Karri Mehtelä, ICT project manager, Helsinki Education Division
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Smart learning environments
What is Smart learning environments?
With virtual reality applications, learners can be transported to distant places and environments or eras that would otherwise be inaccessible (such as rainforest, lunar surface, the bottom of the sea or the Middle Ages). Augmented reality tools enable pupils to plan their school yards. An immersive space makes it possible to bring targets and learning environments, which would otherwise be inaccessible, close to learners.
Smart learning environments are enabling teachers to plan and implement much more versatile learning modules than previously. Learners in Helsinki have access to plenty of technology, both free and licensed digital material, and various physical and virtual learning facilities that can support their learning. Smart learning environments are already used in early childhood education and care, continuing throughout the learning path.