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    Enable Teachers And Students To Collaborate Better With Cutting-Edge Cloud Technology

    Student and Teacher in front of a book shelf with cloud shaped lights hanging from the ceiling.

    Enable Teachers And Students To Collaborate Better With Cutting-Edge Cloud Technology

    Today I will be discussing how schools, colleges and universities can benefit from cloud technology.

    Some of these places are the size of large companies. Making use of an efficient, cost-effective and integrated IT system can benefit schools, students and staff immensely.

    Cloud does that all so I’m going to explain how moving to the cloud can benefit education systems.

    Advantage #1: Access to all software that students need for their course in the cloud

    From secondary school upwards, students become more varied in the courses they do (the same student suddenly needs different books for their courses).

    With these courses comes the technology they need to use to achieve them (i.e. a computing student will require Visual Studio, an engineering student CAD etc.).

    With the current systems in place, it is very difficult to achieve this. Most large schools would have an Active Directory system in place. This would allow the students to log in to any of the computers on the school domain but they won’t be able to access the software unless it’s installed on that computer.

    With a VDI they would still be able to login to any of the computers but also do work (with the software required to do it) outside of class.

    Advantage #2: Quicker and easier to unroll the latest technology

    Keeping up to date is an important thing in education. Any new technology that comes out and is shown to greatly improve the quality of education is installed on the school system as soon as possible. The only problem with this is that it takes a while for the onsite technicians to go and install this software on each of the computers individually.

    With cloud desktops, you will be able to roll out the new technology within minutes to all of the students’ virtual desktops. The same applies to specialist software (i.e. something that only students of a specific course need access to).

    Normally you have to install that on the computers in the classrooms being used by that course. With a Cloud Desktop, you can quickly toll it out to the students that need it. They will then be able to access the software from any desktop via their cloud desktop. This allows the school to remain up to date with the latest technology and can improve the learning standards of the students.

    Advantage #3: Students can access all their work from home or on their own devices at school

    More and more students are bringing their own devices into schools, colleges and universities. Depending on the schools’ stance, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) will either be discouraged or outright banned.

    However, having cloud desktops works to the advantage of the student when combined with BYOD. Cloud desktops can be set up to run off any device that has access to the internet (i.e. laptops, tablets, even smartphones).

    By doing this, the student can use their cloud desktop to type notes in class or lectures to help them with research tasks. This gives the student the ability to utilise their own device to bring their studies forward rather than it being a distraction.

    Adding to the point that cloud desktops can be accessed from any device with internet access, in recent times students are having to do more work outside of school (either homework or coursework) or can’t get to school due to turbulent weather (i.e. heavy snowfall).

    Sometimes the homework or coursework will require the student to have access to applications they do not have. They would also have to bring that work into school (either by email or USB) which would put the school IT systems at risk from viruses.

    Using a cloud desktop means the student will have access to all the applications and files they need whilst doing it on a protected system.

    Advantage #4: All work saved and stored in one easy to access place

    In regards to studies, it is very important for data to be easily accessible by teachers and students from anywhere.

    This, in a number of schools, is achieved by using an intranet that can be logged into via the school website. From there the teachers can upload work and students can download it.

    However, the problem with this is that, since teachers and students are using their own computers, it can create a large range in applications used by individuals. This means that not everyone will be able to read what the teacher has uploaded as their PC either has a different version of the application or it does not have it at all.

    With a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, all that work is saved and stored there. The students can be set up with shared drives (depending on the course they are doing) from which their teachers can save work, revision notes etc. from them to view. Given that they are doing the work on VDIs, they would all have the same applications and software to do the work, so there would be no capability gap between students and teachers.

    Improve How Teachers And Students Work Together With Cutting-Edge Cloud Technology

    Schools, colleges and universities have clear educational goals. One way to further improve the engagement in productive, high-quality education is by enabling students and teachers to collaborate better. Cloud technologies can facilitate many aspects within educational institutions.

    Can we help you create that extra layer of engagement and thrive towards better grades and happier students? Just give us a call on 0330 1224 420 or book a Q&A with our technical team.

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