ct 19(21): e1

Research Article

Making Future-Ready Students with Design and the Internet of Things

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.163096,
        author={J. Hughes and J. A. Robb and M. Lam},
        title={Making Future-Ready Students with Design and the Internet of Things},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies},
        keywords={Design thinking, Inquiry, Internet of Things (IoT), Makerspaces, Constructionism, Passion-based learning},
  • J. Hughes
    J. A. Robb
    M. Lam
    Year: 2019
    Making Future-Ready Students with Design and the Internet of Things
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.163096
J. Hughes1,*, J. A. Robb1, M. Lam1
  • 1: Ontario Tech University, Faculty of Education, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
*Contact email: janette.hughes@ontariotechu.ca


INTRODUCTION: IoT will transform our future in unimaginable ways. The necessity for young people to understand and design with IoT seems unequivocal but there is currently limited integration in K-12 education.

OBJECTIVES: To investigate these gaps in research and practice, this study aimed to explore the design processes and understandings of IoT that emerge when youth design an IoT passion project within a constructionist context.

METHODS: A mixed methods multiple case study design was employed, analyzing questionnaires, interviews, recordings, and participant artifacts.

RESULTS: Factors contributing to a successful design included guided inquiry, detailed plans, access to support, and perseverance. Participants also experienced gains in IoT skills and knowledge.

CONCLUSION: Design and making with IoT through passion-based, guided inquiry appeared to facilitate the development of valuable knowledge and skills. Further research is needed to explore implementations in formal education.