Teaching IoT skills: some insights

Despite the lockdown for coronavirus, the activities planned for the Talentjourney Project continued in June with remote web calls at ISIS Malignani.

The preparation of an interview with EFL partner has been the starting point, for a group of teachers, to reflect on the main aspects of teaching regarding IoT related subjects in particular.

Keep contact with real world, team work, project based work and problem solving are the key aspects that have emerged from the discussion. This, because IoT skills include many hard and soft skills. Therefore, only a transversal approach that goes further single subjects can be effective.

IoT experts should be able to collect, store, and visualize data obtained from IoT sensors (big data & analytics). Moreover, they should know how to model connecting sensors to cloud services over IP networks and collecting data in an end-to-end IoT system (connecting things), how to perform vulnerability and risk assessments. For this reason, it is essential for them to possess research skills and to be expert in recommending risk mitigation strategies (IoT security)

The lack of these contents and approaches in a traditional school curriculum led our school to be certified as Cisco NetAcademy a few years ago. Thanks to this agreement ISIS Malignani can now offer to students the following courses:

1) Introduction to the Internet of Everything

2) IoT fundamentals: Connecting Things

3) IoT fundamentals: Hackathon Playbook

4) IoT Introduction to IoT

5) Introduction to Cybersecurity

6) Cybersecurity Essential


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