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Cloud Computing & SaaS


5 K-12 Ed Tech Trends for 2012

As the new year begins, education technology experts look at what's ahead for learners and educators.

Diving Into the Cloud

One of the most misunderstood concepts in educational technology at the moment is cloud computing. In a two-part series, T.H.E. Journal offers an in-depth guide to help you decide if cloud-based services are right for your school district.

New York District Moves Student Information to the Cloud

Buffalo Public Schools has selected a new student information system to manage student data.

Winner Takes All the File Sharing It Wants

It's one thing to put tablets or interactive whiteboards on your school's wish list, but how many educators go to bed dreaming of their very own web-based file sharing and storage capability? Enough that one cloud software firm decided to offer a year's worth of it free to any school or district that came up with the best reason for why they deserved it.

Administration in the Clouds

Access to cloud resources is an opportunity for cost savings, but the administration of thousands of e-mail accounts, managing varied levels of accessibility, and doing that for multiple cloud products can make savings disappear. What's a system administrator to do?

Building a Library in the Clouds

Doug Johnson, director of media and technology for the Mankato Area Public Schools, recently spoke at the American Association of School Librarians National Conference on the subject of "School Libraries and Cloud Computing: Roles and Possibilities." He spoke to T.H.E. Journal shortly thereafter.

Cloud Computing Traffic Could Reach 1.6 Zettabytes Annually by 2015

A new industry forecast is predicting that cloud computing will account for 33 percent of all data center traffic by 2015--triple the current percentage and about 12 times the total current volume.

Microsoft Touts Live@edu Stats, Prepares for Move to Office365 for Education

Microsoft has revealed that Live@edu, the company's free, hosted collaboration and communications service for education, now has more than 22 million users, a 100 percent increase in the past year.

Solaris 11 Brings Enhanced Virtualization to Cloud-Centric OS

Oracle has released its Solaris 11 operating system (OS), which the company previewed last month at the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 event in San Francisco. Solaris 11 provides built-in virtualization capabilities for OS, network, and storage resources and is designed to run enterprise applications in private, hybrid, or public clouds. Oracle described it as the first fully virtualized, cloud OS.

Cloud Program Reduces Bullying

The Dallas Independent School District is using cloud technology to reduce aggressive behavior and bullying. A new district-wide policy on behavior has administrators looking to technology to make sure one of "most comprehensive anti-bullying policies" in the nation is successful.

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