The Internet of Things (IoT) is: the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing Internet infrastructure. [Wikipedia]
ABI Research estimates that more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things (Internet of Everything) by 2020.
In a world that is rapidly growing in technological advancements, moreso than in the past 20 years, we are finding an increase in the “connectedness” of technological devices on the Internet. This is causing us to think about the present, how we work online and also the future and how we will be working and communicating online not only with each other but with the mutlitiude of connected devices we use on a daily basis to perform all kinds of tasks.
What is the Internet of Things?
Jacob Morgan, a contibutor to Forbes online, describes the Internet of Things as follows:
“Simply put this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig. As I mentioned, if it has an on and off switch then chances are it can be a part of the IoT.” [Forbes]
What does this mean for teachers?
Imagine sending your work to your Interactive White Board from home so that your lesson is loaded and prepared for delivery. Your whiteboard then notifies the printer that the work is ready and prints out the student notes for each class for each student for the day. Your computer is automatically updated with the lesson plan/notes and loads the correct timetable and work schedule on the screen, all ready for you when you walk in the door.
I think it will still be a very long time before we see this in South Africa, nevermind the South African education infrastucture.
I am left with questions
- How will this sort of technological interaction impact our students?
- How will it affect the way we teach?
- Will teachers ever embrace this application of technology and pioneer ways in delivering content far beyond what we thought we could do?
What are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment below.