The Sustainability of Interactive Technologies
With sustainability becoming a more pressing global concern, we discuss how interactive technologies can drive sustainable principles.
On the face of it, interactive technologies may not seem like likely candidates for sustainability - technology and the environment have not always lived in harmony - however, with the movement towards environmental sustainability, manufacturers are making efforts to incorporate sustainable construction and promote sustainable principles in their products.
When discussing interactive technology, sustainability can be broadly split into two key focus areas: learning and the environment. By thinking about these concepts separately we can identify the separate social and physical ways that interactive technologies drive sustainability.
Interactive technologies cultivate sustainable learning practices in academic institutions by providing support for varied learning and teaching styles. The ēno interactive whiteboard is a flexible classroom technology that merges the attributes of an interactive board and traditional whiteboard to create one interactive product. In doing so, its manufacturers have created a product that seamlessly blends analog and digital, markers and multimedia, and the simplicity of a traditional dry erase board. With the curriculum embracing active learning approaches, ēno provides teachers with workable solutions to encourage participation.
Interactive panels can further drive sustainable approaches and operations by providing workable solutions for the generation of ideas. For example, the Sharp Interactive LCD offers a multitude of participatory applications, including video conferencing and touch control, which are vital to community sustainability.
Manufacturers of interactive technologies are considering their impact on the physical environment, and are increasingly taking actions that are in the best interests of protecting the natural world. ēno is one such technology that has been designed with environmental responsibility in mind. The board is made from all recyclable materials and finished with an e3 environmental ceramicsteel™ surface, which is 99% recyclable.
It comes as no surprise therefore, that ēno has a number of environmental certifications. The product is the only MBDC Cradle to Cradle® certified interactive whiteboard. The Cradle to Cradle certification assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. ēno also contributes to LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification, which addresses the design, construction, preservation and operation of buildings and communities.
Importantly, interactive technologies are scalable, giving them the ability to address the as yet, undefined, needs of future generations. These technologies do not limit the environment or thinking of the people within it, but help to preserve the learning and natural environment by utilising and cultivating sustainable practices.