Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog post for relayr, the company I work for, on the Internet of Things (IoT) and education. I have a very positive, perhaps even naive, idea of the possibilities that technology could bring to improve our current education system. Not as a replacement but more as an aid, both to teachers and students.
I will be writing more about this idea of connected classrooms and connected education in future posts. But if you would like more information on the Internet of Things, smart health, smart cities and what not.. or if you are an educator or work within education and would like to know more about the possibilities that IoT could provide, please visit the relayr website.
Read on and share your ideas in the comment section below. Do you think technology could be beneficial within our education system and could it be used as a positive learning experience for our students?
One of this year’s buzzwords has been the ‘Internet of Things’ or ‘IoT’. It has been said to be a $1,423,09 billion dollar market with 50 billion connected ‘things’ by 2020!
So what exactly does that mean, ‘Internet of Things’?
Well, imagine waking up on a cold early morning.. Wouldn’t it be nice if the heater is on, and the coffee maker is brewing your cup of coffee even before you make it into the kitchen? With the Internet of Things this can and is becoming a reality. However, the world is much bigger than smart household appliances! Internet of Things has already made its way into other industries as well. For example, healthcare with Philips’s eICU or the Bee+, a smart Insulin injection tracker developed by Vigilant. This time, lets dive into Education!
Teach, and learn about IoT.
IoT can provide many opportunities for education, students and teachers alike. At the University of Amsterdam, Internet of Things is part of different curriculums. Jeroen van der Ham, System and Network Engineering department, wants to “make the Internet of Things more accessible to [his] students.” He purchased a set of WunderBars for teaching IoT, and also gave us some ideas of what how they can implement the WunderBar in Education:
“Use them as an example of sensor networks and clouds, and we will probably allow students to use them for projects.”
“A possibility could be research into iBeacon, or gathering sensor data for other kinds of research.”
“Giving students the option to not only work with monitor interfaces, but also other sensors and to be creative in that.”
”Exploring the options that cheap electronics have to offer.”
Learn, and use IoT as a teaching aid.
According to Chad Jones, VP Product Strategy at Xively, “it’s critical that schools understand how to leverage the Internet of Things so they can enhance the quality of education and prepare students to be active contributors to, and beneficiaries of, this 21st-century industrial revolution.” IoT could be used to enhance a student’s learning experience. In the UK, eight schools are already participating in a study on how IoT could enhance learning in science, geography and technology subjects!
Leave a comment and tell us what connected devices/apps could improve education today! Visit Cisco to read more about Education and the Internet of Everything.
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