2018 Stockholm Forum: “Fourth Industrial Revolution and Competencies in the 21st Century”

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea together with the Korea Education Research and Information Service (KERIS) and Stockholm University – organised last Friday the “2018 Stockholm Forum” under the theme of “Fourth Industrial Revolution and Competencies in the 21st Century.”

The forum was an excellent venue for discussing issues that revolve around education and technology in Korea and Sweden. Particular attention was paid to questions such as:  how to develop suitable educational programs for leaners to face the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and what is the role of ICT in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Take a look at the program

Rapid technological development has altered the obligation of educational systems to prepare learners to become competent in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In contrast to the previous Industrial Revolutions, the Fourth Revolution is characterized by the emergence of ‘intelligent’ technologies that contributes to creating immeasurable changes to various aspects of society.As a result, the prospects of job markets and economic status have vastly transformed which brought the need for modifications in education.In order to keep up with the inevitable changes of society, it is necessary to define tools and skills need to prepare individuals for this era. The work forms the base for ‘education curricula’ and by building proper curricula, it is possible to develop necessary tools and skills. The construction of an educational curriculum that ensures “quality and relevance to context”is one of the indicative strategies of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal no. 4 which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.With the objective of achieving this, the Education 2030 Incheon declaration calls to the importance of “ flexible skills and competencies [people] need to live and work in a more secure, sustainable, interdependent, knowledge-based and technology-driven world”.In addition, according to the UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education, defining a learner’s competencies is important in formulating a curriculum that is “learner-centered and adaptive to the changing needs of students, teachers, and society.”

In accordance to this, the international goal of educational innovation has now shifted its paradigm from implementing the “3Rs” (Reading, Writing, Arithmetic), which governed the educational curricula for decades, to a new set of “Soft Skills.” Soft Skills are defined by UNESCO as being“intangible personal qualities, habits, traits, attributes, and attitudes that can be broadly applied in different types of jobs,”such as computational thinking, creativity, social skills, decision making and more.However, due to the recency of this shift, many countries are still only at the early stages of applying soft skills to educational policies, curricula, and teaching-learning practices.

With the above in consideration, it is essential to have a platform where ideas and experiences can be shared to advance the educational systems. Hence, Korea Education Research and Information Service (KERIS) and Stockholm University, two leading organizations that facilitate education innovation with ICT in Education, are hosting “2018 Stockholm Forum,” held under the theme, “Fourth Industrial Revolution and Competencies in the 21st Century.”This Forum will aid in understanding how to facilitate learners to grow 21st century skills by gathering each countries’ ideas, and sharing visions and experiences.

Keynote speaker at 16th Annual MEITAL conference on Teaching and Learning Technologies Accelerating Higher Education: Trends and Developments

This year the MEITAL conference on Teaching and Learning Technologies Accelerating Higher Education: Trends and Developments, was held on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem campus. Over 300 participants from 40 educational institutions participated in the conference. I had the privilege to present the work we conducted on the digitalisation of the school in Sweden and share my insights on how the integration of ICT in schools connects with the challenges and opportunities of using technologies in higher education . Here is my talk.

Thank you very much to Eli Shmueli and Yishay Mor for the invitation and this great opportunity. it was great to meet and talk with practitioners, pedagogical developers and entrepreneurs who are passionate about education and technologies.

Technical Program Chair for ACM DIS 2018 – Diversity and Design

Together with fabulous Will Odom and Kenny Chow I am a technical program chair for DIS 2018! this year DIS 2018, invites submissions that address the following questions around Diversity and Design: Are our current models of user experience adequate in addressing diversity? What kinds of methods and processes are needed for designing for diversity? How can applications and technologies be designed to address diversity and even add to it in this era of giant global corporations? What are the ethical limits designers have to face when designing for diversity?

Diversity is reflected in the choice of Hong Kong as the site of the DIS 2018 conference. Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people come from different ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds to form a multiplicity of communities, beliefs, and practices. Hong Kong is defined through its relation to geographical neighbours like Shenzhen and Macau. The former is known as a massive manufacturing and technology hub; the latter as Asia’s gambling capital. Yet, just like Hong Kong, both are more than these stereotypes: their nature, business, food, entertainment, and popular culture are diverse and different from each other.

Welcome to Hong Kong!



PhD position in HCI with a focus on Digital Humanities

PhD position in HCI with a focus on Digital Humanities at Stockholm University, Sweden
** Application Deadline** April 15 2018.

The Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University is looking for a PhD student to join our team. The PhD position is linked to the research project Ground Truth 2.0 which is a three-year project funded by the EU – http://gt20.eu/ The project aims at designing, setting up and evaluating six citizen observatories under real conditions in six different countries in the world (two in Africa and four in Europe including one of them in Sweden). The project uses mobile apps and social media analytics to citizen-collected data. As such, citizens can share data about the environment and take on new, crucial roles in environmental monitoring, decision making, cooperative planning and environmental stewardship. Within this research context, the PhD candidate will investigate the following questions: What is the designer’s agency in configuring and infrastructuring civic participation and engagement in society? What kinds of dilemmas (technical as well as those associated with the designer’s own values, beliefs and ideologies) emerge when they develop practices that contribute to citizens’ participation and political action? What exactly are designers who are committed to contributing to civic participation sensitive to?
The work will produce knowledge regarding the role of design competence in the digital age, factors that are critical for infrastructuring civic participation, emergent (new) civic practices as well as a critical understanding of entanglements between design and citizens’ participatory practices in sociotechnical infrastructures.

For more information about required qualifications, the selection process, terms of employment etc., please consult the following links:


if you have any questions please get in touch with me tessy@dsv.su.se or the Director of PhD studies, Sirkku Männikkö-Barbutiu, sirkku@dsv.su.se

Thank you for your help in disseminating this information widely,

Talare på Växjökonferens 2018!

Vilken ära att vara med som talare på Växjökonferensen som är en årligt återkommande skolkonferens som arrangeras för 30:e året i rad. Arrangörer är Linnéuniversitetet, Region Kronoberg och Växjö kommun. Konferensen riktar sig till utbildningspolitiker, förvaltningstjänstemän, rektorer, fackliga organisationer, studie- och yrkesvägledare samt förstelärare och lärare på grundskola, gymnasie och högskola/universitet.

Årets tema var “Skolutveckling – Förstå, Förklara och Förbättra”  och några av föreläsarna var: Anna Ekström, gymnasie- och kunskapslyftsminister; Torkel Klingberg, professor i kognitiv neurovetenskap vid Karolinska institutet; Lina Axelsson Kihlblom, jurist, lärare och skolledare; Peter Fredriksson, generaldirektör Skolverket och Tilde Björfors, forskare, cirkusdirektör och konstnär.  Kolla på programmet här!

Mitt föredrag handlade om: Varför har det varit så svart att integrera informations- och kommunikationsteknologier i skolans verksamhet? Nuvarande kunskapsläge och framtidsutsikter.

Forskningsfältet teknikstött lärande (Technology Enhanced Learning, TEL) har utvecklats kontinuerligt under de senaste två decennierna. Framsteg inom webb-, mobil och trådlös teknik har introducerats i många utbildningsmiljöer och på sätt möjliggjort nya sätt att stödja undervisning och lärande. Denna utveckling till trots så finns det få studier som intresserat sig för att undersöka hur man kan upprätthålla en innovativ användning av IKT i skolan och hur dessa teknologier blir till en integrerad del av skolvärlden.
Vanligtvis presenteras IKT-verktyg och system ofta som ”färdiga produkter” som kan injiceras in i lärarnas existerande praktiker. De ses mer sällan som en faktor som behöver packas upp, granskas, anpassas och studeras genom på ett sätt som tar hänsyn till olika aktörer som är involverade i integrationen av teknik i skolorna.
Inte sällan krävs det att lärare och elever ska anpassa sig till nya högstatus-teknologier som gör intåg skolorna och som ses som ett konkret tecken på framsteg och modernism. Användningen av IKT i skolan har sällan ifrågasatts ur ett perspektiv som kombinerar det pedagogiska och tekniska såväl som sociala, organisatoriska och ekonomiska perspektiv­.
Baserat på nationell och internationell forskning kommer Teresa att gå igenom en rad frågor som handlar om hur IKT kan implementeras i skolan. Hon kommer särskilt att diskutera två frågor: Hur får vi innovationer inom lärande att bli hållbara och exakt vilka praktiker är det som vi vill ska fortgå?

Du hittar alla presentationerna här

Stort tack till Växjökonferensens styrelse för inbjudan och förtroendet!

Talking at the Nordic symposium : Recent trends in the digitalization of the Nordic K-12 schools

Thanks to Ola Lindberg and colleagues at Umeå University for organizing a great symposium on current challenges at the heart of the digitalization of the Nordic K-12 schools. 

The symposium was a fantastic venue to network with Nordic researchers interested in the materiality of learning and teaching, the analysis of current discourses and policies vis-à-vis the digitalisation of schools, the conceptualization of digitalisation and the emergence of digitalisation practices.

Take a look at the great program that Ola and colleagues put together!:

RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – “Recent trends in the digitalization of Nordic K-12 schools” 11-13 October 2017, Umeå University

Eva Mårell-Olsson: Principals’ Intentions and Management of Digitization of Swedish Schools

Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Jalal Nouri, Ola Knutsson, Robert Ramberg: Reflections on the Digitization of Schools in Sweden

Jimmy Jaldemark, Sofia Eriksson Bergström, Peter Mozelius: Applying mobile devices and game-based learning in formal educational settings: Playing Pokémon Go as a tool for learning in a Swedish elementary school

Geir Haugsbakk: 30 years of ICT and learning in education – the actors, discussions and discourses

Jeppe Bundsgaard: Information Literacy – What is it? What is difficult for students? Are Nordic students Information Literate?

J Ola Lindberg, Göran Fransson, Anders D Olofsson: What ́s in a word? On the issue of ‘adequate’ digital competence’ in a policy for ICT in education

Fazilat Siddiq: A Comparison Between Digital Competence in Two Nordic Countries’ National Curricula and International Frameworks: Inspecting their Readiness for 21st Century Education


Annika Wiklund-Engblom: Considering social relations in distance learning: Teachers’ reflections on their own teaching experiences

Fanny Pettersson: Digitally competent school organizations- developing supportive institutional infrastructures in remote teaching context

Karin Levinsen: Practice oriented and co-creative competence building – the digitale dimension and externalized learning

Linda Mannila: Digital competence and programming at K-9 level – teacher expectations and concerns

Peter Bergström: Power and control in the one-to-one computing classroom: students’ perspective on teachers’ didactical design




Together with my colleague Jalal Nouri, I hold a seminar at the conference Leda Lärande 2017. This is a conference that brings together more than 2000 teachers, school principals, researchers and politicians involved in the development of the schools in Sweden.

Our seminar was about the changes that the tablets bring into the everyday classroom. It was well visited and was a perfect venue to talk and learn about key issues that matter today to our teachers, school children and youths.

The seminar was in Swedish. Here is the abstract of our talk.

Titeln: Vad förändras med pekplator i klassrummet?

Vi presenterar vår forskning om hur pekplattor (tablets) används i klassrummet och hur de stödjer lärande- och undervisningspraktiker i svensk grundskola. Vi lyfter fram exempel på vad som förändras när man använder pekplattor i den var- dagliga undervisningspraktiken. Detta inkluderar administrativa, organisatoriska och pedagogiska förändringar, t.ex. kring fördelad makt i klassrum- met, kritiskt tänkande och ökad kreativitet. Vårt föredrag baseras på forskning som har utförts på fyra skolor i Stockholm och Växjö.

Participating in the International Workshop on Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools

Linnaeus University is organising with the support of  VideumRegion Kronoberg and Swedsoft  this international workshop that aims to gain insights and perspectives from international scholars and professionals on how to promote computational thinking development. The event brings together researchers and teachers from Finland, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Greece, Israel and Hong Kong who are working on topics related to Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools. Presentations and hands on discussions will be part of the workshop.

For more information see  here

The programme is  here


Call for chapters (Springer). “Emergent practices and Material Conditions in Teaching and Learning with Technology”.

Dear colleagues and friends,

You are kindly invited to contribute to the book that I together with my colleague Isa Jahnke from Missouri University are preparing on the topic of “Emergent practices and Material Conditions in Teaching and Learning with Technology”. 

If this invitation is of your interest, please submit an abstract by September 2nd. For detailed information about the call please go to the following link:


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at tessy@dsv.su.se