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Cloud Computing & SaaS


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."

CoSN Assesses Cloud Risks and Realities

Nearly all K-12 schools now use cloud technology in some form. But how many understand all the possibilities and pitfalls? That's the question posed by a new report to members of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

A Snapshot of Cloud Storage Adoption

A report produced by TwinStrata, a data storage company, offers the perspective of those using or exploring cloud storage options.

Chicago Public Schools Says Communication Was Key to Successful Google Apps Rollout

Strong communication and well-planned training were behind the success of the recent rollout of Google Apps for Education across 681 schools in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), according to Lachlan Tidmarsh, chief information officer for CPS.

Training Was Key to Oregon's Statewide Google Apps Implementation

Two years ago, Oregon became the nation's first statewide Google Docs adopter, and Crook County High School jumped on board. What started as a new e-mail system quickly evolved into a full-blown Google products rollout.

Learnist Brings Content Curation to Education

With so much information accessible on the internet, organizing all of it into a manageable and usable form has been up to individual users, until now.

CoSN and SchoolDude Survey the Cloud

Their sixth annual K-12 IT benchmarking survey aims to “uncover the unique challenges facing IT professionals working in U.S. public school districts today,” according to a press release from SchoolDude.

Online Guides Help Teachers Flip Their Classrooms

A variety of cloud resources can help teachers who have (or are planning to) reverse the traditional learning sequence.

A 21st Century Librarian Helps Students See Through the Cloud

Today’s librarians have to know things like responsible use policies and how to guide students in the effective use of the internet for research. For schools trying to incorporate technology into the curriculum these educators are key, because they speak the language of technology and education.

The Price of Free Cloud Resources

Data is the most common (yet invisible) fee extracted from users by companies that make search engines, e-mail, and other cloud computing resources accessible to schools.

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