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The Internet of Things (IoT), a system of connected objects, besides virtual reality and cloud computing, is steadily but surely revolutionizing the way we live. Though it has its challenges, yet the rewards show immense potential in tackling them.
These IoT-based applications are already being used in customer service and healthcare. And, now the education system is also catching up with the trend.
Gartner, a research analysis company, predicts that around 20.8 billion devices will be connected to the web by 2020 alone.
Therefore, it is safe to assume that the education system will eventually become a part of the system.
IoT enhances the volume and value of information by connecting processes, people, devices and data. Further, it provides the management actionable insights to make learning environment safer, smarter and accessible.
But how much impact has it caused until now? And, judging from its applications, can we trust IoTs to make the education system even better than what it already is?
The answer lies in the hallmarks of IoT and how they grow and improve the way we educate.
IoT doesn’t only apply to learning. It also streamlines the physical security of students.
For example: Parents and school administrations would agree that a learning environment should not only be comfortable, but safe too. That’s why some school administrations carry out background checks on student’s parents now, concerning increased fears of violence and school shootings.
IoT can provide some peace of mind regarding these fears.
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Teachers painstakingly create lesson plans and methods to ensure that every lesson has a takeaway. To do that, some institutes have adopted digitized versions of teaching medium like the standard whiteboard.
An example is the SMART interactive whiteboard that enables teachers to collaborate and share content easily. This technology and many more are a prime example of how connected teaching objects make it engaging.
IoTs have also made experiential learning appealing for students through the help of web-based systems.
These IoTs have provided some answers that serve as a stepping stone for more things to come. Here they are:
These connected Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are able to adjust the environmental levels of the classroom making students concentrate better.
Statistics show that the number of disabled students getting higher education has increased in the past few decades. And, that the number of post secondary undergraduate students with known disabilities like Autism and ADHD makes up 6% of the student body.
The connected IoT devices help students with special needs to overcome the challenges they face in connection to their cognitive and physical limitations.
Schools have finite administrative resources. They spend a lot of time on the day-to-day administrative tasks such as roll calling, and information transfer from class to central office. Connected devices provide a better solution to these problems:
If school administrations start relying on IoTs, like smart grids that streamline energy management, it can reduce operating costs significantly.
If IoTs take off, the educational sector will witness a complete revamp. First, these will have an impact on the student security with technologies like smart locks and remote tracking systems. Second, these connected devices will alleviate attention grasp of students through HVAC-based technologies. And, third, these wearable techs will enhance the quality of education for the disabled students through the data gathered to overcome cognitive and physical challenges these students face in schools.
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