Forum: Clouds of Uncertainty

The Panel: Ray Schneider (Canadian School), Wes Fryer (Google certified  Teacher), Paul Chillingworth (Island school) , Andrew Turner (former communications minister in Saskatchewan, currently working at Cisco)  

The Question: Why are schools continuing to spend money on servers and disk space when Google will give a lot of it to you free?


  • Cloud based computing stores files 'in the cloud' on servers offsite. Can access it anywhere, eases collaboration, concerns about ownership and privacy.
  • Reliability? What if company goes bust? What if it is down for maintenance when you need the file?
  • How safe is it?
  • We need systems in place to get permission from students and parents if we are going to host students' work and likeness in the cloud
  • Perhaps teachers should be restricted in what cloud services they use for ease of training. Say for example everyone uses Wetpaint rather that some using PBwiki and some wikispaces. But then doesn't varying our tools increase teacher's and student's abilities to transfer skills?
My Thoughts:
The people with concerns tended to have an administrative role and to me seemed overly cautious. Most tecahers just want access to whatever tools are going to do the job best.
The vast majority of data created in school is totally innocuous, who cares about possible (but highly unlikely) security breaches in this case. Naturally we should keep sensitive financial and social data in the securest available place.

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