Lots of people have heard of cloud computing; but only very few understand its importance. Cloud computing in the education sector predicted to be worth $25.36 billion in 2021, a sign of its immense potential. In this article, we are taking a look at the importance of cloud computing for teachers. Before we dive into this; one important question needs to be asked. What really is Cloud computing? In simple terms, cloud computing is all about providing information technology resources through the internet. For example, instead of using physical hard drives to store files, they can be stored on the internet and accessed from electronic devices such as laptops and mobile phones. Cloud computing could play a huge role in the education sector. It could make the job of teachers easier, create interactive learning conditions for the students and increasing the standard of the school system as a whole.
HOW IT AFFECTS TEACHERS
Teachers put efforts into research and teaching, and as much effort is needed to keep research papers and study materials safe. Schools can use cloud computing to host libraries on the cloud. While the costs of building a physical library are very high, schools can easily have libraries in the cloud at lower costs. Teachers can access documents in this cloud hosted libraries for research purposes, to improve the quality of teaching and the students can also use it for study. Cloud computing can be used in schools to improve collaboration amongst teachers. While making research, cloud computing could play a huge role in improving the level of collaboration as documents can be shared amongst teachers. Through cloud computing systems, teachers can work on topics and share their works online without having to meet physically. This way more efforts can be put into research work with no physical constraints.
Cloud computing can also be used in creating Learning Management Systems. Students can have classes online, teachers can get to work for different schools in their specialties without having to switch between locations. Courses, assignments and exams can all be organized online, with the documents and files used for each course being safe at all times and available for students and teachers to use for reference purposes even after the course has been organized. Asides organizing courses online, teachers can also keep track of student’s performance accessing individual data from anywhere in the world through their electronic devices. Schools can also track the performance of teachers, so as to take better decisions to favor both the students and teachers.
ADVANTAGES OF CLOUD COMPUTING TO TEACHERS
• Cloud computing allows teachers create their own workspace online.
• It leads to productive interactions between the teachers and the students.
• It takes away the need to protect any physical storage devices or books from damage, as all documents can be stored in the cloud.
• Documents can be accessed by different people at the same time.
• Geographical distances can be bridged.
Cloud computing saves costs, brings about flexibility in teaching patterns, supports study from anywhere in the world through electronic devices.
The importance of cloud computing can never be overemphasized, more improvements would be made over the next couple of years. No surprise it is estimated to be worth $25.36 billion in 2021 in the education sector.
As a teacher, is your school utilizing cloud computing already? What is the experience like?