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8A cloud-computered site about cloud computing https://sites.google.com/site/cloudcomputingandk12education/
9Top 5 Cloud Computing Providers-Technology Trendz, 2011 Here is a listing of the key Cloud Computing players based on potential and service offerings and indicative growth potential in each of the segments. 1. Amazon 2. Rackspace 3. Salesforce.com Posted July 6, 2011 by CloudNOW in Cloud Computing 4. Google 5. Microsoft http://cloudnetworkofwomen.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/companies-on-cloud/
10 Three Cloud-Based Office Suite Alternativesfor Schools to Consider Monday, May 30, 2011 1. Google Docs • Google Docs applications do not have all the features of Microsoft Office or Open Office, but its apps are fully functional and simple to use. I would also add that Google Docs allows users to use real time collaboration and asynchronous collaboration as well. 2. Zoho http://www.zoho.com/ • Zoho clearly offers users more collaborative tools than Google Docs. Zoho also offers business apps and a family of Productivity apps which include applications like a calendar, notebook, and word processor. 3. Microsoft Office Web Apps http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/ • Users with a Microsoft Office Web Apps account can create an Excel spreadsheet, Word document, PowerPoint presentation, or a OneNote notebook. Users can also share their documents with other users too.
11 Saving Money • Google Apps for educational institutions is free. The savings largely come from the replacement of legacy e-mail systems and desktop office application suites, and these figures include the associated costs of IT support and infrastructure upgrades Boosting Student Motivation and Performance • . . . classroom experiments confirm that technology in education helps to boost student interest. Preparation for the Real World • In addition to the obvious benefits of collaboration and familiarity with technology, Google Apps is helping to prepare students for the outside world in some innovative ways.http://mashable.com/2010/04/28/schools-google-apps/
13Google Drive explained•Google Docs and Gmail storage expanded • Google Drive uses simple folders to organize files based on type, separating documents, images, text files, spreadsheets, and presentations. • A desktop app for PC and Mac will be available soon [it is now already] at drive.google.com, and Android users can search the Google Play store to download it now on their phones. iPhone and iPad versions are also coming soon. By Michael Rougeau April 24th
14What about Dropbox?http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/24/2954960/google-drive-dropbox-skydrive-sugarsync-cloud-storage-competition
16What is Office 365? http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/what-is-office365.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/video-what-is.aspx
17 What about Apple’s offering?iCloud requires iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd and 4thgeneration), iPad, or iPad 2; a Mac computer with OS X Lion; or a PCwith Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Outlook 2007 or 2010 or an up-to-date browser is required for accessing email, contacts, and calendars). Some features require a Wi-Fi connection. Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices. http://www.apple.com/icloud/
18Is iCloud a big deal? iCloud marks a paradigm shift, turning the usual way people manage multiple devices upside down. Instead of using a notebook or a desktop PC as a central hub for media, contacts, email, and the like, iCloud shifts all that data to Apple’s Internet-based “cloud” servers. iCloud’s immediate impact will depend on how smoothly Apple can launch the service. Although there will undoubtedly be a few glitches and hiccups as Apple brings iCloud online and scales it up to millions of customers, the company absolutely must do better launching iCloud than it did with MobileMe.http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/icloud-explained-things-to-consider-before-embracing-the-cloud/
20 K-12 Cloud Adoption Trends•The research, “CDW-G 2011 Cloud Computing Tracking Poll,” conducted by O’Keeffe & Co. on behalf of CDW-G, found that the vast majority of K-12 institutions are using some form of cloud technology, though most dont seem to know it. In fact, only 27 percent of respondents to the survey conducted for the report identified their institutions as cloud adopters. But a full 87 percent reported that their institutions use one or more technologies that are based in the cloud, including: • Google Docs: 57 percent; • Gmail: 39 percent; and • Microsoft Office Live Meeting: 9 percent. • K-12 Budgets Begin Shift Toward Cloud By David Nagel 05/26/11
21Michael is “not so sure the cloud is really here for us,at least not yet.” Why not?1. In the dozens of conversations I’ve had with school techs,teachers, and admins, and in things I’ve run across ondiscussion boards and the like, there’s a stranglehold inmany schools on the technology itself. Technical folks, andwith lots of very good reasons (see below for the biggest ofthem), just don’t want to let go of the local control.2. Nothing ever happens as quickly as you think it will.But, mostly because most of us just don’t want to run intosituations like social media guru, Chris Brogan, wrote aboutrecently in his article When Google Owns You… all about hisnightmare experiences when the cloud he relies on went kaplooey.