As the past year has shown, cloud computing has proved a vital service for K – 12 public schools. It’s enabled online learning during a time of critical need, and the schools who have embraced cloud adoption have thrived and will continue to do so.
Cost efficiencies are a big driver of cloud adoption. For schools grappling with budget cuts, the cloud offers a cost-effective way to educate students and streamline operations. Cloud solutions are also easier to deploy and integrate than traditional IT infrastructure. This allows schools to reallocate their limited budgets toward teaching and improving student outcomes. Schools who choose to keep their operations on-premises may miss out on these benefits.
Let’s look at the ways the cloud is changing public school education today–and some of the common bumps administrators and IT teams should avoid along the way.
How is cloud computing used in schools?
Even before the lockdown, the cloud was already pulling ahead in the technology stakes. A March 2020 study showed 82 percent of education institutions host their email or productivity systems in the cloud, 52 percent leverage cloud-based learning management systems (LMSs), and 39 percent store curriculum content in the cloud.
Brandon Shopp, VP of Product Strategy, SolarWinds
Brandon Shopp is VP of Product Strategy for SolarWinds.
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