What does ‘the internet of things’ mean, anyway? It is a term that I’ve heard periodically over the past few years but explored little and never wrote about here, as it doesn’t specifically refer to education and there are so many other (specifically) relevant things to share and talk about.
The short explanation is that the Internet of Things refers to the interconnectedness of devices of all types – especially ‘smart’ devices that can react, anticipate, and adapt as necessary. In short, this interconnectedness and advancing technology is expected to simplify automation in so many areas of our lives.
That said, when I stumbled across the handy infographic below, I thought that it offered a pretty solid explanation and some interesting facts and figures, but also a good jumping off point to explore how the concepts apply in the classroom. Especially when you see the list of barriers to widespread automation – many of them can mirror the issues of bringing any new technology into your classroom.
Keep reading to learn more, and tell us what you think: What ‘automated’ things do you think you’ll see in your classroom in the near(ish?) future? What things would top your wish list? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.