Will digitalisation and new technology contribute to better learning?

New technology is developing very quickly. How can implementation of technology improve and increase the efficiency of the learning process? Håvard Notøy, founder and CEO of Fostech takes learning to an impressive new level!

Smart glasses with cool qualities
– Microsoft Hololens is like sunglasses with cool qualities as it projects information, says Notøy. – With Hololens you see both reality and a layer of digital information. This technology is called mixed reality, and makes it possible to move around inside the building, talk to people on the phone, and cooperate with colleagues while viewing the digital information inside the glasses. Hololens provides the opportunity to cooperate with colleagues in different locations, even in different parts around the globe. As you wear the glasses, everyone can watch the same thing and cooperate. Which provides the sense that everyone is physically in the same room, at the same time. Those who are digitally “present” are shown as avatars for those who are actually there in the room. As such, working processes improve and businesses reduce both time consumption and travel expenses.

Low application threshold for children and youngsters
Fostech cooperates with Herøy videregående skole (Herøy upper secondary school / trade school) in regards to testing of the areas of use for the smart glasses.

Students are very impressed by the technology and the new way of acquiring knowledge. – In the glasses you are able to view a human body, for example, says Notøy. – Through different levels you can learn about blood circulation, the skeleton, the nervous system and much more. You can walk around the digital body and watch it from all sides and aspects. If you move closer, you can also take in the details, and if you move further away, you can watch the whole body. You can even put your whole head inside the body! In the glasses, you can listen to a teacher talking about the different body parts. After this training there are questions that can be answered by “clicking” in the air and point at different parts of the digital body that you see in front of you. This is revolutionary compared to the old charts, illustrations and drawings in a book, which are traditional learning tools in education.

All subject areas and levels can be developed for use within this technology. Australia and Canada have come particularly far in this area.

International research indicates that the smart glasses can lead to 50% improvement in motivation, mastering and learning effect.

– Just think about the significance this could have and what opportunities this could lead to for youth who are going to solve the large, complex social development challenges in the future, says Notøy. – With this technology, we can supply pupils and students with higher competence by making conditions favourable for the best possible ways of learning. Starting with this as early as primary school, we could build an even better society with the knowledge we need in the future.

Large industrial contributors
Fostech works with large industrial contributors where technology is used for the training of employees, customers and clients and in relation to support. – The technology of mixed reality changes everything we have previously thought about support, says Notøy. – Now, via the smart glasses, you can be guided through the various steps of the operation of repairs. As you stand next to the product that is going to be repaired, you can view the same product digitally via your smart glasses. A voice then tells you what to do, what parts to use and how to use these parts.

– In addition to education and teaching, we adapt technology to strengthen competence development within maritime industries, equipment suppliers and manufacturers, shipyards, shipping companies and oil companies, Notøy concludes.

Translated to English from the Norwegian source:

https://www.futuretalks.no/rapporter/trendrapport-2018/alle-caser/vil-digitalisering-og-ny-teknologi-bidra-til-bedre-laring/

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