Media and Information Literacy Education in Finland - Newsletter 2/2013

Joulukuu 9, 2013 - 15:25, sm.palmu

Greetings from the Finnish Society on Media Education

Holiday season is nearly here and it is time for our second international newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide information about the Finnish media education field; present the latest research, innovations, projects and organisations working with media education. It's published twice a year, it's free and keeps you updated on what's going on in Finland. Let us know what you think of the newsletter. Thank you for subscribing! 

  • We are in the process of changing our English website. The new site will be launched at EDUCA 2014 - National Training Event for Educators on the 24th of January!

Contact us at the Finnish Society on Media Education:

  • if you have questions about media literacy education in Finland,
  • if you need project partners,
  • if you have online material in English or Swedish, which we could pass on to Finnish teachers and youth workers,
  • if you are interested in media literacy research in Finland.


Media Education Futures conference at Tampere, Finland, 8-9 May, 2014

The International Conference on Media Education Futures will be held at Tampere University, 8-9 May, 2014. The conference examines media literacies and education from various perspectives. The conference highlights participation, well-being and citizenships as the current Nordic perspectives in media education and discusses media and information literacies contributing to inter-cultural dialogue on the globe. The conference is organised by the School of Communication, Media and Theatre and the School of Education at the University of Tampere in cooperation with NORDICOM, Finnish Youth Research Network, Finnish Society on Media Education and Finnish Centre for Media Education and Audiovisual Media. Read more.

Meet us at the Media & Learning Conference in Brussels this week!

The Finnish Society on Media Education (FSME) will be at the Media & Learning Conference: Media Education and Literacy: Equipping Learners for Open, Creative Learning Futures in Brussels 12-13 of December. We will have our own stand there and our coordinator Mrs. Anniina Ludvall will have a presentation on Thursday. If you’re attending the conference come and say hello and take free materials in English with you!

Nordic Scene of Media Education

Chairman of the Finnish Society on Media Education, mr. Olli Vesterinen, participated in a Nordic expert meeting in Stockholm. Read his blog post about the meeting here.

Media Educator 2013 is Teemu Korhonen

Special education teacher Teemu Korhonen at Kantokaski primary school in Espoo was chosen as the media educator of the year 2013. Mr. Korhonen strongly believes that teachers should think outside of the box and stop using only books in their teaching. He sees valid teaching material around him and thinks that magazines and media in general are versatile teaching tools. The jury was impressed by how Mr. Korhonen uses different types of media as part of his teaching in a creative way. The Media Educator of the year was chosen by Finnish Periodical Publishers' Association (Aikakausmedia) and the Finnish Society on Media Education for the ninth time in Finland. Read more here.

New publications from Finland

New book: Media and digital literacies in secondary school

Peter Lang has published professor Reijo Kupiainen's book, Media and digital literacies in secondary school. The book examines young people’s media practices and literacies in school space where these practices are mixed in the school environment and learning in different ways. The book pays particular attention to young people’s creative media practices, from photography and video making to fan fiction writing and online role-playing, as these are activities that young people bring to the school as part of their identities, meaning making, and social lives. Read more here.

Good Media Literacy, National Policy Guidelines 2013–2016

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has published Good Media Literacy, National Policy Guidelines 2013–2016 for good media literacy as a part of cultural policy, supported by a broad-based expert group. The document presents current challenges and trends and defines the direction and objectives in area of media education. Read about the guidelines and download it here.

  • Information about media literacy education in Finland is our brochure. It’s  free to print and hand out. You can also order a small amount of the brochure from our office. Download a PDF version here.
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News from Finland

New! International Master Degree Program: NoVA

Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) educates professionals and researchers on contemporary art and education, digital communication, and visual studies. The main objective of NoVA is to achieve knowledge and skills of the best Nordic values, research, and practices in art education and visual studies. One can apply to NoVA in any of the universities with the following bachelor degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or teacher education or the equivalent of such undergraduate degree in any subject of importance for Visual studies and Art education.

Application deadlines for the program

  • Aalto (FI) and Konstfack (SE): December 16, 2013 - January 31, 2014
  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (NO): Norwegian students applying for the Master’s programme is March 1, 2014
  • Aalborg University (DK): For Danish applicants April 1, 2014 and for other Nordic applicants May 1, 2014

This new international program is a co-operation between nordic countries. Read more about the program here.

PISA 2012: Proficiency of Finnish youth declining

Average mathematical literacy among Finnish school students ranked in twelfth place among the 65 participating countries in the PISA 2012 assessment. In 2003, when mathematics was previously the focus of study, Finland came in second place. The national average score in mathematics has decreased significantly since the 2003 assessment. Reading and science literacy have also deteriorated markedly.

Despite the clear downturn, Finnish students remain one of the best performers among the OECD countries. Finland came in sixth place among the OECD countries in mathematics, third in literacy and second in science. Finland remains the best in literacy and science among the European countries.Gender differences and differences between schools and regions are still very small. Read more here.

New report on media education in four EU countries

The Dutch Kennisnet Foundation has published a report, Media Education in Four EU Countries - common problems and possible solutions. Finland is one of the countries included in the report. Read more about the report and download it here.

New report on film education in Europe

In July 2011, the European Commission published an invitation to tender for a European-scale experts’ study on film literacy in Europe, covering all EU and EEA nations, and asking for evidence-based recommendations to inform policy making in the forthcoming Creative Europe framework.

In Finland film education is part of cross-curricular themed media skills and communication and is included in other subjects. It becomes an optional separate course of study in some junior high schools and high schools. In the formal context, there are no resources, guidelines or official systems of assessment for film education. Overall much depends on the activity of individual teachers. Read more about the report here.

Media Literacy Week 2014

The annual Media Literacy Week coordinated by the Finnish Centre for Media Education and Audiovisual Media is held 10.-16.2.2014. The Media Literacy Week was organised for the first time last year. Before the week was known as Tietoturvaviikko (Safer Internet Week). Safer Internet Day ( is still included in the Media Literacy Week and online safety issues will be discussed during the week. The new name gives schools more space to adjust their own actions. The theme for MLW2014 is “Let’s Create a Better Internet Together”. FSME will also take part in the week. During the week you'll find information and materials on our website. Read more about the Media Literacy Week here.

Information about a media education project

The Collective School and Innovative Services Initiative

The Collective School and Innovative Services Initiative consists of separate sub-projects in the cities of Helsinki, Turku and Lappeenranta. The projects are united in their wish to promote collectivity and student participation in their schools and the European Regional Development Fund funds them.

One of the leading themes in the initiative has been to activate media teams in schools. Media team is one form of participating pupils in developing their own school. The aim is to empower pupils to create their own shared ways of communication in school, and free resources from the teachers. Media education can start from an experience in the media team group, that they are as qualified audiovisual communicators as any other media.

Media team is a group of pupils, who take care of common media-related tasks in their own school. Media team can film and photograph celebrations and everyday life, and share it either inside the school or publish it on school’s own blog. Media team can also take care of audiovisual technique in happenings, and teach other pupils and teachers to use equipment as part of normal teaching. It only takes one or two teachers who are interested in working as a tutor for media team, and pupils from two or three different classes.
In the three cities involved the Media Centre of Education Department of Helsinki, Turku Center for ICT and Saimaa Media Center provide help and support for schools who want to start a media team. Media educator can be called to visit the school, and together the media educator and teachers decide how the media team activity could be organized best in their school. The media educator helps the school in assembling the group, acquiring proper equipment, and creating continuity, and most importantly, integrating the media team’s work in the regular activity of the school. An example of a school online magazine Rastilan lehti.

Do you want to know more about ongoing projects in Finland? Check out our website.


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