Cloud computing is a revolutionary paradigm shift for learning systems. In a recent BBC article Bill Thompson writes that when giving a talk about technology, he likes to pull out his iPod Touch, wave it at a crowd and point out that “in the future” it will be a supercomputer with parallel processors and terabytes of storage. He goes on to admit that this “future” is actually now, as new services offer vast storage for his smartphone. If you have a wireless connection, you can play music, see photos and read documents as if they were local.
The implication of the cloud for school learning systems is gigantic. It means that schools will only need an internet connection to make their computers fully functional. Downloading programs and storing data will no longer be burdens of individual computers, freeing up learning system funds for other purposes.
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