With the advent of Smart Cities, every crannies have a Smart prefix attached to it, and education does not escape this destiny. However, putting a Smart as a prefix takes on a whole new dimension – such as a Smart Fridge knows what is left and order the food when the stock is low. In smart education, we are concern with the Teaching and Learning domains – for learners and the teachers. By definition:
A Smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources and services efficiently.
…and hence, Smart Education will:
invlove the use of ICT and non-ICT means, taking into consideration of the social environment, the rules of the game and the interplay of the community where different roles are enacted to derive a better outcome for learning and teaching.
The book uses the Activity Theory as the theoretical framework to understand the interplay of learning innovations (not just technologies; it also involves innovative pedagogies and approaches to teach and learn) with the learner, the social environment and the context, rules, the community and how to divide the labor in order to reach the targetted outcome.