Hello World!

Hello World! This greeting may revive nice memories in your mind if you were young at the beginning of the 1990s and started making your first Internet page. I have a big notebook where I found my oldest notes from that time. My handwriting is awful, but maybe you can read the word ‘Freenet’ on the photo above, in the middle left.

Technological university of Helsinki organised beginners’ courses for those who were interested in the new digital technology. I was a humanist myself, a language teacher at the time, but I was attracted by the opportunities computers offered in language teaching in schools. About the same time I had started to use computers and a modem in mail correspondence of my students with schools in Brazil and Australia. As a surprise to many I can add that my school was Rudolf Steiner school in Helsinki. But it is another story.

So, as soon as I knew that TU Helsinki had founded Freenet, which was – as the name says – a free network without any charges, I joined it. And I was one of the enthusiastic participants of a Freenet course in 1991 – if I remember right – where we learned the elementary skills of HTML. For the first time in my life I was able to voice to all fellow citizens of this planet “Hello World!”

It’s hard to say how many visitors ever saw my first web page. Some hundreds, possibly.  As everybody can see on the photo (provided that it’s readable), I marked down the names of Heikki Korpinen, Marja-Liisa Smolander and Riitta Varis in my notebook. Even with their email addresses, which means that I was going to be in touch with them later. And I was.

I must have been so excited about my new skill as a maker of an Internet page that I don’t even remember whether it was Heikki, Marja-Liisa or Riitta who helped me on my baby steps to the wonderful worldwide web.

Thanks for the initiation anyway :-).

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Apply Erasmus+ KA1 funding with Euneos FI

Euneos support documents will increase your chances to get EU grants. We serve all those eligible for Erasmus+ KA1 funding: schools, adult education centres, VET institutions and enterprises.

Euneos gives you 10 % discount from the fee if your school or institution sends 5 or more participants to Euneos’ courses. Our course offer, see http://www.euneos.eu.

Last minute help! Go & enlist in https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Enlisting_call_2017. 
Euneos’ course administration will respond to you and send you supportive material to prepare your mobility application. Deadline: 2nd February 2017 at 12:00 Central European Time.
Our strengths,

  • Euneos Corp. is a spin-off of Comenius 3 network COMP@CT
    ten years’ experience with EU programmes Socrates, Comenius, Life Long Learning (LLP) & Erasmus+
  • one of the leading course providers in Scandinavia
    experienced trainers and administrative staff, teachers’ in-service training with expertise
  • launches brand-new topics as the first provider, tablet training since 2011, eAssessment, coaching, integrated curriculum, digital badging
  • fifteen (15) different course titles, dozens of sessions, organised in attractive venues (Finland – Helsinki, Estonia – Tallinn, Spain – Malaga/Benalmadena, Barcelona, Tenerife, Portugal – Porto, Funchal Madeira, UK – Liverpool, Netherlands – Amsterdam/Haarlem)
  • benchmarking schools in Finland and Estonia, top performers of school education in Europe
  • capable to tailor courses to groups with specific interests
  • organises courses for VET in cooperation with institutes of vocational education in Finland
  • early confirmation of courses, no cancellation after confirmation
  • online evaluation questionnaires for quality control

#ErasmusPlus #erasmusplus #mobility #KA1 #EUfunding #EUtraining #EUcourses #VETmobility #euneoscourses #teacher-training

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11 Must-See Digital Marketing Stats From

11 Must-See Digital Marketing Stats From the Past Week http://ow.ly/34Lz3Z

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Ilpo Halonen kommentoi HS:n uutista englannin suosiosta kouluissa

Englanninkieliseen aineopetukseen siirtyminen parantaisi muiden kielten mahdollisuuksia koulujen kieliohjelmassa. Ylivoimaisesti suurin osa englannin ja muidenkin vieraiden kielten opetuksen ajasta menee sanaston oppimiseen. Miksi opettaa englannin tunneilla reaaliaineiden asioita, kun sama voidaan tehdä aineopetuksessa? Englanninkielistä sanastoa opittaisiin oikeassa yhteydessään ja järkiperäisemmin kuin kielitunneilla.

Sujuvan ja korrektin englannin oppiminen vaatii paljon. Sanaston opettelun siirtäminen englanninkieliseen aineopetukseen vapauttaisi aikaa erityisesti puhumisen opiskeluun. Ääntämiseen, puhumiseen ja kielen oikeellisuuden varmistamiseen tarvittaisiin epäilemättä nykyistä enemmän panostusta.

Englantia ei opeteta nykyisin enää samoin kuin muita vieraita kieliä. Englanti on kansainvälistymisen yleiskieli, ”lingua franca”. Opettajat ymmärtävät sen ja tekevät parhaansa antaakseen oppilailleen mahdollisimman hyvät eväät englannin osaamiseen. Näin tekisivät varmasti myös aineopettajat, jos heidät siihen velvoitettaisiin ja koulutettaisiin.

Olisiko englanninkielinen aineopetus eduksi vai haitaksi muiden vieraiden kielten opetukselle? Mietitäänpä! Esimerkiksi lukiossa englannin kursseja suoritetaan 50 – 100 % enemmän kuin muiden vieraiden kielten kursseja. Jos aineopetus olisi englanninkielistä, englannin kielen kurssien määrä voitaisiin vähentää samaan kuin muissa vieraissa kielissä, koska sanaston opettamista ei enää tarvittaisi englannin tunneilla aiempaan tapaan.

Eihän näin suurta opetuksen muutosta ole missään toteutettu, huokaisevat monet. ”Content and Language Integrated Learning” on totta mm. Hollannissa, jossa CLIL -opetus aloitettiin 100 koulussa jo useita vuosia sitten. Ei muutosta Suomessakaan voitaisi tehdä yhdessä yössä, sillä siihen tarvitaan luonnollisesti jonkin verran opettajakoulutusta. Mutta Suomen aineopettajien nykyisilläkin englannin taidoilla CLIL olisi mahdollista aloittaa varsin monissa kouluissa.

Nykyisellä vieraiden kielten opetuksen järjestelmällä menetetään muissa vieraissa kielissä enemmän kuin voitetaan leijonan osan vievässä englannin opetuksessa.

English abstract

An explanation in English: other languages lose as English takes more and more from language lessons in schools. I propose CLIL, Content and Language Integrated Learning, because it liberates lessons for other foreign languages and focuses also English teaching on speaking, pronunciation and grammar. Vocabulary can be learned better in CLIL lessons.

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Instagram and Zimilate

Quite many of my friends and acquaintances were active in Instragram, so I couldn’t help joining :-).

Zimilate  is another new application I thought I want to try. I am active in social bookmarking, but I also need a service that collects not only web pages to be shared but also materials that I want to keep mostly for myself. Zimilate allows me to send practically any kind of content to the inbox of the app. Orgaizing things should not be too challenging either.

Let’s see how systematic and careful I can be with the digital contents I want to save and archive.



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Deadline for Erasmus+ course applications was postponed to March 24

The prolongation of the submission deadline gives you one week more time to apply for Erasmus+ courses of Euneos in Spain and Portugal. What you can choose, are courses for Social Media content curation, didactic tablet use and internationalization of schools. Beside these, there are Best Practices Benchmarking courses in “PISA” Finland and Estonia. All courses, see http://www.euneos.eu/?page_id=302. Euneos, the course provider, gives careful tuition to applicants how to fill in the application form in accordance to your school development plan. Contact mail@euneos.eu.

Following the difficulties that organisations have been experiencing in particular with the Participant Portal over the last period and although no technical blocking problems exist anymore at this point in time according to our knowledge, the deadline of 17 March 12:00 midday has been postponed until 24 March 12:00 midday (Brussels time) to give applicants more time to finalize their application.

This prolongation concerns the following actions managed by National Agencies:

KA101 – School Education – staff mobility
KA102 – Vocational Education and Training – learner and staff mobility
KA103 – Higher Education – student and staff mobility
KA104 – Adult Education – staff mobility
KA105 – Youth – mobility of youth workers and young people
KA108 – Higher Education – Accreditation of Higher Education Mobility Consortia

Submissions in this period will be marked with the flag “LATE” in the application forms. However, applicants should not worry: even with this flag, applications submitted until 24 March 12:00 midday (Brussels time) will be considered as formally eligible with regard to timely submission.

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Options 12 months or 24 months in Erasmus+ application

This is important information from Euneos to all applicants for Erasmus+ courses 2014-2016:

–  At this phase you do not need any acceptance letter or mandate from Euneos. After approval of your courses by NA, let us know all the info about your approved courses, dates, locations, teachers ect. We have capacity to organize as many courses as needed so that all accepted teachers are welcome to participate in Euneos courses!

– If your aim is to have all your courses during 12 months, (e.g. during 15.9.2014 – 14.9.2015) then it is wise to choose 12 months. But if you want to participate in courses also in late autumn 2015 (October-November 2015) and/or in spring 2016, then you have to choose 24 months. It is possible that now in the first round it is easier to get the grant than next years, because there will more schools making applications. But it is impossible to predict.

– If you choose Euneos courses for 2016, you can mention about the same dates than 2015 spring. The exact dates for 2016 have not been decided yet. If there will be applications for those days, we will agree on them with participants after approval.

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