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

Teachers and educators are increasingly interested in the power of playful learning in education. 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? How to imply the theoretical foundations of playful learning into educational practices? 

The workshop is based on over 15-years research on playful learning and playful learning environments. We have a rich experience on designing and teaching playful and collaborative learning. The recent research show that teachers’ multiple competencies as well as emotional and pedagogical engagement are prerequisites for educators for using innovatively playful learning and related environments. 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 (Ph.D) is a university lecturer and a researcher at University of Lapland. She is a forerunner of the research on playful learning in pre and primary education in Finland, and a co-developer of a “playful learning environment”, an innovative play and game-based learning environment designed for 21st century learning (e.g. Kangas, 2010; Kangas & Ruokamo, 2012). Her doctoral dissertation "The School of the Future: Theoretical and Pedagogical Approaches for Creative and Playful Learning Environments", was rewarded by Lea Pulkkinen Award in 2012. Since 2003, she has worked as a researcher in many innovative research projects (Let’s Play, PlayIT, InnoPlay, InnoSchool, Omnischool), and participated in the development work of playful learning environments, and focused on the research on the best practices in the future school. Home page:  Twitter:


Pirkko Siklander (PhD, Docent) works in the University of Oulu as an Associate Professor. Her expertise is in technology-enhanced playful learning and teaching in different age groups. She is the first academic exploring pedagogical modelling of playful learning and teaching, and affordances of playful learning environment in her doctoral dissertation. She has developed teaching and learning processes, where playfulness and creative collaboration are employed and studied within different age generations, both in formal and informal contexts. Earlier, she worked as a leader of the LET Master’s Degree Programme and a principal investigator (PI) in the field of learning and educational technology at the Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET) at the Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education in the University of Oulu. Home page: