Whenever there are advancements in technology, it causes changes in all aspects of life. That is true as it relates to the Internet of Things, and the educational sector is not exempt. IoT allows the internet to be used as the primary link between two devices, which means that students and teachers can have an unprecedented amount of access to each other, even if they are not in the same physical location.
Ways the Internet of Things is Helpful for Students
Because of the way that the Internet of Things can be utilized in a classroom setting, students will able to get a better understanding of what interests them. They can choose a learning system that is more individualized. They’ll also have more opportunities to learn, with virtual personal assistants that will allow them unrestricted access to lesson plans wherever they are. In addition, students are likely to be more engaged in what they are learning, as virtual lesson plans will be formulated that maximize their interest level.
How IoT Helps Educators
Teachers will also find the Internet of Things useful. Virtual lesson plans are easy to modify based on what the teacher feels are the strengths and weaknesses of their particular student body. IoT can be used for tracking, as students can check in remotely and the teachers can record who is attending their classes and who is absent. In general, the education process becomes more fluid and flexible through IoT. It is likely teachers who are trying to reach students in impoverished areas of the world who will see the most benefit.
How IoT Helps Administrators
IoT even has the potential to help school administrators. If the students and teachers are meeting in the same building, administrators can use IoT to monitor conditions there. They can check on the temperature in the building, or the ventilation systems. Building security will be much easier to control as well, with remote access to cameras, for instance.
What’s on the Horizon for IoT
In the immediate future, the educational opportunities afforded by the Internet of Things is going to increase dramatically. Logistical problems will become a thing of the past, as teachers can present lesson plans to students even if physical barriers prevent them from being in the same place. VR helmets will be teaching tools, as will tablets and smartphones. Remote teaching-learning processes will be considered the new normal, as a webcam, internet connection, and a relevant messenger system will be all that it takes for students and teachers to get in touch, even if they are in different countries or even on different continents.
The Internet of Things has virtually limitless potential, but as it relates to education, the possibilities are as exciting as in any field you wish to examine.