What is Cloud Computing?


Cloud computing refers to expandable, on-demand services and tools that are served to the user via the Internet from specialized data centers and consume almost no local processing or storage resources. Cloud computing resources support collaboration, file storage, virtualization, and access to computing cycles, and the number of available applications that rely on cloud technologies has grown to the point that few education institutions do not make some use of the cloud, whether as a matter of policy or not. Over the past few years, cloud computing has been firmly established as an efficient way for businesses to protect data, develop applications, deliver software and online platforms, and to collaborate. Education institutions are deploying similar cloud-based strategies to boost collaboration, productivity, and mobility in teaching and learning.

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

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  • - sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Nov 18, 2014 I see the cloud taking a larger and larger grip on the way we create,store and interact in cyberspace. It enhances the possibility to have access to your work across devices. We also see that devices that depend solely on the cloud need less power and thereby come cheaper. We can buy a chromebox for just a little bit more than 1000 norwegian kroner as to an ipad or pc is difficult to buy cheaper than 4000 kroner. That is a big difference. Devices like this will become more and more common. We see Google docs and Office 365 working in this direction. They work almost the same and will evolve side by side and I dont think it will be important which one you choose. They will both do the job!
  • Agree both Google docs and O365 do the job - but bear in mind Google and Microsoft are build on two completely different business models. Google is and advertising company and monitor all behavior of Google accounts for advertising purposes. Microsoft is a software company that do not monitor account behavior. - Kirsten.Panton Kirsten.Panton Dec 7, 2014
  • Cloud Computing is spreading, as my learned colleague above points out, and cloud Computing has been mainstreamed both re hardware as well as re software. Given the growing number of cloud-based applications, the future of LMS get more uncertain.- oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Nov 21, 2014 The biggest threat to traditional LMS providers is that cloud-based tools can offer more, but with almost free storage. When Microsoft offers 1 TB to every student using O365, it is a question of finances for the school district or muicipality as well. - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 23, 2014
  • There is a very big impact of cloud computing i Sweden now. GAFE and Office365 is the favored choice. The mere fact that using GAFE/O365 makes collaboration more natural is the big win. And off course the fact that the cloud is not in need of any specifik devices. Just work! // Edward Jensinger - helena.kvarnsell helena.kvarnsell Dec 7, 2014
  • - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 23, 2014We see what we might call "all-built-in" LMS 2.0, built for more effective learning and personalisation (adaptive / analytic), with front-of-class presentation, collaboration, assessments, teacher planning and documentation in one cloud platform. ClassFlow and Nearpod are two platforms where we see full integration of presentation and collaboration in classrooms, but also Google and Microsoft are heading in this direction. I.e. Office Mix (add-on in Office 365 and 2013) enables more interactivity, responses and insight. Along with more traditional video conferencing tools and collaborative writing, these platforms present new possibilities for distributed learning. The student can be engaged in classroom activities and collaboration online without being present in class.
  • - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 23, 2014In British Columbia, Canada, we see this already in system for K-12, where more than 60 schools offer distributed learning by various cloud services.
  • It ensures that all the students have access to the same software and that it is accessible everywhere. - Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Nov 25, 2014 - Ingunn.Bremnes.Stubdal Ingunn.Bremnes.Stubdal Dec 5, 2014- morten.dahl morten.dahl Dec 7, 2014
  • As said above, cloud computing ensures that all the students have access to software and documents needed for their school work anywhere and anytime.
  • This is already here but will grow. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014 - stefan stefan Dec 4, 2014
  • With the focus on BYOD it is necessary to emphasize cloud computing. It will ensure that learners have access to and can exchange/transfer the relevant learning resources, and it can bring a flexibility to learning activities by e.g. opening for varied feedback opportunities and enabling co-production from more locations. - jakob.harder jakob.harder Dec 2, 2014- morten.soby morten.soby Dec 8, 2014

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

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  • Security issues are important. See this article about built its own private cloud-storage programs to prevent student information from being accessed by third-party vendors.
    http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/08/15cloud_ep.h33.html - Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Ann.Sorum.Michaelsen Nov 25, 2014

  • For many public cloud services the end user is paying with her personal information for access. Using the public cloud in teaching, thus offering up children and students privacy in exchange for easy access to great services is not without issues. The policies around PPI and children and public cloud are not clear to schools or teachers, and the uncertainty is hindering deployment. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 26, 2014
  • Privacy issues and laws surrounding the use of cloud services are hot stuff that need to be looked at. Key is also to make the solutions simple and accessible. Usability is many times overlooked in favour of useless features and cost reduction. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014
  • It isn´t neccessarily easy to connect to cloud services using the national federated login service in Norway. - morten.dahl morten.dahl Dec 7, 2014 (And getting them to follow standard procedures for Single Log-Out is even harder.)- morten.dahl morten.dahl Dec 7, 2014

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 23, 2014Education K-12 can be distributed differently. The classroom is no longer necessary.
  • - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 23, 2014A full set of response tools in classroom enables teachers to ensure that students are in level and adjust to the students, which makes learning more personalised and differenciated. Cloud services makes this easier, as the school firewalls are not disabling communication between teacher and student devices.
  • Is and will be a natural part of how we work and learn. More and more seamless is better. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014

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