Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Why cloud computing will NOT fail
The Horizon Report K-12 lists cloud computing as one of the technologies most likely to have a large impact on teaching and learning over the coming year. Partly this is because of the fact that it is saving schools money and resources by providing storage and services to internet users without the need to invest in and support physical machines. As IT coordinator in my previous school a large part of my budget was taken up each year on software, this year I've seen our department spend less than $400 on software. Students have created multimedia, used email, created documents and presentations and started their own blogs/ePortfolios all using a browser. One great advantage we have seen is that students can start working on something at school and continue accessing their work at home. Another advantage has been the collaboration we have seen with the introduction of Google Docs. Our teachers have noticed that we can now be much more flexible than before, as we are not limited by the times students are physically present in the computer lab, and as as result students have become much more creative and have real choices about what they use to show what they know.
Photo Credit: Descending Clouds by Gary Hayes