So what does cloud computing actually mean? To put it simply, it revolves around the timeless concept of sharing. Instead of servers and a myriad of technical teams and constant system upgrades – or endless file cabinets in a moldy basement – an organization can simply upload an application or software into the “cloud.” Once there, users are able to access information, using a login code, from any Internet-enabled device.
According to SalesForce.com founder, Marc Benioff, cloud-based systems can easily be described as:
- Speed – allowing things to happen faster
- Open – presents an open work environment where information can flow freely between users
- Collaboration – leads to companies and individuals organizing into idea teams
- Individual – where one person can inspire the global community
- Alignment – finding like-minded people who are moving in the same direction
- Leadership – a willingness to fuse both top-down and bottom-up leadership methods
The emergence of the cloud is speeding up the way we do business – from innovation to collaboration. But what can cloud computing do for education?
Recently, the Government of Karnataka, India adopted Cisco’s cloud technology for their Cisco Education Enabled Development Program. The program looks to provide after-school remote intervention classes to students in order to ensure adequate scores on school board examinations. The cloud technology will allow for the engagement and the virtual linkage of 11 rural schools and over 1500 students.