The Internet of Things and education

Educational Technology Center:"If stu­dents are col­lect­ing data out in the field for research, tag­ging phys­i­cal objects to find and ana­lyze data about the object (and have to feed into other pro­grams for analy­sis) is one way the Inter­net of Things can be used in edu­ca­tion. Once the stu­dents set up the process (tag­ging the item, asso­ci­at­ing cer­tain data and com­mends to feed that data to other servers for analy­sis), they can sit back, col­lect the data and run it through var­i­ous pro­grams for their research. Hav­ing to go out to the phys­i­cal object all the time to col­lect data on dif­fer­ent con­di­tions will be a thing of the past. The stu­dents will have 24 hour data col­lec­tion, which will make their research more accurate. Say a stu­dent cre­ated a work of art. They can tag that paint­ing with the time, date, loca­tion it was painted, the media that was used for the paint­ing, an audio artist state­ment or even a video of the artist dis­cusses their influ­ences and attach­ing images of those influ­ences to that phys­i­cal object. This can be done with a viewer scan­ning an AR code and view­ing that data as AR (Aug­mented Real­ity) data. They would be able to see the images super­im­posed on top of the real phys­i­cal object and com­pare the two in the same exact space. There will be no need for the viewer to pull out their phone, look up the artist and the paint­ing infor­ma­tion and try to find inter­views about the piece. It will all be tagged to that object and easy to access. What if a stu­dent wanted to learn a for­eign lan­guage through touch­ing the phys­i­cal objects that are in their vocab­u­lary list? RFID tags can be cre­ated and attached by the instruc­tor for each of the phys­i­cal items in the vocab list. When the stu­dent places this object on the RFID reader, it will say the word for the item in their native lan­guage and in the for­eign lan­guage. Touch­ing the item will give the stu­dent another sense to be engaged and may help (depend­ing on their learn­ing style) them learn the con­tent faster. With server space becom­ing more plen­ti­ful and Inter­net con­nec­tions on mobile devices get­ting faster, the Inter­net of Things will become more of a com­mon place real­ity and will find its way into the classroom."

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