Operations director Steve Nelson considers the Internet of Everything in our latest advice for education IT decision makers.
The Internet of Everything will revolutionise schools, reshaping the way eLearning is delivered and taught in the future. But what is it?
We can start by looking at moves toward the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), which is compelling for those tech-savvy educators. We are witnessing more and more schools embracing the concept, connecting a whole host of devices to enterprise grade networks. So it’s not hard to extend our thinking to envision a world where the IoT segues into the Internet of Everything (IoE): an ultra network of super powerful, superfast highways where billions, even trillions, of connections create unprecedented opportunities.
In the IoE age, real change will come from harnessing new technologies to build a better -not faster – eLearning climate. It has to be integrated into the education system slowly and in subtle, nuanced ways.
Some schools may use it to save money or harness data; some will prepare students to be highly tech-literate; others will find creative uses for their specific needs. Personalised, detailed instruction and seamlessly interactive technology will run head-to-head with funding issues and accountability systems. In order to include the IoE in education, our understanding of education must shift. Suppliers that will benefit first will be those that create practical, reasonable and cost effective solutions that those with education IT responsibility can comprehend and translate into meaningful ways that enrich young lives.
The future sees a number of factors driving the successful implementation of the IoE throughout education. First and perhaps foremost, security will be an enormous and obvious one.
Embedded devices will cultivate increasingly complex networks, so striking a balance between the efficacy of the IoE and the implied risks to privacy and security, will become more paramount in schools and the wider FE and HE campuses. Both educators and learners will need to have a better understanding of the ethical issues and find strategies to mitigate the dangers.
Other factors that will come into play will include assuring the integrity of data, as well as its accuracy and authenticity and education policies. The latter will revolve around the crucial development of policies that encourage more rapid adoption of technology in the classroom and its effective integration into the curricula. These will need to include robust change management practices among schools to reduce the barriers to technology adoption, and increase its scale and investment in training teachers to equip then with knowledge and skills to develop ever more innovative, inventive and inspirational learning programmes.
There can be little doubt that the IoE will also encourage the commercial sector to collaborate more with the education sector on the new technologies, and better prepare young people to work within the digital age. It’s critical that schools understand how to leverage IoE technologies so they can enhance the quality of education and prepare students to be active contributors to, and beneficiaries of the ‘new’ 21st-century industrial revolution.Posted by Calibre Web Team Posted on 25 Jan