to decide their own development path. Teachers implement interaction with technology and actively encouraging using and understanding it.

The focus is now on how they can use technology for educational purposes for smaller children. And whether it could allow us to create a personalized learning experience for each student.

Svenia Busson had the chance to visit 3 schools in Denmark that adopted a modern way of educating its students. And she wrote all about it in a post on her blog.

Read more about it here.

Coding for kids

Skidos makes coding fun for kids!

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“Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs

It has been 20 years since Steve Jobs said these words, but not enough progress has been made towards it. Coding is only taught in higher educational levels or through special programmes, but not everyone has access to it. So we wonder why are people still resistant to this when there are so many cool benefits:

1. Learning is easier at a young age. It has been scientifically proven that it is easier for children to learn things than an adult.  Coding for kids on the age of 5 may sound too complicated and optimistic. However, the understanding of coding logical building is not that hard even for kids. 
2. Problem-solving and analytical thinking. Coding techniques help children to develop critical thinking skills. It teaches them how to break down big tasks into smaller and feasible steps.
3. Coding for kids is creative. It allows kids to create a whole world on their own and choose what paths and tools they use to create those cool things. And who doesn’t want to be a creator of its own game or reality?
4. Coding is the future. Programming is one of the fastest growing occupations. Coding for kids can build a ground basis for future understanding and of course expanding choices for future possibilities.

The whole world seems to be moving towards technology, so why shouldn’t kids be prepared for the future?

Skidos is joining in on this initiative and is working to offer children an easy and fun way to learn to code. Instead of feeling trapped and bored, with Skidos’ games kids have a lot of fun playing while they learn. Moreover, they develop new skills without realizing it. Intuitive learning approach for studying is not only giving the best results in understanding, but it boosts motivation as well. 

Stay tuned! New coding games from Skidos are coming out this month!