"Internet of School Things" aims to prepare students for the digital economy

Wed, 2013-08-28 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

A new pilot in the UK will investigate how the Internet of Things can help schoolchildren learn about science, technology and geography. The UK Technology Strategy Board – a Smart Cities Council advisor – is funding the £800,000 effort to encourage teachers and students to create and share digital content in the classroom.

The Internet of Things, of course, refers to the proliferation of devices that connect to the Internet. Smart Cities Council Lead Partner Cisco has predicted there will be some 25 devices connect by 2015 and 50 billion devices by 2050. You can see an in interesting visualization of the concept here.

As The Telegraph explains the pilot: "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."

Involving local businesses in the initiative is also a goal. Initiative backers are hopeful that getting businesses collaborating with the education sector on new technologies will help better prepare young people for work in the digital economy.

“It’s critical that schools understand how to leverage the Internet of Things so they can enhance the quality of education and prepare students to be active contributors to, and beneficiaries of, this 21st-century industrial revolution," noted Chad Jones, VP Product Strategy at Xively, one of the consortium members that will lead the project.


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