What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing refers to expandable, on-demand services and tools that are served to the user via the Internet from specialized data centers and consume almost no local processing or storage resources. Cloud computing resources support collaboration, file storage, virtualization, and access to computing cycles, and the number of available applications that rely on cloud technologies has grown to the point that few education institutions do not make some use of the cloud, whether as a matter of policy or not. Over the past few years, cloud computing has been firmly established as an efficient way for businesses to protect data, develop applications, deliver software and online platforms, and to collaborate. Education institutions are deploying similar cloud-based strategies to boost collaboration, productivity, and mobility in teaching and learning.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • The ability to share large media files through services such as DropBox, Box and Google Drive has greatly streamlined the process of collaboration and evaluation on visual assignments. - billshewbridge billshewbridge Oct 23, 2014
  • Interesting that there is only one comment (now two) on this important topic. Maybe we all use cloud services so intensively and self-evident that there is no need to discuss it here. But of course all theses services - online storage, collaboration tools, streaming services and so on are very much important also for teaching and learning. And it is the backbone for e-science. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Oct 27, 2014
  • The cloud can also store learners' needs and preferences and ensure that cloud-connected technologies automatically adapt to each learner - edelera edelera Oct 28, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on education and interpretation in museums?

  • Sometimes I wonder how kids do not really know how to use the different services. And only a few have a personal strategy how to use cloud services for efficient learning. They use many different services occasionly but they often don't have a concept. So it is an important taks to teach the use of different tools and to show also the limits and risks of some of them. The best way is to use it also as a teacher and to make students use different tools in projects or seminars.- rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Oct 27, 2014
  • Another impact of cloud services is forced collaboration of institutions. It makes no (more) sense for each university to offer cloud services on their own. The trend towards cloud based services - also in libraries - means for institutions to closely collaborate. Or to work with commercial services with all the privacy issues.- rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Oct 27, 2014
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