Cloud computing has been around for quite some time now. However, the importance of cloud computing in education became more evident since the Covid-19 pandemic started. Thanks to cloud computing, ODL (online distance learning) was possible. Cloud computing-based technologies are one of the highest in demand.
These new technologies are actively developing the areas of the modern IT world. Many institutions, especially in education, rely on cloud-computing these days. We will discuss the positive impacts of cloud computing in the education sector in this article.
Let’s talk about accessibility. How does cloud computing help increase accessibility? Like it or not, students are not always able to physically attend class. This ranges from primary school to college. It can be for a number of reasons. From obligations outside of school, parents who are not able to send them to school, sick days, and various other emergencies. The rise of online learning and cloud computing in education is changing accessibility for all students. Attending class has never been easier, even if it can’t be done physically. It took a whole pandemic to see that learning is possible anywhere. In some cases, more effective.
Two words, group projects. Group projects are a substantial part of the learning process. It teaches students how to manage on their own and having to cooperate with peers to make things work. It is about getting the task done. This is the actual lesson, don’t you think? Students come from different backgrounds, hence have different responsibilities outside of school. How are they going to come together to complete the project? Is it fair to those who are not able to physically attend meetings? Does that make them irresponsible students?
Now with cloud computing advancements in education, no student gets left behind. Students are able to attend meetings remotely, assign duties, keep track of each other’s progress and monitor their project all from home. It’s easier than ever to collaborate remotely and at their own time. Meetings can be recorded and played back for those who weren’t able to attend the meeting. The ones who attended do not have to repeat their updates and progress.
Cloud computing is not just great news for students! Teachers also benefit from increased collaborative learning by being able to use live chats, streamed lectures, online assessments, and virtual labs in their lesson plans.
Have a team working on the next master scheduler? Cloud software will definitely benefit you! Online master schedulers, such as Orchestra, helps teams to build their next semester’s schedule. They don’t need to be in the same room together. Changes are in real-time. Plus no downloads needed. Everything is already in Orchestra.
Reduce time and costs
How exactly does cloud computing reduce time and costs? Isn’t technology expensive? Well, the traditional setup for technology can be costly. However, there are many readily available software that does not require the tedious and expensive process of starting from scratch. Some examples include Google Classroom and Coursera.
Google Classroom is a free blended learning cloud-based platform for educational institutions that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. Students are able to access the platform from computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Coursera works with universities and other organizations to offer online courses, certifications, and degrees in a variety of subjects. All the courses can be done in the comfort of your own home.
In this modern education system, the implementation of cloud technologies is not just an accessory but a necessity. Teachers gain higher chances to attract the attention of a student by making the education process fun. Plus, educators are able to prepare online tests, create better content, store everything on the cloud, and communicate with students online.
Cloud technologies, for example, QuickSchools, also help teachers to cover a wider audience of students and make managing student progresses easier. Assessing homework, projects, exams, sending feedback through report cards, or even just updating their gradebook online has never been quicker.
Administrators on the other hand can easily collaborate with one another and save time and energy on the problem-solving process. Cloud technologies just make tedious administrative work hassle-free.
Having the software on the cloud allows schools to gain a lot of flexibility. They get to choose exactly what software features they need without having to purchase a huge costly package or even a setup on-premises hardware. Use or spend your school resources your way.
Have a wonderful surge of new intakes? This is not a problem for software on the cloud. Adjustments can be made based on the criteria you need to be fixed, handling the sudden demand you have.
When the pandemic hit, those that already had a 100% cloud-based software system had a smoother transition. The flexibility allowed schools to quickly shift to remote learning. All their data was already stored safely and securely, ensuring that classes had as little disruption as possible.
2020 was an event no one was expecting and the sudden lockdown didn’t give much time for anyone to adjust. For example, transferring much-needed information into files to take home. Let alone suddenly have teachers designing a class for online learning. However, cloud-based software truly helped schools to adapt quicker.
Another plus point of opting to go cloud is its security. Sensitive student information such as financial details and personal data when stored on the cloud is safe and secure. When data is stored on the cloud, only authorized personnel are allowed to have access to this information which avoids them from being compromised. QuickSchools has always wanted to ensure that your data is always safe, hence why we opted for a cloud-based system from the very beginning.
Migrating to cloud-based software really brings a wide range of benefits to schools and institutions alike. Administrators get to make the best out of their time, teachers get to be on top of their game and students get the learning experience from the comfort of their own homes. Going 100% cloud computing is a total game-changer. Book a demo today to see it for yourself!