The Internet of Things refers to a collection of computing devices – such as smart phones and speakers, thermostats and sensors – which are connected to a network to allow for an improved real-time data to better manage two of the most critical resources to humanity: energy and water. This new Virtual Field Trip (VFT) from Conversation Station, developed in partnership with Itron, provides students with an exciting look at how the internet they use in their everyday lives can be used to conserve natural resources, protect ecosystems, and create safer, more sustainable communities.
Now available for students to watch at their convenience on-demand, The Internet of Things can be viewed in its entirety or chapter-by-chapter as a flexible addition to any summer school or at-home virtual learning experience. The accompanying educator guide supports extension of the learning objectives through easy-to-implement pre- and post- VFT activities.
Explore a few of our favorite moments from the VFT below:
In Chapter 1, students learn the history of the internet, the intent of the original inventors and the origins of the acronyms that have become part of their everyday language. This introduction lays the groundwork for discovering the impact and value of the internet.
As the VFT continues, students are introduced to ways in which the Internet of Things is being used to help communities improve sustainability and conversation of natural resources. Through innovative tools designed by the team at Itron, cities are better equipped to help residents use resources like water and renewable energy more efficiently.
The 4th chapter finds Sharelynn Moore, the Senior Vice President of the Network Solutions Group at Itron, providing students with a deeper understanding of the concept of smart cities, where technology is being leveraged to improve the quality of life for citizens. Sharelynn explains the ongoing connection between water and energy in these cities and challenges students to be part of the solution to conserving both with the actions they take every day.
In the closing chapter, students learn more about how the Internet of Things helps address natural disasters, such as the coronavirus epidemic. From tracing cases of the disease to ensuring that students were still able to learn remotely, the Internet of Things has been an integral part of the response to the pandemic.
From helping us prepare to respond to natural disasters to making cities run more efficiently, this VFT exposes students to the unparalleled impact of the Internet of Things – well beyond the uses they might consider. Help your students think critically about conservation and innovation, and explore the roles they can play now and as part of future STEM careers.