Smart technologies aren’t surprising anyone anymore. We have smart homes, smart cars, smart cities. So why not start working on the smart classrooms?
The future of the smart classrooms is exciting. It can help students learn more information in a shorter period of time while making the process easier. The student-teacher collaboration can be improved. While the use of numerous devices could increase dramatically.
The leading smart technology expert at Bedrock IT company (http://ottawa-it-services.ca/) gave us a quick outline of what the future of smart technology in the classroom looks like.
1. IoT Will Spread Faster than Light
About 5.5 billion new devices (or “things”) connect to the network every year. So by 2020, the number of connections should reach about 30 billion. While some school devices are already connected to the network, the future is even more exciting. Lights, bells, door locks are bound to become smart. Meanwhile, classroom instructions and student registration can be completed with the help of IoT.
2. Anytime, Anywhere
IoT devices allow anytime and anywhere connectivity. Meaning the classroom can exist anytime and anywhere as well. Be it the playground, the dining hall or the gym, students can be connected to each other and the information necessary to help them learn seamlessly.
Meanwhile, skipping school won’t be a pleasure anymore. Anyone will get a chance to connect to the classroom from his or her home. Such connectivity and availability can enhance the teaching process, helping students keep up with their peers. The “always-on” experience can speed up the educational process.
3. Intelligent Classrooms
Imagine the space adjusting fully to your needs. A teacher walks into the classroom and the space around the students adjusts to the subject they will be taught. Equipment configuration, information about the lesson, the amenities can automatically fit the needs of a particular person.
By walking into the classroom, students can immediately be notified about the homework and the next lesson plan.
4. Location Tracking
Skipping school is fun until it becomes a habit and puts the education at risk. That’s why location awareness could become one of the features of a smart classroom. The equipment and software will track students on the school territory, identifying which ones are at a risk of skipping class.
These technologies can improve the attendance rates thus helping students stay on track. This approach is still widely debated, but, most likely, a certain tracking system will eventually be approved.
5. Virtual Reality
Virtual and Augmented Reality can help move students out of the classrooms to take the teaching to a new level. Students can be immersed in realistic simulations to help them learn anything from chemistry to history. Since visual and emotional learning is much more effective than the traditional approach, VR and AR are bound to change the way we view a classroom.
6. Dense Environments
The gadget-dense environments are growing. The device density is not just limited to the classrooms. Students use numerous devices outside the school as well. Meanwhile, dining halls are equipped with temperature gauges, vending machine sensors, and meal ticket scanners.
Connecting all of them to one network can multiply the dense environments. All these devices are “things”, which must be connected in order to improve learning and teaching experience.
Today, the majority of students have a talent for understanding most user interfaces. Meaning the smart classrooms won’t pose a problem for any of them. Smart classrooms are the unavoidable future. The question is how long it will take to achieve it.
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