Data is becoming increasingly available across devices and the cloud is more and more a part of our everyday life. In a world that is rapidly moving towards full digitalization, this is the right time to start looking at the impact that cloud computing has had and will continue to have on education.

The more we understand this technology the easier it will be to successfully integrate it into the school system, making the best of the advantages it offers.

 

Accessibility 

Content is becoming accessible from anywhere, at any time. Whereas our device used to be the only tool to access our work, today a lost or broken laptop no longer means losing your data with it.

Students are able to start their work on school devices and continue working from their own devices at home, while teachers are able to monitor their progress.

Teachers can send additional assignments, reading material or schedule changes and be sure all students will be notified.

 

Remote learning 

Going forward we can expect that students will no longer need to commute to school, or at least not regularly, as they will be able to learn from their homes or even from another country. This is going to mean a lot for lower income families, students with disabilities, international students and continuing education students. Platforms like Coursera, founded by Stanford University professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, allow students to find courses, specialization programs, and degrees without leaving their home.

 

Lower costs

Schools and students won’t need cutting-edge technology, any browser and internet connection will work. Smart devices like Chromebooks will ensure all students can access the internet at a reasonable price.

Sharing textbooks is also becoming simpler and cheaper, as reading material only needs to be uploaded once to be instantly available to the whole class.

Additionally, cloud computing means saving resources, as it will progressively lead to a paperless school system.

We can also expect the cost of higher education to decrease significantly going forward, as thanks to remote learning professors will be able to teach larger classes with more flexible schedules.

 

Data Security 

The cloud is safer than hardware when it comes to storing and sharing data, its advantages involve both data security and data recovery. All content shared via the cloud is end-to-end encrypted, making it ideal for sending any document. Depending on the cloud service used the user can choose whether to let the system keep the encryption key, which is accessed every time a user logs in with their password -this is how iCloud, google docs, dropbox work- or keep the key themselves -a less popular option available on services like Mega and SpiderOak.- However, it is possible to encrypt files prior to uploading them to the cloud, which is currently considered the safest way.

It is highly recommended for teachers and school administrators to be assisted by IT specialist before uploading sensitive data to the cloud.

 

Coworking and group projects

 Students no longer need to be in the same place to work together on a group project. They no longer need to be in front of a teacher for their work to be presented and graded.

Teachers can also add changes and correction to a project from their location directly on the file, providing real-time feedback.

This coworking method has already been very successful when it comes to different classes or schools working together on a project, even internationally.

What to read next

How EdTech positively impacts students’ behavior

EdTech is only a tool, and it can't automatically solve students' behavioural issues. But surely it can be be a fundamental support to identify these problems.

more
20, September 2018
Mixed Reality in Education: The Doomsday Project for the 21st Century

Mixed Reality is now a real new approach in the learning process. Here's how the Christ Church Primay School started to overturn the classroom experience of its pupils through it.

more
18, September 2018
[Research] Preparing the class of 2030

Microsoft and McKinsey & Company conducted a research, surveying teachers and students of today to find out how the future generation of graduates will be.

more
13, September 2018

To ensure that you get the possible best experience, this website utilizes third-party profiling cookies. Click here to learn about these cookies and how to change your settings. By closing this window or continuing to browse this website, you consent to use of these cookies.