A new interactive tool for teaching

This paper presents the results of a field study about the use of lighting as a tool to structure and support teaching and learning activities. Dynamic lighting technology with the option to choose from four different lighting scenarios was installed in classrooms in a Danish elementary school. The way the teachers worked with the lighting was analysed using qualitative research material from observations and interviews and quantitative data from the lighting control system, which recorded the specific lighting scenarios chosen by the teaching staff. This study revealed various different motivations for interacting with lighting: supporting and structuring learning activities; communicating with light and involving students; influencing the activity level and behaviour of students; creating a particular atmosphere; supporting visual tasks and visual comfort. All these motivational aspects should be considered when designing dynamic lighting systems for learning environments, helping to establish a new interactive tool for teachers.

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