Essential Question: Design an object that could be classified as belonging to “The Internet of Things” and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.
IoT (The Internet of Things) is something that I have been involved with in my IT career for some time now. We have fake Amazon re-order buttons on everything, even the coffee machine. The term is very trendy and becoming a household term. The definition of IoT is simple: it’s about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other (theguardian.com).
Having “always connected” or networked devices that are sending alerts to a station, is a concept has been around for some time now. Think of your big copy machine at work, it sends a message to the administrator when the supplies are low. Your home printed probably sends you a message when the ink is almost out as well.
I could tell you about endless Oracle inventions that have the IoT concept, including shopping carts at Target that track the objects in your cart and can send you a coupon for cookies if you pass by the aisle, patches that can go on baby clothes (wearable technology) that tell the bottle warmer to power on because the baby is starting to wake, and my favorite is the devices that go in the ground for farmers. They tell the station which areas are dry and which areas need more fertilizer.
How do we implement IoT into the classroom? The wearable technology such as arm bands can tell the behavior of a student. They can report when the students start to get restless so the teacher knows when to take a break, or when she has everybody attentions because they are still and probably listening. She can even see from the report which interests seem to spike attention versus boredom.
Wearable technology is only one concept of IoT that can be implemented into classrooms. I have used the electronic voting devices to answer Delphi surveys; they are free apps now for the same concepts.
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