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Cloud Computing & SaaS


Facing Down Catastrophe: Disaster Planning for Schools

Joe Annibale, superintendent of Union Beach School District, remembers getting the call one Monday night last October. The custodians reported to him that the lone school in the district was taking on water. And not just water: Hurricane Sandy had engulfed this community of 6,245 people with a slushy cocktail of street runoff, sewage, and salt water, like a scene "out of the Titanic."

Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps for Education: Which Way Do You Go?

Entire counties and states are moving away from locally hosted e-mail and document-sharing software. The big question they have to answer: Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365?

Collaboration Helps Districts Share the Cloud

Cloud-based software is often touted as the easiest way to collaborate online. But now, two information technology centers in Ohio are collaborating to maintain the infrastructure of the cloud itself.

Watson Institute Deploys New Remote Access Solution

The Watson Institute, an educational organization serving children and youth with special needs, has implemented new remote access software to enable its staff to access their work computers from anywhere, anytime, using any device.

NXTLOG Contest Asks Students to Build Lego Adventure Bots

Legos have found yet another life, thanks to the power of the cloud. NXTLOG is an online community that encourages Lego users to share how-to instructions for building unique robots. To do so, users have to employ 21st century skills such as posting digital photos and videos, writing blog posts, and following the safety and etiquette rules of an online community.

Walling Off the Cloud = Dumbing Down Digital Skills

In the digital age, filtering is the “garden wall” designed to keep bad stuff and dangerous people away from children so they are free to focus on learning (not video games). But this “protection” is achieving the opposite of what many educators claim to want for students.

Cloud Computing To Make Up 35% of K-12 IT Budgets in 4 Years

Within one year, cloud computing in K-12 schools is expected to consume a quarter of the entire IT budget; four years from now, that figure will grow to 35 percent. What's driving that growth?

Science in the Cloud

Science teachers must continue their own education to stay current. One professional organization that takes an integrated approach to learning, including making use of the cloud, is the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Google Doodle...With Crayons

One of the world’s largest cloud services providers is shooing children away from their computers and back to their drawing boards, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and other art supplies. The Doodle 4 Google contest launched on Jan. 15 with the announcement of the 2013 theme, "My Best Day Ever...”

The Cultural Context of the Cloud

Cloud computing is referred to as a tool, as an essential component to 21st century skills, as an inexpensive way for schools to educate students at a time when budgets are being cut, and as the future of information and communications technology (ICT). To fully understand the implications of all this hype, educators need to see a larger context beyond the classroom, according to James Bosco, principal investigator for a MacArthur Foundation project titled "Schools and Participatory Culture: Overcoming Organizational and Policy Barriers."

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