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TES Virtual Guide in Norway

Cathrine Jansen, TES National Coordinator in Norway

How can the TES Virtual Guide support the focus on entrepreneurship education in your country?
A challenge in Norway is to motivate more teachers to engage themselves in entrepreneurship education. I think that the TES Virtual Guide is important to spread good examples. Our experience is that this is true with teachers moving into this topic for the first time as well as for already experienced teachers. It is motivating to see so many examples from all over Europe.
Have you had any feedback from teachers about the TES Virtual Guide?
We have been promoting the TES Virtual Guide towards staff people in JA-YE Norway and towards teachers in primary and secondary school. Many teachers consider the guide helpful. It is interesting for them to see best practices from so many different countries and pick up some good ideas here and there that they can implement in their own work with entrepreneurship education.
What are the next steps regarding the TES Virtual Guide? How do you plan to reach more teachers and more users?
We are going to have a big workshop for teachers at our national competition for the Company Program. The workshop will gather about 100 teachers in secondary schools. We will use this opportunity to present the TES Virtual Guide and encourage teachers to look into it and to donate their own best practices to the website. Our main worry concerning the TES Virtual Guide is that we won’t get enough donations of new tools and methods to keep the guide alive in the future.

Ole Johnny Devik, Teacher, Norway

What is your experience with the TES Virtual Guide?
I have been using the Virtual Guide since its launch. I have tested and found several tools and methods that I have then included in my lessons. Actually I already used some of them before using the guide, but I did not know much about them. The TES Virtual Guide was really useful to find that these where methods used by other schools and educators around the world and made me appreciate and apply them in new ways.
Which tool is the one that you would suggest to your colleagues and why?
The different methods fit different fields of education, so finding the right tool is very much depended on the target school and students. I think that for schools that have mainly theoretical subjects, the “Business Plan” from Slovakia is a good option – as it gives students insight of making a business plan and present it. For vocational schools, I believe that the “Company Programme” is an important tool for developing real world skills. It can be demanding and time consuming for teachers and students, but the learning outcomes are very high.
What feedback did you receive from students in class about the entrepreneurial tools you are using?
This year I’ve been using “Enterprise without Borders” and the “Company Programme” with my students. They have been working with local companies and with other student companies in Europe. Most students are positive towards the tools and show to apply themselves in the education process and use their skills practically in real world situations. The most involved ones are the most positive, as they see opportunities for getting experience in their fields of studies. Thanks to these tools students become more aware of the skills they learn.
Can you share with us an interesting story?
This year my media class that is participating in the “Company Programme” was offered a big international assignment from the local authorities: to film a documentary about exchange students in vocational subjects in Europe. This was possible only thanks to our school experience with the “Company Programme” and the results we got so far - something that became visible outside of the school. After months of planning, I recently got to travel to France and Denmark for two weeks with my students. I saw my students use their skills working with their subjects in an international setting. I was inspired when I saw them working independently as a team, after months working together as part of a student company. The film is now close to post production and it will be made available this summer – after many weeks of hard work. Something that I look forward to share.
Is there something that you would change or improve in TES Virtual Guide?
I would add more visual content to the tools and methods. It’s very much possible to implement the contents at school today as they are, but it’s up to the teacher to sell them to the students. Having some more visual examples as images, illustrations and even video would maybe make the contents on the Virtual Guide more engaging. I think that this would make it easier for teachers also to encourage fellow educators who have no previous experience with the methods to use the Virtual Guide.