The transition to cloud based technology is going to be one of the key technology trends of the next decade. We can already see the practical applications of cloud technologies in every area of our lives, from the way we access our emails, how we buy things and how we play games.
The implementation of cloud technology is going to affect teaching in a number of ways; from use in the teaching environment as a way of accessing software, to teaching topics, it is here to stay.
Cloud technology is going to be a major factor in the way software is implemented and managed within the school’s IT infrastructure.
What Is Cloud Technology?
Cloud computing is a way of storing and accessing data and software programs over the internet, instead of directly from your computer or school drive.
The Advantages For Schools Of Cloud Computing
Therefore, instead of having to install software onto every school computer, it can simply be made available online for anyone that needs it. This makes the software accessible anywhere, even via other devices using mobile apps.
Cloud technology moves the investment in school software from an operational capital expenditure to buy the hardware, to an operational expenditure.
This decreases the cost of buying and using new software, reducing the start up cost and instead offering a subscription. These services are typically tailored to suit the needs of the school that will pay for only what is needed, rather than having to guess what is needed at the time of purchase.
The Cloud and School Reporting
The implementation of cloud technology in schools is something we have experienced via our School Reporting Suite. Our assessment, tracking, and reporting software is cloud based, allowing teachers to access our system and our reports in real time.
The cloud based aspect also means that once the system has been set up and configured, updates can be made from our end without the need to maintain on-site management expertise of our software, or having to pay for lots of call outs.