When most of us were young, hand writing, spelling, and grammar were paramount. This was a time when the presentation of an essay and eligibility of the content was all down to the student. If you wrote the wrong word, a simple line through it or a couple of coats of tippex could save you—but not the backspace key. If you missed out something, a little arrow and a squashed in word could save you—but never the click of a mouse. And if you forgot how to spell a word, a dictionary could save you—but never spell check.
Boy, have times changed! And it’s all due to the rise of computers and networks which have slowly made their way through the doors of our educational institutions, providing a whole new way for teachers and students to record information and work they create on a daily basis. Many schools have local backup software which stores a copy of all files often on an onsite tape. This is a sensible way to recover files should there be a disaster.
But this storage system has become somewhat outdated. This is because, though it can serve its main purpose well, it is very limited because of the fact that it is ‘local’ storage, i.e. if a school was to burn to the ground, its data would along with it!
Cloud computing can provide the opposite: a third party server with levels of encryption which go all the way up to military standards. It also has a range of features that will save users time and money. But why money? Because cloud computing can easily allow teachers and students access to files from the school through file sharing—meaning no more CD’s and flash drives need to be added to the office supply list any longer!