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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Journal #1 Computing in the Clouds-NETS 3, 5

Johnson, D. (2009). Computing in the clouds. Learning and Leading with Technology, 37(4). Retrieved on March 4, from

This article discusses "cloud computing" which is the use of web services to help maintain data and applications.  In this article, author Johnson believes that integrating "cloud computing" in the classroom will be beneficial for both the students and teachers. Johnson also believes that cloud computing can be inexpensive for schools that are spending more money on other services that are not as effective as the online approach of "cloud computing." Johnson believes that web services are beneficial for school-specific tasks, photo storage and editing, word processing, presentation and much more.   Johnson is also an advocate of netbooks because according to him they are "inexpensive, reliable, lightweight, and easily maintained, with a long battery life and a high degree of functionality” for kids and teachers. The author made me think about the benefits about cloud computing because schools would definitely benefit financially from this approach.  I believe that it will take practice and time for teachers to become experts. It also makes me think about the students benefits the students will gain. 
Question 1: How will incorporate “cloud computing” into my classroom?  Since cloud computing is web services that helps maintain data and application, I can help store gradebook and reporting information.  I would also help my students develop the technological skills to learn how to use these web services.
Question 2: What educational technology standards for teachers does “cloud computing” meet? I believe that the standard that “cloud computing” meets is the model digital-age work and learning because the “teacher demonstrates fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations.

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