Learnometer is an unique combination of hardware and software that helps schools hit targets by creating better physical environments for learning. A better environment also makes learners happier and if your learners feel involved in their learning environment choices, they also perform better.
Research shows that bad light levels, temperature, sound volumes and rhythm, humidity, air pollution, Co2, and air pressure can all impair learning. Learnometer automatically samples your classroom environment, and makes suggestions as to what might be changed to allow students to learn at their best. Web-based logging allows you to see, at a glance, how your environment looks, and lets you compare it with benchmark environments. Changes you make can be evaluated, and compared and then further improvements sought.
Poor lighting is a significant barrier to learning. Recent studies provide evidence that good lighting significantly influences reading vocabulary and Science test scores (Barrett et al., 2015). Learnometer reports lumen (lux) levels throughout the day and plots them constantly and automatically for you wherever it is installed.
Many classrooms are either too hot or too cold for learning. Even though UK law does not give an upper limit for temperature, research shows that between 20 and 23 degrees is ideal for learning (Cheryan et al., 2014). Learnometer contains a sensitive digital thermometer and hygrometer which tell you the temperature of your classrooms throughout the day. You’d be amazed how much it changes.
Studies show that the classroom sound signature can affect how well students achieve (Picard and Bradley 2001). Learnometer constantly gives you automated feedback on sound volumes and rhythms in your classroom, recommends changes that can be made, and plots the results of your changes by hour, day, and even year.
Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Dioxide cannot be sensed by humans, both have the potential to kill, but at lower levels, Co2 will affect concentration. Our pilot studies have shown a correlation between student absence and illness levels and high classroom Co2 levels. Learnometer logs and tracks the levels of Co, Co2 and particulate matter to help you identify airflow issues and reduce pollution to optimum levels.
Many people complain of sinus related headaches that can cause lack of concentration or, in more extreme cases, absence from school. While research is not as clear on the effects of weather on the human body, Learnometer will allow you to look at your attendance and attainment data and correlate this with changes in the environment.
To learn well is complex. Alongside the hard work, the pedagogy, collegiality, passion, delight, knowledge, joy, and engagement there is the detail of physical learning spaces themselves. Learnometer builds on work I have been involved in for two decades, designing better classroom environments and understanding how learner-led design increases achievement in measurable ways.
We’re now at an exciting point where the advent of affordable Internet connected smart devices has combined with further research on how factors such as light, heat and air-quality affect classrooms. The team at Learnometer have built some amazing devices to measure this data automatically, and we’d love to see them help your school. By joining the Learnometer programme, you are changing learning forever, and making a change in your classrooms. Thank you.
Professor Stephen Heppell
We'd love to tell you more about Learnometer, and we will be releasing more details about the Learnometer Pioneer's programme in summer 2015. We're looking for real teachers, and real schools to record real data to help develop our hardware and algorithms.
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