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Cloud in the Classroom: The Changing Face of Teaching Practice

Ryan Ewaskiw

The New Media Consortium’s 2011 Horizon Report,  which examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, focuses on four key trends forecast for the next five years in education. 1

  • The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible by the Internet will increasingly challenge us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing.
  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.
  • Because the world of work is increasingly collaborative, we have to rethink the way we structure student projects.
  • The technologies we use are increasingly cloud based and our notion of IT support is decentralized.

I expect most ETFO members can relate to these trends on some level. For example, Web-based report card software allows teachers to complete assessment and evaluation practices at school or at home, using multiple platforms. Critical friends

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