The role of cloud computing in schools

March 3, 2015

Business leaders in the tech industry are taking a broader look at the world of cloud computing and hoping to foster a sustainable growth trajectory for the sector. Sure, a steady stream of willing investors and a constant push in research, development and marketing will be integral parts of the cloud’s future. However, education will also be at the crux of the technology’s decade to come.

The benefits of the cloud are plentiful, but general knowledge of the technology is concentrated. By teaching students about the cloud and how it can weave into so many different walks of life, the next generation of IT managers and tech engineers would be better prepared at a much earlier age.

A push for STEM education in the Northwest
Michael Schutzler, the CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association, recently spoke with the Puget Sound Business Journal about some of his primary motives for the future of the tech industry in Washington state.

He said that almost all of the new jobs in the current U.S. economy are connected to a degree in a STEM field, which comprises science, technology, engineering and math. He believes that education is the best way to progress the industry. But what would be the best way to get started?

“The sort of blunt instrument is an AP computer science class in the high school, taught by someone qualified to teach AP computer science,” Schutzler told the publication. “You could literally double the number of high schools in the state of Washington with the class. It’s a good start. The more clever way is to integrate computer science into every single class.”

The cloud can optimize education
Tim Murphy, an executive with CDW-G, spoke with Education Dive and said that most people aren’t IT professionals. However, if schools were to increase their use of the cloud, teachers could focus on their subjects and students, rather than spend time on a technological glitch.┬áHe added that bringing the cloud to schools could help improve the technology’s reputation.

“You’re hearing a lot of negative news out there today,” Murphy told the news outlet. “Between Edward Snowden, the NSA snooping, the Sony hacks — those are not necessarily the case. What we’ve seen is that, by migrating to a cloud computing strategy, we’ve actually seen security increase because there are policies and procedures that were never put in place, and those have now been solved.”