How to spark more lightbulb moments in your class? Get inspired by Janne Männikkö from Finland. Read on and don’t forget to check a lesson plan based on his learning project you can find in Lifeliqe.
Janne Männikkö is a teacher at Metsokangas Comprehensive School in Oulu, the most populous city in Northern Finland and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. He has been teaching languages for twenty years, so he’s a real expert in the field.
He is also one of the first members of out teaching community. Some time ago, our community shaman Martin traveled to Finland to meet him and hear his story. He made a video you can watch here:
Interactive models in language classes
According to Janne, Lifeliqe enables students to learn through experience and makes hard-to-explain subjects easier to grasp:
“They can see it; they can actually feel it in a way… touch it. That’s a new way to do it. A new way to learn.”
Janne used the models in the language class. He wanted to create a cross-disciplinary learning activity that combines language learning, science, individual exploration, as well as collaboration and presenting knowledge.
For this purpose, he chose the model of a human heart and divided his students (aged 13–15) into teams and let them learn by doing. Their task was:
Using the gained knowledge
This project helped the students to immediately use the gained knowledge. Moreover, combining all these activities and teamwork, the students practiced key skills for the 21st century.
Janne likes to work with the educational technology and he keeps himself updated:
“Nowadays we have new apps and stuff like that, which have inspired me and I have found my profession again and new ways to teach,” says Janne about his job.
Lifeliqe is one of the apps he uses to get inspiration. In his opinion, it helps students to get a deeper understanding of the subject and to apply gained knowledge. And what’s more, it can be used as a tool to teach languages too, which Janne knows the best of all.
“It’s easy to use, you find the information just tapping the screen and it expands. I thought it was the future of learning and teaching. Students will find the information by themselves. They see how the things work,” he describes his first reactions.
A lesson plan based on Janne’s project is available on Lifeliqe. Search for Retelling the blood circulation and use it in your classroom.