The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network comprising several physical devices around the world that are connected to the Internet, basically collecting and sharing data. As the number of connected devices continues to rise, our living and working environments are stuffing with smart products.
IoT has set its benchmark in almost every industry, for example, Finance, Telecommunications, Agriculture, Healthcare, etc and now Education. Over the past few years, the IoT has become a useful educational resource and millions of people have been profited from e-learning.
Today, several educators are using IoT to make changes in the education system. Though it’s not always inside the classroom, in fact, the classroom can be transmuted in the way of open university education and through the use of tablets and e-learning software also.
With the help of the Internet of Things based solutions, educational institutions are not only providing better education to their people but also, they are improving safety at their campuses, keeping track of resources, speeding up the information sharing and accessibility.
Interactive Learning: Nowadays, learning has gone beyond traditional books. IoT has changed an important way of the education system through Interactive Learning Systems. There is a Quick Response (QR) code available on the textbooks. By scanning the QR codes via smartphones, students land up to web-based resource site. At this site, the students are easily accessible to feedback assignments and additional knowledge resources.
Besides, these sites also come up with other beneficiary educational materials such as video content, graphics animation, assessments, and other learning support materials. This educational material will help students gain a deeper outlook and better understanding. With the help of IoT based interactive learning, educational professionals are bringing real-world problems in the classrooms allowing the students to find their solutions.
Safety and Security: IoT has introduced advanced and productive ideas to assure student's safety inside and outside the school premises. With the combined technology of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and IoT, schools can make pre-recorded, real-time announcements for different emergencies. Educational Authorities can immediately lock the doors in case of emergency or panic situation.
Parents can also track the real-time movements of their children, especially the school entering and leaving duration. At the same time, staff can ensure students are in the classrooms they are supposed to be in. By this, attendance and punctuality reports can be produced automatically and can be accessed in real-time by parents and school management.
Educational Apps: The educational apps with IoT based solutions are transforming how teaching and learning are done, with their interesting features. Even those who are studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, find the educational apps very relevant as they can search for the study material on their smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
Besides, apps and devices provide easy access to the staff members so that students can be benefited from the resources they want to learn. Students with having difficulty in understanding the logic can also receive one on one assistance. An app that is cheap and easy to deploy directs the path to a network where students can receive reminders, links to lesson plans and assignments.
IoT Temperature Sensors: Temperatures affect memory, awareness ability, and even attitude. Higher temperatures can drain the energy of both educators and students.
IoT enabled devices can examine the temperature, and send alerts to maintenance if the temperature gets excessively high or low. This helps schools/colleges saving funds that would otherwise go to huge electricity bills.
From the Educator’s Perspective: IoT devices are not limited to students only, they are also benefiting the faculties. With the IoT enabled solutions the checking and grading system of teachers has been made easier, less biased and much more efficient. This has resulted in less time consuming and faster grading. Faculties are now understanding the students in a better way as it is now easier to understand which student requires more attention and discussion.
Goodbye Chalks, Hello Smartboards: Smartboards are interactive boards that increase the learning experience of students than the traditional teaching methods. It allows educators and students to indulge in the same document and share it with the entire class in real-time.
Smartboards enable machine learning for user-computer interference, for surface computing. Today, interactive smartboards are widely used in various parameters apart from classrooms like corporate boardroom meetings, sports training, news broadcasting studios, etc.
Benefits for Disabled Students: Students with ADHD (Attention Deviation Hyperactivity Disorder), Dyslexia, Language Processing Disorder (LPD) and other learning impairments are helped greatly by IoT based solutions. These students respond to tablets very well.
Connected gloves have been introduced to translate sign language to verbal speech, sound conversion to written language. Best suitable for hearing impaired students.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a profound impact on today’s education. It offers several efficient ways to learn, collaborate and teach. IoT based solutions have helped parents and faculties ensure that students are safe in school premises by tracing their live locations. Digital signage has also been implemented in education today making it easier for disabled students to learn and grow.
Jellyfish Technologies has rich experience of developing IoT products. We have a highly experienced team of designers and engineers who have successfully converted the ideas of various international clients into IoT products and developed numerous IoT products such as:
Vehicle Tracking System (VTS)- Parents and Faculties can track the vehicle carrying students in real-time with the help of VTS enabled in the automobiles. A panic button is also available for emergencies that ensure students security.
Smart Power Socket- This wifi smart power socket could provide the ability to control and schedule the Class/School gates, lecture bells, etc wirelessly over the Wi-Fi network and the Internet.
It can be connected with the door locks to engage the locks wirelessly when you press a central silent panic button. The button will direct the IoT enabled doors locks to engage, rapidly locking down the school/college.
Personal GPS Tracker- This device is an ideal way to track and locate the child in real-time. It is portable, small, waterproof and lightweight.