Dr. Linda Mannila, Digismart, Linköping Univ., Abo Akademi
Linda Mannila is a proud geek, tech enthusiast and digital strategist with a particular interest in education. She believes everyone has the right – and the responsibility – to know enough about the possibilities and challenges in the digital world to be responsible users, informed decision-makers and active creators. She has 20 years of experience of working at the crossroads of digitalization and education as a K-12 educator, researcher, writer and project manager. She has played an active role in revising and implementing the latest changes in the national curricula for compulsory education in Finland and Sweden. She’s also a frequent speaker, and organizes professional development, develops material and runs projects focused on making various areas of digital competence interesting, accessible and motivating for teachers and students. Mannila is also a docent in computer science education at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, where her work focuses on developing distance courses in computer science. In addition, she works as a researcher at the AIICS (AI and embedded computer systems) lab at Linköping University in Sweden, focusing on programming didactics and assessment. She runs the company DigiSmart and co-founded the nonprofit organization Make It Finland, which aims to bridge the digital divide and support digital inclusion regardless of age, ethnicity and other factors. She has written two books on teaching programming aimed at educators, and recently published a report on the state of digital competence in Swedish-speaking schools in Finland. In 2017, she gave her first TedX talk, “Why Tech Has Become Everybody’s Business.” In 2018, she won the Best Digital Changemaker award from the pan-European organization ALL DIGITAL, and in 2021 she was awarded with the People Education award in Finland for her work on digital competence and digital citizenship for all.
Sessions:Digital Competence for All – the Nordic Way