Edge computing promises to reshape K–12 education, but the promise comes with new challenges.
As a distributed IT architecture, edge solutions bring computing capability closer to the sources of data. It operates much like Internet of Things technology, with smart devices that deliver key insights despite being remote from the core computing facility.
In the K–12 IT environment, edge computing presents new power management challenges. Districts can’t rely on old manual processes to ensure appropriate power use across this expanding IT landscape. They need sophisticated software and other tools to realize edge computing’s potential to support improved student outcomes.
Edge-Driven Infrastructure Offers New Opportunities in K–12 Districts
The pandemic demonstrated that physical proximity can’t be taken for granted. Edge computing supports education equity in virtual environments, says Johnathan Hill, product manager for the Eaton 9PXM line of uninterruptible power supply devices. “It means giving every child the opportunity to leverage the full spectrum of learning resources.”
But remote learning is just one example of the educational potential inherent in an edge architecture.