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Ask The Futurist: “How Will the Internet of Everything Impact Teachers’ Roles in the Connected Classroom?”

Chalkboards. Textbooks.  Stacks of papers and folders. All of these items can make anyone a little nostalgic and remind us of our time in primary and secondary school. While basic fundamentals remain the same, classrooms are evolving. The reason? The Internet.

This year’s back-to-school season has sparked many conversations around the future of the classroom. Most parents have seen the workforce and everyday life evolve as the Internet of Everything (IoE) begins to connect more people, places, data, and things. Yet questions about IoE in the classroom persist. That’s why in today’s “Ask the Futurist” post, I take a deeper look at how the IoE will impact the classroom of the future.

Today’s question comes from Rob Coote, a systems analyst for a public K-12 school district in Northern Alberta, Canada. Here’s his two-part question:

Question: “How do you envision the future of the ‘connected classroom’ and one-to-one learning in K-12 education? How do you see this impacting or changing the teacher’s role?”

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Trick Question: Have You Registered for the Internet of Things World Forum?

IoTWF for blog smallAs you may have heard, Cisco is hosting the inaugural Internet of Things World Forum, October 29-31 in Barcelona.  The goal of the IoT World Forum is to gather the best and brightest thinkers, doers, and innovators from business, government, and academia together to accelerate the Internet of Things.  At the end of the conference, participants will walk away with an enhanced understanding of what they can do to advance the Internet of Things, as well as strategies for maximizing its benefits—both for their organizations and the industry as a whole.

If you’re one of those thinkers, innovators, or doers and would like to attend, please check out the handy list of steps below to register. Registering for the IoT World Forum is actually a two-step process.  Nominations and Registration.  I detail both, below.  Read More »

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When IoE Gets Personal: The Quantified Self Movement!

Microsensors in your shoes compile data on where you go and how much you walk or run. Your workout clothes track your daily progress at the gym and tell you when to slow down or speed up. The pill you swallow reports back on the state of your digestion, vital signs, and overall well-being. And as you sleep, a headband monitors your REM patterns.

A far-fetched sci-fi fantasy? Not at all. It’s merely a glimpse Read More »

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Innovation Shaping the Future of Visual Collaboration

In my recent No Jitter post, Innovation in Strange Places, I discussed the trends and challenges that are influencing the way we blend our physical and virtual environments to shape the future of the collaborative workspace. I pondered on everything from generational (GenX, GenY, and Baby Boomer) differences, to adaptive and intelligent user experiences, to truly pervasive and interoperable communication technologies.  When these factors come together, I believe they will enable us to connect the unconnected and to make the vision of any device, any application, from any location a reality--not just a tag line. Read More »

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#ExecInsights: Top Five Ways The Internet of Everything Can Be Realized Today

Last week, I presented at the Colorado Innovation Summit in Denver, Colorado where leaders from higher education, industry, start-ups, government, and research labs came together to discuss a wide array of innovation topics such as technology, education, social entrepreneurship and economic development.  The need to transform and revitalize communities around the world to make public services and communications anywhere and on any device more accessible was one of the hot topics. 

Photo Credit: Blue House Photography

Photo Credit: Blue House Photography

Today, we are experiencing the largest economic and social shifts in history including an aging population – countries like the U.S., Japan and China are going to see its elderly population over 65 years old more than double before the year 2050.  As a result, millions of new jobs will need to be created and productivity needs to be significantly increased to absorb the burgeoning working-age population.   We are also observing other shifts: economies are shrinking in Europe, Germany and Russia while economies like Nigeria and Saudi Arabia and Egypt are seeing hyper-growth numbers. In both these economic situations, increasing productivity to increase income and overall living standards is vital.  These and other trends we call the Internet of Everything (IoE) highly resonated with attendees as they saw that having the ability to anticipate customer needs and how to solve their problems creates a huge opportunity for global companies.

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