The Edupreneurs launch event

The Project Edupreneurs: Networking and Empowering Education Enterpreneurs towards a resilient edtech ecosystem in Southern Africa, funded by the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) 2, was successfully launched on 31st March 2021. The project is developed by the consortium between Eduix, Glowdom and the Namibian Business Innovation Institution (NBII). Over 120 participants from Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and Finland registered to the event and will be contacted for further developments.

The event counted on the participation of brilliant keynote speakers and panelists in the morning and afternoon. The event finished with the needs assessment workshop, in which we gathered personal and professional experiences of the stakeholders regarding their challenges and expectations for building a resilient education business ecosystem in the Southern Africa region.

Project stakeholders will benefit from engaging in the project

… by getting opportunities to network with relevant education business organizations and promote their services and products, as well as by receiving capacity building on business innovation and digital transformation. On the other hand, the stakeholders have the crucial role of providing us relevant information about their needs and challenges for thriving in critical situations, so we can tailor the project outcomes to their specific situation.

Continue reading “The Edupreneurs launch event”

Helping to implement Flipped Classroom at a Finnish University

In 2019, I was responsible to design a self-study course and its materials about Flipped Classroom targeted to the international staff of the University of Eastern Finland. That was one of the most important professional learning experiences I’ve had over here. I didn’t know much about this pedagogical approach. I have attended a course whose teacher used the Flipped Classroom methodology. The course was about Quantitative Methods in research and it was, indeed, a very productive learning experience. However, beyond that punctual experience, I did not know much.

When I got the task to design a course and its materials about Flipped Classroom to the international staff of the University, I got excited about how much I had to learn and apply it. And it was just an amazing experience of learning not only about a pedagogical method, but also about institutional curriculum reform, mindset transformation, and pedagogical change.

Continue reading “Helping to implement Flipped Classroom at a Finnish University”

En route to a sustainable future: Agenda2030-tool by Eduix, HeadAI and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

For Eduix, this year has already seen some interesting software development with limitless potential. One of such is our current project regarding sustainable development in higher education institutions (HEIs), created in co-operation with our AI-partner company HeadAI, and the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Continue reading “En route to a sustainable future: Agenda2030-tool by Eduix, HeadAI and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences”

Glowdom participates in the campaign “Social Innovations for Youth Development and Transformation.”

Glowdom has started the campaign “Social Innovations for Youth Development and Transformation” within the Youth Development and Social Innovations in Southern Africa programs designed by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) and the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC).

In the campaign, Glowdom highlights the role of Formjack and Collecte to support education needs in Namibia.

Read all about it in the Glowdom blog.

Eduditra, exciting times

There have been situations in history, where individuals or a society has had an opportunity, but there has not been the right momentum. So, the opportunity has been wasted, and the next chance has come much later to someone else. For example, in ancient Alexandra in Roman Egypt, mathematician and engineer Hero developed Aeolipile, a wildly rotating steam ball, which can be considered as the first known radial steam turbine. However, he, or no one else at the time, did not find any practical use for it; it was taken only as a gimmick or a trick for temples. It took over 1700 years for the next opportunity and momentum to come into Great Britannia and James Watt. They seized an opportunity, there was the momentum, and the rest is history. But think if they didn’t, if the momentum has tailed off, what would our world look like today?

Continue reading “Eduditra, exciting times”

Looking back, so we know where to move forward

Despite all challenges and tragedies, some dare to say that the future came earlier during 2020. This “future” is complex, it scares us when we realize that education inequality has increased even more when it was already unacceptable, and school closure set back successes achieved through hard years of effort and investment. However, this same future brings hope when we have witnessed how education stakeholders have moved innovation from the margins to the center of many education systems to overcome the challenges imposed by the lockdown and social isolation.

In the report “Beyond reopening schools: how education can emerge stronger than before Covid-19”, Emiliana Vegas and Rebecca Winthrop propose five actions to guide transformation of education systems:

  1. Leverage public schools, given their essential role in equalizing opportunity across dimensions within society;
  2. Emphasize the instructional core of teaching and learning;
  3. Deploy education technology to power up schools in a long-term manner and for the core benefits of teaching and learning;
  4. Forge stronger and more trusting relationships between parents and teachers;
  5. And implement an iterative approach of understanding the evidence and setting the course of change accordingly.
Continue reading “Looking back, so we know where to move forward”

Eduix participa da São Paulo Tech Week 2020

Eduix participates in the São Paulo Tech Week 2020

SPTW 2020 Homepage

No dia 17 de dezembro de 2020, a Eduix participou da São Paulo Tech Week 2020, a maior semana de tecnologia da América Latina.

On the 17th of December 2020, Eduix participated in the São Paulo Tech Week, the biggest tech week in Latin America.

Continue reading “Eduix participa da São Paulo Tech Week 2020”

The Southern Africa Innovation Support needed visionaries to rethink the business ecosystem in the region. We attended their call.

In August 2020, the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS) opened a call for “projects to pilot and validate solutions to make Southern African startup ecosystems more resilient and better able to face an uncertain future”. The context of the call was the fact that Covid-19 has revealed flaws in the worldwide innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. They challenged applicants to find these flaws and offer solutions to the innovation business ecosystem in the region, so it would become stronger and more resilient against adversities.

Promptly, Glowdom and Eduix, supported by the EDUDITRA project in cooperation with Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences started the discussion to create a consortium. Over the year, the group had already organized a webinar series to discuss about digitizing education ecosystem in Namibia. The webinar “Education in the world 4.0: bridging the gap between education and the market” counted with the participation of Hasekiel Johannes, the Innovation Officer of Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII). The moment we remembered how well aligned the webinar discussions and participation were, that was the start of our project consortium.

Continue reading “The Southern Africa Innovation Support needed visionaries to rethink the business ecosystem in the region. We attended their call.”

A teacher toolkit for developing positive relationship with students

When I came to Finland for my Master studies, I wanted to research about a topic that already intrigued me in Brazil when I was working as school psychologist in a rural school of Ceará.

I was interested in understanding how some teachers managed to have such a good relationship with their students, which impacted positively on the students’ learning; while other teachers struggled with it. By good relationship I mean when teachers and students are focused on teaching and learning the content while they are also relaxed. Spontaneous actions such as jokes, laughs, personal reflections, and life stories’ sharing color the interactions and are important parts of the education process. I could observe that the students were more focused on the content when they had such a good relationship with the teachers, than when they did not. I could also see how this impacted on the teachers’ satisfaction regarding their work from the way they talked about it.

Picture resource:
Continue reading “A teacher toolkit for developing positive relationship with students”