Internet of Things (IoT) are electronic objects that have an IP address associated with them and are connect to each other via an internet connection (Osisanwo, Izang, Kuyoro & Chukwudi; 2016). Its influence in education is growing because of the value they can provide by specific data they can collect from the learner. After proper analysis of this data is implemented a greater depth of understanding can be used to improve student achievement. The school system is better able to change the program to better meet the needs of the learner based upon the analysis of that data. The following is a reflection and summary of Internet of things (IoTs) bridging the gap in tertiary educational process written by Osisanwo, Izang, Kuyoro & Chukwudi (2016).
A conceptional framework for IoT has been established by four pillars related to IOT. These pillars all linked to each other.
People: These are the ones that are using the devices and the ones to whom the devices are made for. I the context of education these are the players that make up the school system such as the administrators, teachers and students.
Process: This is “how people, data, and things work together to deliver value in the connected world” (Osisanwo, Izang, Kuyoro & Chukwudi; 2016). These connections matter. How these connections interact and how the metrics are used from those interaction matter.
Data: This is the information collected from the devices that people that are using.
Things: These are the items that people are using that collects the information.
The take away I have from this article is how much an educator will have access to a student more deeply than what was possible before. The teacher can have more in-depth understanding that has not possible until this point. If done well these devices can collect and (more importantly) analyze the data to help guide instruction and make it more individualized. In addition, the school system can use school resources better and keep the students safer.
The complication for this is of course is privacy. If the IRS cannot even protect accounts and leak very important information for tax payers, then there is no way that the school systems will. I love the idea of having granular information about my students but until the security issues are closed up, this will never be a good idea.
Osisanwo, F.Y., Izang, A. A., Kuyoro, S. O., & Chukwudi, J. H. (2016). Internet of things (IOTs) bridging the gap in tertiary educational process. International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology, 42(2), 94-101. doi:10.14445/22312803/ijctt-v42p116