The Internet of Things, or smart technology, covers everyday physical objects that are able to connect to the Internet or other network structures in order to exchange data.
According to Gartner over 6 billion connected “things” will be in use this year and over 20 billion by 2020. Therefore in today’s part of our ongoing series we will take a look at the impact of the Internet of Things in Education. Continue reading
Since 2009 EDUKWEST has been covering education technology startups from across the globe. On the consumer side the main driver for innovation in the field of online learning in the past few years has clearly been the rise of smartphones, tablets and high speed internet connections.And on the business end it has been the rise of cloud based applications and the sinking cost of web hosting.
Self-paced learning platforms, ranging from tech skills and lifelong learning portals to MOOCs in higher education, have been largely relying on pre-recorded content and asynchronous interaction in forums. This approach, while certainly cost effective, has also been identified as its major drawback as it only too often leads to demotivated, disconnected learners and high dropout rates due to the lack of direct human interaction.
According to data released by the CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) the number of mobile Internet users in China rose by over 11% to 557 million in 2014 compared to 2013.
This means that over 86% of Internet users in Mainland China are accessing the web via their mobile phone, an increase by 5%.
It is quite fascinating to follow Myanmar’s rise as a tech, edtech and thus startup destination in general these days given that the reign of the military junta only ended in 2011. As Myanmar is now slowly opening itself to new influences, the first telecommunications companies entered the country just about two and a half years ago.
Sure, all in all we should be careful in making assumptions too quickly as the country is still in the very early stages of its modern development. Nevertheless, there are a number of indicators that confirm how the country might leapfrog some of the stages developing countries usually go through when it comes to technology.