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Learning Ecosystems and the Internet of Things

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Part 4 of 7 in the Series: Education in the Cloud. Introduction at: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2017/07/13/smart-cities-social-impact-bonds-public-educations-hostile-takeover-part-ii/

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Learning Ecosystems and the Internet of Things

  1. 1. Overview 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
  2. 2. So what is the Internet of Things?
  3. 3. IoT is a system of machine-to-machine communication.
  4. 4. Billions of embedded sensors connect the digital and physical worlds.
  5. 5. Computing systems sense environments and react in real time. Source iBeacons Whiteboards Online Learning E-books Tablets Smartphones Chromebooks Trash Sensors Bus Sensors Biometric Monitors Attendance RFID Makerspaces HVAC Sensors Bus Sensors Air Quality Sensors Security Access Cameras Robotics Lab
  6. 6. IoT Powers “Personalized” Learning 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Sensors transmit data about learning happening “anywhere.”
  9. 9. Now xAPI systems can upload bits and pieces of “learning” to a person’s cloud-based Learning Record Store (LRS). xAPI accepts transmissions from various digital devices, in addition to wearable sensors, iBeacons, biometric monitors, etc. xAPI is also designed for workforce training aka “lifelong learning.” No school or certified teachers required.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Makerspaces Work Placement Mobile Learning Museums / Libraries / Cultural InstitutionsGamified Education / AR Data
  13. 13. In learning ecosystems everyone has their own “pathway.” Devices generate data, and xAPI logs information on learning experiences. Cognitive AI Tutoring Badges Playlists Out of School Time Learning Source School not required.
  14. 14. 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. Source
  15. 15. Could app-ification of education signal the end of neighborhood schools?

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