Week 5

EDET 678 Week 5

Design an object that could be classified to the IoT and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.

The Internet of things (IoT) can be described as any device that can connect and disconnect to the Internet, or from each other (Morgan, 2014). Consumer applications, insurance, transportation, manufacturing, utilities, government, banking and healthcare are examples of different fields that contribute to the IoT. (Tamburini, 2014). “Cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices, and almost anything you can think of,” (Morgan, 2014) are examples of devices that connect to the Internet with an on/off switch. The IoT has focused largely on how connecting devices can create efficiency. The latest hype around the IoT is how connecting people directly to digital networks may have the “greatest potential to shift our social experience and even alter traditional institutions,” (Meyers, 2014).

If I were to design something that can contribute to the IoT that will save us time in our classroom, alter our educational experiences, and drive new ways of teaching; it would be an app that will allow students to take their AIMS Web testing online. I was thinking about something we are required to do, that takes up so much instructional time, (especially if you have a class of 25), that can calculate data and track student improvement throughout the school year or over the years, that can use voice recording, and show what the student still needs to work on.

In our school district, we are required to give our students the AIMS Web testing each quarter in the school year. Doing that four times a year, implementing the test, calculating the scores, etc. is a lot of work. Students are already taking other tests online, I feel like AIMS should be another. It would certainly give us more time with our students, and less time administering another test.


Meyers, M. (2014, December 03). Can the Internet of Things make education more student-focused? – Government 2020. Retrieved June 14, 2016, from http://government-2020.dupress.com/can-internet-things-make-education-student-focused/

Morgan, J. (2014, May 13). A Simple Explanation of the ‘Internet of Things’ Retrieved June 14, 2016, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/05/13/simple-explanation-internet-things-that-anyone-can-understand/#57e6296e6828

Tamburini, D. (2014, October 20). What Is the Internet of Things & What Does It Mean for Design? Retrieved June 14, 2016, from http://www.wirelessdesignmag.com/blog/2014/10/what-internet-things-what-does-it-mean-design



4 thoughts on “Week 5

  1. My students don’t take the AIMS Web test, so I’m a little unfamiliar with it. I’m so surprised that it’s not already an online test. Absolutely, if a test needs to be given four times in a year, I agree with you that it should be connected to an app so it’s easy to implement and get results quickly. Good thinking!


  2. Genevieve,

    It certainly would be nice if AIMS Web could be recorded online for the curriculum based reading timed readings and automatically scored for words correct per minute; much like an iPod recording, but with analytic features. We almost did something similar for WiDA English Language Proficiency assessment Speaking section—so that the questions could be asked through headphones, and the student could respond through a headset microphone—this would certainly saved me time since I individually gave these 25 minute tests individually to about 130 students this year. Yet, across rural areas of Alaska, the new automated feature failed to work. (I did get good at putting the system onto computers as did our technology lady.) For AIMS Web math, wouldn’t be nice to use iPads for students to use a stylus to calculate answers and then have these automatically scored? The timing would be accurate since the machine would clear the screen when the 8 minutes are up for math calculations and math concepts and applications.

    I must confess, that I think we need much better ways to asses students in the first place, but if we are going to do so, individually testing the entire class on lower level reading and math tasks in K-1st grade is quite the time consumer (since at these grade levels there are 4 tests per student. That Oral Counting Measure would be nice to test on an iPad voice-recording app!



  3. This is great! I thought of pretty close to the same thing except I test my kids close to every week with mini readers. I give them a cold read on Monday(never heard the story) then we reread Tuesday and Wednesday with questions and other activities and I retest on Thursday for fluency. As I listen to them read, I attempt to keep an accurate running record of their mistakes and the types but it can get pretty thick when they can read fast but still make mistakes. Nice post. Maybe if there are more posts like ours someone will get to making our machines a reality!


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