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TES Virtual Guide in Denmark

Lilian Rohde, TES National Coordinator in Denmark

How can the TES Virtual Guide support the focus on entrepreneurship education in your country?

The Virtual Guide will probably predominantly be used for professional discussions and collaboration between teachers. Individual tools and methods will be adapted to Danish approaches to teaching and learning. Tools and methods originating in other contexts and based on other traditions will be used for inspiration in areas where Danish teachers traditionally have less focus, e.g. economic and business model aspects.

Have you had any feedback from teachers about the TES Virtual Guide?

Teachers clearly prefer tools and methods which are directly suitable for teaching by being practical and detailed. The more general descriptions of teaching approaches work less well in a Danish context where teachers are used to individual responsibility for selecting methods and planning their own programmes.

What are the next steps regarding the TES Virtual Guide? How do you plan to reach more teachers and more users?

A possibility to add new input to all the four categories of the Guide to ensure continuous development would suit the Danish context. .

How do you plan to reach more teachers and more users?

We will ensure knowledge of and accessibility to the Virtual Guide through the extensive national network of entrepreneurial schools organised through the Danish Foundation For Entrepreneurship (JA organisation in Denmark) as well as the online teaching portal for all teachers organised by the Danish Ministry of Education.

 

Lonni Larsen, Danish Teacher

What is your experience with the TES Virtual Guide? 

I was trained in Bruxelles together with other trainees. I have introduced the guide to some students and collegues. I use the Virtual Guide for inspiration and to find new tools.

Which tool is the one that you would suggest to your colleagues and why?

Design For Change. It is a full “programme” guiding the users through 4 steps of innovation and entrepreneurship with the focus on “doing” and enabling children to take responsibility and do. It can be used with all ages and can be scaled from very simple to more sophisticated projects. I would also recommend FIRE–designCircle of Innovation and Creative Cards. They all go well hand in hand and I usually use the tools all together.

What feedback did you receive from students in class about the entrepreneurial tools you are using? 

Mostly positive feedback. The tools are quite easy to understand and you can pick and mix  – plan and use them on your own way.

Can you share with us an interesting story?

I don’t have one single story – more like a general experience. When working with innovation and entrepreneurship it is important to get to the “doing” part – make the idea come through, even if it has to be on a smaller scale or a reduced form. The entrepreneurial part is essential – no good ideas without action. 

Is there something that you would change or improve in TES Virtual Guide?

The guide is overwhelming when you see it at first and I think it takes a couple of hours and searches to get to know the guide. It is not that easy to use as a search tool until you get used to it. Most of the tools are general and cross-disciplinary - I would like more specific tools or ideas for the subjects, e.g. maths, biology etc.

 

Charlotte Haaber, Danish Teacher 

What is your experience with the TES Virtual Guide? 

When I first introduced my colleagues to the Guide, they found it difficult to use. But after it has been translated into Danish, we all find it much more useful in our daily work with entrepreneurial teaching. 

Which tool is the one that you would suggest to your colleagues and why?

At my school, Mellervangskolen, we use the FIRE-design when we teach or meetings. All the students have participated in Innovation Camps, where they learn to develop ideas and problem solving. We use ideas from The Creative Platform when we plan an innovation camp.

What feedback did you receive from students in class about the entrepreneurial tools you are using? 

The students like to work within entrepreneurial thinking, because they suddenly understand that things they learn in school are necessary for a successful life. 

Can you share with us an interesting story?

It is more a general thing that if teachers forget about entrepreneurial teaching, our students will quickly ask for a new project.  

 

Jannie Jakobsen, Danish Teacher

What is your experience with the TES Virtual Guide? 

I was trained in Bruxelles together with other supertrainees. I use the Virtaul Guide mostly as an inspiration kit.

Which tool is the one that you would suggest to your colleagues and why?

First and foremost it is Læringsstregen - we use it in our school both as a planning tool and for evaluation. Other than that FIRE-design is very helpful!

What feedback did you receive from students in class about the entrepreneurial tools you are using? 

They are happy with both tools which are used to explain topics as well as in entrepreneurial projects. They find them helpful.

Can you share with us an interesting story?

Cannot think of one. We have many!

Is there something that you would change or improve in TES Virtual Guide?

The tool is not easy to use the first few times. It takes time to get to know it and find the easy way around it. Also It would be great to have more contact with the people using the guide. Perhaps to exchange ideas or feedback.