Exploring IoT in Education

Exploring IoT in Education

Learning outcome is the single most factor which describes the performance of any academic institution now a days.

To achieve the learning outcome, every single educational institution embracing more and more technologies. In this idiosyncratic shift, Internet of Things (IoT) plays a vital role. IoT in education is ready to be a distinct advantage since an ever-increasing number of instructive organizations are utilizing associated keen gadgets to help the effectively accessible e-learning and smartboard foundation.

The IoT is fundamentally a system of a few gadgets which are joined with random software, hardware, and system network of unmistakable directions, planned for trading and incorporating of any sort of data. Simple accessibility and reasonableness of cloud administrations are assuming a crucial job in the expanded prevalence of IoT empowered gadgets. Exceptionally redid applications customized to academic establishments' prerequisite are frequently grown rapidly. Boundless storage with ‘pay as you use’ option guarantees that storing, analyzing, and accessing information was rarely simpler or less expensive.

The IoT technology can be used for the following adaptations which are crucial for imparting education through the latest technologies:

  • Addressing the alternatively abled and special need students

Alternatively abled and special need students are free to learn at their own pace, IoT enabled devices can be used to undo their stress of peer pressure. For example, a visually challenged student can wear a Virtual Reality tool to view a smartboard. By incorporating such technologies we can eradicate the need for special curriculum and facilities for the alternatively abled and special need students.

  • Project based learning (PBL)

With the help of flipped classroom implementations, learners come with fundamental knowledge of the topic to be covered and practice at the classroom to ensure the conception of the topic. The IoT network and connected devices ensure that collaboration and sharing of knowledge amongst the learners to complete their assigned tasks.

  • Smart Textbooks

 Recall searching through library stacks looking for references and bolster materials? With IoT innovation, that has become a relic of times gone by. Practically all course readings, today has a QR code that can be scanned so as to get the coursebook on his/her gadgets. They can without much of a stretch download it or spare the book to iBooks and start perusing anyplace.

  • Connected smart Classrooms

IoT-powered smart classrooms will turn into reality soon. Smart classrooms can join many IoT sensors and devices to improve the nature of education. For example, wearables can help decide if learners are feeling fatigued and disengaged. In light of this information, instructors may choose to enjoy a short reprieve or reschedule the lecture. A smart classroom has AR-empowered smartboards that show advanced and drawing in recordings on themes being talked about. Learners use VR headsets to have a vivid experience. The instructor can consequently stack assignments and activities to be done on their learners' gadgets as the teaching advances, once in a while only by expressing the word task or assignment.

  • Global Education

IoT can be a key empowering agent of instructing learners around the world. Students can remain in the solace of their homes and associate with teachers and different learners over the globe. Digital highlighters and smart whiteboards can move class notes to smartphones, workstations, and work areas.

  • Security of the learning space

IoT can enable educational foundations to execute progressively successful security conventions. In the event that the IoT connected camera experiences any noxious action, it will inform respective offices. Smart cameras can likewise distinguish outsiders with the assistance of facial recognition. Likewise, schools can introduce RFID labels on school transports to follow their location continuously.

  • Energy Conservation

For every organization, the utility bills are the biggest concern because of the excessive and unwanted usage of the same. Educational foundations can introduce smart meters to screen their energy utilization continuously. These smart meters will notify power suppliers if there should be an occurrence of a power blackout and can offer bits of knowledge about power utilization. Smart lighting can turn off the lights if it identifies empty rooms. These lights can likewise change their luminance as per the measure of natural light.

In view of achieving the above-mentioned features the IoT industry have already started working and the following products are a few examples:

  • Promethean – Cloud-based multi touch-based interactive display
  • Scanmarker - Quick scanner of editable text from books, papers and other documents directly into a phone, tablet or computer
  • SweetRush - designs, builds and tests education solutions for mobile and e-learning
  • LocoRobo - robots to teach coding languages like Python, C, Javascript and MATLAB.
  • Kaltura - Video management and creation tools enable students and teachers.
  • Tynker - visual code blocks that represent actual programming concepts
  • Magicard – IoT based smart card for various authentication purpose of the learners
  • Kajeet - wi-fi systems for use in "smart" school buses to increase onboard safety

According to a report by Markets and Markets Research Pt. Ltd., global IoT in education market is expected to increase from USD 4.8 billion in 2018 to 11.3 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 18.8%. And India is expected to contribute 20% of the global market value. IoT in education is a basic change in the manner in which education is conferred and learning occurs. For any transformational change to be effective, strategy choices must be taken and executed by the skilful specialists. The eventual fate of the Internet of Things in education looks encouraging in view of the tremendous potential it has. However, making IoT a piece of standard education will require some serious energy.

There should be an adjustment in the attitude of the teachers, guardians and understudies, bolstered by the pandemic and the change in educational organizations. The small steps towards coordinating IoT in standard education, particularly schools and colleges, have just begun and the reaction of the considerable number of gatherings included is extremely positive. One can dare to dream that these disruptive solutions will turn into the standard, sooner rather than later with the goal that an ever increasing number of learners can exploit innovation to acquire quality education.

About the Author
Author: Dr.Jeevanandam Jotheeswaran
Dr. Jeevanandam Jotheeswaran is a dedicated, resourceful, goal-driven educator and a research professional with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth of student fraternity. Dr. Jeevanandam holds more than 50 Certifications on various technologies and concepts. Having 20+ years in the industry and higher education, he has the right blend to serve in Edu Tech.

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