Week 5 Emerging Technology

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

The article “What is the Internet of Things” explains that IoT is about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, to applications, and to other devices. The article asserts that this technology matters because its automation capabilities will be more efficient, meaning we will use less energy. Also, for the most part, hackers have not put much effort against them, as least not yet.

The Internet of Things, or “IOT” refers to the control and linking of physical objects using Internet technology. A home security advertisement on television show parents locking up their home while away on vacation after their children forget to turn things off and lock up properly. This is an example of IoT. A big-city traffic control device that reads where traffic is backed up through visual sensors and changes traffic signal rhythms to clear traffic jams is another example. More than facilitating communication, IoT causes physical things to do things. As the article points out, potential results include a great savings in energy use. But there is also what the technology will mean for personal convenience. Potential risks include major disturbances of all kinds of systems at the fingertips of one clever hacker. IoT is therefore both exciting and scary. On the exciting side, there are many ways it may help us do a better job in the classroom.

What I wanted to design is a technology that logs students in as being present. So when students come in and sit in their seats a sensor marks them as being present. It would be programmed in their desk and would communicate with the attendance office and, possibly with parents. I as a teacher forget some times to take attendance. I usually try to get to the lesson right away and sometimes I forget. When I do, the secretary will send me an email to ask to submit period 7 attendance or whatever class that I missed. Then I have to think of who was not here today. How cool would it be if there were a device that automatically took attendance for you and submitted it? Well what I found is there is! What? I need this for my class. It is a device called a Nymi. It is a smart band. I am just blown away. I never knew they already had this.

So I will come up with another idea where students can order their breakfast for the next day. In our school, we give students free breakfast and lunch every day. What I see is a lot of food going to waste. The breakfast and lunch ladies just gives us enough food for the class. They have our class list and give us that many servings. I see days when all the food is gone and days when hardly anything is eaten and it gets thrown away. If students were able to view what was for breakfast or lunch the next day and select if they wanted to eat or not I think it would drastically cut down on the food wasted. So they would select what they want on a band and when they go through the food would be dispensed into their trays. This would not only contribute to the classroom but the school and the program that the kids get the food from. It would save a lot of money that is being wasted from food being thrown away because the students didn’t eat or like what was being served.

New technology requires that teachers learn new materials. They have to keep up with the fast changing technology. As Meyer (2014)argues, connected devices have the potential to drive new ways of teaching and transform the experience both for students and educators (Meyer, 2014). She also talks about how technology could actually make education more human. What she means is the teacher would have more time to connect with students. The Internet is everywhere, and I believe that we are going to see more technology in our classrooms. Tambourine (2014) writes that, by 2020, 30 billion things will be connected to the Internet. Wow! That is all I can say.

In the article “The Internet of everything: Fueling Education Innovation,” Cisco believes that the 13 billion Internet-connected devices in 2013 will be 50 billion by 2020. So just by reading these two articles you can see that there is going to be a lot connected to the Internet.

Students these days are already tech savvy. It is the teachers who need to learn the new technology. Most students are growing up on technology, whereaswhen I was young, I didn’t have any technology until about middle school and that was only a computer. As teachers, we need to help students be ready for the job world.

The article “The Internet of Everything” points out that in order to connect the unconnected, 220,000 new engineers will be required every year from 2014 to 2022 to manage the vortex of connected devices. I am taking technology classes now so that I am able to help my students be ready for the ever-changing Internet of things. I want to make sure that I am ready for the change so I can help my students who need help to be ready as well.


Meyers, M. (2014, December 3). Can the Internet of Things make education more student-focused? – Government 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2015, from http://government-2020.dupress.com/can-internet-things-make-education-student-focused/.

Tamburini, D. (2014). What Is the Internet of Things & What Does It Mean for Design? Retrieved June 13, 2015, from http://www.wirelessdesignmag.com/blogs/2014/10/what-internet-things-what-does-it-mean-design.

The Internet of everything: Fueling Education Innovation. (2014). Retrieved June 13, 2015, from http://globalstemalliance.org/media/filer_public/b9/c6/b9c609e0-deb9-479a-bc19-94770297fd3a/14cs4580-iot_whitepaper-charts-r2.pdf.

What is the Internet of things? (2015). Retrieved June 13, 2015, from http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/06/what-is-the-internet-of-things-google.


4 thoughts on “Week 5 Emerging Technology

  1. Your second idea of counting for breakfasts/lunches is excellent! At my school this past year, we piloted a lunch program. It went really well; students and parents loved it. We have a small school, so we were really able to brag about the homemade food that our chef made daily. However, we encountered many problems in trying to count for the lunches for the day. We would send home a monthly calendar and students would return it with their selection. In the beginning, students would simply know what days they were having lunch. That created a problem for the kitchen – they never knew how many lunches to make for a certain day. As you mentioned, there were often leftovers. On some days, we didn’t even have enough food. Eventually we moved to the popsicle stick method, where students’ sticks were turned in with attendance. This worked better, but wasn’t fool proof, especially when we had parents who told us to let their kid have lunch whenever they wanted (if they saw that it was good) or staff members who just decided to have lunch.

    It would be very beneficial to have a device where students can select the lunches they want (and breakfasts too in your case). An additional feature that would make this device even more useful is if the information could be sent to several places, not just the kitchen. For example, if it could be sent to the school secretary for billing purposes and parents to keep track of when they would need to send their kids to school without a lunch. It’s a fabulous idea, and I hope one day it gets made!

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    1. I din;t even think about who else this can get sent to. That is excellent for billing purposes. Also parents and they can see if their child is eating or not. I see some kids that don’t eat because they don’t want to. Yes that would be extra add on to a device like this.

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  2. Love your idea of having an app for looking into school breakfast and lunch. I think that once that information gets transferred to the cafeteria, they can appropriate how much they will make, therefore saving waste. I’m intrigued by how the IoT is able to take on so many details, and indeed take the small details, take care of them, like attendance so that we may teach with less disruptions. My next wonder? Are we becoming too technologically dependent?

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