Want to learn new pedagogical skills in innovative ways? Join these special training programs uniquely designed for LIFE2018 participants.

Date and time: Thursday 18th, 15:00 – 16:30
Place: University of Lapland
Group size: max 20 persons
Price: included in the registration fee
Includes: workshop, coffee & snack
Trainer: Linda Liukas
Booking: as part of the LIFE2018 online registration process

If code is the colouring pens and lego blocks of our times - the tools of creation - how do we teach the curiosity, joy and wonder to our kids? How to create experiences that go deeper than just learning logic? These and other questions will be elaborated in the workshop. The workshop is organized by Linda Liukas.


Linda Liukas is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator from Helsinki, Finland. She is a central figure in the world of programming and has worked on edutech already before it was called that. Linda is the founder of Rails Girls, a global phenomenon teaching the basics of programming for young women all over the world. Her TED talk has gathered over 1 million views.


Date and time: Friday 19th, 9:00 – 13:00
Place: The Arctic Circle
Group size: 10 – 20 persons
Price: € 250 /participant
Includes: Transportation from the hotels, workshop, snacks and a handmade souvenir from Lapland.
Trainers: Marjaana Kangas and Pirkko Siklander
Booking: as part of the LIFE2018 online registration process

Playful Learning Workshop in the Arctic Circle invites educators to engage in creative and playful activities and pedagogies, and participate in mind-on, hands-on and body-on activities. What is playful learning and how the pedagogy of playful learning can support learning, academic achievement and key competencies? We have a rich over 15-years experience on designing and teaching creative and playful learning. The aim of the workshop is to provide ideas and tools through practical experiences of playful learning to take home for developing 21st century education.


Marjaana Kangas (PhD, Title of Docent) is a university researcher at University of Lapland. She is a forerunner of the research on playful learning in education in Finland, and a co-developer of a “playful learning environment”, a play and game-based learning environment designed for 21st century learning. Since 2003, she has worked as a researcher in many innovative research projects (Let’s Play, PlayIT, InnoPlay, InnoSchool, Omnischool) focusing on the research of playful learning and the best practices in the future school. Home page:  Twitter:


Heli Ruokamo (PhD) is a professor of education, specialty media education, at University of Lapland. She is a vice dean of the Faculty of Education and a director of the Centre for Media Pedagogy. Over twenty years she has focused on pedagogical models and she is an inventor of the idea of developing technology-enriched outdoor playgrounds for primary education in Finland. 


Saana Korva
(M.A) works as project manager at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Education. She has a multifaceted experience of research projects on developing educational use of technology in different contexts. She has participated in the research and development work of playful learning environments and pedagogy since 2008.