Multimedia methods for dealing with health matters in secondary schools
ArctiChildren InNet project, coordinated by Lapland University of Applied Sciences, invited pupils and teachers from it’s pilot schools to explore new forms of multimedia teaching methods.
Around twenty pupils and teachers arrived at the three-day workshop
(16.–18.9) to the Tornio campus. Participants were from Ivalo secondary
school in Finland, Manda school in Luleå Sweden, Talvik school in the
north of Norway and Russian schools in Murmansk, Kandalaksha and
Lovozero. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the
University of Lapland.
financed by Kolarctic ENPI. The project aims to develop a cross-border
online health promotion for the pupils of secondary schools in
cooperation with the universities and pilot schools in the Barents
New ideas for teaching and learning health-related issues
The participants were offered three different kinds of workshops. The
overall theme was ”How do I produce digital material with my pupils? –
Multimedia material, Arts and Storytelling into learning”. The common
goal of the workshops was to learn how to use modern technology as a
part of versatile teaching.
A workshop called ”From a Selfie to Mapping Northern Identity” was about
developing better scheme to construct children’s cultural identity,
self image and self-esteem. The aim of the workshop was to produce
self-portraits in different techniques and from different perspectives.
For the pupils making a self portrait was a chance to observe, become
aware and accept themselves as unique persons, and find differences and
similarities compared to others. The workshop was coached by Art
Education students Laura Leppänen
and Sonja Frimodig
from the University of Lapland.
“From Outside to Inside”, workshop on environmental art and place
relation, introduced participants to different methods to explore
environment and our relation to it. It included activities outdoors and
also combining working with natural materials, drawing and painting and
media tools. By getting to know the value of own environment, the pupils
were able to explore the local identity, traditions, roots, background
and significance of their own self-image formation. The workshop was
coached by an Art Education student Salla Juvonen
from the University of Lapland.
The third workshop was “How to audiovisualize your teaching”, a video
workshop based on storytelling. The goal of the workshop was to find new
innovations and learn how to use an audiovisual production as an
innovative, activating and motivating teaching method. During the
workshop, all stages of video production were introduced to the
participants – from the ideation all the way to the editing of the
video. The workshop was coached by Timo Puukko
, a senior lecturer in Media Arts from the Lapland University of Applied Sciences.
New experiences, friends and memories
The three-day workshop was full of work but also rewarding to the
participants as well as to the organizers and workshop coaches.
– We are happy but a bit tired. It was very nice to see other cultures
and people from other schools and learn how they do the teaching work in
their schools, Leppänen and Frimodig point out.
7th graders from Luleå, Josephine Kuo and Alva Lodén, participated in the art workshops. They enjoyed getting to know new people and new cultures.
– At start we were a bit nervous of meeting new people, but as soon as
we got into it and workshops started everything has been great, girls
Pupils from Ivalo, Ada Lähdekorpi, Riia-Maria Huovinen and Elina Moshnikoff, also took part in the art workshops. For them this experience was unforgettable.
– We had so much fun, and it was great to meet new people and we will miss everyone.
Teachers from Ivalo, Rodney Francett and Katri Kittilä,
sum up that a lot of sweat and tears were poured during the three days
video workshop to produce a 1,5-minute short movie. Both emphasize that
by participating in the workshop they got a lot of new resources for
– An amazing amount of work, It was fun and depressing and exciting and happy, Francett laughs.
Also Olga Manytckova, a teacher from Russia, was pleased with the results of the video workshop.
– We have been working for three days making two videos and I think it
was hard working. We hope that our co-teacher, the best teacher, Timo
Puukko thinks that we were obedient and hard working, Manytckova says
Russian pupils Lada Sergeeva and Yana Shapar took part in the video workshop and three days of work left a smile on their faces.
– We met here a lot of new friend so it was very exciting, and I think
that the ArtctiChildren InNet project is the best project maybe, Shapar
– Now I have got a lot of knowledge about making films that I didn’t
know before this project. And we will miss everyone, Sergeeva continues.
Videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ArctiChildren
In the video workshop, two short movies were produced. Lada Sergeeva was one of the main characters in the short movie ”Good Girl”.
All the participants spent a nice evening together in Kukkolaforsen, Sweden. Students of social services also participated in the evening by organizing fun and activating games.