The role of cloud computing in Education Technology

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Cloud computing is an IT paradigm which constitutes the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more over the Internet. This technology allows people and businesses to stay connected from anywhere in the world while on the move. The key to accessing the information stored in Cloud usually involves robust security measures thus nullifying the chances of a security breach.

Using Cloud, large files can be stored and shared without the hassle of using storage devices. Many companies like Google, Apple, Dropbox, etc. provide Cloud Services.

More than a Storage Locker

Cloud computing nowadays has gone beyond an online storeroom, with servers, networks, and applications running on it. Cloud powers many cutting-edge developments and is implemented in all industries as an accessible and decentralized sharing method. It’s very convenient and requires minimal human effort.

Cloud in EdTech

Modern day education is driven by the need to adapt traditional education methods to fit the twenty-first-century demands. This mainly revolves around taking education out of the confines of a classroom and bringing it into the comforts of our home or workplace.

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Online Learning promises to be an experience that will revolutionize education, helping people to work around the barriers of time and distance and take them out of the equation altogether. This is where Cloud has revolutionary applications.

Cloud in Data Sharing

Cloud computing provides an effective mechanism for Data Sharing. However, unlike Emails or other older forms of digital communication, the amount of Data and number of people involved is much more. And it’s not just media or documents.

Cloud and Connectivity

Cloud Computing allows companies and organizations to have their customized inventory of apps, files, and media which is accessible to all employees. The same can be done for EdTech. Cloud can be used to connect universities across the globe to come together to form a digital library of shared resources.

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Shared Library

The Shared Library created using Cloud Computing can be used to index and store all the contents necessary for an employee, a teacher or a student, like notes, apps, and many other resources. This is an important step to make an organized database of resources necessary for the individuals concerned with the institution.

For an online school, this database of resources contains the syllabus and the contents of the curriculum. And using the cloud, it’s possible to provide it all in one place instead of a confused garble of links.

Coordination using Cloud

Online universities use cloud to coordinate their efforts for teaching on the Internet. Cloud serves as a storage location as well as a platform for conducting its activities.

Localized servers are often not powerful enough to host a large gathering of students for live streaming a lecture or sharing content. However, Cloud Computing can overcome this problem. An established database on Cloud can be shared by many entities, including multiple online Universities. This shared database can be used to unify the syllabus, compare and update courses as well as share information. Bringing a lot of these Online Schools together will establish legitimacy to each of those institutions and also to the gathering.

Mobility, Compartmentalization and Cloud

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Another significant feature which Cloud brings to the table is Mobility. With all the necessary information available on Cloud, any student or faculty of an institution can easily download this on the go. The space restrictions and the hassle of changing devices are no longer an issue.

Using IDs and Passwords are a common practice in Cloud for compartmentalization as well as verification. This ensures that the same person can access the information that they need from different systems, all the while maintaining their identity. It also creates a layer of security to store private data, like work progress.

Mobility is also important to students. Now with Cloud, students can download apps, notes and other content relevant to their academics easily on the move.

Most institutions do have a software vault set up for students to be able to use premium and paid software for free. However, these services are only accessible via LAN or some form of localized network.

By using Cloud, the hassle of having to be physically present or carry around this content significantly reduces. The credentials of the student can be used to verify and login to the cloud, helping them get better access to the necessary material.

Cloud for a Bright Future

Cloud Computing has its fingers in a lot of pies. Fundamentally speaking, it’s online storage space. However, its applications lie beyond just being a locker or a safe.

It serves as a platform for apps, streams, and even servers. The amount of data traffic that it can hold makes it ideal for those purposes.

It’s also a combined pool of resources. Many companies use Cloud Computing to store and share data. The space available on Cloud enables firms to turn it into a storage locker for all aspects related to the enterprise. Employees can now download the content on the go.

Cloud Computing has brought mobility like never seen before. There is much less wastage of space and hassle of carrying and transferring data with Cloud around. The compartmentalization also allows the data to be privatized when need be.

The Verdict

Cloud is the perfect database. It can store a significant amount of content, be used as a platform for servers or apps, and even be used for private storage.

Cloud for EdTech means the organization, mobility and also compartmentalization. Students and teachers are now more connected than ever and can complete more work on the go with all their progress digitally stored online. The sector is making EdTech easier and more accessible.

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