Tuesday, August 2, 2011

#RSCON3 Reflections and Finnish Education System in Tagxedo Word Cloud

I had my first time in The Reform Symposium in last weekend and what a great experience it was. Great presentations, skillfull speakers, global network for teachers and educators who passionately develop education. What more teacher who likes networking and enjoys Twitter conversations would ask. Had many new interesting contacts and great educators to follow in Twitter.  

Shelly Terrel and Salome Thomas-El presentations touched me deeply, i also enjoyed my good Twitter friend Vicky Loras enthusiastic presentation Multiculturalism in the Classroom and Steve Wheelers had really fireworks in ending Keynote. Great thing is that my Reform Symposium still continues when recordings are ready to watch and i can see all presentations i missed.

We, The Team Mates, Timo Ilomäki  and Aki Puustinen had huge honour to be the first Keynote speakers in conference. We are proud of possibility to be part of such inspiring community. We talk about elements about Finnish Education System. Audience was really active and supportive - thank you for that, relaxed us even little nervousness was in the air, thats why the team mate is so important support. Thanks also Muurame student Arttu for courage in presenting live. Thanks also for Finnish principals Esa Kukkasniemi and Jukka Manninen your expert knowledge in our presentation. In Vanessa Alanders blog post We Need A Trust Revolution had some mention about our presentation themes and i agree -
                    Trust Is Everything

My last blog post was Word Clouds for Teachers so i continue that theme and made from our presentation words Tagxedo hand.

Finnish Education System In Global Eductors Hand

Our Presentation in Reform Symposium Conference 29.7.2011 (removed some pictures of presentation)


  1. Hi Timo!

    I love how you made the word cloud into the shape of a hand and how you tied it to Finnish education!

    I am still very sad about missing your presentation (next time I am cancelling all my classes, as I told you!) and what a great great honour for me to be mentioned in your talk! I was so happy to have you in mine and thank you for calling me a friend, I feel the same way about you as well and I can't wait to meet you in person!

    I was also very moved by Principal EL's keynote and I am sad I had to miss Shelly's - she is a great person and educator, and I am very happy to have met her in person and see with my own eyes the great person she is.

    The Reform Symposium was one of the best conferences and experiences in my teaching career so far and I am looking forward to RSCON4 already!

    Thank you so much for everything.

    Kindest regards,
    your friend,

  2. Thanks Vicky for great comment! We all have share profound learning experience. I really like word clouds:)

    Kindest regards,
    your friend,

  3. Excellent representation of the Finnish Edu system. You gave us some great insight into the strengths of your system. Hopefully we can take some of those lessons and apply them in our schools and classrooms. I look forward to learning with you.

  4. Loved listening to your presentation... The only question I have remaining is how do we, in the US, make this fundamental shift relationship, purpose, assessment and evaluation of our educational system?

  5. Thank you both for your comments, Stephanie and Vanessa! There are strengths but also weaknesiss to work on. Im really happy for opportunity to join and present in RSCON3, it was unique experience for me.

    I think as such big country like US everything must done in local community level, School, teachers, teachers, students and student together.

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