Numerous reasons. Some listed here: http://www.cloudtweaks.com/web/content/Cloud-Computing-Education.jpg
But the most pressing reason at my school is we have a diversity of devices, platforms and OS.
Rather than prescribe or provide a set device or model for students and staff we are employing a BYOD model. The origins of this system may have been financial but I am beginning to see it as a smart direction for personalisation of technology in education.
With approximately 50% of staff and students using macs and the rest using PCs I see a migration to the cloud as the only way to ensure equity of access to resources.
The areas of the school we are migrating to the cloud are:
Learning Management System > Moodle
Learning resources > Web tools and interactive learning objects
Communication and collaboration tools > Google Apps and Dropbox
It's early days and I have begun the process by exposing staff to Dropbox and Google Apps. By building their own personal networks and sharing resources with their peers I hope they will begin to utilise the www more and build PLNs.
Next step > Twitter and social media :)
Sounds like you are in the right place at the right time. What numbers are you talking? How many staff and students are you leading on this journey?ReplyDelete
Close to 1000. :)Delete