Monday, November 01, 2010

Live in Elluminate Early Wednesday - Finnish and American Perspectives on Learning Communities

Join us early morning Wednesday, November 3rd, for a special live and interactive FinNode Social eLearning webinar:  Transforming the Learning Environment - Leveraging Learning Communities:  A Finnish and American Perspective.  School leaders from the US and Finland will share best practices on their successful learning communities and how it is transforming learning in their schools and expanding these learning communities outside their schools.

Date: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
Time: 8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 3pm (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Event and Recording Page

We are delighted to invite you to a FinNode Social eLearning webinar. During this webinar, four school leaders from the US and Finland will discuss how learning communities helped them transform their already successful schools into learning environments that open the world to their students. Topics will include:
  • Schools' pedagogical beliefs and approaches
  • How learning communities help extend the learning environment beyond the four walls of the school building through physical and virtual communities
  • Preparing teachers using rich social media tools
  • How we know we are effective - documenting best practices and results
  • Building, replicating, and sustaining effective learning communities - starting with physical communities and adding value through social media tools
The school leaders will share their current practices, their future plans, and discuss the barriers they face in implementing their vision. The speakers will also compare and contrast the differences they observe between Finnish and American approaches, constraints, and solutions.

Moderator: Peg Maddocks, Ph.D., CEO, Maddocks Learning


1) John Puglisi, Superintendent, MESA School, Santa Barbara, CA (Public School)

2) Ben Daley, COO, High Tech High, San Diego, CA (Charter School)

3) Jukka Miettunen, Headmaster of Patamäki Primary School in the City of Oulu, Finland.

4) Petri Lounaskorpi, Primary School Teacher,  Pedagogical Consultant and Researcher, Jyvaskyla, Finland