‘Phygital’ the New Learning Space?

I think the future learning space is a space where physical and digital won’t be apart. The ‘classroom’ is probably one of the first environments where this synergy will come true. It will, potentially, impact every aspect of the learning experience. This means; on teachers, students and learning methods.


When the physical world and the digital world combine we talk about phygital. Phygital is a new concept where the positive aspects of the physical experiences are integrated with the useful opportunities offered by technology. A great thing, for example, is the ability to communicate information quickly and record user data.
You can see it as a learning space where the real-world experience becomes more engaging thanks to the interactive mobile technology. This is made possible by the Internet of Things. With this technology it is possible to connect objects that trigger physical reactions from digital actions or, vice versa, physical sensors that, when triggered, lead to digital outputs.

education of the future

When we try to think about education of the future, it is natural to take into consideration the huge role of technology. However, the risk is still that of focusing on a choice between physical and digital solutions. We really have to accept the fact that we will always be moving between these two dimensions. Embracing this point of view is the first step to configure a phygital environment in education. This will enable students to learn through a new, more powerful experience. This experience is born from the interaction with various aspects of their lives, both digital and physical. Here are 4 ideas to start configuring learning spaces as phygital spaces.

1. new roles for walls

In the school of the future, walls will no longer have a ‘separation role’. Walls will become the protagonists of interaction between students, content and material. From blackboard and chalk, through whiteboard and digital monitors into an era with interactive walls, I would say.

2. evolution of desks

Even desks will become part of the phygital revolution in the learning space of the future. Desks will evolve into interactive devices allowing them to submit all work from to their Cloud accounts. Teachers can access to guide them and provide feedback, wherever they are and whenever it is needed.


3. sustainability

Education of the future has the strong potential to lead the way and become a place where learning to life in a sustainable way is important. Technology will help young people understanding and following this path. Installing solar windows in classrooms, for example, will help reduce the building’s carbon footprint while saving money that can be invested to buy new devices or learning materials.

4. holograms

Learners often require to see, touch, experience in a more authentic way what they learn. Holograms can help to make this happen. Engaging learners’ attention and providing them the possibility to better explore the content, literally immersing themselves in it, is what this can do.


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