The Internet of Everything (IoE) is Changing Education…For the Better?

“Educators need to embrace [the] ‘connected student…’ They need to leverage mobile phones to collect data to interpret students’ behaviors and habits, create personalized teaching plans and remove the need for examinations, replacing them with ongoing assessments…”

This is the vision of an Internet of Everything (IoE)-transformed education system, as set out in this interesting piece on ZDNet by Cisco’s Contributing Blogger on IoE (see below screen shot and link to full post).

You might or might not agree with this fascinating and provocative take on IoE and what education can or perhaps should be, but technology is clearly changing our traditional approach to educating our children. The idea here is that the Internet of Everything (IoE) – a future where every device is connected and can talk to other devices, enabling instant access to information and data and reliable unified communications – will evolve how we educate students towards an immersive, collaborative, interactive, real-time, hands-on type of learning designed to better connect the act and process of education to students’ application of knowledge in jobs and in life.

“Thanks to technology, education is evolving from a linear knowledge-transfer model, to a more collaborative, engaging process. Rather than a bottlenecked route for information to come from set textbooks, students are able to use the internet to discover their own sources of information to add to the overall learning process.

The push towards connected learning is designed to prepare children for their professional lives, which will demand an ever-increasing familiarity with, and proficiency in technology.”

This transformation is happening today in Australia, South Korea, the UK and in places closer to home like Cleveland, Ohio. So buckle up and get ready for more IoE driven change – the Internet of Everything is happening now in a community near you.

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Thread Protocol Aims to Address Interoperability Challenges of IoT

Key players in Internet of Things promote Thread protocol at Google campus

One of the main challenges confronting a future of a seamless, secure IoT is the likelihood that not every device will be able to talk to every other device. Think of this as VHS versus Beta – if your Nest thermostat won’t ‘talk’ to your Ford F-150, then your truck can’t tell your house that you’re almost home so the temp can be lowered! I know, that would be a disaster, right?

Ok, maybe not. But what if the medical device implanted in your mom’s abdomen that gives her life saving medicine doesn’t ‘talk’ to her cell phone or her doctor’s servers? Now that is a problem.

To ensure that devices will talk to one another and be interoperable, there are a number of movements occurring to standardize platforms or languages, if you will. One of these is Thread, the aim of which is to allow up to 250 devices to communicate and operate with one another, bringing Thread-enabled devices into one harmonious IoT environment.

Check out the attached article for more information, and stay tuned for more developments re: Thread and other movements to help enable IoT communication regardless of make or model.

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IoT Changing What Security Means to Business

For so many leaders in business today, information security is an important matter, but really one that their IT department is handling. With the onset of the age of IoT (the Internet of Things), infosec is now everyone’s problem, reaching deep into the strategy and operational decisions made day to day by leaders at all levels and within all departments.

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John Ansbach on IoT, Cybersecurity & the Technology Trends of Tomorrow