With the trend of technology generation, there are lots of new issues come out, such like IoT, AI and so on. It not only stimulates the needs of technology talents, but also reflects the obsolete education system which causes the lack of human resources. Therefore, Ministry of Education places “Information Technology Education” as the priority in the grade 1-12 curriculum guidelines since 2019 academic year, in order to develop the core competence of students . However, the shortage of teachers, course guidelines and faculty are not well-planned, and it’s hard to make the reformation successful.
We can take CAVEDU as an example how to establish IoT classroom by folk force . CAVEDU is a famous education team in maker community, which focuses on robot education and the research of development board. The team member, Tseng Chi-Hung is a pioneer of domestic maker activities and IoT education. He used to talk about the difficulties in establishing IoT classrooms:
- establishment of cloud platform: The use of public clouds requires the registration of an account, and binding a credit card can open a service. For IoT education, it is difficult to use the public cloud platform for promotion or teaching. Only a simple demonstration can be made.
- Wireless network settings: In the past, the computer classrooms for elementary and junior high schools, only need connecting to a physical network. However, In IoT education, every student need a development board, a mobile device, and an desktop computer (For coding). The IP requirement is three times of original. This becomes a problem on class and workshops and lecturer usually need to bring 3 or 4 wireless sharers.
To reduce the barriers of establishing IoT classrooms , it is necessary to solve these two problems.
- Establishment of IoT classroom:
You can use QNAP Container Station to help users quickly deploy new services such as NodeRED or establish communication services such as mosquitto (message broker for MQTT).It is much easier to set up an IoT application with User Management, Rule Engine and Dashboard’s QIoT Suite Lite.Beside, it can also be linked with other data analysis services such as Power BI.
- Wireless network settings:
The problem of setting up wireless networks, including upgrading the specifications of wireless sharing devices. With our partner, Zyxel, They were trying to deal with this problem by using the QNAP TVS-682 with the Zyxel GS1900-8hp + WAC6502D-S wireless network router. In Taipei Municipal Nangang Vocational High School, they used the QIoT Suite Lite with MTK7688 to complete the teacher’s expectations.
Except the folk power, National Chiao Tung University and National Cheng Kung University also organize resources, to set up teacher education courses, and expect to train 1000 teachers with technology ability in a year. With the multilateral collaboration, the policy must can implement in basic education in our society.