What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things conveys information communicated by network aware objects that connect the physical world with the world of information through the web. It does so through TCP/IP, the set of standards that enables network connections and specifies how information finds its way to and from the myriad of connections it contains. TCP/IP was formulated in the 1970s by Vinton Cerf and Robert E. Kahn. The advent of TCP/IP v6, launched in 2006, added enormous new addressing capabilities to the Internet, and enabled objects and the information they might carry in attached sensors or devices to be addressable and searchable across the web. This expanded address space is particularly useful for tracking objects that monitor sensitive equipment or materials, point-of-sale purchases, passport tracking, inventory management, identification, and similar applications. Embedded chips, sensors, or tiny processors attached to an object allow helpful information about the object, such as cost, age, temperature, color, pressure, or humidity to be transmitted over the Internet. This simple connection allows remote management, status monitoring, tracking, and alerts if the objects they are attached to are in danger of being damaged or spoiled. Traditional web tools allow objects to be annotated with descriptions, photographs, and connections to other objects, and any other contextual information. The Internet of Things makes access to these data as easy as it is to use the web.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

I'm excited about this idea for a couple of reasons - the potential for monitoring staus and location of equipment and archive materials are obvious, but the potential for use in field work learning is huge. In architecture and design there is a long tradition of the 'tour' as a way of learning about the built fabric. Way back into the enlightenment people have been visiting, sketching and making notes about the built fabric as a way to learn, reproduce and understand the historical significance of buildings and landscapes - inger.mewburn inger.mewburn Feb 19, 2014

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

While the objects might be 'addressable' it might be useful to add information about how this could be integrated with mobile technologies - inger.mewburn inger.mewburn Feb 19, 2014

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

Greater ease in moving teaching and learning out into the field is the most exciting aspect of this development from my point of view. At the moment there is some work being doing with ipads and other mobile technologies to assist student field work, but these all require great effort in production because designers must individually source the information and keep it up to date. The ability to make large databases of things and, more importantly, keep track of their condition in real time, would make it significantly easier to create these kinds of apps and shorten development times - inger.mewburn inger.mewburn Feb 19, 2014

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

No, but there has been an extensive OLT grant project on fieldwork learning with mobile technologies just been completed
http://mobilefieldworklearning.wordpress.com - inger.mewburn inger.mewburn Feb 19, 2014
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