Smart Things…Friend or Foe?

A podcast about living and learning in the age of screentime. Welcome to Episode 7 of Season Two: Smart Things…Friend or Foe?

Moments from our lives

Ian and Kristen are joined by Bud Hunt, the IT and Technical Services Manager for the Clearview Library District in northern Colorado.

Kristen is thinking about adding some smart devices to her home and asks Bud and Ian whether they have or use them.

In this episode we discuss the Internet of Things, or IoT. Simply put, it is the concept of basically connecting any device to the Internet and/or with each other. This can be everything from cellphones to coffee pots to washing machines, wearable devices, etc.

Big questions:

What are some of the questions we should ask before we bring smart things into our homes?

What we’re reading: 

4 ways “internet of things” toys endanger children

Privacy and the Internet of Things – Emerging frameworks for policy and design

Hell No Barbie: 8 reasons to leave Hello Barbie on the shelf

The Internet of toys

About the author

Ian O'Byrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, & speaker. His work centers on teaching, learning, and technology. He investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online & hybrid spaces.

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