Technology has been changing the educational landscape for many years now. Education looks quite different today; from the use of tablets in the classroom to the generation of open universities. However, these advancements are basic as compared to the sea of change that’s to come as the Internet of Things (IoT) reaches critical mass. The IoT—which connects people, processes, devices, and data, enhances the volume and value of the information we can collect, allowing educators and administrators to turn data into actionable insight like never before. We live in a time when there is an abundance of data around us and the exponential growth in the development of new knowledge is challenging almost every institute to rethink their teaching and learning in a global market.
The IoT (the inter-networking of physical devices) term might sound new but in reality, our devices are talking to each other since the invention of the first radio wave. Now, we are moving to the next phase in the evolution of smart objects and to realize the power of IoT in learning, massive adoption of technology in education is required to make it more engaging.
But, the wonders of IoT are not just limited to classrooms. Textbooks could be scanned to receive instant additional resources and assignments. Despite the fact the IOT is above all else about creativity, these common suggestions do not do it justice According to a Cisco report; Another way to understand the impact of IoT on education is through the use of sensors. For example, Supermechanical’s Twine7 product—a small box described as “the simplest way to connect stuff to the Internet”—allows users to link almost any physical object to a local area network. Twine integrates sensors with a cloud-based service, allowing for easy setup. Just point Twine to a Wi-Fi network and sensors are immediately recognized by the web app, which reflects what the sensors see in real time. Even people with no knowledge of software coding can receive text and email updates on whatever items or environments the box is sensing.
The 2013 Horizon Report predicts that smart objects will become pervasive in higher education by 2017. With such user-friendly technology like Twine already on the market, for higher education, and sensor kits will be used extensively in K–12.
Cisco predicts that 50 billion things will be connected by 2050 and, if open standards are developed and adopted, IoT will enable better interpretation and use of the data being collected. But the real question is; are we ready for the change? What does efficiency really mean to us? Also, are we able to see beyond fancy and, branded hardware in our labs? Once we’ll figure out these intriguing questions we are good to enter the world of Internet of Things and Everything.
To better understand and address some of these challenges, IoT Events is organizing IoT, Big Data Education Summit this fall. This unique two-day conference features C-level educators from school boards and universities across Canada as well as technology leaders exploring topics such as:
- Role of Data Handling in 21st Century
- Forces of Change: Universities in the Digital Era
- Bringing Creativity, Innovation and lnspiration into Canadian Educational System
- Only Hardware Can Make System Efficient. Myth or Reality?
Visit the conference website and download the brochure for full speaker overview, the agenda and more.
If you’re interested in being a part of these 2 thought provoking days then write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Embracing the Internet of Everything To Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion,” Cisco, 2013.
“NMC Horizon Report, 2013: HiEd Edition,” The New Media Consortium, http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed