The Internet of Things (IOT) is fast changing the way business is conducted online and making waves in education as well.
Widely considered the fourth wave in the internet, IOT is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and connectivity which enables these household items to connect and exchange data.
IOT will also bring a new wave of learning to education and is being implemented at Dreamcity, the first edutainment theme park to launch in Australia with Dreamcity Pop-up coming this September.
Dreamcity will make use of IOT by allowing parents to know exactly where their children are at any given time in the park. In addition, parents will know all the activities their child is participating in which will give them valuable information on how they might support their child’s future development.
According to the most recent ABS report the majority of children in the 8 to 11 years age group have access to a device and are online.
The report also states that:
- The vast majority (95%) of 8 to 11 year-olds had accessed the internet ‘in the last four weeks’, with almost all having accessed the internet at some point in their lives.
- Children in this age group use multiple internet-enabled devices; up to three for a 10 to 11 year old. And these are all sorts of devices, not just computers and laptops but also handheld mobile devices such as iPads and iPods and game consoles (Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portables, PlayStations).
- 37% of 8 to 9 year olds and 51% of 10 to 11 year olds have – at some time – accessed the internet via a handheld mobile device.
- Mobile phone ‘ownership’ increases significantly with age. We found that 11% of 8 to 9 year olds have their own mobile phone, increasing to 67% of 12 to 13 year olds. (According to 2012 ABS data, 29% of children aged 5 to 14 years of age have a mobile phone.)
- While the majority in this age group access the internet at home, increasing numbers are using technology at school and at a friends’ house, away from direct parental supervision.