Good morning and welcome to our talk on preparing for the classroom of 2020. My name is Bob Nilsson. I’m director of vertical solutions at Extreme Networks. I’m here today with Lyn Jobson, Principal at Alamanda College in Point Cook, Victoria. Alamanda is K-9
In some ways this snapshot of a classroom is futuristic. But everything in the picture exists today.
Thanks to virtual reality or more accurately, mixed reality: the students and the teacher can see a dinosaur that is not physically in the room, but they can interact with it nonetheless.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s in the classroom . 1. Classroom environment control Adjustable room lights for hue and intensity – they can be programmed to follow the natural daylight cycle, or create an artificial cycle, perhaps more conducive to learning. Adjustable window blinds for hue and intensity Room temperature, humidity, CO2, O2, and other air quality monitor and controller including smells. Constantly programmable.
2. Security for student safety Smart door locks Motion sensors Video (indoor and outdoor) take attendance and track student engagement Sound (loud shouts, shots or explosions) At students’ request: monitor location of students (phones)
3. Digital media displays Flat screen monitors on wall eBooks, smart phones
4. VR/AR/Mixed Reality For interacting with physical objects – or for taking field trips to museums and exotic places.
5. Teacher monitors and controls Teacher can participate in mixed reality Also monitor where each student is in their reading and studying; where they are going slowly and struggling. Can also monitor how well she is being heard in the back of the room Be alerted to certain room conditions, like is too much CO2 being generated at a location, that might signify to much talking. Can easily or even automatically vary the lighting or temperature conditions. Interactive polling; formative assessment
6. Wearables Wearables include fitness tracking bands, but also Thync mood changing wearable brain stimulator and Muse brain-sensing headband Thinking caps or “math hats” - neurological enhancement technology worn on the head. (Vanderbilt) Conceivably the teacher can monitor the students cognitive activities during class
7. Other The classroom of 2020 extends beyond the four walls of the physical room. Remote students can directly participate through Internet of Things sensors and controllers and through… Even possible to send smells. Telepresence robot – from companies like Beam, Double Robotics; students can participate more easily when unable to be physically in the class.
Wi-Fi with analytics
What don’t you see? Some differences from today’s classrooms are relatively minor like no fluorescent lighting. Also: Traditional books Paper and pencils Printers (but there might be a shared 3D printer) No wires
What will the content media be in 2020? The media used in education has been on a long transition….
Paper first came into use in China in about 100 BC 1550 years later… came the printing press and typesetting, which made it easier to reproduce books. Paper books *still* have a major role at schools, but you are all familiar with the issues: They are difficult to edit and print; heavy to lug around in back packs; expensive now in the $100 price range. 530 years later… digital displays and word processing arrived 27 years later… Low cost eBooks, such as the Kindle arrived on the scene 9 years later… we have virtual and mixed reality being introduced for teaching – prices range from $11.99 for Google cardboard. Think of the cost savings, assuming the students already have a smart phone to use with the headset (or head-mounted display). Open Education Resources are reducing the cost of the digital content. And as a huge side benefit, it is nearly impossible for students to be distracted or start texting when they are in a VR session. You command their full attention. 3 more years?? Direct input to the visual cortex?
The move to digital content was a huge step toward personalized learning. Accessible to all children. Opportunity to deliver it in different languages, simultaneously.
Once the medium becomes digital, it can evolve rapidly as display technology advances, all the way to head mounted displays.
The Smart Classroom of the opening picture, is only one part of the Internet of Things Smart School. The Smart School includes all the earlier-mentioned classroom learning devices, like eBooks, smart phones, and displays; and adds facilities and campus capabilities that go beyond teaching and learning like:
Cleaning robots Lab instruments that with a smart phone can track acceleration, force, angular velocity, magnetic field, pressure, altitude, and temperature in experiments. Inventory and supplies trackers Shuttle tracking Smart traffic and parking control Campus surveillance
If that’s where schools are headed, where are schools today? We ran a survey to find out. Just to clarify our use of the name, Smart School, our use of Smart School is along the lines of the Smart City or Smart Hospital; implying extensive use of smart IoT devices that provide fine-level monitoring and control throughout the facility. It is not to be confused with smartboards, or the SMART school program whose acronym means Strategic Measurable Attainable Results-oriented and Time-bound. Another, very different use of the term is to imply the use of artificial intelligence, as in “Smart Machines”.
As you might guess, whiteboards, camera, video, tablets, eBooks are at top with over 50% of schools using. We’ve kept the survey open and Smart HVAC has been going up
What’s not on the list? Virtual and mixed reality Brain helmets
Not completely sure about brain helmets / thinking caps
As part of our survey, we asked CIOs to tell us the most important success factors for implementing smart school IoT technology; and what their concerns are. Reliable Wi-Fi came out as the top success factor, closely followed by having sufficient network bandwidth. Their top concerns and drawbacks are security, privacy and potential cost. A lot of that fear and uncertainty about security and privacy is relieved when you know what is taking place on your network. So visibility and analytics goes a long way to addressing these concerns. Cost will be actually be much less of an issue, since the new digital displays reduce the expense of text books, and new educational technology is based on low cost consumer technologies.; and Open Educational Resources are helping out. And as I mentioned, distractions can be all but solved with head-mounted displays.
But what also emerged from the survey is that most CIOs are not yet fully prepared for a large scale IoT implementation. And with IDC and Gartner projecting literally billions of IoT devices coming on to networks over the next three years, it is time to get ready…
So to summarize the needs for the classroom of 2020 - which is coming quickly! The goal is to support personalized learning an style of teaching with rich media and flexible displays and configurations, including virtual and mixed reality. Provide for multiple styles of teaching including flipped and hybrid learning. It all requires robust, reliable infrastructure.
Possibly the most critical component to enable classroom edtech is the Wi-Fi that connects it all, along with the network management and network application analytics.
Extreme Networks is a network infrastructure and software vendor. Our product line covers the full range from data center switches, to wired edge, Wi-Fi access points and network management and analytics. The education market is one of the very most important to Extreme Networks. All-told, about ¼ our sales are into the education industry with customers located around the world. 1400 School Districts and 1100 Universities Worldwide
Whether your Wi-Fi need is low density or high density, we have you covered. At the high density end, we provide Wi-Fi to 15 stadiums and arenas around the US and were the Official Wi-Fi provider of the NFL; and Official Wi-Fi Analytics Provider of Super Bowl 50. If we can handle stadiums with 70,000 users, then we can certainly handle your school district needs.
All that plus our award-winning customer support – is why we win these education industry readers’ choice awards year after year.
Extreme’s visionary approach to developing software-driven networking architecture has resulted in a far more unified solution than our competitor’s approaches - many of which fragment their management capabilities.
1) Our switching platforms span from your network edge to its core, delivering seamless connectivity and visibility across your entire digital supply chain.
2) We utilize a single database that delivers full context across all network nodes, users and apps and provides meaningful analytics at every level of your architecture.
Single pane of glass, one network database.
Be sure to see us at stand #9 on the conference floor.
Now let me turn it over to Lyn Jobson to describe the network at Alamanda College.
An important tool to stay on top of the state of the network and watch performance as well as all the applications and data flows across the network… is Extreme Analytics.
We conduct about six surveys each year on breaking trends, and share the results at our blog and with infographics. QR code is to my blog postings, which includes more background on this talk as well as all of our surveys and infographics.
The most important trend is to personalized learning. Almost all the technology in the preceding picture is designed to provide a more personalized learning experience for each student.
Here’s a definition of personalized learning: Tailoring learning to each student’s strengths, needs, and interests — including enabling student choice in what, how, when, and where they learn — to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.
Competency-based progression Personal learning paths Optimal instruction delivery
All-told, about ¼ our sales are into the education industry with customers located around the world.
1400 School Districts and 1100 Universities Worldwide