The landscape of present-day Internet of Things, is not that much confined as many of you think. You may find its real-time practices around various sectors including healthcare, transportation, smart homes, wearables, and so on. But, still there’s a prominent sector that has ignored by IoT evangelists and firms: Education. Yes, the impact of IoT in education hasn’t been properly discussed so far.
Times are changing. Some recent survey results conducted among K-12 educational organizations have its proof. In the total participants of the survey, about 46% are optimistic about the changes that IoT can bring within the next couple of years.
Heard about Intel’s Internet of School Things project? Focusing on the transformation of kids by the use of connected devices and digitalized learning materials, Intel has marked its presence. More industry players are on their way towards this kind of projects.
The concept of smart schools may be an old thought, started at the beginning of digitalization. But, an IoT Smart School has more “things” to offer- interactive boards, smart wearables, real-time attendance monitoring, digital books, VR headsets and more.
Special Care for Differently Abled
One of the major implications of IoT in the education will be focused on differently abled students. By getting access to smart wearables, they can overcome their limitations up to a limit. For instance, suppose a student is audibly impaired. By the use of VR headsets, he/she can replace hearing aids and effectively communicate with teachers and other students in the class. It’ll definitely boost up his/her self-confidence to become more productive than ever.
The term itself is very promising. It’s not quite new also. From the early period of digitalization, we’ve been hearing this. IoT has the potential to change even the definition of the mobile learning experience by creating a collaborative environment comprising teachers and students. Smart educational tools will be more accessible to the students than ever before. Students can easily get feedbacks from their teachers as well.
You might have heard about flipped classrooms where students engage in short video sessions at their homes prior coming to classes. Whatever they have learned from these feeds may get discussed at classrooms. Also, projects related to these discussions may carry out.
This teaching methodology is gaining more popularity on these days. Many of the educational evangelists acclaim the merits of this teaching method. IoT has more things to do here, especially by providing students more access to video enabled “smart” devices.
Opportunity to Self-learning
Advanced learning applications in IoT enable students to learn themselves at their own pace. Since, they can easily clarify their doubts either with the help of teachers or with the materials itself, more productive results, we can expect. Ultimately, teachers can analyze their students’ performance easily.