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Cloud Computing for School IT and 21st Century eLearning

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Schools, IT, and Cloud Computing

Intel Education Case Study: The Agility for 21st Century eLearning

Cloud computing is one of the most talked about solutions on the education scene. School IT managers and educators know firsthand that technology changes—and the potential they create for young learners—have been constant and swift. Each new offering brings opportunities for pedagogy and challenges for deployment. Here you will find a brief overview of cloud computing and some things to consider when deciding if it is right for your school.

What is cloud computing?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology defines cloud computing as follows: Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.

There are two basic types of cloud infrastructures: internal and external. In an internal cloud, server, software resources and IT expertise are used inside the school system to build a scalable infrastructure that meets cloud computing requirements. In an external cloud, service providers sell on demand, shared services to a school. IT support, services, and expertise are included in the package; the school needs to run only the provided applications and services.

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