INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET OF THINGS

Module 1: What is the Internet of Things?

This module will introduce students to the Internet of Things (IoT) concept. The module begins by discussing the workings of the Internet of Things and the elements that make the technology possible like machine-to-machine technology and smart devices. Second, students will learn how miniaturization of electronic devices, affordability of components, and wireless power construct a sustainable infrastructure for IoT. The module presents two laws: Moore’s Law and Metcalf’s Law and discusses how these laws have transformed digital electronics and networking, ultimately paving the way for IoT. After that, the module describes the projected growth of connected devices and real-world applications for the Internet of things. Finally, this module will present some initial pros and cons relating to the Internet of Things as well as potential security risks associated with the concept.

Module 2: The Internet and the Cloud

This module examines the Internet and the Cloud. Students begin by learning about the history of the Internet and significant technological advances. Second, students learn about cloud computing, how cloud computing works, and how fog computing will work with cloud computing to improve how the Internet of Things functions. Next, students are introduced to people who have made significant contributions to the Internet and cloud computing technology. After that, the module describes the differences between the Internet and IoT along with the technology adoption curve and five categories of people and their reaction to technology adoption. Finally, this module will present the impact that new technology can have on various industries.

Module 3: IoT at Home

More and more products are designed every day to make our homes more convenient, more efficient, and safer! These include smart lightbulbs, connected locks, and of course, the smart refrigerator. In this module, students will see how they communicate with each other and use AI principles such as machine learning and natural language recognition to give people a more personalized experience. Students will discuss the many benefits these devices bring with them but also the potential risks in opening up our homes to hacking.

Module 4: IoT and People

This module will look at putting IoT sensors and devices right on people, which is also known as wearable technology. This encompasses everything from hearing aids to smartwatches, to embedded fabrics. Students will learn about the various uses of wearable technology in fitness and sports, fashion, and business. Finally, the module will explore career opportunities for those interested in wearable technologies.

Module 5: The Industrial IoT

This module will explore a behind-the-scenes look at what the industrial internet of things could mean for the global economy. While the applications in this module might not be as familiar and recognizable to high school students, the technologies of the Industrial IoT (or IIoT) has the possibility to reinvent entire industries across the world. Even with this tremendous potential, many companies are still far behind in recognizing and implementing an IoT strategy. However, this creates an opportunity for students to learn about this growing field and discover career opportunities within the industrial Internet of Things.

Module 6: IoT and Healthcare

Introducing technology into healthcare should be first about improving care, and second about making it more affordable. Applying the Internet of Things to healthcare will do both of those! In fact, healthcare is a sector where IoT has already made significant inroads. Students will learn about the devices, tools, and technologies used by doctors and other healthcare professionals. The module will also examine the important issue of patient privacy, given the explosion of new information made possible by the IoT.

Module 7: IoT and Cars

Who wants a self-driving car that can take them wherever they want, whenever they want? Now that self-driving cars have become a reality, how does this technology work? In this module, students will learn how algorithms and robotic systems allow self-driving cars to operate. A contrast will be defined between the benefits and limitations of utilizing connected sensors, robots, and artificial intelligence in transportation. Students will also investigate other ways that the IoT is impacting auto transportation. Finally, students will be able to review the educational paths and identify career opportunities with self-driving and connected cars.

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Course Description:
 
First, we had the internet of computers. Then with the advent of email and social media, along with mobile technology, it became the internet of people. Today’s world is increasingly becoming the internet of things. With advances in battery power, sensors, and computer chips, more and more devices are being connected to the internet. This will allow them to be monitored, controlled, and used more effectively for people and businesses. This course will examine the trends and opportunities surrounding the Internet of Things. Students will learn about the technologies, hardware, and software that underpin the Internet of Things. The course will examine a variety of end-market applications in our homes, businesses and cities. Finally, students will learn about the many career opportunities that the Internet of Things will enable.

Module 8: IoT at the Store

How will the IoT impact the way that we shop? How will it impact the things we buy, how we buy them, and how they got to the store in the first place? This module will seek to answer these questions and explore the use of IoT technology in retail. Students will discover the exciting innovations that are being tested and perfected to improve the shopping experience for everyone.

Module 9: IoT and Farming

This module will explore the many applications of the IoT in farming, including automated milking systems, harvest automation, and precision application of fertilizer. Prior technologies, such as plows, tractors, and even fertilizer and pesticides, have had a tremendous impact on farming jobs in the past. We’ll examine the impact IoT will have in continuing this trend. The module will also discuss the impact these technologies might have on the environment, as well as careers in agricultural technology.

Module 10: IoT and Cities

What would be possible if an entire city was connected? The IoT has the potential to improve public services, make citizens more engaged, and even help the environment. The module will explore applications of the IoT in things such as parking meters, street lamps, traffic cameras, and roads, as well as connected or smart buildings. Students will also gain an understanding of career paths in urban development, and how the IoT could be a big part of this development in the years to come.

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