Clouds for Education

Digital Learning

Reduction of IT costs, improved flexibility and scaling through on-demand computing, services and storage was what the cloud promised a few years back and now here we are, in 2017, taking advantage of having access to every digital asset on all our devices, no matter our location or time zone.

The cloud has become an ubiquity, and it is transforming not only the way we do business but now also the way we learn too. Training and education has been made both more affordable and more widely accessible by the introduction and implementation of the cloud.

Since schools and colleges have used computer systems there has been a constant battle to stay up to date. Where software used to need to be regularly monitored, installed and updated by IT staff on every computer individually, it can now be controlled through a subscription meaning all a user, company or educational institution needs is a browser and an internet connection.

Clouds have provided schools educational tool suites with free access to word processors, spreadsheets, presentation software and other general classroom tools. Plus, applications (like Dropbox Paper and Google Docs) mean that students can work together more easily on one document. Pupils working on coursework and assignments for important exams such as SATs, A-levels, GCSEs and other school-leaver or educational certifications are nowadays encouraged to save their work to a cloud account in order to reduce the likelihood that it might go missing or get destroyed. The same applies for students writing dissertations, theses and essays, who have been taking it upon themselves to use clouds for their higher education for several years now.

Homework, course materials and classes can be administered through virtual classrooms in the cloud, allowing teachers to track student progress from any device and learners to access materials remotely. Although there already existed software for this kind of paperless learning previously, such solutions where reliant on IT staff of the institution and had to be used on site. These days, virtual cloud classrooms mean more flexibility as the learning environment can be accessed by students and monitored by teachers or academic staff from anywhere and at any time.

In recent years, there has been more demand for higher education and this trend looks set to continue into the 2020s. The cloud will help to cater for the larger number of people wanting professional training and academic courses. Massive open online course platforms (MOOCs) already provide training at fair price (or, at times, for free). Many universities also now offer study programs to more students worldwide through cloud platforms, like Coursera and edX (created, respectively, by Stanford and Havard University professors).

The cloud means anyone with an internet connection can access classrooms, course materials, lectures and more, giving people all over the world better chances, opportunities and the key to social mobility through education.


If you’re using the cloud to save your coursework, essays, dissertation, thesis, course materials, revision notes, assignments, lecture slides, research paper or any other valuable educational materials, it’s important to make sure your work is safe. Despite all its perks, the cloud alone cannot protect your files. get2Clouds® is the free encryption tool which will secure your work and ensure you are the only one who can access it.

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