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Be a Smart School

by Laura Devaney

eSchool News

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The Internet of Things smart school is coming

Close to half (46 percent) of K-12 and higher-ed IT leaders in a recent survey said they believe an Internet of Things smart school — a school using Internet of Things devices to transform learning environments — will have a major impact in the next one to two years. Nine percent of respondents said they have implemented parts of a smart school plan, 3 percent plan to implement the technology in the next 1-3 years, 23 percent are aware of it and beginning to investigate it, 36 percent are slightly aware of the topic, and the concept is entirely new to 29 percent.

Our take

How Smart is Your School?

While it’s still a relatively new concept, 9 percent of education industry IT leaders surveyed recently by Extreme Networks indicate that they have already implemented elements of a “smart school” plan. Smart schools are fueled by the Internet of Things (IoT), a concept that uses technology to power and monitor a wide range of “things”—from wearables, to computers, to lighting, heating systems, and more. What might the Internet of Things mean for your school system?

The idea of “smart schools,” fueled by technology to connect, control and manage all sorts of devices is moving beyond imagination to reality as this survey shows. The benefits can include cost savings gained through efficiencies (automatically turning off lights when no one is in a room, for instance), to greater student and teacher engagement. There are drawbacks to be considered, however—most notably, security concerns.