The Learnometer device, currently being backed via a Kickstarter funding page, is hooked up to a computer (including tablets) to allow teachers an insight into the minutiae of their learning environments. School staff can adjust temperature, sound, airflow and light to be optimum, helping to make learning as good as it can be.
“The research clearly identified that various conditions have a profound impact on performance,” said Professor Stephen Heppell, project leader and professor at Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University. “The results show how these conditions can unfairly skew the outcome of children’s hard work. In so many cases they will perform below their best, simply because the environment they are in is damaging to their performance. It can be compared to trying to run 100 metres in heavy boots.
“It was fascinating to see so many teachers’ shock to realise from their own data gathering, why groups of children are disengaged, not concentrating, or underperforming. As we approach GCSE and A level exams, it is time to give everyone the best chance possible. This isn't currently happening.”
Crazy way to fund research, but suddenly seems to be gaining traction - lots of commitment & interest in LOMs https://t.co/x2ARZAFBNd Join!— stephen heppell (@stephenheppell) 20 May 2016
The device (hardware and connectivity) comes in three forms: Micro-LOM, Mini-LOM and the ‘Full-fat’ LOM device.
- Micro provides temperature, pressure and humidity readings.
- Mini gives users the above, plus light and sound.
- The full LOM reads and uploads temperature, humidity, pressure, light, sound, CO2 and pollution via a wireless connection. The Learnometer cloud backend will also allow staff to log, record and compare data.
Visit www.learnometer.net for more information.