Education in the Cloud?

[ 0 ] June 21, 2010 |

An interesting bit of news here which says that:

The Kentucky Department of Education announced last week that it has implemented Microsoft Live@edu to provide its cloud-based communications and collaboration tools to students, staff, and faculty statewide. The service will be available to more than 700,000 people, and the state predicts it will save $6.3 million in costs over the next four years by using the Live@edu service.

Kentucky, Oregon with other sure to follow, it’s great to finally see the large companies like Google and Microsoft take the eduction market seriously. It seems as though the education market has been underserved by technology companies for decades.  With the exception of Apple, no one really seemed to care. They were the first to recognized that getting kids familiar with their computer products early made them (almost) customers for life (are there any more fanatical users than Apple’s), and that strategy seems to have paid off handsomely.

This, however, is different.  Here they’re arguing that the new computing paradigm taking hold with on demand services and cloud computing combined with new communication and collaboration applications like Microsoft Live@edu can save lots of money.  It’s got to be a lot easier to sell savings than a costly new computer curriculum, for sure.

It’s great that there are now ways for schools to save money, so they can use their limited budgets on the things that matter most.

 This is definitely a trend worth watching.

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Category: Distributed Learning, Extended Learning, Higher Education, iPhone App, K-12, Venture Capital

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