Taking the first step into the cloud can be daunting, and often brings up questions about security and back-up of data, but there’s a lot of great reasons to make the move. As well as the productivity benefits, the cost savings elements of embracing the cloud cannot be ignored. Think about how many times teachers print hand-outs or photocopy work for students in their class, how much your institution spends on licenses every year, or how long IT support spend ensuring the services are running as required.
There are a number of ways to approach cloud computing for education, from cloud storage to VLEs and services such as Office 365, there’s really no reason not to join in and take advantage of these great anywhere working tools.
We’ll start with Office 365 for Education, which gives your institution everything it needs to fully embrace the cloud. Re-launched only last month, Office 365 Education plans provide you with enterprise-grade communication for all your users and industry-leading management capabilities for your IT.
How can it save your school money?
With the majority of students today being part of 'Generation Y' it's important for schools to embrace and encourage technology use in education, both during contact and personal study time. A virtual learning environment (VLE) is an essential step into the cloud, and connects students and educators in a central, online learning environment. Microsoft's SharePoint 2013 is a easily managed learning platform which provides a single infrastructure for all your internal websites and allows users to share documents, collaborate on projects and publish information within a secure environment, which can be accessed from almost anywhere.
How will it help?
Amongst many productivity and collaboration benefits, SharePoint can make a real difference to your outgoing costs:
For an in-depth look at how SharePoint can be deployed, check out Miami-Dade County Public Schools, who created a portal using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 to provide a single access point for teachers, parents, staff, and students to get course-related information from anywhere.