SCOOL combines creative format business know-how with educational expertise. Having already engaged thousands of teachers successfully since 2011, the company is now ready for global expansion.
March 16th, Helsinki, Finland – SCOOL, founded by Saku Tuominen and Juha Tynkkynen, the most successful TV producers in Finland, and Pekka Viljakainen, the father of Finnish online-banking, brings together some of the most acknowledged creative people in Finland with leading educational experts.
“Our mission is to bring the outside world into the classroom. We help schools change by creating innovative concepts that enhance creativity, curiosity and co-operation” says Saku Tuominen, creative director of SCOOL. “We test these concepts in Finland, which has one of the best performing educational systems in the world, and then scale them up globally”.
”Even though we love new technology and online learning, our starting point is always listening to the teachers and empowering them,” says Tuominen.
SanomaVentures, the external venturing arm of the European media and learning company Sanoma, has decided to make a strategic investment in SCOOL. “We are constantly looking for new, innovative learning concepts and solutions to improve learning outcomes, motivate pupils and help teachers to excel in their job. We have been very impressed with the SCOOL´s fresh approach, which combines educational know-how with deep understanding of the 21st century skills,” says Jyri Ahti, Vice President M&A and Public Affairs at Sanoma Learning.
Two examples of the formats created by SCOOL are Campus Seminar and Dreamdo Schools.
Campus Seminar, organized successfully in Finland since 2011, helps teachers understand how the world is changing outside of school (from climate to robotics, from Ebola to economy). Campus consists of seminars, change reports, online lectures and teacher awards. Campus seminars have taken place in Finland and in Poland. All five events have been sold out and videos from the seminars have received over 50,000 views from schools. This year, in addition to Helsinki and Warsaw, Campus seminars will be organized in Atlanta, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Vilnius.
Dreamdo Schools is an educational programme and a digital platform in which school classes all over the world commit to doing great student-led projects within one semester and share it with the world. The pilot season has started across four continents, in 24 countries.
“However, this is just the beginning. Our goal is to launch two new products already this spring. We see Scool as a production company that has various, evidence-based learning concepts in its portfolio, says Tuominen. “Our goal is to create a global network of forerunner teachers and then serve them well with innovative, well-tested and fresh ideas.”
The world is changing faster than ever. Schools have to as well. SCOOL helps schools change by developing innovative formats that bridge the gap between schools and the outside world. The company’s existing formats include Campus and Dreamdo Schools. Campus helps teachers understand global changes outside of schools. Dreamdo Schools connects school classes around the world through student-led projects. SCOOL is continuously developing new formats to inspire teachers and improve education globally. Its concepts enhance creativity, curiosity, co-operation and passion for lifelong learning. SCOOL operates and inspires globally and is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.
www.scool.fi | twitter.com/scool_fi
www.dream.do | twitter.com/DreamdoSchools
www.campusseminar.com | www.twitter.com/CampusHelsinki
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