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 http://www.wired.com/2014/11/the-internet-of-things-bigger/
Kobie, N. (2015). What is the Internet of Things? The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/06/what-is-the-internet-of-things-google
Meyers, M. (2014). Can the Internet of Things make education more student-focused? Government-2020.Dupress.com retrieved from http://government-2020.dupress.com/can-internet-things-make-education-student-focused/