Cloud Computing in Education in Current Financial Crisis by Prof.. Shalini Gupta
Cloud Computing is the use of common software, functionality or business applications from a remote server that is accessed via the Internet. Basically, the Internet is the “cloud” of applications and services that are available for access to subscribers utilizing a modem from their computer. With Cloud Computing, one simply logs into desired computer applications – such as sales force or office automation programs, web services, data storage services, spam filtering, or even blog sites. Generally, access to such programs is by monthly or annual paid subscription. Through Cloud Computing, businesses may prevent financial waste, better track employee activities, and avert technological headaches such as computer viruses, system crashes, and loss of data. When computers are used in education, this will be a different medium of teaching from the usual chalk-board method. The integration of computers changes the whole ecology of a school. The typical school has 1 computer per 20 students, a ratio that computer educators feel is still not high enough to affect classroom learning as much as books and classroom conversation.
Computers are a new and exciting part of education and learning. They have changed how students learn, study, and do assignments. Furthermore, they have changed the way teachers teach. Every day innovations are made in computers that will improve how computers can be used by educators and students alike. The most basic way that computers help students is through word processing. It also gives students the ability to be creative and add pictures, highlight, underline, and use different fonts. In some classrooms, the teachers use computers to compound what they teach. Computers can be used as projectors to run programs, or simply to print out information quickly. Use of the internet is also now part of the modern classroom. There are many tutorial programs available. They do an excellent job in helping students hone their skills at home. These programs are for the most part affordable and have a wide range of topics.
Internet access is admittedly the best form of computer innovations. Students and teachers alike can use the internet to do research. Furthermore, teachers and students can use it to communicate or to send papers. The use of cloud computing in case of education has certain features like:
- Computers improve both teaching and student achievement.
- Computer literacy should be taught as early as possible; otherwise students will be left behind.
- Technology programs leverage support from the business community is badly needed today because schools are increasingly starved of funds.
- To make tomorrow’s workforce competitive in an increasingly high-tech world, learning computer skills must be a priority.
- Working with computers – particularly using the Internet – brings students valuable connections with teachers, other schools and students, and a wide network of professionals around the globe. Those connections spice the school day with a sense of real-world relevance, and broaden the horizon of the educational community.