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Sightseeing in Beijing


During the 4th GEC Conference in Beijing Minna, Tiina, Raini and Jaana had one day and one afternoon to go sightseeing. At first they visited the Forbidden City.  The temperature was around +30 Celsius Degrees and the sun was shining. As a great surprise for everyone the sky was bright and we could see the clouds, too.

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The Forbidden City was amazing and huge! We loved all the old buildings, the beautiful decorations and paintings and also the history of the area was interesting. During the tour our guide translated the history information into English that helped us to understand the history of the area better.

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On the another afternoon Minna and Jaana visited the Lama Temple. In the Lama Temple their guide told a lot of Buddhism and they saw many different Buddha Statues. The highest one was 18 metres high. Their guide also told that it was one of the highest Buddha Statues in Beijing.

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After visiting the Lama Temple Minna and Jaana took a short, 15 minutes tour in Hutong area. Their guide told them that usually people who have small shops or restaurants nearby live in Hutong area. Their guide also recommend to taste the speciality called Honey milk. It was delicious, sweet and sour at the same time!


During these tours the volunteer students from Beijing Universities helped conference visitors and told us information about sights, Beijing, China, Chinese traditions and helped us also to find a taxi back to the hotel. Sometimes we also took a riksa taxi and yes, it was enough big for five people.


Volunteers also recommended us the good restaurants and the traditional Chinese food. It was a great opportunity to taste different foods and get to know more about the food traditions.

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On the last school day 53 students from Metsokangas Comprehensive School worked with the project with the theme of planes and the flying effect. During the introduction we watched together a picture about the plane. Teachers asked students to think and answer which parts are the most important while the plane is in the air. They answered wings, elevator and rudder. Then we talked a little bit why the elevator and the rudder are important, how the plane can land, how does to shape of the plane affect to the flying effect, which forces affect to plane and also  we talked about the shape of the wings. All students made a wing by using their hands. Almost all students knew that the bottom of the wing is straighter and the top of the wing is curved. Then we rehearsed how the air moves above and below the wing and how it is related to the flying effect.

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After the introduction teachers told students what they will do next. They had heard before that they will have a possibility to fold planes on the last school day, but before they started to fold their planes they watched one example video. After that teachers told them about the schedule and they started their action.

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At first all students had to decide which material they would use. Almost all decided to use printer paper that was easy to fold and it was light enough.

Students were allowed to use their own phones to find ideas how to fold planes. The most of them found instructions from Google or YouTube. After getting an idea what kind of plane they designed their own plane and folded it.

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During folding the planes they were also allowed to test their planes in the PE class where the final competition was organised lately. After testing they knew how their plane glided and got ideas how to improve their planes. Many students folded several planes and tested them to get to know which one is the best.

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After one hour planes were finished and decorated. For us as teachers it was nice to notice that almost all students liked more to fold planes than to decorate them. They used a lot of time to make their foldings better and they tested their planes many times before the competition instead of colouring them.

The competition with only one throw per student took 20 minutes with 53 students. However, this project worked well and students learned many new theoretical things about planes and the flying effect.

Next Jaana will implement the same kind of project in Beijing with her chinese co-worker Yiwen.

– Jaana, Petri and 53 students, Metsokangas Comprehensive School, Oulu, Finland –

The Project of planes and flying

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Students from Metsokangas Comprehensive School has been working with the theme of planes and flying during the past two weeks. At first all students got a few questions about the theme. Then they found knowledge by using their own devices. All founded knowledge they wrote down on the mind maps on Popplet. After that they shared their knowledge and we made together a common Popplet mind map and some students also wanted to add a few pictures and YouTube-videos into the map to give more information.

Our co-workers in Beijing has done the same last week. The next step in Finland is to fold planes and measure how far they fly. This will be organised this week before the summer break.

Jaana from Metsokangas Comprehensive School

From the traditional board game to the innovative board game

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At Metsokangas Comprehensive School the classes of 3CD learned about innovations at first by watching the video and then by discussing together. During discussion they thought about what kind of innovations and new kind of toys they know: for example they mentioned different kind of robots, moving rabbits and talking teddy bears. After these examples many students noticed that they own the some kind of innovative toy. A few students also noticed that they had a board game or book which include DVD-exercises or a game on the CD disc. After discussing those topics students had to think who can make innovations. It was an easy question because students mentioned almost immediately americans, japanese people, chinese people, factory workers, inventors and last but not least everybody on the planet. After discussion we defined the term of innovation. For the best thing students noticed that innovations can solve some problem and generate positive cash flow to the innovators or their employer.

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After defining the term of innovation the students had a possibility to think about innovated, technology based board games about Finnish landscapes. At first the teacher presented the blank board game that included only the map of Finland. All students together invented three different versions of the new kind of board game that includes for example QR-codes, DVD-exercises and Led-lights. They also had to think about what materials they need to make the game complete.



After the common start students were divided into groups of three and they started to plan their board game with the planning paper. During the planning they had to make three questions and answers about the seven Finnish landscape areas, design the background of the game board, make the rules, decide how someone can win the game and where are the starting and the finishing points, plan the routes and decide which technologies are included into the game. After filling in the planning paper students got an A3-sized paper to implement their game board.



As a technology solutions the most of the groups used QR-codes. Into the codes they included the game instructions and questions or answers. They created QR-codes by using QR code Generator. That’s why they have to use mobile device to open the codes during playing.


Some groups also wanted to use Led-lights to mark for examples aiports, harbors or starting points. They soldered Led-lights and made the electric circuits by themselves.


After the games were ready they played them and enjoyed their well-done work. As a QR code reader they had a possibility to use their own mobile phones.

Jaana, Petri and Päivi and students of Metsokangas school, Oulu, Finland