Cloud computing in education became extremely important since the Covid-19 pandemic. Since it has been around for a while, when lockdowns happened, online distant learning (ODL) was actually possible. Thanks to cloud computing and it is now one of the highest in demand.
Many institutions rely on cloud computing, especially in the education industry. There have been many positive outcomes because of this new technology and we will look further into what they are and why.
1. Allowing more accessibility
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.
2. Easy to collaborate
Group projects are a substantial part of the classroom. It teaches students how to manage and cooperate with group members in order to get the assignment done. Students are able to learn from one another, which can also enhance their social skills. The question though is what happens if a team member can’t make a physical meeting? Should they then get punished over an issue they have no control over?
Now with cloud computing no student gets left behind. Students can attend meetings remotely, as well as assign duties online. Monitoring each other and encouraging teamwork is easier on the cloud.
Teamwork is also extremely important when it comes to creating a master schedule. This is where cloud computing is a huge benefit. Online master schedulers like Orchestra help teams build their next semester’s schedule. Real-time changes and zero downloads just make things much easier.
3. Costs lowered
Being on the cloud means that schools don’t need to purchase expensive packages for some features they don’t really need. Each school is unique in its own way. With software on the cloud, they can now choose which features they want instead. Gone are also the expensive setup costs.
Even though traditional technology can be expensive, readily available software using the cloud is completely different. They don’t require the tedious and expensive process of starting from scratch. Some examples include Google Classroom and Coursera.
Google Classroom is a free cloud-based platform for educational institutions. It aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to make the process of sharing files between teachers and students much easier. Students are able to access the platform from anywhere.
Coursera works together with universities to offer online courses, certifications, and degrees in a number of subjects. All the courses can be done online and anywhere that is convenient for you.
4. Improved administration and save time
The implementation of cloud technologies is a necessity in today’s world. It is known that a better way for a teacher to get the attention of the student is to make education fun. Having data in the cloud helps your faculty to prepare for online tests, create content, store files, and communicate with students easily.
Cloud technologies like QuickSchools help teachers to organize their 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 easier
Administrators can easily collaborate with one another, saving time and energy on the problem-solving process. Tedious administrative work now becomes hassle-free.
5. Greater flexibility
Being on the cloud allows schools to gain a lot of flexibility. If you have sudden new intakes, this can easily be adjusted as new students can be easily added into classrooms without disrupting the current schedules that are fixed.
2020 was an event no one was expecting and the sudden lockdown didn’t give much time for anyone to adjust. For those schools that were already on the cloud, transferring information to take home and be accessible to others was easily done. These schools were able to adapt better and quicker.
The events of the past few years have made us truly see that we need to be able to be flexible in our structure and the way daily tasks are done. Thankfully new technology helps us during these times.
Student information such as financial details and personal data when stored on the cloud is safe and secure. Only authorized personnel are allowed access to this information, ensuring it is not compromised. QuickSchools ensures that your data is always safe. Being on the cloud helped us to ensure this.
Migrating to cloud-based software brings a lot of benefits to schools and institutions alike. Administrators get to be more organized, teachers can focus on creating the best classroom activities, and students get a learning experience right at home.
Going 100% cloud computing is a total game-changer. Book for a free consultation today to see it for yourself!