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, colour, pressure, or humidity to be transmitted over the Internet. This simple connection allows remote management, status monitoring, tracking, and even 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, instructions, warranties, tutorials, photographs, connections to other objects, and any other kind of 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?

  • Parents may want access to information about their child, and the child´s environment. This is easy to do on a technical level (tracking my son´s cell phone by GPS, leaving RFID chips in all the doorways to track if he really went outdoors every break), but not on a social/human level - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Third party access to information about the school and the class and the learning environment and the school yard and Stuff - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on Norwegian K-12 education?

  • To early to know. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Sep 16, 2013
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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