What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing first appeared on the near-term horizon in the NMC Horizon Report: 2009 Higher Education Edition. Since then, its use for supporting collaboration, file storage, and access to computing cycles, and the number of available applications that rely on cloud technologies have grown tremendously. Cloud computing has become the unifying factor among content and applications on the many devices people use in everyday life. Whether connecting at home, work, school, on the road, or in social spaces, nearly everyone who uses computers relies on cloud computing to access their information and applications. This ability to access services and files from any location and on any device is driving development of cloud computing applications in the consumer space.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • traditional classroom teaching does not fully leverage cloud-based computing. Nonetheless, every single one of the 125 teachers at my traditional high school uses google docs. Many also use spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. In honors level courses, it is the expectation that students will collaborate with each other and share documents with their teacher using google docs, as well. - jack.west jack.west Feb 22, 2012
  • Cloud computing is one of the factors that enables schools to embrace bring your own device. If schools are free from worrying about how to load apps on a student device, because the apps are in the cloud, or how to connect personal devices to school-based storage (file servers) because storage is in the cloud, it becomes much more feasible to make educational use of personal devices. - jean.tower jean.tower Feb 23, 2012
  • We use cloud computing every day (Google Apps): to take collaborative notes, to brainstorm, to share resources, to develop collaborative presentations, to send surveys, to track assessments and share comments with students, parents and teachers, to provide formative assessment (which is easily tracked and recorded), it's an essential component of our teaching and learning at Yokohama International School. - kim.cofino kim.cofino Feb 28, 2012
  • Fit like a glove to the K12 sector. The use is exploding in this part of the world. CC enable sharing, collaboration, accessibility, creativity etc. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Mar 3, 2012
  • Cloud computing with Web 2.0 tools have really become widely used, allowing for collaboration, expansion of social networking and incorporation of new pedagogical strategies that go beyond the classroom walls. It has allowed for schools with fewer resources to also integrate internet for research and collaboration as never before.- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Mar 4, 2012

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Again, the cost saving issue of not having to license software, or have devices to store work is significant in public k12. - jack.west jack.west Feb 22, 2012
  • I think it is important that cloud based solutions work well on the widest variety of devices, so an important theme is the portability of cloud based solutions across devices. - jean.tower jean.tower Feb 23, 2012 Concur - bwatwood bwatwood Feb 24, 2012 - kim.cofino kim.cofino Feb 28, 2012
  • The concept of Web 2.0 could be included.- claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Mar 3, 2012 Absolutely! - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Mar 4, 2012
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Cloud-based sharing of work in k12 facilitates better and more frequent feedback cycles between teacher and student, and between students themselves. There is also the added risk of more frequent plagiarism. - jack.west jack.west Feb 22, 2012 Love using Google Docs for formative feedback - helps keep the student, teacher and parent on the same page as a project progresses.- kim.cofino kim.cofino Feb 28, 2012
  • The enhanced access to the students work and the teaching materials will increase the possibilities for the teachers to supervise and coach the students. Students will be able to choose from a broader variety of media such as podcasts, cartoons, blogs, wikis etc to present their works. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Mar 3, 2012
  • Working on the cloud allows for personalization of learning, where teachers can offer different learning paths and students have more tools to work at their own pace. Students can express themselves in different ways, and build portfolios of their work which can help them access their progress. They can work with broader audiences in more authentic situations. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Mar 4, 2012

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • A large majority of the work we do at Yokohama International School is in the cloud. Google Apps for creating and collaborating around documents, forms for surveys, calendars for homework (shared with students and parents), etc. Here's one example (of how we use calendars) from our regular Parent Tech Coffee Mornings. - kim.cofino kim.cofino Feb 28, 2012
  • Our national research project “Media and ICT in Upper Secondary Education” include as a central part the experiences in the area. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Mar 3, 2012
  • Our school in Brazil, as well as many others, have been using blogs, social networks, LMSs, Google Docs, YouTube, Photo Galleries and many other applications for collaborative work that can be shared. One great example of the potential of using a simple tool such as a blog is our Global Curriculum Project, where students are have a Virtual Exchange Program with schools from 5 different countries. The blog can be visited at http://curriculoglobal.colband.blog.br. - cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Mar 4, 2012
  • Another great project that has been using the resources of the cloud for many years, and I think it has been mentioned before, is the ever growing ThinkQuest project by Oracle. It's use has been growing a lot in the last few years in Brazil.- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Mar 4, 2012
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