What is the Internet of Things?


The internet of things connects the physical world with the world of information through the web. They do so through TCP/IP, the set of standards that enables network connections and specifies how information finds its way to and from myriad connections it contains. TCP/IP was formulated in the 1970s by Vinton Cerf and Robert E. Kahn. The advent of TCP/IP v6, launched in 2006, added enormous new addressing capabilities to the internet, and enabled objects and the information they might carry in attached sensors or devices to be addressable and searchable across the web. This expanded 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. Traditional web tools allow objects to be annotated with descriptions, photographs, and connections to other objects, and any other contextual information.


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

  • Combining IoT input with cloud technology measures and 21st century skills learning can enhance not only applied mathematics, Physics Education and science. This can also lead to a much broader understanding of impact of measures and big data. - Kirsten.Panton Kirsten.Panton Nov 17, 2016
  • IoT affect us more and more and is an increasing part of i.e. engineering, farming and transportation systems. Learning IoT use and programming (M2M) can be in vocational education but also for more practical approaches on learning in regular K-12 learning projects. - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 19, 2016

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

  • It can be used in many different ways and in most subjects to create a more authentic teaching based on real-time data from "the real world". - stefan stefan Nov 20, 2016

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • A better understanding of big data, leading to a more advanced use of cloud technology, embracing computation from a different angle. - Kirsten.Panton Kirsten.Panton Nov 17, 2016
  • IoT can be used to learn through oberservations over time and in this process offer spaced learning in studying physical phenomenons i.e. weather, water quality, pollution, engineering. Spaced learning rank though the Hattie meta-data study high on the list of effect sizes, compared to mass learning.- lars.persen lars.persen Nov 19, 2016

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


  • In Ireland, Microsoft is at the moment doing a pilot with ClareGalway/Colaiste Bhaile Chlair school with students using the Microsoft Band. http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-band/en-gb The Microsoft band is currently being used to integrate better formative evaluation/assessment into Physical Education (PE), Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Social Personal Health Education (SPHE). It is hoped that through the integration of innovative technology student’s Physical Fitness (PF) and Physical Activity (PA) levels will improve. Currently student’s PA levels are being monitored without any stimulus or intervention. These PA levels will then be analysed to see if there are correlations with cognitive ability, mood, and PF levels. Through teacher research projects and PE fitness programmes the Microsoft band data will also be used to track student activity levels and heart rate in PE lessons. This links in with the current PE Junior Certificate (JC) short course template (strand 2) that Colaiste Bhaile Chlair will be running next year. It has been widely published that the obesity levels in Irish adolescents is on the increase. Four out of five children in the Republic of Ireland do not meet Government Physical Activity Guidelines. (Source: http://www.safefood.eu/Childhood-Obesity/Facts.aspx).Through PE fitness programmes and formative self -assessment with the Microsoft band it is hoped that students PF levels and PA levels will increase to exceed the Government recommendations. - Kirsten.Panton Kirsten.Panton Nov 17, 2016

  • Miljöväder (Environmental Weather) is a project in Gothenburg where sensors connected to the Internet are being used to inform public authorities, researchers and the citizens how much sound and air pollution they are exposed to. The project is run by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute together with their partners, and is supported by Vinnova. Teaching methods and learning resources are being developed in cooperation with teachers at the K-12 Johannebergsskolan. - stefan stefan Nov 20, 2016