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How is IoT changing the Education Sector

Technology has touched one and all. Technology has impacted each and every sector we know today. A shift from dial-up top broad band to huge computers to small handheld devices, technology is everywhere. As technology grows, by 2020 Cloud-Based Education will rule the sector, with better aggregation of student metrics, more efficient data sharing, and more visual assessment results.

Here are few technology trends, which have strong effect on classrooms, in both K-12 and higher education:

1. 3D Printing – A technology, which has helped students bring their ideas to life or put their hands on concepts that previously lived only in textbooks. This technology has not only helped children to replicate ideas but creating new ones.
2. Virtual Reality (VR) – VR technology is set to change how students learn. VR is once such experiential learning, which can teach complex problems in a different way than traditional education methods of today.
3. Internet of Things (IoT) – This technology is still to be explored in the education sector. There are only few classrooms dabbling in gesture-based controls feeding data to Internet-connected devices.
4. Wearables – Wearable technology is the latest star of the Internet of Things concept. Analysts at New Media Consortium (NMC) predict it will be widespread in classrooms in about four years, but there are already examples of the technology making waves in education.
5. Robotics – The tasks that devices can do are becoming more sophisticated as engineers refine & fine-tune machine-learning techniques. Robotic toys are capable of changing how special-education students learn in the classroom.

Though traditional way of education cannot be removed, but with inclusion of technology, students get to see and learn so much more. Upcoming technologies will give students an advantage and a learning curve for when they are adults.

Source: EdTech / Teach Thought

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