Internet of Everything – paper published

I posted recently ( see ) about a project I have been jointly working on to produce a white paper about the Internet of Everything and how this might have some implications for Education.  The paper was published by Cisco its main writer Dr Michelle Selinger introduced it at the IoT World Forum inaugural event in Barcelona – that’s where the header graphic for this post came from.  Read Michelle’s blog about the I0T Forum and the launch of the paper here

A video was prepared to introduce the paper which can be viewed here

It seems to me that the Internet of Things can become the Internet of Everything for Education and that idea raises many expectations. IoE can have implications not just by enhancing existing or opening up new areas of the curriculum but also concerning the development of education pedagogy.

I am convinced that it will  be necessary for Education decision/policy makers to do much work to understand and realize the potential that the IoE might offer.  I am not convinced that great benefits will not come if we do not have a willingness to share the big data that will be a available and also that we make sure that the data can be trusted.

Industry is interested in the IoE because it represents an opportunity to develop new markets and related revenue.  Education on the other hand is an investment in the future by helping to prepare tomorrows adults for the challenges ahead.

The full paper can be accessed on the Cisco website click here .



The Internet of Everything

The Internet of Everything embodies the concept that all things in the world can be connected in some way to the Internet.  If this were to be the case, new opportunities will be opened up for the future of Education.  Things that are unthinkable now will become feasible.  Recently, I have been working with my colleagues Dr Michelle Selinger and Ana Sepulvada to write a white paper about the Internet of Everything in the context of Education.  The paper has not been published yet but will be next month.  My colleague Ana Sepulveda posted in the Cisco Education blog about the paper,  Her post starts as follows:

“Imagine a future where education has become embedded into daily life and is no longer only associated with schools, colleges and universities; a time where people can access learning when and where they need to increase their knowledge or skills. Imagine a future where a learner can be sent information which has been contextualized to their particular immediate need. Imagine learners who can not only access pre-recorded presentations on topics of interest by experts in the field, but also invite that expert to explain a concept instantly through a live interaction.  This is the sort of future that is possible as more and more things (and people) become connected.  This information sharing capability combined with big data analysis offers the promise of an exciting and motivating learning experience for people of all ages. The new world of education will make massive use of connectivity to enable all learners to access relevant resources at the moment when there is a need for new knowledge and understanding.”

You can read the whole post here

The thing that interests me here is that if education is able to exploit the IoE there will be all sorts of new opportunities to improve education for individual learners – things that I can’t event imagine yet!.  This will start with, and already has, with every learner having continuous access to learning sources so that learning can be truly embedded into daily life.  The real meaning of “any time, any where learning” is now being realized I think.

But the real barrier to realizing the full potential for the IoE for education will I think be the attitudes of people – learners and educators alike.  Having a great resources available to everyone does not in its self lead to the benefit the resource can bring.  Adoption of technology is still not as ubiquitous as it can be.  Seems to me that before the I0E will bring the benefits it can we will need to convince people of its value and strive to encourage adoption – and that to some extent is linked to peoples comfort with and adoption of technology.

Sorry to end this post on a slightly negative note – but I am planning to write a few more posts to delve into specific potential benefits that the I0E might offer.  Watch out for publication of the paper referred to earlier this post.



EFF7 – Education Fast Forward – Debate on Access and Quality

EFF_LogoThe next EFF debate will take place on the 17th June 2013 and will be available to view online.  Here is a description about the topic of the discussion:

Quality and access to education continue to top the list of education priorities in countries across the world. According to UNESCO in 2010 59 million primary school-age children were not enrolled in school and 31 million primary school-age children had dropped out of school. An additional 32 million repeated a grade. These figures are truly shocking but is access to education enough? Students today live in an entirely different world to 10, even 5 years ago. The digitally connected world is bringing down boundaries and making education more fluid. Pupils are increasingly demanding a more personalised working environment with instant access to data and collaborative team work as the norm.

EFF7 will look at key questions such as How can we balance the needs of access? and quality and how do we measure quality? Can we achieve both? What will be the drivers and who will champion the students? What are we doing to address the issue of an education system that is still failing many students, leaving them poorly prepared for work or enterprise?

The event and Webcast will start at 13.30 UK time click here to view the agenda etc.

You can join the debate viewing the webcast and also making comments via twitter as the event proceeds.  Use the hash tag #EFF7 to contribute on Twitter and also to following the twitter stream.  The Twitter feed is monitored in real time and you many find your tweet being quoted in the live event.

Click here for access to more information about the event

Education Fast Forward Debate – EFF6 – coming soon.

I felt privileged to listen to the last EFF debate which had as it principal participants a group of young people from around the world.  You can read more about that event here EFF Debate 5 and find a link to a the recording of the whole event.

EFF 6 is now being planned when the panel will be located at George Thomas Room, Central Hall Westminster during the Education World Forum.  Put this date and time into your diary,  11am (GMT) on the 28th January 2013.  As usual the event will be conducted using Cisco Telepresence and also the video will be live streamed to the internet.  It is planned to have some of the delegates from the Education World Forum conference present with the panel so there will be event more then the usual influential and respected voices involved.

A bit more information about EFF.

Edu­ca­tion Fast For­ward (EFF), an orga­ni­za­tion, spon­sored jointly by Promethean and Cisco, that brings together lead­ing global experts and change agents from the world of edu­ca­tion to dis­cuss ‘the top­ics that mat­ter most’, wants to begin to change that by bring­ing together some artic­u­late and intel­li­gent voices from the world’s youth to dis­cuss issues that are rel­e­vant to young peo­ple them­selves and to their edu­ca­tion.

In July 2012, in the most recent of the five debates orga­nized by EFF to date, a group of elo­quent and youth­ful voices debated the topic ‘From Learner Voice to Global Peace’. The young peo­ple were located all across the globe and came together pri­mar­ily through the won­der of Telep­res­ence (TP), a high-definition video con­fer­enc­ing tech­nol­ogy. The dis­cus­sion that day was not only intel­li­gent and thought­ful: it was truly inspir­ing for every­one involved.

The full debate can be watched and lis­tened to on Promethean Planet.
And now, in Jan­u­ary 2013, dur­ing the annual Edu­ca­tion World Forum, to be held in Lon­don, another group of excep­tional young peo­ple (includ­ing some of the voiced from EFF5) will come together through the magic of TP to talk about ‘From Learner Voice to Emerg­ing Lead­ers’. Those of us involved in EFF have some hopes and expec­ta­tions of what might come out of the event, but we are also highly aware that there must be a gen­uine space in amongst our pre­sump­tions for the hopes and expec­ta­tions of the young peo­ple them­selves to come to the fore dur­ing and beyond the dis­cus­sion.

The pri­mary aim is twofold:

  • bring the voice of youth to the policy-makers’ table, to let the young peo­ple hear some views on the big issues, and to let them debate them openly and fully
  • to bring the policy-makers to the learn­ers’ table so that they have to face up to the issues that are crit­i­cal to the learn­ers before they make their pol­icy decisions

Issues such as the struc­ture of the cur­ricu­lum, how edu­ca­tion is deliv­ered (includ­ing dif­fer­ences in this across the world), the rel­e­vance of edu­ca­tion to their lives, how we might encour­age real change in the rela­tion­ships between peo­ple in edu­ca­tion sys­tems, seek­ing to realise the extra­or­di­nary value that can be sought by tack­ling education’s chal­lenges with peo­ple rather than doing it to them. We need all pol­icy mak­ers to take on board the knowl­edge that they are mak­ing deci­sions now that will affect the gen­er­a­tion ahead, and per­haps more than one gen­er­a­tion ahead.

And all of this will be hap­pen­ing across a truly inter­na­tional matrix of con­nec­tions, cross­ing coun­tries, cul­tures, and com­mu­ni­ties. I will be blog­ging again in the New Year with details of the date and time, and with infor­ma­tion about the key speak­ers, young and not-so-young, who will be lead­ing the discussion.


TERENA – Lecture Recording Competition #Glowplus #EDUScotICT

Earlier this year I was involved in facilicating participation in the TERENA Lecture Recording competition which took place at their annual conference.  The conference took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.  The purpose of the competition was to allow different lecture recording tools to be showcased and compared.

A number of people ( 16 ) were invited to present a short lecture in a lecture theatre in sequence.  A video camera captures the lecturer, a microphone captures the lecture audio and a video feed was provided of the lecturer’s power point presentation – all of this was organised by the event organiser.  The signals were split and each lecture recording solution combined them to provide the finished product.

Cisco has a lecture recording solution which consists of a number of its products working together as follows.

Using a Cisco C60 video CODEC which takes the three inputs provided and combines them for transmission and recording on a Telepresence Content Server (TCS).

Cisco MXE – Media Exerience Engine which converts the video into a number of formats which can be configured in advance.

Cisco Show & Share – a video portal where the finished product can be viewed via a computer web browser or hand held device.

The recording solution is cloud based – in this case the back end equipment which include the Telepresence Content Server (TCS), MXE and Show and Share Server are all based at a Cisco Lab in Cisco’s campus at San Jose, California.

So the video stream needs to traverse the Internet to get from the CODEC at the lecture theatre to the TCS at San Jose.  The event lasted just over an hour with 16 short lectures being delivered on a variety of topics.

The recording is started by an operator at the lecture theatre connecting the codec to the TCS in San Jose ( this is a one button press operation). After the last lecture is finished the call is dropped and the recorded video is passed to the MXE for transcoding, then on to the Show and Share Server for publication and viewing.  This process takes approximately the same time as the duration of the recording.  A second task is automatically done by the MXE – this is called Pulse Analytics – which scans the audio track to create a voice print for each speaker and then to create a key word index of the spoken words this adds a further period of processing time.  In all it takes 2 times the duration of the recording before it will appear on the Show and Share server.

At this point it is worth having a look at the end product.
(Note that there is no need to do any video editing to get to this point.  But you will see in this version some spalsh screens which I added to introduce each speaker and their topic – I did this using iMovie on my laptop.  The colour coded time line on the video and the keyword index are all created automatically.)

Now take a look at the end product by following this link – takes a moment to load – be patient 😉

Click here to view the video on the Show and Share Portal.

Notice that you can click on a speaker name in the speaker list to jump to a particular speaker and then click on the key word index to jump to occurrences of that word in the recording of this speaker lecture.  If you select a particular speaker first you can see that the key work index shows the key words used by that lecturer.

Can you imagine how  a tool like this could be used in Education!!!!  Lecturers/Teachers can record their lessons so pupils/students can view them again  – or even view them before attending class!!  See my post on the Flipped Classroom.