Cloud space is the new level of data storage—another technological advancement of this century. It is a data storage made available by different hosts and can usually be accessed through web-based programs. Cloud space, in layman’s terms, puts data in a theoretical “cloud” where it can simply be retrieved, edited, and put back. These clouds do not take up the memory of the computer used to save it there. Instead, memory is saved onto a virtual location created by physical servers.
In simpler terms, this allows a person to save information through the Internet into a place that is different from their actual computer memory but is just as accessible as long as an Internet connection is still available. This new advancement offers so many different advantages to K12 classrooms, such as the following:
The most obvious advantage of having cloud space for a classroom is that large amounts of data can be saved on the cloud. Many times, memory is taken up by school files, making computer use inefficient and inadvisable. To counteract this using cloud space, files can be placed online with ease, where they will be secure and accessible only to people who are given the proper permissions.
File sharing for K12
The most used aspect of cloud space is the fact that it can be a very helpful platform for file sharing. Any files that are uploaded into the cloud space can be accessed by people who are sharing the same cloud. For a classroom, this means that every student can access the files uploaded by the teacher and vice versa. Students can also upload files that should be shared with each other.
Cloud space presents a great way to keep files backed up. In this era, many people rely on saving files in soft-copy versions. In other words, most documents are simply saved on a laptop, tablet, or phone, and fewer print materials are being produced. As a consequence, new ways of losing data have also evolved.
Flash drives and computers can get viruses and crash at the most inopportune moment, rendering students at a loss for their data when they need them the most. Now that cloud space technology is available, it has become fairly easy to ensure that files have a backup. These backup files can then be accessed and retrieved from any Wi-Fi enabled device.
Cloud space can be used by anyone and any group for so many different reasons that it is very easy to see how a classroom can benefit from one. Students can easily retrieve and edit files that have been shared on the cloud space, whether they are uploaded by the teacher or another student. It also makes sure that files are backed up, such as important submissions that may get misplaced. Another avenue of use for cloud space would be for communication between teachers, where files of a department can quickly be made available for everyone to those involved.
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