Espoo Embraces Fronter as its Virtual Learning Environment
OSLO, Norway, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
The municipality of Espoo, to the west of Helsinki in Finland, is implementing Fronter
as its virtual learning environment. As soon as the learning platform went live for all
users it became the number one web site in the city of Espoo.
The implementation phase of the Learning platform [http://com.fronter.info ] ran from
August 2012 until February 2013. The very next month, Fronter climbs to the top as the
most popular web site.
The platform is a secure learning environment that offers digital resources, tests and
collaborative tools online. “Using the new virtual learning environment
[http://com.fronter.info/product ] in a structured way has clearly enhanced student
motivation,” says Antti Yla-Rautio, Principal of Taavinkyla elementary school and early
adopters of the Fronter learning platform.
Finland is recognised for having one of the best education systems in the world with
highly skilled and motivated teachers. Finnish teachers are empowered to make decisions
that affect their pupils and were heavily involved in the process that led to selecting
Fronter as the right platform for Espoo.
Fronter has a lot of experience with city-wide implementations of the learning
platform from roll-outs in Oslo, London and Helsinki and value close collaboration with
the local education authorities. “Espoo has a clear strategy for ICT in its schools and we
are very happy to work with them to realise that strategy by providing the platform,
teacher training and pedagogical design consultancy,” says Idar Ramberg, General Manager
of Fronter Nordic. Together with the city of Espoo his organisation rolled out a 6 month
training programme to make sure all 31 000 teachers and pupils were able to put the
benefits of the platform to use quickly.
In line with the holistic approach of Finnish education, the 400 sessions of training
were not reserved for teachers alone. All those involved in the local education system,
such as councillors, psychologists, nurses, IT departments and administrative staff were
included for a full on implementation of what the City of Espoo has called its most
central system for the learning community.
“Fronter trainers are bringing back stories of great enthusiasm and motivation from
the schools in Espoo,” says Kenneth Vuorinen, at Fronter’s office in Finland. “Teachers
are eager to start using education technology to the benefit of their pupils, and we are
excited to be a part of it.”
Notes for editors:
Fronter is the leading learning platform for schools, delivered as a service – a
learning management system [http://com.fronter.info/services ] – over the Internet. With
about 160 million log ins per year, Fronter is transforming schools – the way technology
has transformed the society our children are growing up in. Fronter was acquired by
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. Our education business combines 150 years
of experience in publishing with the latest learning technology and online support.
For more information, please contact: Kirsti Rogne Fronter Communications Director: +47-90147076 firstname.lastname@example.org