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  1. 1. School on the Cloud: Connecting Education to the Cloud for Digital Citizenship Education and the Cloud What is School on the Cloud? School on Cloud is a Key Activity 3 ICT network that addresses three key questions: 1. How should education respond to the potential of Cloud-based tools and technologies? 2. What is the impact on education stakeholders? 3. What might the situation be like in the future? What is the aim of Working Group 1 Can education organizations take advantage of the potential offered by the Cloud? What prevents innovative leadership from pushing for change? What barriers are there to implementing the use of the Cloud in education? Working Group 1 (WG 1) brings together organizations dealing with these questions. Thegoalistoidentifyandsharetechnological,social, economic,culturalandotherexperiencesindifferent educationalcontexts. 543221-LLP-1-2013-1-GR-KA3-KA3NW Toexplorethesequestions,thenetworkhas4WorkingGroups: i-Manager (WG1) Transition from ground to Cloud: infrastructure, mentality, innovation and change i-Teacher (WG2) The innovative teacher: the role of the teacher, teacher training i-Learner (WG3) Integrating the Cloud: personalised learning, formal and informal education, special needs i-Futures (WG4) Future prospects: visions on open education, interactivity, impact and communicating the Cloud
  2. 2. Is Cloud Computing useful for Education? Cloud computing Cloud Computing involves storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. IT services are shared rather than having local servers or software. Why is the Cloud important? Cloud computing is rapidly becoming a very important delivery method for IT services across Europe. For education, the Cloud provides: the ability to share resources and information great speed, makes IT operations faster improved accessibility increased capacity independence of location more opportunities reduced costs safety for users security of information Benefits such as customised solutions, great cost effectiveness and increased efficiency make Cloud Computing an extremely attractive prospect for education. Its appropriate use requires careful management. anything from anywhere in anytime on any device by anyone Cloud offers a different kind of mental and physical strategies to access education materials (eg. personalized learning by anyone, also by disabled - handicapped - marginalized individuals).
  3. 3. Are you a leader in Cloud education? Cloud leadership is focused on strategies to transform, accelerate and benefit from using the Cloud. Do you recognize that Cloud Computing involves unprecedented mobility for users, increased scalability and speed of deployment for your organization? Is your Organization on the Cloud? Description of the Cloud leader characteristics by taking account of... Cloud leader teachers parents students interacts with... the wider community has specific attitudes toward... adopts use of... technological tools/services Managing the Cloud Cloud Computing presents a new environment to manage and new situations to master. The purpose is to monitor the applications, data and services being used. Tools are provided to help ensure Cloud Computing- based resources are working optimally and properly interacting with users and other services. Cloud management normally involves monitoring performance and security, auditing compliance and overseeing recovery and contingency plans. Characteristics of Cloud leaders in education Build an inspiring vision Create a positive environment Exert influence Foresee future problems in the transition Give clear guidelines Give direction and set stretch goals Lead reforms Set clear expectations Manage resistance to change Monitor progress, but don't micromanage Win respect and trust
  4. 4. DoukasSchool, Innovative Learning Network Ltd., EUROGEO, GO! onderwijs van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Istituto Comprensivo Assisi 3, KOKEGA School *form noton google drive*, Department of Sciences of Education andCultural andFormative Processes, University of Florence, Technische Universitt Dortmund, Sozialforschungsstelle, National Technical University of Athens, ATiT, bit media e-Learningsolution GmbH & Co KG, UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, Branch of the National Foundation for Environmental Protection, ITEC Incorporated CompanyContinuous Vocational Training Centre, Vyara Foundation, Kantonsschule Solothurn Digital Earth Centre of Excellence Switzerland, Mary Immaculate College, Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Universit e della Ricerca, Bundesgymnasium andBundesrealgymnasium Waidhofen an derThaya,National College, University of the Aegean,EuropeanCentre of Studies andInitiatives, Univerza vLjubljani, Fundatia Professional, Universidad Complutense deMadrid, IES SAN ROQUE, Geodetic Institute of Slovenia, 3rd Primary School of Agia Paraskevi, REALSOCIEDAD GEOGRFICA, Universidade daBeira Interior, Universidad de Leny, GhentUniversity, Teachers' training college of the dicese Linz, State University of Library Studies andInformation Technologies, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Cologne, Escola Bsica Integrada de Santa Maria , University of Education Heidelberg, Research Groupfor Earth Observation, Faculty of Earth Sciences Nicolaus Copernicus University, University of Porto, Paris LodronUniversitt Salzburg, EuropeanAssociation of CareerGuidance, Thales Foundation, Centre for the Advancement of R&D in Educational Technology(CARDET), National and University Library, Social Innovations Centre, Komunikujeme, o.s., EuropeanUniversity Cyprus, P.M.F. S.r.l., ASSIST Software SRL, E-Ludo Interactive di Salvatore Mica & C. s.n.c., Kecioren District Directorate of National Education, TRAINING 2000, Companhia de Ideias - Media, Lda., Basisschool Zavelberg ICTKeyAction3EuropeanProjectwiththesupportoftheLifelongLearningProgrammeoftheEuropeanUnion ,, , This leaflet provides information and guidance for Managers and Leaders in terms of the education potential of Cloud Computing in education. It is the result of a workshop in Lithuania in November 2014. Information about Working Group 1: Karl Donert, WiththesupportoftheLifelongLearningProgrammeoftheEuropeanUnion.ThisprojecthasbeenfundedwithsupportfromtheEuropeanCommission.This publicationreflectstheviewsonlyoftheauthor,andtheCommissioncannotbeheldresponsibleforanyusewhichmaybemadeoftheinformationcontainedtherein.