Cloud Watching #4 – Managing Learning Content

In the old days it was simple. Agree a curriculum; approve and distribute the books; get teachers to push the contents into empty minds. Since then everything has changed, especially: The need for students to learn more effectively Student’s appetite for active rather than passive learning experiences Explosive growth of content and ease of access… Read More

Cloud Watching #3 – Managing Student Relationships

How could junk-mail and schooling effectiveness possibly be linked? The answer is “CRM” – Customer Relationship Management software. CRM is now firmly entrenched across a vast spectrum of businesses as a way of managing sales and marketing relationships with customers. Anyone possessing a loyalty (rewards or club) card will have their purchasing behaviours tracked by… Read More

Cloud Watching #2 – How to Manage 30Bn Trees Worth of Data

Data is fundamental to operating schooling systems. Without data schooling systems would grind to a halt – teachers wouldn’t get paid; students wouldn’t get transported; taught and fed; and essential services would cease to operate. As the value of good data for decision making is becoming more widely understood, the quantity of data in the… Read More

Cloud Watching #1 – Cloud 101

This article is the first in a series on Cloud computing, and focusses on the basics – the “what, why and how” of Cloud computing as it relates to Schooling. INTRODUCTION When New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET), the largest School District in the Southern Hemisphere, wanted to put an annual Science Standard… Read More