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Johan Lindström — I work as an assistant principal in a secondary school just outside Stockholm and as a consultant when it comes to ICT and pedagogy and integrating them in schools.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
Many schools are going 1-1 in Sweden at the moment, which is a great opportunity for everyone that is prone to adapt and who can see the opportunity. I´m one of those people and I could not be any happier than working in schools at a time like today when a big change is taking place. Hopefully we can change the way schools work so that all students want´s to get educated every single day, something that unfortunately isn´t the case today.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
Since we are educating the grown-ups of tomorrow, what we do in education today has a huge impact on the society of tomorrow. Since society is changing (in a technological way) faster than ever and the change speeds up all the time we are at a crucial time right now. Can we adapt the education system fast enough to supply the demand of the future – a demand that is going to be very different from the demand of yesterday or today.
What is your biggest goal right now?
Getting teachers in Sweden to understand the education system in Sweden (we have a pretty new curriculum that is kind of misunderstood) and why every teacher need to develop the use of ICT (instead of banning use of cellphones).
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
I have build a network of engaged people in Sweden that wants the same as me when it comes to developing schools, so mostly we need time and opportunities to communicate/meet.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
I have a different perspective to schools and education compared to most others working in schools. I have a broad experience from sports at a high level as a volleyballplayer as well as a volleyballcoach. Schools have a lot to learn from sports when it comes to mapping strengths and weaknesses and developing the weaknesses to improve. During each practise we give loads of formative feedback to the players. I´m glad to see that more and more teachers are using the here and now formative approach more and more instead of collecting students work and grading them at home. The feedback students receive 2 weeks later (in their world that´s about 50 lessons later) isn´t valuable anymore. Working goal-oriented is also something that is natural for me, but something that most teachers don´t know how to do (schools in Sweden have been goal-oriented the past 20 years…).
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