Welcome to our weekly roundup of tech and education news. Have a story you’d like to see here? Tweet us.
A Truly Inspirational Tech Story
Kelvin Doe, a 15-year-old from Sierra Leone, has built FM transmitters, generators and batteries, all with spare parts he found in the trash. This incredibly talented young man recently spent time at MIT’s Media Lab working with engineers on some of his designs. It’s one of the most inspirational technology-related stories we have ever heard. Watch below.
The Groundwork for a Mobile Future
At the College of Lake County, in Grayslake, Ill., between 8,000 and 10,000 devices connect to the college's network each day. A network upgrade has allowed students and faculty to be as mobile as they want to be. Read more about the project here.
The Internet of Things: Just an IT Headache?
Campus Technology reported on a new Gartner report that estimates there will be 26 billion connected devices by 2020:
"IoT threatens to generate massive amounts of input data from sources that are globally distributed," said Joe Skorupa, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, in a statement released to coincide with the report. "Transferring the entirety of that data to a single location for processing will not be technically and economically viable. The recent trend to centralize applications to reduce costs and increase security is incompatible with the IoT. Organizations will be forced to aggregate data in multiple distributed mini data centers where initial processing can occur. Relevant data will then be forwarded to a central site for additional processing."
He added that the effects will impact more than just centralized applications. "The enormous number of devices, coupled with the sheer volume, velocity and structure of IoT data, creates challenges, particularly in the areas of security, data, storage management, servers and the data center network, as real-time business processes are at stake," he said. "Data center managers will need to deploy more forward-looking capacity management in these areas to be able to proactively meet the business priorities associated with IoT."
The Internet of Things could prove to be the biggest IT challenge since cloud computing. Will its growth be slowed by infrastructure limitations? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter.
Tweets of the Week
— Cheryl Clemons (@cherylclemons) March 20, 2014
— M Pacansky-Brock (@brocansky) March 20, 2014
This Week on EdTech**
- IBM Records Fastest Data Transfer Ever: 64 Gigabits per Second
- Colleges Optimize Networks to Support Mobile Students, Faculty and Staff
- The Best Ed-Tech Startups from #SXSWedu
Have a story you think we should feature? Would you like to contribute to EdTech? Let us know.