What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things is a network of connected objects that link the physical world with the world of information through the web. The advent of TCP/IP v6, launched in 2006, expanded the capabilities of the Internet, and enabled objects, sensors, and devices to be addressable and thus findable across the Internet. This augmented address space is particularly useful for tracking objects that monitor sensitive equipment or materials, point-of-sale purchases, passport tracking, inventory management, identification, and similar applications. Embedded chips, sensors, or tiny processors attached to an object allow helpful information about the object, such as cost, age, temperature, color, pressure, or humidity to be transmitted over the Internet. This simple connection allows remote management, status monitoring, tracking, and alerts if the objects they are attached to are in danger of being damaged or spoiled. Many web tools allow objects to be annotated with descriptions, photographs, and connections to other objects, and other contextual information; the Internet of Things makes access to these data as easy as it is to use the web.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • supporting BYOD and cloud computing by providing data feeds from sensors without proprietary software and hardware - thomas.skovgaard thomas.skovgaard Dec 5, 2014
  • IoT will enable us to provide for data on learning environments and learning experiences, when tied together with various tools of data analysis. Through using various sensors in a learning environment (be it the school, the home or any other location), data can be gathered and used to address issues in regards to how to tweak and adapt the environment for the specific learning situation. Things in the environment such as noise, sound, carbon dioxide levels in the air, the amount of people moving through a given space etc might be relevant indicators that automatically trigger an alteration of the learning environment in a more qualified manner. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • aThe connection of the learning environment and its adaptation to support learning practices. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Adding real-time data from parallel student project - thomas.skovgaard thomas.skovgaard Dec 5, 2014
  • Enabeling the creation of learning environments that are better in tune with the users of the environment and the actions that the users engage in. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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