By Gary Thomas
A consortium of companies has made a commitment towards interactive eco-schools for the future. Burdinola, Ojmar, Giroa, Akaba, Alecop, LKS Ingeniera S.Coop., and Virtualware form the consortium. The HABIC, TECNALIA Research and Innovation, and Mondragon University are also taking part in the initiative.
For future schools, the consortium has committed towards energy efficiency, ergonomic, sustainable, and emotional conditions. So far it has conducted two workshops on self-sufficient interactive schools.
Digital interactive teaching content, interactive school equipment and architectural space that is both energy-efficient and sustainable are being proposed as the solution.
Further, as part of the solution, the educational buildings are to be comfortable as well as energy self-sufficient. The interior and exterior spaces of the smart educational building are to feature sustainable design that allows interaction. Smart systems are to be implemented for controlling, maintaining and monitoring the educational buildings that include emotional scenarios for learning.
Augmented reality systems designed for training purposes and serious games are to be used as new forms of interactive teaching systems. The proposed solution also consists of active equipment for collaborative and flexible educational spaces.
A universal access system and an environmental intelligence system that performs intelligent management and the co-ordination between the teaching content, the equipment and the building infrastructure is also being proposed as part of the future interactive eco-schools.