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?

  • Network connected devices are a core, not THE core toolkit for teaching and learning. We are in the era of technology-enhanced, not technology-assisted technology or technology-mediated teaching and learning. That is to say, technology is relied upon to create enhanced outcomes not simply make a basic set of outcomes easier to reach. So , all technologies are not, and will not be exclusively network-connected. Having said that, the R&E community is more critical than ever in providing the affordable and accessible connectivity required to prepare for, deliver, measure effectiveness of, and adjust digital content for maximum student benefit. Networked devices are the "tip of the spear" in today's cyberclassroom. - mabbiatti mabbiatti May 22, 2015Mike Abbiatti
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Similar to most discussions of The Internet of Things, there is a complete absence of educational devices and applications. The description should contain more educational examples of IP-enabled infrastructure than commercial infrastructure. That is not to say that energy management, inventory management, and purchasing management are not important, but our main job is to teach people how to do things they don't know how to do. - mabbiatti mabbiatti May 22, 2015Mike Abbiatti
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry?

  • Networked devices, in the context of the Internet of Things in Education, are the basic delivery tool for the delivery of digital content to a wide diversity of leaner populations.If the automobile,airplane, and railroad are the designated standards for transportation, then networked devices are the standard for teaching,learning, and creative inquiry. The overall impact is enormous.- mabbiatti mabbiatti May 22, 2015Mike Abbiatti
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