Week Five- Design

Design an object that could be classified as belonging to “The Internet of Things” and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.

To start of, I feel a definition of “The Internet of Things” is necessary. If you are like me, you have no idea what this phrase means. According to The Guardian, “At its core, IoT is simple: it’s about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other” (Kobie, 2015).  So, what’s that got to do with education? There are a rising number of students with smart phones, tablets, laptops, and smart watches in schools, as well as schools using systems like Google Documents that allow for sharing and collaborating of documents. But, how will IoT change the way we teach and learn? Business Insider UK gives examples of student benefits, such as e-learning and enhanced access to information, organization benefits, such as campus safety and better organization of school resources, and teacher benefits of creating “smart lesson plans”, quicker assessments, and thus the ability to work one-on-one with students during time that had traditionally been spent on grading (Meola, 2016). The benefit of using IoT is the ability to gather, manage, and analyze large amounts of data. It is this information that will enable teachers, administrators, and schools to improve students’ learning experiences by helping them to make more informed decisions (Zebra).

As a middle and high school teacher, I think that it would be great if there was a way to gauge how much time a student spent reading a page in a book, or doing specific homework assignments. It would be wonderful if MS and HS students didn’t need to do homework, but with ever increasing texts and writing assignments it isn’t realistic to think that they won’t have homework. But how do we make sure that students working well? Too often I hear that a student spends hours doing homework and it makes me wonder what they are actually doing. Are they doing homework that long? Do they know how to organize their time? Are they maximizing their time? Is the student actually reading every page of the assigned book? Are they taking too long on each page and need a different book or help decoding words? How do we know that a student wrote their own work?

All these questions make me want to create a program or device that could give more information to a teacher about what a student is doing at home. It would be wonderful if there was a device that could connect to any book. The student could type in some information or the device could scan the title or bar code to know what the student was reading. It could then read the page number of the page the student starts reading at. Then each time the student turns the page, the device would make a note. It could then tell the teacher how long the student read overall, as well as how much time was spent on each page. This would be valuable for the teacher because: 1. They would know if they student actually read the book, 2. If a student read the pages really fast they could check for understanding and either change to a more difficult text or have a conversation about quality reading using strategies, and 3. If a student is taking too long on each page, then the student may need more assistance.

It would also be great if there was something like a document camera that saved images of the student writing at different intervals or there could be digital paper that stores the final writing. The document camera could be used for any writing assignment. It could be simply writing or it could be filling out graphical organizers and worksheets. It would take pictures at given intervals, in order for the teacher to see how long different parts took. The digital paper could keep track of editing/revising, time spent on writing, and areas of pausing.

All of the above devices would store data either on the device or in the cloud, which could then be sent either directly to the teacher’s account or be downloaded the next class. I personally would like it to be a file sent through the cloud. It would be great if it went into a dashboard of some sort, maybe connected directly to the assignment on my calendar or in my gradebook. That way I would have the data collected of them doing the work, as well as their performance mark.

How the internet of things is transforming education. (n.d.) Zebra Education Profile. Retrieved from http://www.zatar.com/sites/default/files/content/resources/Zebra_Education-Profile.pdf

Kobie, N. (2015, May 06). What is the internet of things? The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/06/what-is-the-internet-of-things-google

Meola, A. (2016, December 20). How IoT in education is changing the way we learn. Business Insider UK. Retrieved from http://uk.businessinsider.com/internet-of-things-education-2016-9?r=US&IR=T

5 thoughts on “Week Five- Design”

  1. I love the idea of the digital paper! Not only would it give the teacher great feedback, but the student as well! You could show them the data and help them analyze it. Students would be more metacognitive about their own writing process. Maybe they discover that writing that first paragraph is always the slowest for them, so they need to allot a decent amount of time to it. Maybe editing takes the longest and they need to get the assignment done early to make sure they have enough time to not rush through editing. By rewatching the data from the digital paper, they could watch themselves think, learn about themselves, and adjust how they approach projects.

  2. Brandy also mentioned a type of non intrusive tracker for on task performance in her classroom. I also love the digital paper! Writing is tough and if there isn’t sufficient teacher feedback students tend to go into a holding pattern, with this it would be great for both student and teacher. !

  3. I could even see them using “digital paper” that would store the information to your device and their device then erase the print to be used again therefore being environmentally friendly for student and teacher.

    I also liked Erica’s comment about analyzing the data with the student possibly allowing them to be metacognitive about their own writing. It is always good when we learn to correct our mistakes prior to turning them in.


  4. So, maybe having them do their work on a very thin padlike device that would record their work as the produced it? Interesting. It could look like notebook paper or maybe a notepad.

  5. Hi Pepper,

    I really like the idea of being able to track student reading habits. I think that could clue you into places where students might be struggling with concepts. It can also give you a good idea about who is truly completing the assignments and who is not. It would be really nice if it could link up to a learning management system and create reports for you.

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