IoT and Schools

How the Internet of Things could improve education, from VR to accessibility to facial recognition.

It’s easy to assume that the world of the Internet of Things is mostly about the home and smart cities. However, the developments of IoT reach across all areas of society — and that includes the school you go to!

IoT experts are interested in how students typically have smartphones and tablets. This is something that wasn’t true around 10 years ago, which means that schools can adapt to students having more technology than they used to have.

For example, why have textbooks and pens when you can move everything into the digital space? You can learn, read, and write all from your smartphone or tablet, so there’s no need to bring books to school. It also makes it a lot easier to bring everything you need for school; just take your smartphone along!

Do you find history boring? What about if you don a virtual reality headset and be instantly taken to that time period as if you were there? Past events would be a lot more interesting if you could witness the people you’re learning about in a digital realm!

There’s also educational use for augmented reality. This is when a 3D image is displayed in the real world, like in Pokemon Go. Imagine if you’re studying a specific animal and you had a 3D model to look at life in class!

Taking attendance may be a thing of the past, too. That’s because IoT can be really good at identifying people by their face. Your teacher doesn’t have to call out names; the school system logs you as present the moment you walk through the front door!

IoT schools will also be a lot safer than regular ones. Teachers and pupils can wear special tags that the school system can pick up on. If anyone not authorized to enter the school tries to get in, the system can warn the school security that someone is sneaking in. Anyone trying to get past security may find the doors won’t open due to the security system automatically locking them to keep them out.

IoT is also great for helping students that find it harder to learn. For example, a deaf student using sign language could have a system that translates their hand gestures to speech, allowing everyone to understand what they say. This really helps students get the education they deserve so they’re not left behind!

As you can see, the world of IoT has a lot in store for schools. As technology connects with one another better, schools can use this to create a better learning experience for people like you. Unfortunately, this means you can’t claim the dog ate your homework, but it does mean you have a lot more information at your fingertips to do it properly!

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  • Simon Batt

    Simon Batt is a UK-based tech enthusiast and all-around geek. His favourite things are cups of tea, cats, and new gadgets, even though they never mix well.

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