Elevating teacher voices – from a single classroom to the other side of the world

How the teacher-to-teacher platform, Faved, will tap into an “unexplored treasure trove” of school-driven innovations that can catalyse educational change

13 December 2021
By Sarah James

Back in April this year Finnish NGO, HundrED, competed alongside several dozen others at MIT Solve’s Solveathon, sponsored by Schools2030 donor the Jacobs Foundation.

Competitors were tasked to answer this question: How might we best collate, store and codify the many thousands of quality education innovations – developed by teachers, learners and school communities – that will emerge over the Schools2030 programme lifetime? The winning idea – Faved – is a teacher-to-teacher network that will not only store the many innovations from the programme but can grow to become a public good for educators and learners the world over.

“The platform, which we’ve named Faved, is a catalogue of pedagogical practices, small ideas that teachers come up with to teach more creatively,” explained Lasse Leponiemi, Executive Director of HundrED. “Teachers describe their ideas on the platform and give instructions. Other teachers can then try out an idea, leave comments, and post a rating.”

Faved.org is the first app of its kind, which aims to elevate teacher practices from out of the classroom and onto a global stage

Since that moment of inception, the team at HundrED have spent many hours developing the platform, which is now ready for testing by an initial group of selected users before opening to the wider world (anticipated for June 2022).

Its features allow registered educators to explore a wealth of user-created content, which will have first met quality assurance standards to ensure it is accessible, inclusive, low-cost, engaging and aligns to the development of one or more core academic or social/emotional skills. A Faved user can then select their favourite categories (Digital Skills, Emotional Wellbeing, Assessment, Science etc) to explore other content or streamline their searches. Each practice also allows the teacher, school or community groups (such as youth centres) who created it to share the steps and materials needed to recreate the practice, alongside photos to help simplify understanding, particularly useful across language barriers. All of this can then be saved for offline use.

Teachers will be able to share their ideas and innovative practices to improve learning with others around the world, through Faved

Clearly a huge amount of thought has gone into making a product which must not only be simple to use, but crucially needs to cross boundaries of culture, language and geography to allow teachers to truly take ownership of their work and expand knowledge and practice sharing.

“With Faved, teachers can take matters into their own hands and improve classroom outcomes using best practices that have been tried and tested around the world.”

Lasse Leponiemi, Executive Director, HundrED

“Currently, so much of the institutional knowledge that even a single school has to offer isn’t being built on.” continued Lasse. “With Faved, teachers can take matters into their own hands and improve classroom outcomes using best practices that have been tried and tested around the world. That type of professional development – and recognition – can keep teachers motivated and increase retention.”

Faved will allow users to explore practices in a variety of categories that can help improve both academic and social/emotional skills

Schools2030’s core mandate is to improve holistic learning outcomes for many marginalised learners across the world, but the Faved platform moves the initiative beyond this. The approach – one that supports teachers to take their rightful place as experts in their field – has the potential to transform the knowledge society and the traditional view that research is a draconian, top-down process. Indeed, research, learning and the acquisition of knowledge are at their most effective when they make room for insights from every perspective. And now, with Faved, every member of a school community can make their voice heard across the world.

Lasse Leponiemi and members of the Schools2030 network will join a breakout discussion on 13th December at the RewirEd Summit to launch the Faved platform and discuss its importance in catalysing teacher-driven innovations to impact systems change.

Schools2030 is a ten-year participatory learning improvement programme based in 1,000 government schools across ten countries. Schools2030 supports teachers and students to design and implement education micro-innovations. These low-cost and scaleable innovations will inform and transform education systems to improve holistic learning outcomes for the most marginalised learners worldwide. Join the movement on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.