Improve your skills

The City of Helsinki supports the development of skills related to digitalization and the use of information technology in education and learning in the Education Division in different ways. More and more, competence is gained through everyday work, close to education and learning in day care centers, schools and educational institutions.


Digi.hel.fi competence levels and edu.hel.fi competence badges

The digital competence of teaching staff and principals is defined on three digi.hel.fi competence levels. The division has set the goal that the entire teaching staff will reach the objectives of the first level, 90% the second level and 20% the third level by the end of 2019. The objectives are defined in the digitalization program of the Education Division:

hel.fi 1: Basic skills in the educational use of information technology
hel.fi 2: Advanced skills in the educational use of information technology
hel.fi 3: Developer and educator skills in the educational use of information technology

The competence is verified with competence badges. The edu.hel.fi competence badges comply with the objectives of the digi.hel.fi competence levels, and achieving them is based on proof of applying the skills in practical teaching and learning situations. There are altogether 18 competence badges. The badges are granted by a separate community, whose members have achieved all required badges in the three levels. The supervisor confirms the level achievements. Here you can read more on the edu.hel.fi competence badges and granting them.


Digi.hel.fi courses

Centralized courses train staff for the digi.hel.fi competence levels. The courses are designed to help the teaching staff apply their skills in their work after the training and show the required proof of their skills to earn the badges.

In 2017, the centralized courses were focused on basic and advanced skills. Tutors and mentors were trained in separate projects in developer and educator skills. In 2018, the centralized training will also include courses in competence level three. Alongside, basic training will be given in the technical and pedagogical use of the main electronic learning environments and applications.

However, the training is not required for achieving the badges, but the teachers may already have the required skills or they can acquire them in other ways: by learning by themselves, with the help of developer teacher networks or by learning through working in innovative development projects.


Expert teacher, tutor teacher, mentor and coach activities

The development of competence is supported by developer teacher networks. They encompass the entire city and all levels of education. The expert teachers operate on a city level, tutor teachers help in the everyday life of their own schools and mentors help in upper secondary schools, whereas the development activity in vocational education is supported by coaches.

 

Expert teachers

The network of expert teachers promotes new kind of learning in Helsinki. The network consists of teachers in early education, comprehensive education and upper secondary schools, who move the change in education forward, together with other teachers, pupils and students. The five teams have a total of approximately 50 teachers who develop, create partnerships and spread good practices. Day care directors, principals and tutor teachers can order training for their school or educational institution from the expert teachers.

The expert teachers are divided into five teams:

The learning environments team, team leader Tommi Tiittala
The phenomenon-based learning team, team leader Jesse Jarva
The language, interaction and thinking skills team, team leader Milla Käkelä
The portfolio learning, evaluation and broad-based competence team, team leader Auli Saarinen
The STEAM team (S=Science, T=Technology, E=Engineering, A=Arts, M=Mathematics), team leader Suaad Onniselkä

Tutor teachers, mentors & coaches

Each comprehensive school has 1–4 tutor teachers to help their colleagues in digital pedagogy. In upper secondary schools, there are two support persons per school, and they are called mentors. In vocational education, the development of digital pedagogy is supported by coaches. The tutors, mentors and coaches are trained centrally, and they function as a network that distributes and develops competence. The upper secondary school mentors are also networked with the mentors of Espoo and Vantaa.