Once seen as the bane of classroom attention spans, Internet of Things connected devices are now becoming standard operational and teaching tools in schools where they enhance how students interact with information, make it easier for schools to monitor and address student safety, and reduce many stresses for students, teachers, and parents.
Education in the Cloud
The cloud's ability to store, organize, and search information is saving teachers time and saving schools money. Teachers can now make class work and lessons available to students on the cloud, so they no longer need to print material for every student in a given class, which also saves the school money on ink and paper. Multiple-choice quizzes can be administered online and graded automatically, giving teachers more time to plan their classes instead of tediously hand-grading tests and quizzes. The cloud also teaches students to collaborate more effectively while acclimating them to digital tools that are widely used in the real world. For example, Google Suites’ collaborative editing features on programs such as Docs and Slides make it simple for students to collaborate on documents and presentations in real-time.
And what if a student forgot their homework assignment? Teachers can place assignments in a Google Drive or other online storage folders for access from any cloud-connected device so that forgetting course materials will no longer be a concern. Notes, resource materials, and assignments stored in the cloud are easily searchable, which teaches students valuable organization skills while ensuring they don’t miss an assignment.
Using IoT for Roll Call
With admission rates for schools continuously on the rise, monitoring attendance and safety has become a challenge for school districts. Attendance benchmarks need to be reached to ensure state funding requirements are met. Sometimes students aren’t in the class where attendance is being taken; they could be in the nurse's office or detention. School ID badges embedded with RFID chips and specialized sensors placed throughout campus let schools automatically account for all students on campus and see exactly where they are. This has raised privacy concerns among parents, but RFID accountability has the potential of saving student lives in case of an emergency. For example, if there’s a fire, faculty can receive text alerts to quickly see if students are still in the building after the evacuation process.
GPS Tracking for School Buses
Getting ready in the morning is often the most Herculean task accomplished in the day: making breakfast, packing lunch, getting the kids ready, and sending them out to catch the bus is enough stress for any parent without wondering if the bus will be on time on a given day. Wouldn’t it be a relief to know exactly when the bus was coming to ensure your child isn’t in the street any longer than necessary? Wouldn’t it also be nice to know your child arrived home safely if you can’t be there to pick them up? Schools are now using the same GPS technology used to monitor commercial shipping fleets to monitor buses. Families with multiple children can receive alerts to let them know which child needs to head out at what time, eliminating the stress caused by juggling multiple bus schedules. The Austin Statesman reported that all school buses in the Austin Independent School District can now be tracked from a smartphone app.
As more educational institutions tap into the power of Internet of Things technology, teachers and students will undoubtedly become more connected through IoT. If you’re developing education-related IoT apps or devices, Aeris connectivity is available to get you up and running to help schools move into the future. Find out about the many options for IoT technology, connectivity, and devices in our whitepaper.