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Take Your School To The Cloud
2014-01-15 by  Adam Groff

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Technology makes everything in life easier, which is exactly the case when cloud computing and the education sector combine.

With the anywhere usability of the cloud, middle schools, high schools, and colleges are breaking away from the technology norm and making the learning experience that much better for both the faculty and students.

Here is just a handful of ways cloud computing is taking teaching to a whole new level:

 

Academic Accessibility 

Thanks to the cloud, information is accessible from just about anywhere at any time in any capacity.

In terms of the classroom environment, this means easily uploaded lesson plans, syllabi, homework assignments, and anything else a teacher can think of. And, as for students, the cloud makes it easier to receive and complete assignments from anywhere too.

With cloud technology, teacher and student interaction is only part of the possibilities. School administrators can also store faculty and student data on the cloud for recordkeeping purposes, which makes the world of education hassle-free, paperless, and file cabinet-less. 

 

Collegiate Collaboration

The cloud makes collaboration effortless because every bit of educational information is stored on the cloud.

Teachers can create student groups and give students access to collaborative projects and assignments on the cloud. Likewise, teachers can work together on the cloud to create assignments and compare student workloads.

When it comes to collaboration outside of the classroom, the cloud makes it easy for parents to track their child's progress. Instead of parent/teacher meetings, teachers can give the parents access to daily student progress reports, general test and quiz scores, and upcoming homework assignments.

 

No More Crash Courses

Cloud computing is an incredibly stable technology, which also means it’s reliable. When schools and colleges base their computing needs and data storage on the cloud, they can rest assured that data is there stay and accessible at any time.

Likewise, because the cloud is housed elsewhere and continuously monitored by an expert IT staff, the word "crash" just doesn't hold the same weight anymore.

Cloud service providers take single-point system failure out of the equation, so if there's a system failure on campus, the cloud is ready with fast data recovery.

 

Pay As You Go Expandability

Because the cloud is a separate entity from the campus's physical location, schools and colleges simply don't have to worry about hardware and software upkeep and upgrades. This has untold savings benefits, but it also translates to price-customizable expandability.

For example, when schools and colleges fluctuate in the number of students from one year or semester to the next, data storage needs fluctuate as well.

But, with the cloud, data storage uses a pay as you go mentality. So, schools and colleges can pick how much storage they need and how much they want to pay at a moment's notice.

 

Educational Security

Above all, cloud computing is an extremely secure way to store vast amounts of data, which is great for information as sensitive as student records.

Not only do cloud service providers use the latest firewall technology and anti-viral software, but everyone on the cloud must jump through authentication hoops in order to gain access.

 

From security to collaboration made easy, it's plain to see that schools and colleges really do benefit from the cloud.

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Adam Groff

Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including personal health and technology.

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