As part of the Learning Spaces conference there was an opportunity to see exemplars of new applications, ideas, designs of schools etc. This proved to be very interesting and motivating. One exhibit that really caught my eye was a concept design called Dot by two art students from the Royal College of Art. The stwo students: Clara Gaggero and Sabine Fekete have come up with the concept of having a floor made of pressure sensitive lights. This is very much in the vein of reimagining of playgrounds.
They have temporarily disabled their website but here is an image of their concept idea.
The plan is that children could play pong on this or even pac-man. They would actually be in the game as their movements would trigger the programmed set of lights. They also have ideas such as creating an interface that would allow children to create coloured ripples when they jump up and land on the floor...
This idea reacently won the Futurelab Innovate to Educate award and the two students are currently working on making this idea a reality.