What K–12 IT Leaders Really Think About the Cloud


Reposted from EdTech Focus on K-12:

K–12 IT leaders are seeing some serious benefits from the cloud — particularly in the flexibility, operational agility and cost savings that cloud services can offer. Some services remain more popular in the cloud for K–12 districts than other services do. For example, respondents said that email and storage are the most widely used cloud services, while also being the easiest to transition to. Enterprise planning and internal applications remain low on the list of cloud adoption in schools.

Cloud computing can make lives easier for users, but there are a few persistent barriers to adoption. Thirty-five percent of K–12 IT respondents chose security as the greatest challenge to implementing additional cloud services; trust in available solutions took second place, at 29 percent.

Security risks for cloud solutions remain, but CDW says they are addressable with risk-mitigation practices. The company recommends these four steps to help keep cloud data more secure…

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The Creative Classroom Framework: Linking K12, mLearning & the Cloud


Reposted from Ignatia Webs:

“As the New Media Consortium report is out looking at the upcoming trends for K12 and online learning, I was pleasantly surprised by the emerging combinations which clearly embrace new educational technologies and student-centered focus.

The almost 50 pages report is a source of interest for any teacher, school, or eLearning expert. It provides a nice overview of new options and trends for young students, as well as interesting assumptions. One of the assumptions is: mobile acceptance in schools, teacher proficiency in a variety of digital skills, and even the contemporary classroom (filled with ICT and edtech options). This is the ideal setting and for many schools not (yet) achievable. Nevertheless the points raised in the report are interesting.

For those with little time a quick read through the 9 page preview report will already raise interest, but for those having more time, I do recommend reading the full report as it narrates not only what is to come, but also why the authors of the report think so, and what importance it can have. The NMC reports always have the same structure providing a nice overview of which technologies are already adopted, which to watch out for and what lies in the (5 years) future. The emphasis on the importance of networked learning, open content (open educational resources or OER), cloud computing and the all-round student (and teacher) mobility is nice to read…”

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Today’s Top Cloud Innovations in Higher Education

Today's Top Cloud Innovations in Higher Education

A nice synopsis of the current higher ed cloudscape, including:

– 55% of institutions want increased efficiency, and believe that cloud computing is the answer

– By the end of 2014, 4 out of 5 higher education students are expected to take coursework online

– 68% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for conferencing and collaboration

– 65% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for storage

– 65% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for office/productivity suites

– 62% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for messaging

– 59% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for computing power

– MIT, Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Michigan, Harvard and the University of San Francisco are all using the cloud

– Many popular services and applications are cloud based, like Evernote, Amazon and Prezi