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Use of Cloud-based Technologies in the Classroom

Use of Cloud-based Technologies in the Classroom

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In this modernized generation, learning in schools and institutions also advance with the advanced technology. Unlike the past generation where one had to attend classes with piles of books everywhere, currently things have changed especially with the introduction of e-learning where you can access your syllabus via internet. It only requires you to be computer literate which in this new generation is amongst the easiest things and most common things to know, and then everything else will flow. We all understand the great impact these new technology has had on the field of business, homes and entertainment. But think of its impact on education. 
Currently, every instructor in education has turned to cloud-based technologies in the classroom to enhance students in learning and be able to compete in the innovative economy. Actually, the word 'cloud’ here has been used to refer to internet which has currently eased and revolutionized education. The term cloud-based technologies refers to the act of storing and accessing information and various programs over the internet instead of accessing it or keeping it in the computer hard drive.
With this technology teachers and students are able to interact and get connected through internet-based portals and get the latest and updated information as they stream online. Examples of some of the classroom settings where cloud-based technologies are utilized include: 

Cloud-classrooms

Students in a particular class room are able to connect with other students in another class room from a different locality and communicate well without problems and create so-called “cloud-classroom”. Students with the help of webcams can share different ideas online. For example, a number of students have learn various foreign languages and customs online. Do you know that there are students who even take their exams via internet?
 
Educational technology in classroom

In most advanced and developed schools with cloud-based technologies in the classroom, you will find for example installed touch-sensitive smart boards, with stylus style pens that are specialized to write and draw on these smart touch sensitive boards. These smart boards actually have replaced the traditional white boards that used marker pens and frequent rubbings and writings. Technology has hit the education field with a boom for example students can participate in class discussion and cheering are modified with sound effects. Teachers are able to customize their teachings on a mobile device such as iphone and display them on these touch-sensitive boards. 

Lecturing

With the technology, teachers are able to create interactive teaching. Students can visit the customized website which is normally free and get their lessons thus they can also interact with their teachers from the comfort of their homes without visiting their class rooms. 

Group projects

Unlike the past days where students could gather together for the sake of completing certain assigned group projects, with cloud-based technologies, they are able to complete the projects by interacting with their group members online and submit the results online from their homes hence making the process easy and quick.

Generally, using cloud-based technologies, teacher and students are able to access software and data from a multitude of devices. They can then as well use these generally free technologies to ease the partnership together with engagement in face-to-face, online, and blended courses.

Since this technology involves using a network of isolated servers that are hosted in the internet, it comprises of a number of advantages useful both to the teachers and the students. Below are some of the benefits of this technology.

Storage

Sincerely, the cloud or rather the internet is always a mass storage where one can store numerous information such as documents, photos, eBooks, and music among other things hence access them instantly whenever they need them without any traffic delays.

Accessibility

One aspect you need to understand is that any form of data that has been stored in the internet can easily be accessed from any device provided it can connect to the cloud. With devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops you can easily get your data contents from the cloud.

Safety back up

Normally, no one has the capability of destroying the data in the cloud. Usually, it automatically saves contents and when required you will get them even if your device crashes.

Saves time and resources

With this technology, there is no need of writing on boards or books lengthy assignments as you can access everything online. This on the other hand saves time as you will possibly get your assignment and do it online.

Some of the cloud computing services used in school are:
- Sliderocket http://www.sliderocket.com/ which students can build and submit their presentations online;
- Sidevibe http://www.sidevibe.com/ which allows teachers to create an interactive lesson on top of an existing web page and also collect and assess students’ assignment right away;
- Jetjaw http://www.jetjaw.com/ that enables student to participate in exams displaying their results instantaneously on the screen;
- Ratatype http://www.ratatype.com/ typing lessons that helps students learn how to type faster and pass typing tests online http://www.ratatype.com/typing-test/ ;
- iCyte http://www.icyte.com/ that allows in the capture of pdfs and web pages.

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