We're happy to announce that we’ve been nominated for GESS Awards 2019 int the category of Best Product to Promote Arts, Music and Drama in the Classroom.
The GESS awards highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services and people, as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession.
Award winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner to be held at the H Hotel Dubai, on 27th February 2019.
For more info about the awards, visit gessawards.com.
INTO SCHOOL has been awarded by global education nonprofit HundrED, as one of the 100 most inspiring K12 innovations across the world. INTO SCHOOL was one of the innovations selected from 36 countries to be recognized.
INTO SCHOOL was chosen due to its unique pioneering status and the ability to create a scalable impact, reaching several countries globally.
“We’re so pleased to have been selected as one of HundrED’s 100 global innovations. INTO SCHOOL was created to ensure teachers are able to engage learners, and to improve outcomes. Being offered the opportunity to extend this beyond Finland using HundrED’s platform, a network of global educators and innovators, is amazing. We are excited to see just how much further our work can be scaled,” says Janne Hiedanniemi, Head of Education of INTO SCHOOL.
HundrED aims to share best practices and K-12 innovations across borders to help improve the future of education globally. To achieve this, a team of researchers investigated innovations from around the world to determine 100 projects that are already changing the face of education. Over 1,000 innovations were identified through research, events and recommendations and then 160 were evaluated by HundrED’s academy made up of educational experts, educators and students (ages 11-19 years old) from 28 countries on their innovativeness, impact and scalability.
Saku Tuominen, CEO of HundrED, said: “Spreading innovations such as INTO SCHOOL across borders can be a game changer for education, worldwide. We will continue to encourage as many stakeholders as possible including schools, educators, administrators, students and organizations to get involved so that we can work towards a positive future.”
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The Future Songwriting project will introduce, pilot and validate INTO SCHOOL music education concept, developed in Finland, to Finnish, German and French schools.
In the concept, pupils compose, write and produce their own songs with the help of digital tools. The aim of the concept is to bring creative music-making in the core of music education in schools and kindergartens encouraging teachers and students to focus on creativity. It provides equal opportunities for everyone to create music, and to take part in creative processes, expressing themselves through music and the arts.
The project also gets to highlight copyright issues and authors' rights to a number of communities and families within the EU, in a natural and positive way: children making their own creations offer a great example of creative ownership and cultural property.
"Modern music technology has opened up new possibilities in teaching as well as learning music and arts. For example, earlier musical background or mastering traditional instruments is not needed any more," says Tuomas Hiedanniemi, Head of Pedagogy of INTO SCHOOL.
Future Songwriting is a collaboration of INTO SCHOOL (Finland), Teosto (Finland), University of Arts Helsinki (Finland), Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), University of Cologne (Germany), Sacem (France), Artisjus (Hungary), Musical Futures (UK).
The 2-year project is expected to be launched in October 2018 with a total budget of 840,000 EUR.