Education and the Internet of Things

The fact that the internet has brought great opportunities to Education is something that nowadays no longer needs mentioning. The digital revolution that gained force in the decade of 2000 also brought forth a series of educational innovations such as distance learning, including more recent tendencies such as blended learning and microlearning.

By definition, however, technological innovation never stops. If we consider changes that will come in the near future regarding the internet, and which will have great impact on Education, we cannot forget the Internet of Things (IoT). Michael Porter, from Harvard Business School, states that this trend represents “the most substantial change in the manufacturing firm since the Second Industrial Revolution.”

To better understand this concept, reviewing the internet´s history might prove useful. Let´s go!

The internet’s stages

Web 1.0, which originated in 1996, brought published content to PC users. Around 2005, Web 2.0 brought the concept of social media, and users also became producers of content through blogs. By 2014, talk of the Web 3.0 began, introducing ubiquity: several machines (smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, etc.) that connected and processed data. We currently see a new change – Web 4.0 – which has decisive participation: a) Artificial Intelligence; b) an enormous volume of updated information; and c) the integration of other machines beyond digital devices.

The Internet of Thing is named as such because electronic products, or “things,” will be able to access the web, collect and process information intelligently. While we currently interact using laptops and smartphones, Web 4.0 will allow us to experience smart cars, clothing that have health sensors, virtual tutors that interact with students, homes (or schools) that have sensors that read people´s behaviors while inside, robots that help care for the elderly, etc.

What´s next

On Web 4.0, IoT becomes reality by connecting electronic and digital products on a network where even its source of energy is designed to be smart and sustainable.

The Brazilian Government has already shown interest, releasing the National Study of the Internet of Things in June, 2019. This plan involves the creation of an administrative council (involving Education, Health, Technology, Agribusiness, etc.), to promote IoT-related innovation in Brazil.

The Internet of things and Changes in Education

When speaking of IoT in education, the Internet of Things Week manifesto of 2017 informed us that one of the fundamental premises for IoT to succeed is to “identify and support the growing trend of using IoT technologies in education.”

The official Brazilian development bank (BNDS) report highlights IoT applications for Brazil promptly for basic industry (factories and agribusiness) and Health. Following technical areas directly involved with the creation of IoT, education for health professionals will be the first area to be impacted by the IoT. According to the BNDS, this requires “that education departments recognize computer science for Health as an area of study” (pg.33).

Considering the medium and long term, the IoT also demands awakening interest in technological innovation in youth by “supporting and promoting actions to expand the endorsement of programming, robotics and the use of sensors in private and public high-schools” (pg.31).

Immersive Learning

The IoT will transform schools into great laboratories that will allow students to interact and design a great variety of interactions. Education will become more hands-on and focused on projects, demanding creativity collaboration and communication. And, given the ubiquitous nature of Web 4.0, education will, definitely, no longer be restricted by the physical limits of schools.

Microsoft has been popularizing the term “Immersive Learning” to define the Web 4.0 experience in education. The term alludes to the empirical character of students immersed in learning. Today, Immersive Learning initiatives already exist, such as Virtual Reality for education; Augmented Reality in schools; interactive tables; Mixed Reality making environments smart; educational games and gamified teaching, etc.

In a few years, this change will result in everyday actions such as virtual tutors that will effectively have a conversation with students; electronic stations that will respond to teachers´commands, displaying content or giving tests; and robots designed by children and teenagers.

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IoT is not yet a reality in Brazilian homes; but, talk to our experts to learn about what Dot digital group has to offer in Immersive Learning and to discover how Web 4.0 will transform Education.

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Education and the Internet of Things

The fact that the internet has brought great opportunities to Education is something that nowadays no longer needs mentioning. The digital revolution that gained force in the decade of 2000 also brought forth a series of educational innovations such as distance learning, including more recent tendencies such as blended learning and microlearning.

By definition, however, technological innovation never stops. If we consider changes that will come in the near future regarding the internet, and which will have great impact on Education, we cannot forget the Internet of Things (IoT). Michael Porter, from Harvard Business School, states that this trend represents “the most substantial change in the manufacturing firm since the Second Industrial Revolution.”

To better understand this concept, reviewing the internet´s history might prove useful. Let´s go!

The internet’s stages

Web 1.0, which originated in 1996, brought published content to PC users. Around 2005, Web 2.0 brought the concept of social media, and users also became producers of content through blogs. By 2014, talk of the Web 3.0 began, introducing ubiquity: several machines (smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, etc.) that connected and processed data. We currently see a new change – Web 4.0 – which has decisive participation: a) Artificial Intelligence; b) an enormous volume of updated information; and c) the integration of other machines beyond digital devices.

The Internet of Thing is named as such because electronic products, or “things,” will be able to access the web, collect and process information intelligently. While we currently interact using laptops and smartphones, Web 4.0 will allow us to experience smart cars, clothing that have health sensors, virtual tutors that interact with students, homes (or schools) that have sensors that read people´s behaviors while inside, robots that help care for the elderly, etc.

What´s next

On Web 4.0, IoT becomes reality by connecting electronic and digital products on a network where even its source of energy is designed to be smart and sustainable.

The Brazilian Government has already shown interest, releasing the National Study of the Internet of Things in June, 2019. This plan involves the creation of an administrative council (involving Education, Health, Technology, Agribusiness, etc.), to promote IoT-related innovation in Brazil.

The Internet of things and Changes in Education

When speaking of IoT in education, the Internet of Things Week manifesto of 2017 informed us that one of the fundamental premises for IoT to succeed is to “identify and support the growing trend of using IoT technologies in education.”

The official Brazilian development bank (BNDS) report highlights IoT applications for Brazil promptly for basic industry (factories and agribusiness) and Health. Following technical areas directly involved with the creation of IoT, education for health professionals will be the first area to be impacted by the IoT. According to the BNDS, this requires “that education departments recognize computer science for Health as an area of study” (pg.33).

Considering the medium and long term, the IoT also demands awakening interest in technological innovation in youth by “supporting and promoting actions to expand the endorsement of programming, robotics and the use of sensors in private and public high-schools” (pg.31).

Immersive Learning

The IoT will transform schools into great laboratories that will allow students to interact and design a great variety of interactions. Education will become more hands-on and focused on projects, demanding creativity collaboration and communication. And, given the ubiquitous nature of Web 4.0, education will, definitely, no longer be restricted by the physical limits of schools.

Microsoft has been popularizing the term “Immersive Learning” to define the Web 4.0 experience in education. The term alludes to the empirical character of students immersed in learning. Today, Immersive Learning initiatives already exist, such as Virtual Reality for education; Augmented Reality in schools; interactive tables; Mixed Reality making environments smart; educational games and gamified teaching, etc.

In a few years, this change will result in everyday actions such as virtual tutors that will effectively have a conversation with students; electronic stations that will respond to teachers´commands, displaying content or giving tests; and robots designed by children and teenagers.

My Invitation

IoT is not yet a reality in Brazilian homes; but, talk to our experts to learn about what Dot digital group has to offer in Immersive Learning and to discover how Web 4.0 will transform Education.

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[Opinion] HR Professional Day and the collaborator experience

By Luiz Alberto Ferla

The snooker table has become an icon for businesses that aim for collaborator satisfaction, especially within IT businesses. The table is not bad, but it isn´t enough. When I say this, I am talking about the relaxed enviroment it represents. Research on Generation Z professionals (born in the mid-90s) done by Gartner last year in the United States shows that much more than a little pampering is needed to keep them engaged and satisfied – 40% of these professionals said they regretted having accepted their current jobs.

What does this generation, which represents 32%of the worldwide population, really want? And what can organizations do to retain them and get past their lack of engagement and low productivity? The answer might be in Employee Experience, a new concept that is here to transform HR into a provider of custom-designed services for each of the collaborators. Is it impossible? It would be, were it not for technology, which makes it possible to personalize actions in a way that collaborators feel they are the protagonists of their own journeys within the company.

Employee Experience emerged in the United States around 2017. Experts perceived that companies needed to offer positive experiences to collaborators to guarantee the satisfaction of the end client, namely customer success.  Garter´s research on Generation Z proves that opportunities for constant career updates and development are some of the main reasons employees stay with a company. For this reason, corporate education platforms are key to inserting Employee Experience in business.

New EdTech platforms, designed according to employee experience guidelines, allow team members the freedom to build their own careers within the company. Consequently, the new model breaks away from standardization and values individuality by bridging the gap between the objectives of companies and employees. Corporate education tools provide collaborators with course recommendations based on personal needs and preferences, for example, and connect them with content available online. Work colleagues may also make suggestions.

As collaborators begin to have more positive experiences, the company benefits from having more motivated professionals who constantly want to learn and stay up to date. A recent report by Brasscom indicates that the IT sector will need 420,000 new professionals in Brazil by 2024. Currently, there already is a surplus of vacant positions.  This means that meeting the desires of collaborators will be increasingly more important to retain talent and maintain the team engaged, productive, and satisfied with their journey in the company.

 

Luiz Alberto Ferla is CEO and founder of DOT digital group.

 

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Education that moves the world

By Luiz Alberto Ferla

Education brings meaning and expands the physical limits of our experiences.It is what turns the dreams of children and the yearnings of adults into reality. More than a poetic view, sharing knowledge reduces poverty and inequality. Only education can bring about the changes we want for our lives and for the world.

Allying technology to educational processes is no longer an application of the future. The difference that an electronic device and internet access can provide to people is greater than productivity indicators.People with higher levels of education have more employability, more career opportunities and have fewer negative influences around them. On the contrary, they positively influence those around them.

Breaking the pattern that only a few hold onto knowledge is one of the greatest advantages of linking technology to education. The figure of the teacher has changed and now he/she is a facilitator of the learning journey, while acquiring new concepts with his/her students, in person or remotely. The educational revolution has begun.

Our specialty is digital education

For 22 years, we have linked technology to teaching strategies. Yes, we are at the forefront and we are very proud of each stage we live. DOT digital group has changed, reinvented itself and grows seeking those who believe in education. And the change that happens in society when everyone gets involved in this process is the fuel that moves us to always look for the best solutions for our customers and partners.

 

Luiz Alberto Ferla is CEO and Founder of DOT digital group

 

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A Smart LMS Can Expand Corporate Education

[LMS] Education, using digital technologies, gains importance in organizations and is seen as essential for competitiveness. Recognizing that continuous employee capacitation should be encouraged is only one of the phases of culture change in organizations that are increasingly participating in this movement, with the creation of specific areas for education, development and training.

The benefits of corporate education are many and the strategies are diverse, but I specifically highlight the choice of the educational technology platform: the Learning Management System (LMS).

By using an LMS, you opt for a platform that can unify many educational solutions in a single and escalating system. By using an intelligent LMS, it is possible to establish rules, indicate content and performance progression, promote engagement and measure results, considering each employee, regarding their individual needs and the established goals.

“There’s no secret, LMS is an essential tool in educational design. It will guide employees to procedural changes, new competencies and immerse them in the organizational culture, all safely and confidentially. “

 

Connectivity Reduces Costs

One of the trends that should be part of corporate projects is the creation of short courses that are totally online, leaving behind programs and training that previously lasted several days.

 

Another trend in successful corporations is that professional training has a direct impact on performance evaluation, even defining bonus and project allocation [1], information that only a smart platform can provide.

Corporate education puts employees and, consequently, the business in a privileged position before the competitors, since they have already trained several scenarios in a safe environment for experimentation. Especially in corporations that have offices all over the country or around the world, distance learning becomes the main strategy in people management, equalizing both learning and culture gaps.

Providing continuing education is a multi-step process that can be simplified by investing in an intelligent LMS.The DOT digital group has developed StudiOn, a modern, advanced, cloud-based LMS with high-capacity framework and support for files in any format, broadening user’s experience. Providing a learning environment customized according to your strategy brings value to your company.

The most remembered corporations are those that offer practical and measurable solutions. Preparing your team to act in this scenario turns your company into a business reference and makes it, now, a company of the future.

StudiOn can have the face of your company. Think about it and talk to our experts!

 

Luiz Alberto Ferla is CEO and founder of DOT digital group.

 

1 – Available At: <https://www.valor.com.br/carreira/4852736/capacitacao-impacta-ate-avaliacao-final>. Accessed on: 17 Jul. 2018.

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