How IoT is Making Education and Learning Smarter

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Startups, researchers, software developers, and innovators are coming out with IoT-enabled solutions to make education and learning convenient for students. By mixing IoT software and hardware, they are developing the solutions that do not only smooth the education process but also help colleges, schools, and other institutes to have better management and control over resources and facilities.

Here are 10 examples how IoT is making education and learning practices smarter:

1. IoT powered boards

A board in classrooms helps a teacher explain various concepts to the whole class. IoT can make learning through boards easier. The technology can make boards interactive and smarter. Glogster is a SaaS based platform providing IoT-powered boards that allow adding interactive content, like images, graphics, audio, video, text, and hyperlink. The content on these boards can be shared electronically with classmates and teachers simply through URL addresses.

2. Interactive learning

IoT makes education & learning interactive and fills it with full of fun. Learning becomes interesting when students are able to interact with peers, mentors educator beyond geographical limits by using connected devices like digital highlighters and interactive boards. They can even use Radio Frequency Identification chips (RFID) to tag physical objects round the clock, regardless of the weather or other conditions. This kind of learning facilitates a richer learning experience and provides real-time insights into subjects.

3. Using apps in mobiles and tablets

Tablets and mobiles are changing the way schools provide teaching and learning to students. They only need the right educational apps and, then these devices turn out to be a truly powerful tool for teaching and learning. These devices have easy and portable connectivity and, students can effortlessly carry them in their hands or bags. They are 3D-textbook ready devices. A 3-D textbook is made of videos, animation, audios and other graphics content.

4. eBooks — a more accessible way to learn

Typically, students cannot carry all the books they want to read. But when things go online, just forget about any limit. An app can provide students with access to thousands of book right from their mobile phones or tablets. Also, these books can be stored natively in devices so that students can read them even without internet connectivity.

5. Other learning sources

Students can learn new things easily with advanced technology. For an instance, Google-provided apps allow students and teachers to share files online and make changes in these files in real time. There are apps available to capture and record lectures which can be saved to have a revision later.

6. IoT for access control

IoT can be used to advance infrastructure in schools and colleges. Take an example classroom doors which can now have push silent panic button for saving lives during emergencies. Pre-existing fireproof door-locks can also be modernized with IoT. IoT-powered access control systems for doors can verify whether or not visitors have the authority to enter a classroom or other facilities and then open doors. IoT solutions for opening / locking doors from / for remote locations also exist. This is a very useful system to ensure authorized accesses and shun misshapes.

7. Better Interaction

IoT powered infrastructure can also support students and teachers to have interaction with each other by using various channels. They can stay connected and share information and documentation whenever they want. This will also allow students to instantly clear their doubts on a subject and keep the learning continuous without waiting for the next classes.

8. Learning anytime, anywhere

IoT can be used to create a community using different platforms. Teachers can monitor the progress of students and stay connected with them through various interaction-channels, like video-conferencing, voice chat, text-chat, etc. Learning will not be restricted to limits of time and place as the technology can keep students connected with study materials, libraries, books, and teachers anytime, anywhere.

9. Implementing advanced security

IoT-based sensors, hardware, and software solutions can help schools and colleges strengthen the security of their premises. Students and staff-members (also hearing impaired) will feel a high sense of security through emergency alarms, wireless clocks, audio enhancements, and other devices. IoT can also help schools and colleges securing their campuses.

10. Attendance tracking and automating

IoT can also be used for automatically marking the attendance of students when they enter their classrooms. The system can also keep tabs on whether or not a student is giving the required time in their class. With this system, the time taken to submit attendance data can be shortened.

The situations mentioned in this post for IoT implementations have been abstracted from real life solutions used in different schools and colleges and various training institutions. Do you also need similar solutions for your school or college? Well, the technology of IoT and providers of IoT solutions are here to help you!

Author bio: Sofia Coppol is the technical writer of Rapidsoft Technologies, a prominent mobile app development company which provides Android app development and iPhone app development services across the globe. She loves to write on latest mobile trends, mobile technologies, startups and enterprises.

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