It is time to revamp the old style of teaching and learning! Teaching is no longer confined to the four walls of the school or to the limited capabilities of the teachers. Boring classroom sessions are giving way to exciting technological phenomena that enable better learning and improved capacities in children.
There is no doubt that changing education trends would improve the economy of a country, and slowly schools and colleges are changing their budget scenarios to accommodate a cloud based learning. Cloud computing is buzzing these days and will most likely continue to change many aspects of our society, particularly education.
The fact that cloud has made a significant impact in education is not a surprise because it has already made a tremendous effect in most of the industries especially in healthcare. It was only a matter of time before it entered the field of education too.
The immediate perks of having cloud computing in organizations are impeccably obvious – saving time, infrastructural costs and implementing better business plans. However, there are many reasons how cloud computing is bringing a change in the teaching process. These are discussed as follows:
It breaks all barriers
With cloud computing, education is no longer confined to the classroom or the computer lab. Students can do their assignments wherever they are – in the classroom, at home, while traveling.
Collaborative classrooms improve student’s learning experience. It means the teacher can send the lessons to students by simply uploading it on a cloud platform and send notes when they are sick or absent. This builds constructive discussion among the students in the classroom. Thus, a student would never want to miss a lesson or loses the opportunity to ask his doubts.
Curriculum aligned lessons reach the students
With an optimum use of cloud technologies, it is possible for schools to teach according to a curriculum. The curriculum itself can be shared across different platforms with new inputs, examples, and ideas making the learning process perpetually engaging and informative.
Improving student productivity
Cloud technologies can improve the students’ performance in class because the child can now learn his lessons at home as well. The classroom will be utilized for constructive discussions, debates, and problem-solving. Virtual classrooms enable the students to gain through online lectures.
Institutions can prepare students for jobs in technology
With cloud computing, students get direct experience in a lot of things related to technology, including enterprise-scale architectures. And many educations institutions and universities use HPC or High-Performance Computing for academic research. Universities can also employ successful enterprise scale application to focus on individual requirements.
Teaching is personalized
Through personalizing education, it is also possible to improve learning outcomes. In fact, cloud computing can actually predict the student’s future grades. Institutions can use this data for timely intervention and give particular attention to students who need more guidance. Through analysis, cloud based applications can provide teachers with real time insights into students’ performance.
Differentiated instruction is possible
As teacher collaboration has increased dramatically, teachers can use their time more effectively. They are able to develop better lessons plans, explore new teaching strategies and implement new approaches to using the cloud.
Teachers’ peer collaboration behaviors have improved through cloud use and a good percentage of them can use these interactions fruitfully.
Students have begun to demonstrate commendable levels of engagement
Through cloud learning, students have begun to exhibit greater levels of engagement as they are exposed to technology at a very young age.
They have learned to locate/access relevant information regarding their curriculum, be more articulate in their verbal and written communication skills, enhance their creative skills and collaborate with their peers.