Internet of Things and its influence on Education

Mentioning the fact that our lives became highly depended on the connections of the Internet is almost redundant. Still, as a detail that should prove this point and launch it beyond the point of any doubt, is the statistic that in 2008 the number of connected devices exceeded the number of people on Ea... By the year 2020, there will be more than 50 billion devices online, starting from our PCs, tablets, phones, to our cars, security systems and even Barbie dolls.

The advantages of internet communication and big data systems made a lot of unimaginable things possible. Our businesses, governments, transport systems, social lives, and entire infrastructures are continuing to develop in rapid speed because solely because of this decisive factor. Our education is revolutionizing as well, so let’s take a moment and reflect on some of the biggest changes in the past decade.

Emerging Worlds

The Pew Research Center, an authoritative source on global attitudes and trends, reported that 64% of the 36, 619 people in 32 emerging nations surveyed, agreed that the internet has affected their educational system in a positive manner, and only 8% of them responded that they consider the influence as a negative one.

An initiative from the organization One Laptop per Child, proved recently that when given the opportunity, kids will learn to read by themselves through the power of the internet connection. The solar powered internet school in Africa helps generations learn not just how to read, but all information about the world around them. Some reports even noted that one boy watched videos of animals on YouTube, connected the dots by himself, and wrote the word Lion with no help or influence from his teachers.

It is evident that distance education has revolutionized our entire school system, and incentives like this one should be enforced in all countries, not just emerging ones.

Applied Education

One potentially daunting aspect of the internet education is the fact that people are disregarding traditional ways and are turning to self education in large numbers. In fact, only 42.1 of college students from the generation of 2008 graduated on time. Of course, there is a factor of high priced tuitions, discouraging and growing figures of college debts, but in general – our students aren’t satisfied with the curriculum colleges offer.

Jake Schwartz, a CEO of General Assembly, predicts that by the year 2020 we will turn to a completely new way of evaluation, offering students a chance to earn a diploma that will actually stand for applied knowledge of a certain subject, and not just a certification of years spent in school. This change is overdue, and many authoritative professors agree that our future generations should focus on more valuable and even profitable classes.

It won’t be long from now when we will start education our youth about app development in elementary schools, or ideal trading in high schools. The fact is that they are focusing their free time on those particular subjects, and the irony is that they will gain more benefit from the things they learn in free time, than from outdated classes they attend in schools.

So prepare for the revolution of education, as we march in the era of Internet of Things. Start building a personal learning network, expand your knowledge through the power of connections, and join the million of students worldwide, educating themselves at this very moment. 

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