3 Ways Edge Computing Gives Classroom Learning a Boost

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Edge computing is all about processing data locally, bolstering visuals, response time, and confidence. The edge brings high-performance computing power right to where the action is, a huge advantage for time-sensitive applications. As the education sector learns to leverage the power of classroom devices, edge computing could have profound implications in classrooms from kindergarten through high school.

Here, three education and technology experts share how edge computing can give classroom learning a boost.

  1. Augmented and virtual reality. Edge is an enabler for augmented and virtual reality, which is becoming more and more popular in schools. David Marcovitz, chair of the education specialties department at Loyola University Maryland, says, “When you try to have these humanlike communications and it’s choppy, that interferes with cognitive processing. Edge computing can make that smoother and make the augmented reality more realistic.”
  2. Internet of Things. Processing data locally with edge computing benefits school districts without the bandwidth to handle sending sensor information to the cloud. This will help educators take full advantage of IoT devices. According to Dan Reed, senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Utah, “If you put sensors in educational toys, you can learn about behaviors and social dynamics. You can capture safety data in the playground as well – even on the low end of computing capability, you can do some really interesting stuff.” One of those things is using a camera to track eye movements in order to help understand how children learn to read.
  3. Student outcomes. The real-time feedback capabilities of edge computing could power learning systems designed to enhance performance. “We might incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence that can react based on what the student puts into the learning management system – adjust the prompts and the learning to reflect that student’s style,” says Daniele Loffreda, a senior adviser with tech solutions provider Ciena. “Having that happen in real time is a great example of where edge computing can work.”

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Stone, Adam. (22 Aug 2018). How Edge Computing Could Benefit K-12 Classrooms. EdTech: Focus on K-12.

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