Classrooms as Data Factories
Digital Education in the “Smart” City
Learning Ecosystems and the Internet of Things
Blockchain and “The Ledger”
How Austerity Generates Data
Reinventing Education for Impact Investment
IoT is a system of machine-to-machine
Billions of embedded sensors connect the digital and physical worlds.
Computing systems sense environments and react in real time.
Air Quality Sensors
A new institute, CHARIOT (Center for
Human Applied Reasoning and IoT), was
set up at the University of Southern
California in 2016 to combine cognitive
science, education research and Internet
of Things technology. Source
Some even want to use IoT to assess teacher quality.
“Integrating the IoT technology with
the social and behavioural analysis,
a standard classroom can be
transformed into a smart
classroom that actively listens and
analyze the voices, conversations,
movements, behaviour, etc., in
order to come to a conclusion
about the lecturers’ presentation
and listeners’ gratification.” Source
Sensors transmit data about learning happening “anywhere.”
Now xAPI systems can upload bits and pieces of “learning” to
a person’s cloud-based Learning Record Store (LRS).
various digital devices,
in addition to wearable
biometric monitors, etc.
xAPI is also designed for
workforce training aka
No school or certified
Common Core State Standards resulted in education becoming
a fragmented process of demonstrating competencies.
In many states with flexible credit laws, students who demonstrate competency in a standard can
earn credit outside a school setting. xAPI and IoT combined with blockchain technology could create
infrastructure that disconnects learning from schools and teachers entirely. Through a combination
of online learning and ELOs (expanded extended, enhanced, enriched learning opportunities) the Ed
Reform 2.0 vision of a learning ecosystem would be realized.
App-ification makes education mobile and data collection seamless.
Big Picture Learning collaborated with
Salesforce to develop an app that would
monitor students’ out-of-school learning
activities. Enrolled students spend two days
per week outside the classroom.
The app tracks attendance, academic progress, and
even social-emotional competencies attained.
Read more at Salesforce’s blog post: Data Tells the Story for Big Picture Learning
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In learning ecosystems everyone has their own “pathway.”
Devices generate data, and
xAPI logs information on
Cognitive AI Tutoring
Out of School Time Learning
School not required.
Philadelphia & San Diego are “Smart” Cities.
They’re also “LRNG” members, a program
supported by the MacArthur Foundation that
promotes “the city as your classroom.”
Both cities are implementing badging programs.
San Diego’s is through the school district and
Philadelphia’s is through the Digital On Ramps
Workforce Development program.
Could app-ification of education signal the end of neighborhood schools?