What are Networked Objects?


Networked objects connect the physical world with the world of information through the web. They do so through TCP/IP, the set of standards that enables network connections and specifies how information finds its way to and from myriad 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.

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

  • As the Internet of Things continues to expand, networked objects in the consumer world will become tools for inquiry used by students. The ability to query the data provided by real objects in their own worlds will help students with learning concepts that used to achieved through videos and abstract modelling, discussions, etc. I'm thinking here about how these devices and data can enhance science experiments, which in my school days were often very contrived and more symbolic than authentic. - jerry.szombathy jerry.szombathy Nov 5, 2015
  • IOT for security, efficiency, and indoor positioning can provide a better learning and more moderate environment with current technologies and cheap hardware cost its possible for schools to adopt such products which will impact positively.- abdulrahman.hasan abdulrahman.hasan Nov 6, 2015
  • Mostly in KG's and early years, parents tend to worry about children and their ability to adapt to schools I hope to see more products going into this direction.- abdulrahman.hasan abdulrahman.hasan Nov 6, 2015

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

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

  • There is tremendous interest in the IoT and it will inevitably have a significant effect on teaching and learning. The economist Marco Annunziata in his TED Talk makes quite a strong argument for the industrial internet changing everything not unlike other previous technological revolutions. Education, whether we like it or not, is an industry and it will be changed. My hope is that it will allow for more just-in-time, differentiated, individualized learning. Like wearable technology, it may allow us to track learning in ways we have never dreamed possible. - ibeeckmans ibeeckmans Nov 6, 2015
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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