With KIVITSISA all five municipalities of Greenland want to take the education in the primary school of Greenland in a new direction. Within the world of education 21st century skills are being discussed. This term refers to the fact that the students should be ready to solve unknown problems, collaborate with others and communicate through a number of different media. All this must be done with a well-developed critical sense and formation. With iPads for everyone and with the improved internet access, there will be new possibilities for developing the learning-processes, and for achieving such competences. It is important to point out, that technology itself doesn’t solve the problem. iPads, internet, digital learning tools and more doesn’t create more learning. It is all about HOW the new tools will be implemented in the learning. To do so a well-defined educational direction is needed.
KIVITSISA is not necessarily about the everyday in school being revolutionized, but rather that the technology must be used to lift the learning wherever it makes sense to do so. iPads themselves don’t do the job, but it is a tool, that gives the teachers more educational opportunities. The most important part of KIVITSISA is about helping and inspiring the teachers to use these possibilities in the best way. All this leads to ways of learning, where the students are active, exploratory, experimenting, creative, producing and creating. iPads don’t define what happens in the classroom, it all depends on the school and the teachers. Below some of the new possibilities are listed, possibilities that we want to promote with KIVITSISA.
New teaching- and learning forms
KIVITSISA is set up in order to support the schools working towards a more exploratory and project-oriented approach to learning. An approach where the students are more involved in defining the content of the teaching and, if possible, the form of the teaching. This approach must promote the motivation, the learning and prepare the students for tasks involving cooperation, innovation and the joy of creating. The learning environment must be marked by the students’ creative, digital production. All this is an approach which is fully aligned with the thoughts behind the reform of the primary education in Greenland: ATUARFITSIALAK.
With KIVITSISA the municipalities wish to end the passive and consuming approach to the technology, where the students are sitting passively in front of the computer screens. With iPads in the classrooms, learning situations can be supported, when the students are working with real problems and solutions. At both global and local levels. The students must be active, exploratory, experimenting, creative, producing and creative. On the page “Inspiration” you can find examples on what this approach looks like in practice.
A window to the world
The educational system in Greenland is challenged by a very specific geography. The locals – and hereby also the schools – are placed along a long and difficult to approach coastline. This geography seems perfectly suited for digital solutions. With the establishment of sea cables and high speed internet infrastructure, with iPads for everyone and an improved internet access at the schools, a window can now be opened to the rest of the world. Despite the geographic limitations, the students can now place themselves in the middle of the world and virtually reach out into it.
This opens up the world to the students, gives them an opportunity to learn one or more second languages and to involve themselves globally. Nationally new possibilities for cooperation between schools, distance learning and e-learning will be possible. More examples of how these technological possibilities are used, already exist. On the page “Inspiration” you can read an example on how some of Qeqqata Kommunia’s settlements are taught in English from abroad.
The digital in itself
As shown above, the main focus of KIVITSISA is not the digital or the technology itself. The focus is primarily on the areas, where the digital can help to obtain new and better ways of learning, to better cooperation on all levels, and to create new possibilities for the distance learning and e-learning. But, in a world that becomes more and more digital, the digital skills should also be in focus.
Today the students also must learn about the digital themselves. With the new tools in KIVITSISA, they can work with coding, understanding of technology, and digital formation. Another purpose of bringing the technology to the school is to teach the students to relate to the way the technology affects us, and teach them to understand and to act sensibly in the digital world.
As already mentioned, a keyword in KIVITSISA is cooperation, at all levels. The students must learn to cooperate using a project-based approach towards solving issues and tasks. For the teachers, the school will implement new ways of collaboration. As in the model ULK (development of teachers competences), inspired by the idea of professional learning communities, each school will find its own way. The teachers will, with the support from IKORTIT, work together to develop learning processes, give feedback and evaluate together. After that, the process will be shared with the school, the municipality and with colleagues in the whole country.
At the school leadership level, different kinds of networks for sparring and skills will be initiated. Last, but not least, a close cooperation will be established with other institutions, that helps lift the primary education. At the School of Teacher Education, all students and teachers will receive iPads. In this way it is possible to teach the future teachers about the didactic approach. The same way The Agency for Education and The School of Teacher Education’s classes and development projects will be like KIVITSISA. The Agency for Education will also be publishing digital learning tools. The intention is clear: KIVITSISA – let’s lift together.