About the Regional Innovation Hub
This Regional Innovation Hub was initiated from the scratch in the project and united successfully two pairs of primary schools from the Porvoo region with the aim of establishing a clear teaching pathway to enhance students’ basic digital skills. The researchers acted as mentors, providing guidance and assistance to facilitate collaborative efforts among the schools. Joint events were organized between two pairs of schools to foster the development of pedagogical practices for advancing students’ digital competence. Furthermore, the researcher mentors played a crucial role in promoting active interaction between the schools and the two city-level coordinators, serving as intermediaries to ensure effective information flow. Additionally, some city-level trainers were involved in the training about robotics and programming to extend the stakeholders involved in the project. As a result, the development teams within each of the four schools have taken on increased responsibilities in organizing development initiatives, demonstrating a growing sense of ownership and engagement in the process. In addition, collaboration between the school pairs located close to each other has been established and will continue.
The Regional Innovation Hub brought together ca 60 teachers including one or two ICT support teachers from each school in the joint coordination teams, 5 school leaders and two city-level coordinators as experts to support the school-to-school collaboration in Porvoo region. The schools were Kevätkummun koulu, Vårberga skola, Tolkkisten koulu ja Eklöfska skolan.
The purpose of the mentoring was to facilitate collaborative efforts among the schools to advance students’ digital competence. Each school had a development team that consisted of the school principal and one or two teachers responsible for digital support. Development teams of the school pairs formed together a coordination team which was the most important object of the mentoring, because the coordination team members were responsible for planning the collaboration and development actions inside and between two schools. Finally, the leadership teams of all four schools combined their efforts in preparing and conducting a final conference presentation in the iHub4Schools project.