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The Connected Classroom: How IoT Helps Schools

What exactly is the Internet of Things? It can be complex if you look at the technical side of it. Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device to the Internet (and/or to each other). It could be anything, from cellphones to coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, to even wearable devices.

Much like other sectors – from Agriculture to Tourism, educators from the Education Sector too, are reaping benefits of using IoT in schools. One of the things IoT helps schools do is become more energy-efficient, which also helps them save money.

Smart Education

Intelligent technologies, such as cloud computing, learning analytics, big data, Internet of things (IoT), wearable technology, etc., promote the materialization of smart education. Although a great many studies focus on how to create smart environments, the introduction of IoT makes the environment more culpable for focused growth and learning.

Smart Teaching

Smart teaching is a special teaching approach that is different from the traditional chalk and talk method. Here, the teacher imparts education through various means with the help of electronic gadgets.

It helps the learner to learn aspects based on the vast choices available. With access to digital libraries and international academic resources, it also provides quality content, 24×7.

Smart Learning

There is no clear and unified definition of smart learning so far. Multidisciplinary researchers and educational professionals define it as a process of learning with the help of e-gadgets. Here, the focus is on time-based learning, based on the learner’s availability. By tracking a learner’s growth across academia, this also supports personalized learning.

Better Learning Experience

The core functionality of IoT is a device-to-device communication. As digital learning involves a vast number of e-devices, most of the time will be taken for device management and decision making. As IoT is the right platform for this, it manages the way devices interact with other devices, and hence, better learning experiences can be imparted to the learners.

Reduced Cost

A major expenditure in an educational organization is for the management of various units related to the Institute. When IoT is implemented, automatic communication happens between the units, which reflects cost reduction. Minute observation, tracking, and reporting enable drastic reduction of overall expenditure.

As far as education goes, there is no substitute for traditional, one-on-one training. However, all IoT can do is to make the process faster, and more efficient.

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