Tag Archives: Internet of Things

CCN members from schools across the country gather during a 2016 annual summer meeting.

Community Sharing of Curriculum

Four times a year, the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts a meeting of its Convergence College Network (CCN) community of over 60 community colleges and universities from 24 states across the country.  These meetings are one of the prime benefits of membership in the CCN in that they provide the perfect platform for resource […]

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Wearable Market Continues to Expand

One of the largest growing markets in the “internet of things” is wearables. A recent Venture Beat article notes a sizable increase in wearables sales. It’s still a relatively small market, but for the second quarter of 2017, 26.3 million wearables were sold worldwide.  The leader is the Chinese company Xiaomi, with Apple and Fitbit […]

Bill Saichek (Orange Coast College) spoke to attendees of the 2017 HI-TEC educator conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Teaching the Internet of Things

Two faculty members associated with the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently delivered a standing-room-only conference presentation on teaching the Internet of Things (“IoT”) to IT networking students. Brian Nelson (Lansing Community College) and Bill Saichek (Orange Coast College) spoke to attendees of the 2017 HI-TEC educator conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here are […]

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Ride ‘Em, NetRiders

We always like to hear about accomplishments of students from our Convergence College Network (CCN) member schools. Belicia Miraval Albornoz, an instructor at El Centro College in Dallas, send word to us about recent success three of her IT students had at Cisco’s NetRiders competition. NetRiders is an online interactive contest that utilizes Cisco’s web […]

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Four Things We Learned at the 2015 “HoNeST” Conference

We recently spent a day on the Ericsson campus in Plano, Texas attending the “Hot Topics in Networking and Security” conference, cleverly shortened to the acronym “HoNeST.”  This event was coordinated by the University of North Texas’ Department of Computer Science and Engineering and featured both academic perspectives on networking and security as well as […]

Will “V2V” be the next IT buzzterm?

Image Credit: Wikipedia   Self-driving cars may still seem like the stuff of science fiction (or maybe exotic Google R&D tests on the faraway streets of San Francisco), but a conference entitled the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems was recently held in Detroit.  It’s the 21st year of the conference. That means while we […]

Ten Things We Learned at HI-TEC

I spent four days at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (better known as HI-TEC) in Chicago recently.  In between my usual administrative duties, I was able to attend seven conference breakout sessions that covered a variety of topics, from program development and best practices to the basics of cloud computing and cyberforensics. Below are […]

The internet of things, city-sized

Elizabeth Halweg at Fox Valley Technical College in Wisconsin alerted us to a fascinating, forward-looking webinar provided by Cisco on “Smart Connected Communities.” This 90-minute webinar, intended for Cisco Academies and led by Cisco executive Jared Danaraj, explores how the networked “internet of things” concept can be applied to entire communities. That is, the internet-of-things […]

The state of sensors

“Sensors” and “internet of things” are buzzwords that repeatedly come up during the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) quarterly meetings with the Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) that helps shape program curriculum.  Christopher Mims at Quartz, a digital news outlet, offers a thorough overview of the state of sensors today. On one hand, to […]

It’s the cloud closer to the ground

A lengthy discussion of IT/convergence trends is always a staple of the National Convergence Technology Center’s (CTC) quarterly meetings with the Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) that helps shape program curriculum. One recent meeting mentioned something called “the fog” that Cisco is developing.  PC World provides an overview.  As we’re surrounded by more and […]