How the IoT is Disrupting Education
With an election coming up, the United States has seen an increased focus on their education system during the campaign. Some people think that quality education isn’t accessible enough and they want solutions, while others claim that there is no problem and you can actually take money out of the budget. The truth is somewhere in the middle, but the answer isn’t necessarily more money. In fact, the Internet of Things can actually improve education without many additional costs. How is it disrupting this space?
Tailored Lesson Plans
The Internet of Things has the potential to provide specialized learning to every student. With the right process, they can ensure that all the information given is tailored to each student. This will make teaching more efficient. Students will make better use of their time and they’ll be more motivated since the material is more catered to their needs. Their retention of information and their ability to apply what they’ve learned will increase.
Rather than focus on an outdated model of evaluation that relies on standardized tests that adhere to a strict schedule, you can provide specific feedback on their performance. Provide targeted learning modules that help the student make the most of the material. The ongoing lesson plan can be adjusted depending on the student’s performance, eliminating the need for constant assessments not suited to their learning.
Teachers get an education too
The biggest impact for these students could be the network of knowledge experts they will have access to. Gone will be the days when students have to deal with their own teacher, a relationship that can be as much of a factor as their actual academic performance. Students can get access to these experts either live or through a recorded lecture. This will be especially useful for learners who are unable to make the trip to school. Allowing equal access to the best education will level a playing field that currently favours more privileged children.
Data and feedback from students can also support the professional development of these teachers. By analyzing the performance of their students and other metrics related to their teaching modules, teachers can be assessed more accurately.
Teacher evaluation would be more reflective of student achievement considering that individual student scores would be a better assessment of progress than hitting a generic standardized score. The best teachers could have their work recorded and the keys to their success can be implemented by teachers across the board.
The Internet of Things has the potential to create better students and teachers while cutting regulatory red tape. If you work in education, look into how you can use IoT to improve results for students while creating better teachers.