July 29, 2016
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Education on the Cloud 2015: State of the Art provides 59 examples of Cloud Computing developments being tested, piloted and implemented in education around Europe. These range from national assessments and reviews, to public and private sector developments. Many of the advantages and benefits of Cloud Computing are illustrated as potential barriers are overcome
Education on the Cloud 2015: State of the Art suggests Cloud Computing can be a key driver for innovation and transformation in learning and teaching. It introduces European policy and its focus on economic development and sustained growth in Europe. This will however only be ensured if measures to develop and widely implement innovative education are encouraged so that relevant Cloud-based skills and the capability to exploit them are developed.
Education on the Cloud 2015: State of the Art illustrates how Cloud Computing is being used as a delivery method for IT services. Both teachers and learners are enjoying education benefits. There are a wide range of customised solutions and individual actions, which predominantly appear to be piecemeal rather than coordinated.
Education on the Cloud 2015: State of the Art highlights local scale, national and international initiatives. Funded projects support experimentation and development. Private sector developments are common in introducing innovative products and mobile access to information.
The School on the Cloud: connecting education to the Cloud for digital citizenship network seeks to address three key questions:
i) How should education respond to the potential of Cloud-based tools and technologies;
ii) What is the impact on education stakeholders, and
iii) What might the situation be like in the future?
To explore these questions, School on the Cloud: connecting education to the Cloud for digital citizenship network has 4 working groups:
1) i-Manager: Transition from ground to Cloud: infrastructure, mentality, innovation and change.
2) i-Teacher: the role of the teacher, teacher training.
3) i-Learner: Integrating the Cloud: personalised learning, formal and informal education, special needs.
4) i-Futures: Future prospects: visions on open education, interactivity, impact and communicating theCloud.