New School Helsinki
The Finnish school system is recognized as one of the best in the world. Creative problem solving and design thinking are deeply rooted in the way children learn. New School Helsinki looks at schools from a wide perspective of smart, clean and sustainable ways of constructing school buildings, but also as a platform for digital and inspiring new learning environments. New School Helsinki presents 3 key themes under one concept: Digital Learning, Smart Buildings and Clean Technology.
Helsinki wants to be the most attractive city for people and companies that work for a better world. And it all starts with designing a good life for our kids.
The digitalization of learning and new national curriculum have fundamentally changed the traditional roles of both learners and teachers. The key to new learning processes is learning by searching for information, by processing information and by problem solving – all aided by information and communication technology.
Schools in Helsinki are about to take a big leap towards the information society. Information and communication technology allows completely new types of learning. Digital tools are used for much more than doing what we used to do manually; they are used to enhance cognitive processes in ways that return thinking to the core of learning.
A smart building refers to an integrated entity of building, technology and energy systems. These systems may include building automation, life safety, telecommunications, user systems and facility management systems.
In Finnish schools great attention is paid to creating innovative and safe learning environments. The user experience and point of view are at the center of all planning. Clean air is a vital part of a smart school building. The school building in itself can be used to teach kids how building systems function, while flexible spaces make learning efficient and fun. The learning environment expands from the school building to the surrounding society.
Clean technology refers to any process, product, or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities. Sustainable and green solutions are being used to support phenomenon-based learning. Pupils and teachers are included in projects to generate ideas about how new energy solutions could be utilized in schools and for learning.