Benefits of Cloud Computing in the Educational Institutions

July 6, 2017
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July 6, 2017 IPI Solutions Limited
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Based on the previous post, we know what Cloud Computing is and how it can be used to increase business productivity. In the business industry, Cloud Computing has numerous applications and benefits, it allows you to set up what is practically a virtual office, it gives you flexibility and allows you to connect to your business anywhere and at any time. Cloud Computing isn’t just restricted to IT and business organizations, cloud computing can be applied in industry’s like medicine, education, agriculture etc. Today’s post is going to focus on how cloud computing can benefit the educational sector, cloud computing has so much to offer in the educational sector. Cloud computing is helping

In the business industry, Cloud Computing has numerous applications and benefits, it allows you to set up what is practically a virtual office, it gives you flexibility and allows you to connect to your business anywhere and at any time. Cloud Computing isn’t just restricted to IT and business organizations, cloud computing can be applied in industry’s like medicine, education, agriculture etc. Today’s post is going to focus on how cloud computing can benefit the educational sector, cloud computing has so much to offer in the educational sector. Cloud computing is helping to advance the way we do things and I don’t think the educational sector should be left behind.

  • The cloud keeps your content up-to-date

A lot of the information in the materials and textbooks used in schools are old, some of them contain information that’s 10 years old and older. The pace at which the world moves and advances are fast, information is constantly being updated, this makes the information in these materials outdated and sometimes even incorrect. Cloud-based materials allow a teacher to easily update their content in real time. With cloud-based materials, students would always have access to the most current learning resources.

  • Cost savings

Cloud computing is a great way for schools to cut cost, especially for government schools or schools being run on tight budgets. Cloud computing can help reduce cost on items like textbooks, textbooks are very expensive and some students can’t afford to buy them but with cloud-based textbooks, this problem is solved. Digital content is significantly less expensive than printed content, this levels the playing field so that lower-income students can have the same access to quality learning. Cloud computing reduces cost on other items like photocopiers, ink cartridges, and paper. Cloud computing also reduces infrastructure and maintenance costs, with cloud computing lessons can be accessed anywhere and at any time. As such, teaching doesn’t have to be delivered face-to-face, it doesn’t even have to be in real time. Lessons can be delivered remotely in the form of webinars, webcasts or audibly via podcasts.

  • Easy access

Cloud computing gives student easy access to lesson plans, labs, grades, notes, PowerPoint slides just about anything digital. Teachers can easily upload and share with their students. Students have access to these materials at anytime and anywhere as long as the have access to the internet. They never again have to worry about losing a single, crucial piece of paper.

  • Collaboration

Cloud computing makes collaboration easier with students and colleagues. It removes physical barriers, which makes collaboration easier. Teachers can work with teachers in other educational institutions and in other countries, to create the best experience for your students. Working on group or class projects becomes much easier with cloud storage, as students can upload and combine resources in a single cloud storage repository.

  • Security

Teachers save most of their materials and lesson plans on their computer or have it in hard copy form. Most of the time the materials aren’t backed up or lost or damaged. With cloud computing, you don’t have to worry about data loss, because everything will be backed up with your cloud storage provider. And you don’t need to worry about someone getting access to sensitive information, as people will need a username and password to get access to the whole cloud backup service. You can also set passwords for individual folders or place restrictions on what people can do with the contents for additional security.

  • Teaching / Learning Tools

With gadgets like tablets and connected classrooms, a teacher has the ability to easily show presentations, videos, play music, and inspire students in an interactive way.

  • Class Homework

Using the Cloud to provide and collect homework can save a teacher time. When providing homework, a teacher can simply upload it to the Cloud and let their students know where to access it. A teacher can also set up a folder for students to drop their completed assignments into the Cloud.

In these and other ways, cloud computing is not only reducing costs for running business productivity but also creating an environment where all students can have access to high-quality education and resources. Whether you are an administrator, a teacher, a student, or the parent of a student, now is a great time to explore how cloud-based applications can benefit you, your children, and your school. You can contact IPI Solutions today, and we can help increase your productivity today.

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