Children in eight UK schools are to be given access to new technology as part of a pilot scheme to define how the ‘Internet of Things’ can enhance learning in science, technology, and geography. This is from the Telegraph…
The idea of the Internet of Things is to enable a world where devices, data and places are connected with applications and people over the Internet, transforming the way we discover and interact with the world.
The Internet of Things is expected to incorporate over a trillion connected objects by 2025, and generate up to $14.4 trillion in revenue by 2020, according to predictions by technology companies ARM and Cisco.
The new £800,0000 education project, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, aims to encourage teachers and students to take a more active role in creating and sharing digital content in schools.
The project will be led by DISTANCE, a consortium founded to advance education through technology, which includes Intel, Xively, Science Scope, Explorer HQ, Stakeholder Design, University of Birmingham’s Urban Climate Laboratory, UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, and The Open University Department of Computing.
DISTANCE plans to create a digital information hub using Xively Cloud Services – a massively scalable cloud platform that is purpose-built for the Internet of Things. This will help the consortium to identify the incentives needed to encourage teachers, students and businesses to share certain types of data openly for the first time.
Students and teachers will be taught to measure and share data – using new Internet of Things technology – in ways that help make learning fun, link directly to the curriculum, and ultimately inform the design of the next generation of schools.
“One of the issues we have encountered has been the difficulty of combining data from different sources such as weather stations, PV cells and wind turbines in an effective way,” said John Kinchin, assistant head teacher at King’s School in Peterborough.
“We believe that development of the Internet of School Things will resolve these issue to allow us opportunities to create and develop curriculum materials for science, maths, geography and other subjects which is both more engaging and inspiring for students.”
It is hoped that the initiative will also encourage UK businesses to collaborate with the education sector on these new technologies, and better prepare children to work within the digital economy.
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