We have known the Internet to connect people and enable them to share information, mainly in the form of text, photographs and videos. Now, it has evolved to connecting physical objects as well.
Devices other than standard products, such as smartphones and computers, when connected to the Internet comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). Generally, the ‘things’ can be addressed uniquely, using a uniform resource identifier or an IP address
Leading technology research and advisory company Gartner predicts that there will be nearly 21 Bn connected things all over the world by the year 2020. The number has been put at 30 Bn by ABI Research.
Therefore, the IoT has the potential to cause major disruption in a variety of fields. As schools become part of this evolution, the Internet of Things is likely to bring significant changes to the education sector as well.
Implications Of The Use Of IoT In Education
Most institutions have not yet reached out and connected to each other, and few teachers share data among themselves, except perhaps for research projects.
Adoption of technology at a massive scale is needed for the potential of the Internet of Things to be realised fully and for engagement to move beyond the classroom for more authentic and relevant learning.
Moving beyond online tutorials and virtual classrooms, educational technology is progressing towards greater transformation with the help of the Internet of Things.
The following are a few examples of how the Internet of Things is changing the education sector:
• Global networking among students and educators: Students can now interact with peers, mentors and educators worldwide using connected devices such as digital highlighters and interactive boards, while sitting in the comfort of their home or classroom.
• Easier data collection and analysis: Students now use Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips to tag and track physical objects or even birds and animals round the clock, irrespective of the weather or other conditions and schools have started to initiate automatic data analysis using applications based on the cloud.
• Higher collaboration in group projects: Educational institutions promote a collaborative environment with the help of the Internet of Things.
The IoT can begin disrupting the education process as early as kindergarten and can continue to do so through 12th grade, but perhaps the most Higher collaboration in group projects: Educational institutions promote a collaborative environment with the help of the Internet of Things. The IoT can begin disrupting the education process as early as kindergarten and can continue to do so through 12th grade, but perhaps the most profound effects occur in higher education. Instead of prohibiting devices in the classroom, educational institutions should embrace these devices and allow learners to use them as learning tools.