Google Earth Journals to Peer Editing: The Cloud in English Class Recently, a Chicago teacher published a lesson on a popular teach networking website that turned a few heads. For a world literature class, the teacher integrated lessons that incorporated students creating and maintain Google Earth journals. As the class progressed through each reading and author covered in the curriculum, students participated in assignments that both integrated and relied on Google Earth and related Google programs to produce assessments. Students interacted with each other via Talk and Hangout, collaborated and helped each plan and design their respective journals, and shared
Cloud Computing In Education: The New Start-up Frontier? Ever since the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, the dream (or perhaps more accurately, fantasy) of creating a successful start-up and striking gold on the Internet has continuously drawn in new entrepreneurs seeking both fame and fortune. Constantly looking for a new market to conquer (or create), entrepreneurs tend to be drawn to sectors that are either innovating quicker than anywhere else, or that are lagging sorely behind the times. As cloud computing is incrementally being introduced as a useful technology in classrooms across America, entrepreneurs have begun to flock to
Parent-Teacher Communication in the Cloud As the cloud continues to expand and touch more and more of the practices that make up education in American high school classrooms, a natural place for innovations in cloud computing was always apparent in streamlining communication between teachers and the parents of their students. With communication needed on everything from in-class assignments and homework, to behavioral or grade conferences, to excursions or special class information like assigned readings, getting important info to parents is a constant worry and essential part of any teacher’s normal routine. As such, finding ways to bring that process to
Grading Students in the Cloud One of the most common characteristics of new cloud computing-driven innovations in education has been the transmission of traditional academic practices (tutoring, assignment collection, extra help meetings, etc.) into the new platforms and opportunities made available by the cloud. While it is easy to get swept up in the more interesting or flashy education innovations, the best new tools available to teachers by way of cloud computing are mostly 21st century versions of traditional practice in the classroom. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that one of the newest and most
TurnItIn: The Cloud Is Letting English Teachers Stay Ahead of Their Students Talk to any English teacher in any tech-focused high school in the U.S., and they will tell you that one of the essential components of their classroom is TurnItIn.com. Exactly what it sounds like, TurnItIn.com is a cloud computing-based site that lets teachers set up digital drop boxes for students to submit essays. But that’s just the beginning. Not only does TurnItIn automatically screen any student submitted essays for potential plagiarism and cribbed passages posted anywhere else on the web (from university sites and databases to news articles
The Cloud Comes To Research Papers Advances in cloud computing have been grabbing headlines and exciting tech lovers more and more frequently over the past few years. But much of the focus on advances in cloud computing has centered in the corporate sector (data sharing and storage capabilities, information processing systems) or in the entertainment sector (streaming music and video services et al.). While these areas do command the majority of the attention when it comes to what’s innovative in cloud computing these days, one area that is seeing a rapid influx of cloud computing is the high school classroom.