Kaisu Pallaskallio


Code School Finland

Founder & CEO, Code School Finland Chairperson of the Board, Ed-Tech Finland Association Computer scientist, a mother, education entrepreneur. The visionary and driver behind Code School Finland's growth into a leading global coding education provider. With a degree in computer science, Kaisu started her career as a programmer. Throughout her career and many leadership positions in global IT corporations she always felt having a brain that thinks like a programmer helped her in finding innovative solutions for real-world problems. She founded Code School Finland and set out to empower all teachers - including those with no background in computer science - to teach digital skills to students in a way that promotes the development of 21st century skills. Kaisu believes that while working collaboratively on creative technology projects children will learn skills they will benefit from no matter what the future brings.


01 November, 2023 | 12:00 to 12:20
Empowering Tomorrow's Innovators: The Impact of Design-Based Project Learning

In this session, I'm going to introduce the participants to the Design-based project learning model and why it should be leveraged for technology education. The term project-based learning (PBL) is often used vaguely to describe learning by doing. In design-based project learning, we combine various modern pedagogical approaches with PBL to create optimal learning opportunities for promoting valuable future skills and to motivate the learners. To make an 'ordinary' project into a design-based project, we can apply a design process, where students design something for others to enjoy. Doing this adds a motivating, meaningful layer to PBL. “Let’s create value for others together”. That really is what drives learners to achieve more than the minimum while also making them feel happy and needed. In addition to presenting the principles of Design-based project learning, I will introduce a few practical applications from elementary classrooms.