Essential Question: Design an object that could be classified as belonging to “The Internet of Things” and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.

First off lets talk about the Internet of things. I never heard of the term “The Internet of Things”.   I just realized I had it here at home. My TV knows what I want to watch, Netflix gives me suggestions on movies and shows, and even remembers where I stopped something so it can restart there, but wait, thats my TV, laptop, phone, and pad. I had no idea this had a name. Now you are telling me I can get a fridge that will make a grocery list for me, really? I bet it will not be able to print it; my laptop has a hard time printing to crappy HP products. My printer was supposed to order ink when it was low, well that’s not so smart but hay there’s always one in the family right? So as I thought about it, my dogs have more technology than I do, watch this video…

Focus now!! So the Internet of things is real and it’s growing. Daniel Burrus of Wired said People don’t think big enough when they talk about the Internet of things (2014). We say cars get info from the navigation system; he says look bigger, think sensors. What if the car could talk to the city streets, choose routs based on traffic flow, changing lights to optimize flow, no timers. Roads can talk to cars based on conditions. Think on the bigger scale, cars like BMW which can drive themselves, cars that will stop for you, cars that can think like a person. Burrus says we are not just talking about machines talking to machines, its sensors, things that can learn, can think and make decisions.

I also liked Max Meyers article, Can the Internet of Things make education more student focused (2014). The wearable smart band (a little too deep for me) is a great concept, but that technology is interacting with a desk that is a computer, totally futuristic stuff, but totally cool. The part I don’t buy into is the fewer responsibilities part. I think with that kind of technology, the responsibilities would be greater. You would have to be able to monitor the actions of students online, all of them at once. Looking at the heart rates of thirty kids would make mine go up, who is monitoring that? I have worked with teachers that have over thirty years experience, none ever talked about heart rate monitoring. But I can see the benefits of the technology, if not in a today world, in one very near.

FW: Thinking has a YouTube video on how the Internet of Things Will Change the World. The video is a lot like the thinking of Daniel Burrus, it is the bigger picture, it is sensors that control things.

So my idea for the classroom is a student id card with a barcode that has all the information of the student, and all the applications and programs used on computers and notebooks.

So imagine this, you have computer time, but its only 15 minutes a kid. The student has to go to the computer, log on, find the school district website, log into that, go to the student section, log in again, then go to the correct server farm to find the program needed. Well five minutes have passed, now they have ten left to complete the assignment. This is a reality in my school this is how it works.

Imagine that all the computers had a barcode reader. The student has fifteen minutes, he scans his card, and all the applications and programs load up on the desktop. It has been thirty seconds, now they have fourteen minutes to work on the computer. But wait there’s more!!! This works at every computer and tablet. The card never has top change; we just need to change the data when we need to change the programs. Everything would be in one place for the students. They could find everything on all devices. Electronic portfolios would be at their fingers. All papers would be written on a computer in a word processing format.

As a teacher I would be able to look at the computer screen using my laptop or pad and see what the students are doing. All of their actions would be recorded in a chip in the card so it could be downloaded and viewed if they were using the hardware inappropriately. They could take the technology home, research and have the data saved on the card like a thumb drive. The card would have its own anti virus software to protect school property. The students could share material between home and school with ease, all in one place, a small card the size of a credit card.

The beauty of the card is that it will follow the student through high school, their portfolio would be on the card, all they have to do is scan it, their homework could be sent electronically through the card like email. Test scores would be sent back to them with the data from the rest of the class, the average, mean, top and bottom score. It would give them a real-time look at how they are performing in class compared to the rest, what they need to study, and how they can improve. Parents could also scan the card at home, and see what the student has been doing, see test scores, the current grade, and immediately get feedback through email on how to help little Johnny do better.

For me this is a huge jump in technology. My school would rocket into the 1990’s with technology if we could do half of what I think is cool. So far I have read a couple blogs with some great ideas, there are some great minds in this class!!


Burrus, D. (2014). The Internet Of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes. Wired. Retreved from

Kobie, N. (2015). What is the Internet of Things? The Guardian. Retrieved from

Meyers, M. (2014). Can the Internet of Things make education more student-focused? retrieved from



  1. Kendra Wollert · June 17, 2015

    Good idea. Your card and reader wouldn’t be too far off in technology compared to my idea of the Memory Goggles. It makes perfect sense and would give your students 30% more time on the computer. I’m sure you have students that drag their feet right now and even have less time. What could you do for those kids? Automatic computer prompts of redirection? Hmm.


    • jnyboy1131 · June 17, 2015

      Oh thats a good one too!! Redirection prompts would be beneficial.


  2. janeblasingame · June 17, 2015

    I like the idea of having a digital portfolio that accumulates over time. I wonder what happens if card is lost? Maybe the card would need to be backed up on the cloud. So many great ideas.


  3. jnyboy1131 · June 17, 2015

    Thanks, I like the cloud idea, it could be done daily…….oh your good Thanks!!


  4. Tristan Leiter · June 17, 2015

    I read the article about the bands that students wear and that it says it would take some responsibilities off the teacher, while we still have the responsibility of tracking it, we can do it at anytime on any computer if it gets sent to a specific location, which frees us up in the classroom. If you think about it when the student walks into the classroom and they scan their band, there’s no time wasted taking attendance, you can check later and see whose absent and present. If students can sit down and with the push of a button have a warm up lesson come up on their desk, you are freed up to go talk to students who need some clarifications on previous homework turned in that was graded.

    I like the idea you have with your student ID cards, my school just has login names for each student and even then it seems like fifteen minutes into class they are still trying to login, that would make it so much easier if they just had to scan their card and were automatically signed in. Would there be a way to save their work on it like google docs does without having to click save? I know a lot of students who just use a word processor tend to forget to save their assignments and then have to start over on a continual basis.


  5. Scott Roleff · June 18, 2015

    You mentioned the possibility of cars talking to streets. How about streets monitoring cars and adjusting. It’s being developed. Check out the link to see what they are doing. I read about this last year and it sounds amazing (as well as expensive). LED lane markers in the road can change if traffic needs to be rerouted or if traffic flow warrants adding an additional lane. These same lane markers are illuminated so they are visible at night. Since the roads are solar powered, the electricity generated can be used to heat the surface eliminating the need for snow plows. The same surfaces can be used in playgrounds. If you need a basketball court, the LED lights in the surface can change to give you the proper lines. Tired of playing basketball, the lines can be changed to make any surface you want by simply pressing a button. Tennis anyone?

    Your smart ID card idea makes sense. Simplifying login procedures is a great benefit, especially with the limited amount of time your kids have with computers. I also like the fact that it keeps track of student activity so kids can pick up where they left off without spending time finding all of their resources. It’s like having the cloud on a card which saves bandwidth. It could also be used to monitor attendance. Kids swipe their card as they enter a classroom as if they were clocking in for a job.

    Thanks for sharing your electronic dog door video. I need to find one and install it. I have 3 big dogs. There are days when I feel like my only job is to let them out, then let them back in, then let them out again, etc. If they could design one that senses what the dogs do outside and then send a message letting me know when I need to grab the poop scoop, now that would be awesome!


    • jnyboy1131 · June 18, 2015

      Thanks for the input, I like the idea about using the card for attendance. It would be easy to incorporate that into the mix. I like the link about the roads. Wouldn’t it be cool to never have ice and snow on roads in the winter, think about the reduction in accidents. I wonder if they did go into the parking lots, could some of the power generated, like in the summer be funneled to the business to reduce the cost of electricity? That is a cool concept.

      As for the door, it is the best thing I ever bought. I know the feeling of get up and down all day, and when we are not home, they have full run of the property. The “I need to go scoop pop” should be next if we had a smart yard!!


  6. bjulroan · June 20, 2015

    This card, it made me wonder if we can restrict specific aspects of a computer for a specific issue? When a student goes online to do some work, I would restrict programs, and only allow the one site to work for that timeframe. Do you think some IoT’s can restrict access, instead of opening it up or so many other possibilities? Just a thought.


    • jnyboy1131 · June 21, 2015

      Why not, we could be able to program it, so why couldn’t it restrict sites we don’t want them to use. Anything is a possibility in our minds.

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