Doing this can be difficult because it is not always easy to predict what the World will be like by the time students graduate or move on.
Cloud computing has been an increasing popular trend in almost all industries in the last 5-10 years.
Therefore, it seems quite obvious that schools would implement cloud computing services, not only to familiarize students with using them, but also to increase the efficiency of the education system as a whole while reducing overall technology maintenance costs.
An infographic (posted below) was recently published by OnlineColleges.net that provides statistics on cloud computing adoption rates in schools, as well the advantages and disadvantages of using cloud-based services in the education industry.
Cloud Computing in Education Statistics Highlights:
27% of K-12 IT professionals and 34% of higher education IT professionals were implementing cloud-based services as of May, 2011.
The percentage of educational IT budgets spent on cloud computing will rise steadily in the next 5+ years.
Benefits of Cloud Computing in Education:
Browser-based access – Teachers, students and staff can access educational tools from anywhere, with any device.
Testing cloud solutions is more simple than testing in-house solutions.
IT maintenance costs are reduced dramatically.
Subscription based pricing models allow for scalability and growth.
Disadvantages of cloud computing in education:
Increased internet bandwidth is necessary to allow for use of cloud services.
If the internet goes down, most tools and services will be inaccessible.
Costs increase dramatically as the number of subscribed students increases.
Click on the infographic below for the full size version.
Anson Alexander is a graduate from the University of Tampa with a degree in International Business and Information Systems.A previous IT Administrator for a medium size publication company, Anson has recently decided to work full time on his own business by publishing on AnsonAlex.com, publishing technology tutorials on YouTube and offering SEO, IT training and digital marketing services.His main interests include technology, social media, infographics, economics, marketing and web design.Connect with Anson on Google+.