According to The Guardian.com (2016), the Internet of Things (IoT) [is] “about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other.” This concept of open communication between devices and applications, is not a new idea but it is definitely an emerging technology.
All of the “technology” I have (iPad, tablet, computers, cell phone, headphones) can communicate with other items when my husband makes that magic happen for me. I can have my tablet playing music upstairs and the speaker system will be on my porch. If I have a computer issue while my husband is at work, he can remote in and fix it from hundreds of miles away. I am not a “tech” wizard but do understand the capabilities my devices could be used for and are being introduced to new conditions for those devices every day. There are amazing tools that have made it possible to be mobile with many more information as well as allow business to get done quickly and efficiently. I also believe there is use for devices to communicate in a classroom setting as well.
The article asking “Can the Internet of Things make Education More Student-Focused?” (Meyers, 2014) mentions to be considered most useful and part of the IoT, devices need to provide “haptic feedback, biometric sensing, and integrated notifications [that] help connect people more directly to their environment.” (Meyers, 2014) These qualifications needed to be considered part of the IoT, can easily be useful in a class, especially real-time feedback.
My Device Design:
I work mainly with students in grades K-3. Most are non-readers and I need to use reading centers as I am the only person in the room with these students. I believe that there are some subjects that can be taught to the whole class with differing expectations. Other topics, such as Math and Reading, need to be taught individually unless the students are at the same reading level. I need to start with four reading separate reading groups (one per grade) to fulfill each students’ reading needs and this may change as the year goes on depending on how each student progresses through their learning.
For non-readers:The device I would like to see is a reading buddy type system where stories could be read to the student but a monitor would record verbal answers to comprehension questions (pre-reading of stories), record words a student pressed to have repeated in the story (basic sight word recognition practice), and graph how many times the student choose a word or a story to listen to. I think that if the device could take those words chosen from the students word bank and either create another story with all of those words or even sentences. This type of system could also be helpful in speech recognition issues if the machine would say a word, the student would repeat it as the machine recorded the student. This would make for fast information retrieval system as well as acting as a short time reading buddy.
Readers: The device would provide a base story to gage where the student was in reading fluency. The teacher could compare this information to their hard copy notes. The device would have a story in which the student would read into a recorder. As the device is recording, it is counting words per minute and errors as the student reads the whole story. The words incorrect would go into one category that could be used for word study lists and vocabulary searches.
Both of these devices would provide easy access for the teacher to view daily information if wanted and would have an easy storage system for hundreds of stories at many levels. Special Education teachers could also gain access to these records for speech practice and voice samples.
Another interesting article found at http://www.wired.com/insights/2014/11/the-internet-of-things-bigger/ speaks of the IoT being bigger than we realize. Daniel Burrus talks about making everything from bridges to cars “smart” by a mixture of machines and sensors. He puts where cloud based technology could go in the very near future as many of the ideas mentioned are becoming reality.
Burrus, D. (2012) The Internet of Things is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes. Retreived from http://www.wired.com/insights/2014/11/the-internet-of-things-bigger/ on June 15, 2016.
Kobie, N. (2016) The Guardian News. What is the Internet of Things? Retreived from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/06/what-is-the-internet-of-things-google on June 15, 2016.
Meyers, M. (December, 2014) Can the Internet of Things Make Education More Student-Focused? Retreived from http://government-2020.dupress.com/can-internet-things-make-education-student-focused/ on June 15, 2016,