As a relatively new concept, Internet of things (IoT) is known to offer some potentials for learning and teaching. Although this catchy term is becoming more and more popular in educational contexts, there is still need for clearing up the minds of teachers and students with respect to the nature of it and how it could be used for teaching and learning purposes. In this sense, this study aims to locate IoT in instruction and to provide a critical overview of it. It also makes a distinction between the use of IoT at the management and instructional levels in educational contexts. Today, educators seem to support the use of IoT in education but they mostly put forward ideas that seem to represent the use of IoT from an administrative perspective, leaving little space for discussions centering on direct instructional potentials of IoT. Therefore, this study highlights those benefits and discusses problematic issues, particularly with respect to access to digital devices and the Internet. It also attempts to provide a modest summary of recent studies focusing on the practical applications of IoT in educational settings.
Keywords: Internet of things (IoT); education, management, teaching and learning