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Cloud applications can offer business plenty of advantages, from a more cost-effective infrastructure to fewer administrative demands and a reduction in management headaches. But the cloud is not for every application or deployment.
Microsoft Cuts Cloud Email Deal with New York City Schools
"ePals will be using Microsoft Exchange Web Services and Outlook Live to build the email system and new calendar application that will connect to New York's on-premise system for teachers"
Calculate Your School's Cost Saving
Want to know how much cloud computing might save your district? Get the cost difference between a basic Microsoft Exchange 2007 deployment and Google Apps. Just fill in the boxes on this Google calculator.
BOCES Distance Learning Project
Opportunities continue to expand for students throughout the BOCES Distance Learning Region.
"Computing in the Cloud"
Schools operating in the cloud can give students access to their networks through any network-equipped device, such as a smart phone, laptop, or tablet computer. They also can save money on storage and energy costs by eliminating the need for power-hungry servers. On the flip side, schools will need robust networks with secure and reliable internet connections to take advantage of cloud computing's benefits.
Distance Learning and Cloud Computing
Where we are and where we should be in NYS - presentation by Tom Michalek & Eileen Pasquini at the NYSCATE Leadership Conference, 7/20/10; presentation wiki
"Learning About Everything Under The 'Cloud'"
The digital world loves to revel in its own jargon, and one of its most popular phrases today is "cloud computing." You see the expression everywhere new uses for the Internet are discussed. But what do techies and companies mean when they refer to doing things in "the cloud"? They aren't talking about meteorology, and all they see when they use the term-which is always singular-is sunshine, not rain.
"Mobile Device Learning Guide - Phones, Netbooks and iPods Are Finding a Place in the Curriculum"
Phones, netbooks and iPods are finding a place in the curriculum and expanding student access to technology.
"Teens, Cellphones and Texting - Text Messaging Becomes Centerpiece Communication"
Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, with cell calling a close second. Some 75% of 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones, up from 45% in 2004.
"The Web Means the End of Forgetting"
where the Internet records everything and forgets nothing - where every online photo, status update, Twitter post and blog entry by and about us can be stored forever.
Technology is helping teachers to expand beyond linear, text-based learning and to engage students who learn best in other ways. Its role in schools has evolved from a contained "computer class" into a versatile learning tool that could change how we demonstrate concepts, assign projects and assess progress.
Apple iTunes - U - Learn anything,anytime,anywhere
iTunes U - a powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audio books to tours - is an innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students.
GOOGLE Apps for Education
Oregon's Department of Education is the first to go statewide with Google Apps for Education.
"In Hamilton, iPods help make fourth grade a little more fun, exciting"
A pilot program at Hamilton Central School to incorporate iPod Touch devices alongside textbooks has helped put students in charge of their curriculum.
The Facebook Classroom
25 Apps that are perfect for online education.
Twitter is one of the latest social networking sites. It's aim is simple: to update anyone who "follows" them on what they are doing at the time. (their "status").
Twitter in the Classroom - 10 useful resources
Although, according to Gartner's Hype Cycle, Twitter is about to enter the "Trough of Disillusionment", many educators are still trying to come to grips with it, and in particular its use in the classroom. Here are 10 resources that specifically look at the educational use of Twitter.