Kinnarps in unique collaboration - THIS IS HOW TO GET MORE PEOPLE LISTENING TO SCHOOLS
NOISY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT WORTH LISTENING TO
A good classroom environment is a prerequisite for pupils of all ages to feel good and be able to achieve good results in terms of knowledge. However, unfortunately reality looks different and many children and young people are forced to spend their time in environments that are simply not suitable for teaching.
As one of Sweden's largest suppliers of equipment for schools and with a major interest in how the school environment affects pupils, we want to highlight the problem in a new way. In order to get more people to listen to schools and their needs, we enlisted the help of the Grammy nominated music producer Pablo Paz to create a song from the authentic sound of a classroom.
Listen to Klassrumsklang
LISTEN TO THE ORIGINAL SOUND/RAW MATERIAL
THIS IS HOW NOISE BECOMES SWEET MUSIC
The song is called Klassrumsklang (Classroom Sound) and it will hopefully get more decision makers to listen to and institute measures to improve the sound level in the school environment.
In conjunction with the Learning Environments of the Future trend report, we want to emphasise the importance of being attentive to and curious about how we can develop and improve the conditions for learning.
"We want Klassrumsklang to initiate a conversation surrounding the lack of quiet study environments in many of the country's schools. Nobody would have wanted to listen to the raw files we collected, i.e. the actual sound of Swedish schools, but we are hoping that the song will get people to listen and reflect,"
Anders Larsson, Next Education Manager at Kinnarps.
THIS IS HOW THE RECORDING WAS MADE
The sound was recorded in an upper secondary school in the Stockholm area. Besides recording the sound in the classroom, pulse, oxygen and decibel levels were also measured. The data that was collected was then given to the music producer Pablo Paz who was able to utilise the material and interpret the data freely in order to create a song.
In smart learning environments this type of data collection can be performed regularly in order to acquire relevant data to give teachers, students, property managers and digital education programmes insights into various aspects of learning. On this occasion, the results of our data collection resulted in the composition Klassrumsklang, which provides a picture of what a school might sound like in 2017. And it will hopefully contribute to both an increased interest in smart solutions and improve learning environments in the future.