Goodbye Paper and Pencil
Over the last decade, the classroom has become increasingly digital. No longer are teachers and students sticking to the tradition “pen and paper” learning methods. Some schools have even gone so far as to purchase tablets or laptops for their students to use in class. With technology being utilized more than ever in the educational process, the importance of having a reliable high-bandwidth Internet connection in schools is on the rise. A school must be able to provide a powerful enough connection in order to provide support for hundreds of devices utilizing the network. Every day more and more devices are being connected to the Internet which has brought up a new concept known simply as “the Internet of Things.” In a nutshell, this concept gives way to the idea that more and more devices will be connected to the Internet, which includes devices in the classroom. Here are a few predictions we have for the future of the IoT in the Classroom.
1. No More Computer Labs- With students having access to laptops and tablets, the need for a designated computer lab is slowly becoming a room of the past. Students and teachers can access their resources directly from the classroom without the hassle of trying to move 25 students across the school. Saving the teachers time and saving the school money.
2. Smart Learning Tools- Smart Boards have made classrooms all across the United States their home. These interactive white boards have come a long way from the first generation of smart boards. Today’s boards can have as much power as some computers and gives teachers the power and resources of the Internet at their fingertips.
3. Student Engagement- Students nowadays have grown up in a digital age. The way they spend their time is with their eyes glued to a screen so why change that when it comes to the learning process. By utilizing familiar technologies, students will be more involved in classroom discussions leading to better information retention and furthering topic exploration.
These are just a few of our predictions for what the Internet of Things will mean for the future of the classroom. According to an article from Forbes Magazine, one study predicted that there will be around 26 Billion devices connected to the INTERNET by the year 2020.
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