The Internet of Things (IoT) could prove to be one of the biggest gamechangers in the future of education. By connecting teachers, learners with rich multimedia content, and performance analytics – IoT can completely change how we teach and learn in the coming times.
IoT makes learning space a connected and collaborative environment where instructors and learners meet in an open channel to learn, communicate, and share resources without any space and time constraint. In such a hybrid learning environment, that combines the best of face-to-face and remote teaching with digital devices, IoT creates a perfect synergy between physical and digital worlds, where technology seamlessly integrates into our ambient environment and offers better learning outcomes.
|IoT in Education connects educators, learners, devices, and smart algorithms to drive quantified learning and enhance outcomes.|
As per MARKETSANDMARKETS, “The global IoT in education market size is expected to grow from USD 4.8 billion in 2018 to USD 11.3 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.8% during the forecast period.
Evolution of Learning Spaces
The ongoing COVID-19 campus shutdown has led to a quick rush to remote learning, exposing the fragmented solutions and digital capabilities being used in education. After a lot of struggle to use digital devices to reach out to students, teachers were able to connect with their students via generic video conferencing solutions but it was clueless learning wherein students were learning haphazardly and teacherscould not comprehend how much students are actually able to grasp.
To continue the interrupted learning process, the educational institutions across the globe are deploying IoT devices and platforms to collect and act on data, which will give them a fair idea about the currentefficiency and effectivenessof their institutions and offer sensible suggestions to improve these further.
How IoT is Changing Education Ecosystem?
Connected Classrooms: Education beyond the four walls of the classroom opens many opportunities for learners, giving a perfect blend of face-to-face and remote learning, mixed with independent learning resources shared by teachers. Teachers get the flexibility to create multimedia-rich lessons and share itwith students before class, making sessions more interesting with debate and discussion during the class. While students get a hint about the next topic and enough time to gain knowledge.
Learn Anywhere, from Anyone: With online learning becoming the default medium in 2020, the first approach learners are employing is learn from anywhere and from anyone. With no restriction on time and space, learners are opting to enrolin universities of their choice, globally,which not only gives them the flexibility to learn from anywhere and anyone, but it resolves the scarcity of teachers too.
Automating Tedious Tasks: By automating the manual tasks performed by teachers on a daily basis like creating lessons, grading sheets, attendance management, teachers get ample time to enhance their core competencies. For example, manually marking the attendance for each student is not only a tedious task but it is prone to errors too. Not only attendance, but IoT also emphasizes on security, engagement level, teacher tracking, and many more.
Data-Driven Approach: Education is changing from a data light to a data-heavy enterprise. The IoT devices capture the behavior of students and collect data like their attentiveness, interest, happiness, IQ level, and analyze it in different interfaces like eye-blink, sitting posture, speech, gesture, and more. As the data gets stored on the cloud, tracking the captured data becomes possible at every step, irrespective of the student’s presence in face-to-face classroom or remote session. The data of a classroom was always an asset for an institution but IoT connectivity turned those data into useful insights.
Personalized Learning: Based on captured students’ behavior including their strong and weak areas, each student gets a personalized content recommendation. Using formative assessments, the knowledge gain of students in real-time is measured and mapping in their separate profiles. Such an approach makes it easy to understand how much knowledge a student has actually acquired and what would be the best way to enhance the student’s learning. The massive data captured by the IoT platform for each student interaction opened a way to personalized learning.
Facilitate Classroom Management: No matter, whether students are attending the session from the brick-and-mortar classroom or remotely, the IoT devices keep a track of every student’s interaction on its cloud-connected platform. With a centralized system to communicate and track the performance of the entire class, IoT enables seamless communication and effective management in the system.
Stay Updated with Latest Features: With IoT devices,users receive a notification for every new feature, functionality added to the system, which can be remotely updated for every device on a click of a button.
With the growing need of connecting classrooms and imparting education without any interruption, educational institutions have begun to deploy IoT based digital devices and platforms to empower their system with a data-driven approach and using pattern recognition to help students with personalized information.
Kneura’s portfolio of Education-based IoT devices including the EyeRIS series, Galileo One, and Quriosity, bring a rapid shift in the education sphere from face-to-face to a hybrid learning model, static educational records to digital data on the cloud, and fragmented solutions to anfully integrated system. These devices are designed to retrofit on the existing classroom set up and augment it into an intelligent connected classroom. SuchIoT devices are compact and portable,can be setup quickly, and providea perfect solution to teach from school or home.
Nishant Rajawat is the Founder of Cybernetyx – the world’s largest interactive display solutions company. To control the larger displays without any peripherals, he developed the industry’s first portable optical sensor called EyeRIS, which is now the leading interactive touch technology reaching over 15 million users globally. Currently he serves as the executive chairman for the company.