Cloud computing has changed the way many educational facilities operate and how they teach their students. It has opened the door to making learning more accessible, more affordable, and safer. By implementing cloud technology in schools, teachers and students see improved outcomes and better engagement in learning. In today’s educational environment, it is important to have the resources to create, collaborate, and communicate in and out of the classroom. Education oriented cloud computing had a market value of 23.81 billion dollars in 2021 and is projected to reach 176.62 billion by 2030. Tekscape has been helping educational institutes across the nation with managed IT that includes cloud computing services since 2007.
Cloud computing can lead to long term cost savings for educational facilities
Reducing costs is one of the top benefits of implementing cloud computing in your educational facility. Rather than managing your facility’s IT on campus, moving to cloud computing creates an IT ecosystem in a cloud environment. The reason for this is that capital expenses shift to predictable monthly subscription expenses from a managed service provider. With cloud computing in education, there is a reduced cost to data storage as well as the cost to regularly support the facility’s data center. There is also less money that is spent on having to replace your legacy IT hardware.
Cloud computing can also help students save money. It is well known that college level textbooks are extremely expensive. They have outpaced everything in terms of costs, even the cost of tuition. This can deter students from buying them. Cloud based textbooks are a great solution to this problem as they are less expensive. This allows students that have a lower income base to enjoy the same learning material as other students.
Cloud computing makes education easier for students
Studies have shown that the average social studies book for junior high school students are eleven years old or more. This outdated material often holds antiquated information such as incorrect world maps. When you implement cloud-based learning materials, the information can easily be updated in real time. Cloud computing can also end the need for high-cost hardware to students. Most cloud-based applications run on web browsers and can be used with multiple devices. Notes, slides, labs, and other academic material can be accessed on cloud applications so there is no need for physical materials. Academic applications can be used on everything from small tablets to cheap smartphones.
Teachers can also take advantage of cloud applications because they can use it for everything from storing grades to creating lesson plans. Cloud computing also gives adult students the ability to obtain their high school education in a classroom or at home. Students that need alternative education can also use cloud computing to take classes that improve their future employability and professional skills.
Educational cloud computing can improve collaboration
Students that want to work on assignments with their classmates from the comfort of their home can now do so with cloud computing. This has been extremely useful in the time of COVID 19 when so many students are out sick. Cloud collaboration is also useful for children who are homeschooled because it gives them the opportunity to interact with other students without physically being in the classroom. Collaboration is also beneficial for teachers because they can share lesson plans with other staff and provide instant feedback to students outside the classroom. Cloud computing also gives teachers the ability to work from home and allows them the capacity to finish assignments, grade student work, and create lesson plans.
Cloud computing lessens the problems resulting from data loss and breaches
Data crashes can occur when your educational facility’s system sustains damage or suffers an attack from a computer virus. This loss of data can cause a serious interruption in learning as the student will not be able to access the required documents for learning. Part of cloud computing is having the ability to swiftly recover from these data losses as well as prevent them. Recovery from data loss can also cost schools millions of dollars.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy damaged 350,000 structures in New Jersey. The storm left millions in the dark and the only school in one small town ended up flooded with four feet of water. The school had to stay closed for almost two hundred and forty days and the repair and data recovery costs soared to over eight million dollars. DRaaS (disaster recovery as a service) eases the cost and time of data recovery with regular backups to cloud storage. There will be no need for long term interruptions in learning because of the quick data recovery time that cloud storage provides.
Tekscape can help your educational facility with cloud computing.
We make sure your students and staff are safe from cyber-attacks on any device. Cybercrime is on the rise everywhere and shows no signs of slowing down. Schools are a prime target for cybercriminals. Make sure your institutions are protected with managed endpoint security, firewalls, disaster recovery as a service, penetration testing, awareness training, and risk assessments. Tekscape also supports the balance of hybrid learning with cloud technology and virtual desktop solutions. We understand your on-premises or cloud architecture and can build solutions that support your staff and students no matter where they are working and learning.
When partnering with Tekscape, schools gain the ability to scale technology efforts with virtual servers and desktop infrastructure. We can strengthen your network infrastructure across any campus location because at the core of any school location, a solid and secure network is required. We offer a secured Wi-Fi environment for internal and external connectivity that never gets dropped. The majority of collaboration tools rely on cloud technology, now, more than ever.
In 2017, we assisted Success Academy, a charter school with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens with creating an improved learning environment with better security and faster wireless internet. Their forty schools provide education to over two thousand elementary to high school students. We assisted Success Academy with installing high speed internet access to help students better utilize their cloud-based programs. We also improved their cybersecurity by replacing outdated firewalls. You can read more about our work with Success Academy in this Tekscape case study.