Monthly Archives: October 2014

‘Gamification’ Is Dead, Long Live Games For Learning

Even though I am a proponent of badges, leaderboards, storylines, etc., this is still a good and thought provoking piece on gamification. Especially like these chapters:

“Rather than looking at “gamification of learning” as a process that’s applied to curricula to make school more interesting, we should recognize that learning at its best already has game-like elements that are latent and waiting to be unlocked.

Great teachers already bring to the classroom that kind of interactive, discovery-based learning that works so well, and for their students learning already starts to look an awful lot like a game.”

24 Hours After the #SLL2014 Kickoff: Big Thanks!

Yesterday, 6.10.2014, the Sanoma Learning Lab 2014 kicked off in Helsinki, Finland. What a day! Joris, Lassi, and the rest of the accelerator squad rocked the house as usual. Here some vibes from the event:


I had the honor to open the event with the CEO of Sanoma, Harri-Pekka Kaukonen:



Then Eeva Korhonen, our contact person and a general make-it-happen champion of the local partner school, Kulosaari secondary school, welcomed everyone to their premises. In my opinion this school was perfect for organizing the kickoff.

Next we had Johan Merlevede telling about aims and objectives of this program from Sanoma Learning’s point of view – it is all about making an impact in learning, be it better motivation for pupils, streamlining the workflow of teachers, or something else.

Lassi Kurkijärvi gave his usual motivational speech, after which I think most people in the room were quite pumped about the program:



Joris van Heukelom gave a rundown of how technology, society, and institutions are ever more intertwined in today’s world and how that involves learning and education. He also echoed learning impact and how improving that from many aspects is the way forward:



Next on stage was Roderick Martens, who went through the whole program from the practical point of view and also guided the participants towards their first assignment of a quick pitch.

Then the participants indeed got to pitch their ideas in 45 seconds, after which the audience (i.e., the rest of the participants), voted for their favorites. Based on the votes, as well as some wild cards by Sanoma Learning, eleven teams were formed. Here are the team leaders:



Rest of the day was spent working in teams, polishing the quick pitches and presenting them again in front of everyone. I am super excited about the teams and what they will evolve to! More on that in the weeks and months to come.

A big thanks again to everyone who participated (and will participate for the next months and weeks!): Eeva and the hospitality of the Kulosaari secondary school, Sanoma Lab and Maker Street for organizing the whole thing, and first and foremost all the participants. You create the substance of this program and hopefully learn something along the way.

Inspiring kick-off Sanoma’s Learning Lab in Leiden

Edit: Just found this video by Christopher Marks:


John Martin writes about yesterday’s Sanoma Learning Lab kickoff in Leiden. Tomorrow the bandwagon will stop in Gdansk, Poland and next Monday it will be us in Helsinki. Later on I’m going to give you a more thorough post on what went down in Finland. Excited!

John Richard Martin

Today we kicked-off of the Learning Lab at the Da Vinci College in Leiden, The Netherlands. I was super-excited about this for both professional and personal reasons. I’m passionate about our goal to improve learning as we transform to a more personalized future. I like and respect the forward-looking Da Vinci College in my home-town – the “education city” of Leiden. And this is a great collaboration between Learning and Digital at Sanoma, the teams to which I have committed my professional life in recent years.

Inspiring introductions

annick2We started with some inspiring introductions from the school, Sanoma and facilitator MakerLab. One of the absolute highlights of the day for me was the introduction and welcome to Da Vinci College Kagerstraat by Rector Annick Dezitter. I’d met her before on a visit to the school when we had discussed the personalization of learning. In her introduction…

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