Yesterday I posted about the EduTECH 2014 conference in general. Today I’d like to add a little more information about the content of the session that I participated in.
If you read yesterday’s post, then you’ll know that the title of the panel session was ‘Future possibilities of the cloud for schools’. (Interestingly, when I was talking to non teaching friends pre-conference, almost every one asked me what the cloud was.)
Our focus questions were:
- How can we capitalise on the vast information available and networks online?
- Selecting cloud-based resources such as videos, apps and portals
- Reimaging school in a paradigm of online learning
- How will the cloud continue to extend the roles of technology in education?
Paul Hamilton of Matthew Flinders Anglican College chaired the discussion. My points included:
- Anytime you have connection to the internet, you have your documents. The latest, synced version. No need to wonder if you’re working or collaborating on the latest version.
- The cloud is device agnostic
- Perfect for devices like Chromebooks that don’t have storage.
- Black Saturday photos, documents in cloud wouldn’t have been lost.
- Perfect for collaborating across the room or across the world.
- A great way for introverts to collaborate.
- Social bookmarking. Curation.
- The cloud caters for our online library system and ebooks that can be discovered and downloaded immediately at anytime.
- Self organised learning system. 4-5 children per PC. Broadband + collaboration + encouragement.
- Edna Sackson’s post Too many iPads. Is 1:1 ideal or should we ensure there’s someone online somewhere to collaborate with?
- I select cloud resources by reading blogs and through Twitter feed, by trying them out personally, then professionally then sharing with colleagues.
- Cloud resources I use include: Blogs, wikis for student resources, wikis for professional learning, google docs, google forms, history pin, YouTube channel and embeds, Flickr, padlet, Google+, twitter, diigo, scoopit, zite, Feedly, storify. Used to love Ning and posterous. Potentially publishing to iBooks and Kindle. Google docs for PBL class.
- The internet of everything is enabled through the cloud.
- Edna Sackson often uses Skype with other schools.
- Jenny Luca’s post on the cloud for schools is a must read.
- My role at Kew HS, leadership team meeting I presented to. (All cloud based technologies)
- Cloud referred to in the Pew report
- Cloud referred to in the 2014 Horizon report
- Cloud referred to in the IFLA report