The Internet of Things
“the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data”
Direct translation of the internet of things promises a great shift in the way we use everything. We could turn on every device in our homes, work and classrooms with an app. But, the promise has not reached fruition. The Internet of things is advancing slowly with consumer products. But, we want to consider the potential value of IoT in education.
Benefits for the Students
As IoT has swept techies off their feet, many teachers and administrators do not have the same goal of interconnectivity in the classroom. E-learning is already widely practiced but many educators still stand undecided on implementing IoT programs.
Luckily, Students are the perfect early adopters. A program with IoT for K-12 would include preparing/familiarizing students to navigate complex data and IoT with the ease of a programmer.
Constructing a Cloud for data and sharing work instantly with teachers is a practice that benefits both teachers and students. Along with making processes ‘faster’ IoT familiarizes students with what is said to be the future of modern technology. Children also benefit from teachers having access to IoT – and teachers can easily find and connect students to a higher level of information. The faster teachers can do their job, the less time they have to dedicate outside of class (usually 50% in class, and 50%) to prep, plan, meet, grade and doing administrative work.
IoT has been in education for a while, since 1991, SMART boards have been in the classroom. SMART boards are an interactive whiteboard with a pen and projection system for instruction; they replaced the flimsy clear transparent sheet/pen projection combo that was used often.
Another example for IoT use is the wearable Nymi which records attendance as students come in by verifying and authenticating identity with ECG technology
There are views of using neurosensors to scan students brain activity with EEG technology. This would check a student’s focus (like a pulse), and a silent vibration can be sent to the wearable bracelet technology. The teacher can send this signal as a way of silently telling a student to focus their attention elsewhere.
The potential products may seem a bit too futuristic and there are also the concerns of privacy that follow all technological advancement
The other realm of IoT in education, ‘Smart’ buildings can be implemented in order to monitor lighting, heating and AC. These systems can cut energy expenses by up to 70%.
As many tech companies race to create IoT of the future real, a large portion of the billions invested will go toward education. Since nearly 100% of U.S. public schools have wifi, the dream of IoT in school is far more attainable than ever before.