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RFID for WHAT? 101 Innovative Ways to Use Radio Frequency Identification—Part 3: Get Smart

Educating kids—in and out of school.
By John Edwards
Aug 01, 2011Presented below is part three of an 11-part series examining the use of radio frequency identification for unexpected applications. In this chapter, we consider RFID's use in the world of education.

21. Stop, Think and Learn
At Bill Nye's Climate Lab, at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, Calif., kids and other visitors virtually fill their RFID-enabled Climate Scout ID card by interacting with the 12 RFID-enabled exhibits. In the interactive children's section of the Abbott Oceanarium, at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, RFID-tagged ocean-floor objects, along with a remote-controlled claw with an RFID reader, help youngsters identify shells and rocks. (See Chabot Space & Science Center Uses RFID to Teach Environmental Science and Aquarium Puts RFID on Its Ocean Floor.)

22. Play, See and Sign
At the Louisiana School for the Deaf, children are learning sign language by playing with RFID-enabled toys. A child uses an RFID reader to scan a toy's tag and view a video on a computer screen that shows someone demonstrating the sign for that item. (See Deaf Children Learn to Sign By Toying With RFID.)

23. Higher Education
The American University of Sharjah and dozens of other universities in the United Arab Emirates are tagging diplomas, to ensure the validity of the documents. The tags contain student information, such as name and academic history, so the diploma can be used to speed registration for additional degree programs. (See UAE Universities Adopt RFID to Thwart Diploma Forgery.)
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