The project EDU explored the problems and needs of students, teachers and schools in fieldstudies to find simple solutions. The main context of the project is to improve the integration of new media in schools, to further the communication and to optimize inside processes.
Team & Collaboration
Bauhaus University Weimar
The project is based on a 5 month long observation, research and field-studies on and with different schools and institutions and people. The project was built on theoretical research followed by a passive observation of the architecture and interior.
Subsequent discussions with teachers, principals, parents, education authorities of Austria and specialists, we helped to build a workshop for and with school children to figure out the needs and problems of schools in our days.
The workshop was inspired by the „Design Thinking for Educators’ Toolkit“ and found place at 4 different schools with children from 6 to 15 years. In these workshops the children had to organize themselves, the workshop structure lead the activity only in the background. During the workshop, the class had to explore, define, discuss, invent, draw, build and present their thoughts on what their perfect school could look like.
As a result EDU BOOK got developed:
The EDU Book transforms the mobile phone into a school computer and connects the analog and digital worlds with its A4-sized electronic-ink-Display. When put onto the EDU Book, the phone automatically switches into school mode - it blocks call and text functions, starts the EDU software that is optimized for school work and brings the tough, flexible, light and inexpensive EDU Book to digital life. The mobile phone transforms from a problem to the solution. The EDU Book not only substitutes calculator, overhead projector and PC, it is also a robust tool for studies outside of the school - superior to any laptop: Analogue work can be documented by camera to be worked up digitally afterwards.
The Vision for the future: EDU Book brings education to developing countries - it hardly needs any energy, can not outdate, because the software is updated via cellphone, and enables children to learn freely with help of the internet.
2013 Austrian State Prize for Design „design concepts“ 1st price 2014 German Design Award nomination for „Excellent Communication Design“ 2014 German Design Award nomination for „Excellent Product Design“