How vital is Cloud computing to 21st century education?
What really prevents educational organisations from implementing Cloud solutions and limits its integration in learning and teaching?
These were some of the topics discussed at the latest School on the Cloud iManager workshop held in Šiauliai, Lithuania December 15-17 2015. The meeting brought 11 partners of the School on the Cloud project from 10 countries together to examine the important role of inspirational leadership in education in bypassing the many barriers to the transition of education organisations into the Cloud.
Participants heard, via the Cloud, from Danny VanderVeken, a head master from Geel, Belgium, how imperative it was enable learning, teaching and administration through the Cloud, but that the challenges faced by his schools urgently needed to be addressed. The issues related not only to infrastructure and security but also to the training needs of his staff. He explained how the issues were very complex and many leaders were facing them right now. Participants confirmed that guidance and support were needed and a blueprint for leaders and managers would be useful.
European policy under the Digital Agenda and Europe 2020 is committed to innovation and change through the use of open access to education through new technologies. The Cloud offers huge potential for this. However despite huge investment and major developments in business, education continues to lag behind. There are many reasons for this but particularly policy remains weak at European level and fragmented at national, regional and organisational scales. Major funding support for training is missing and pilot projects fail to be scaled up despite obvious benefits to productivity.
The activities of the iManager working group has identified specific roles for leaders in the process of inspiring Cloud-based education. Organisations need to ensure the development of integrative management plans to make the most of the immense opportunities for learning teaching and administering education. Visit and contribute to the workshop activities on the Cloud at: http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/imanagerworkshop
About School on the Cloud
School on the Cloud – Connecting Education to the Cloud for Digital Citizenship (SoC) is an ICT network. It explores new dynamic ways in education that align with the way we think, share, learn and collaborate, across various sectors, by exploiting the opportunities arising from the Cloud.
School on the Cloud has created a learning network consisting of 57 European partners from 18 countries, distributed widely across Europe and includes most types of educational stakeholder and all sectors of education. More specifically, there are 21 Universities and teacher training departments, 9 NGOs, 8 schools, SMEs, research institutes, adult education and VET providers, a European professional association and a library.
The coordinating organization is The Doukas School in Athens Greece The Network is funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme, Key Activity 3 – ICT Networks, with a duration of 3 years (01/01/2014 – 31/12/2016).
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