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Sensing Environments

The emergence of smart schools has manipulated students due to application of sensors in their environment (Williamsom, 2014). The sensors and actuators such as Sqord that have been applied in the schools to; capture students’ movement and their behaviors while in school as well as to collect and analyze data that can be used to identify student’s capabilities and weaknesses.

It has become possible to predict students’ behavior while using the sensing environments in classrooms due to the constant monitoring of students in order to capture their data accurately. However, there is a range of privacy concerns with sensing environments in Saudi Arabia. Some teachers disagreed with the monitoring in some male schools since they physically punish students in classrooms. Moreover, it is unethical to put female students under surveillance as it constitutes to breach of their privacy.

Sensing environments in schools have both advantages and disadvantages in the learning process. Policies in Saudi Arabia are based on Islam, which has heavily influenced education to the point of separating male and female students. Therefore, they lacks synchronization in learning between male and female students that is not good since intermingling of both genders in learning environments exposes them to some life issues.

Secondly, learning is a process whereby students are taught how to think for and make informed decisions by themselves. Consequently, using sensing environments will influence student’s decisions and hence defy the whole purpose of education. Moreover, students benefit from learning on how to live and make decisions independently before they leave school.


Sensing environment is beneficial to students in that information about students can be captured by apps like Sqord which can be used to help them learn about their bodies (Williamson, 2014). The information gathered can also assist in learning their cultural tastes and teachers can use the information to form relations with students thus identifying particular concepts yearned by their students.

Students in Saudi Arabia have been noted to show a weakness in expressing their true emotions. Sensing environments can help to overcome this by capturing sensing data to help teachers relate it to students in a personal way and forming bonds that can assist in teaching. However, it is unethical to use student’s personal data for any purpose without their consent.


The term cyborg refers to a human being with a combination of organic and mechanical modified body parts. However, in this context, cyborg refers to humans who have turned their bodies into sources of data that can be collected and analyzed to fulfill a certain purpose. This is achieved using the current social media platforms whereby users’ preferences are uploaded online and made available for analysis (Williamson, 2014).

I agree with Case (2010), who defines cyborg in a traditional manner stating that we have become cyborgs through our use of technology. This is through our permanent attachment to devices that enhances our humanity through greater communication enabled by technology.

As an international student, I have become cyborgs due to constant attachment with electronic devices in classroom to translate English to Arabic and to search definitions of vocabulary on internet, to do assignments, and communicate to social world. However, the devices has negative influence to students such as distracting them from learning and wasting time on social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter.


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Williamson, B. (2014). Smart Schools in Sentient Cities.http://dmlcentral.net/smart-schools-in-sentient-cities/ Retrieved on October, 30 from