EQ EDET678 Design an object that could be classified as belonging to “The Internet of Things” and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.

Aleta May
Reflection for Week 5

This week I received a response to my initial post. I believe placing my link on Twitter did help call attention to my WordPrress post. Although I did not shorten my post, it was much more reader friendly this week—I added in more of my own experiences with the topic.

This week, Gerald and I co-hosted the Twitter session regarding the topic of the Internet of Things (IOT). He and I, as well as some other students in our class, discussed how we were aware of how more and more wireless wearables and portable items, such as, those in our homes, cars, medical devices, exercise equipment tracking and baby monitor, are bringing together an ecosystem of the internet– Wi-Fi, RFID, Bluetooth, wireless home products, Cloud. During the Twitter session, I mentioned safety concerns for students, and another student expanded this to how exercise/health monitors could impact whether we receive insurance coverage down the technology ecosystem road. In the session, we were made aware of how our searches on the internet set us up for particular advertisements; we went to a site to look at the new June Intelligent Oven, and one Twitter session participant immediately received an advertisement for this and was able to tell us the price of it. So our thoughts led us to how privacy issues, from exercise tracking to web searching, can impact our students’ lives as well. Kids will interact with wireless technology outside of school and inside. It becomes one of our roles as teachers to make students aware of this impact and how to manage this issue.

After talking on the phone with Gerald, and exchanging some questions via messenger, he set up a googledoc for us at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/17fbNAVroCe1itrgg6N5Wjk4QboW9mv3SYT7vl_LLdwY/edit?ts=57617b52

Here we started with ten questions each, plus one ice breaker question each. We compared our questions to be certain there was not too much overlap, then we each decided on keeping five questions each. His questions looked like the best ones to begin with, so he went first and I followed up. We ended up each drawing from our bank of extra questions to keep the Twitter session going for the full hour, keep it interesting, and maintain a flow along the way when the answers started to slow down. Sometimes it is important to allow for a little lag time in case someone is still thinking about an answer. Wait time applies to adults as well as K-12 students; but too much wait time means someone will be distracted and possibly run off to get tea. We don’t want to lose our audience.

Here are the questions we used:

Twitter Session questions week 5. (Gerald and Aleta)

Ice breaker questions:

What is your favorite hobby? #uaemergtech

Where is your favorite place to go just to relax and clear your mind? #uaemergtech

Q1: Did you know the term “Internet of Things” (IoT) before this week? Explain. #uaemergtech

Q2: Are you aware of devices you own now that have network connectivity? If so, what? #uaemergtech

Q3: What IoT device would you create in the class? Briefly explain. #uaemergtech

Q4: Check out the June Intelligent Oven. https://juneoven.com/ (watch short video) Any thoughts? #uaemergtech

Q5: Is a fully integrated IoT class possible? Better yet, needed? #uaemergtech

Q6: Ecosystem of Internet—Wi-Fi, RFID, Bluetooth, wireless home products, Cloud. How do we manage safety?#uaemergtech

Q7: As kids interact more w wireless technology, how can we make them aware of what data is collected on them?#uaemergtech

Q8: How can we make students more aware of how data may b used by others w the IoT they interact w?#uaemergtech

Q9: With so much info available 2 our students, how do we design instruction 2 focus on what is most important?#uaemergtech

Q10: How might the use of the IoT help us differentiate in the classroom?#uaemergtech

. . . plus a couple of more from our extras.

This is a link to our Twitter script: https://storify.com/ak_leeg/twitter-chat-june-16-2016-iot (Lee storified this one)

I Storified the Twitter Script for practice, though I need practice with getting the script to change order to begin the script with the most recent—I’ll go over the YouTube video Lee posted for us again:

Aleta’s version: You’ve been quoted in my #Storify story “#uaemergtech” https://storify.com/aletakmay/uaemergtech

Below are comments I made for our Week 5 Blog on WordPress, as well as, a reply from Josie:


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!



Wow, that IoT Market Map is an amazing visual of just how broadly applied the Internet of Things really is (wearables, connected home, IoT infrastructure & sensors, smart utilities & energy, retail, UAV / Drone, Connected car & Fleet, healthcare and industrial). I would conclude from this visual map alone that we need to embrace this world and harness pieces of it by embedding it into our instruction! It is interesting that there is not a separate category for education.

Since you mentioned veterinary medicine recording operations, I am thinking that we could use a headset GoPro to record moose or seal meat preparation—the video segments could include an introduction regarding our thankfulness for the provision and respect for the animal by using each part (culture), another segment for naming the anatomy parts so students may later compare and contrast these to different mammals, and more.

MyScript Math Pad looks like an excellent example of how Genevieve’s time saving device could be used to translate AIMS Web math tests, time them, and calculate the score. Thank you for sharing—I went to http://myscript.com This looks awesome!

I have heard from other math teachers about how much time they spend checking math work. We do have the technology for all of this—your All-in-One Design exactly suits the needs. There is always plenty for the teacher to do, even if the computer individualizes lessons for students. You could turn your class into a math applications lab for small groups of students while other groups work on their All-in-One textbook, math iPad.



In the video, it was stated that sensors are getting embedded into “everything”. Controlling the quad-copter (which looks to me like a 4 way drone) using hand movements. Watching this made me think about how amazing the rate of change in the world of the IoT is progressing!

Your Wiggle Monitor idea is such a creative way to monitor student needs for movement. As a teacher, I know that sometimes I get so involved with another student(s) that it would be easy to forget the need for breaks. Even for middle school students—the class length had changed to a block schedule. Although this has some awesome benefits for project based learning, a 90-min. time frame definitely calls for breaks. With a Wiggle Monitor, your group could take a run around the gym 2 times break. I know there are activities online we can use on the Smartboard too-but your main point is that if kids need a break, we need to be responsive to that need. It is much more natural to let the kids “tell” you through your monitor than to use artificial exact “break times.”


From Josie:

Great way to introduce the weekly topic into needed inventions at your place. I am sure you can find comparable inventions on Amazon or even Shark Tank lol.

I have heard of the wearable technology last year at an oracle conference and I thought how awesome. I think that technology can do wonderful things to make our life easier. The breathing machines for heart patients are a great idea. However, I do wonder how the wifi or blue tooth signal might give off. I have read articles about the radiation that could harm us. We have heard this many times with Xrays and microwaves as well.

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