Educational institutions are rapidly shifting to more interactive communication and mobile learning through cloud computing, following the growing trend of cloud adoption of mass proportions. Cloud, as we see it, is conquering educational institutions worldwide, even though there are still skeptic educators who feel uncomfortable adopting this newer technology.
Cloud can offer a lot at this point, from easier communication and faster information access to simpler admission and administration processes. These are the most important aspects of cloud technology that positively affect education transformation.
Chromebooks for Education
Google’s Chromebooks for Education was one of the first big cloud actions intended to innovate traditional classrooms. What the company did was to offer these devices at low prices for students and educators, so they could get the access to Google’s powerful cloud-based apps that facilitate collaboration, information access and learning. Chroomebooks can modernize classrooms in many different ways and there are plenty of schools across the USA that have reported significant benefits from using these devices. Last year’s white paper on the results from schools using Chroomebooks clearly summarizes these results.
As the number of different low-priced mobile device models becomes available, more and more people have the opportunity to start using them actively. What this means for students is that they can pack all their paper resources into a single device and simplify their learning lives. Schools are increasingly aware of the potential of mobile devices, which is why they are inclined to allow their students to use them in class. There are many reasons to use smartphones in classroom and it’s up to individual educators to find the best ways to fit them into their class curricula.
In academic settings, there is a constant demand for efficient collaboration solutions, which is where the cloud-based tools made a significant revolution. Students’ demand for cloud apps is a primary driver to wider cloud adoption on the institutional level and it’s intended to help students access admission and financial data. Both staff and students can actively communicate, collaborate on projects, research and even participate in exchange programs through cloud-based applications. Besides this, cloud is an affordable platform and institutions don’t have to invest a lot into this kind of innovation.
Cloud innovation has brought about significant changes into how we approach and use educational opportunities. Aided by cloud applications, many institutions have successfully developed methodologies that include hybrid classrooms (online and off-campus learning), as well as online academies and colleges. This way, students from different parts of the world can enter the college of their choice without having to move to a different town or country.
The cloud has triggered important changes in the education industry and is seen as a most potent tool of innovation. Currently, plenty of institutions are still in a process of transition to more efficient IT infrastructures but, as this number grows, it becomes increasingly obvious that the education is another industry headed to the cloud.
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