Simon Lewis is a great Irish educator and this very practical post explores how he is using Google Docs across his school. I particularly like the way he uses the tools to meet real needs by fashioning them in very innovative ways.
Over the last couple of years, the term “Cloud Computing” has been buzzing around in the techie world. Inevitably, it buzzes into the education world at some point. And yes, it’s starting to cause a bit of a stir. Today a principal from Co. Meath impressed me greatly when he suggested that another of his colleagues try it out. So what is cloud computing and why should Irish schools care?
Simply put, cloud computing allows you to log on to a computer somewhere in the world and use its applications, often for free. A number of companies offer a cloud computing service, most famously, Google with their Google Apps. Google Apps allows users to use fully functioning word processors, spreadsheets, presentation software, email, calendars, web design software, chat, video sharing and lots more for free! All you need is an Internet connection and a school.
Little did I know, but I had been using cloud computing in two schools before I’d even heard of the term. Right now, my school uses cloud computing through Google apps as a communication tool for all staff and board of management. I thought it might be interesting for other principals to see how we’ve incorporated it in our school in the hope that it might inspire others to do the same.