I Love Cloud Based Apps!

It was an easy for me to move to cloud-based software services (apps) and put an end to mailing myself documents or carrying disks (I’m old! LOL) or thumb drives of large presentations. To have the convenience of having EVERYthing accessible from any Internet connected device was a dream come true!

The free services continue to grow in Higher Education and where colleges previously spent millions, Google and Microsoft are fulfilling the need. The two also have versions they promote as safer alternatives for younger students in K-12.

EdTechMagazine  wrote about this growth recently  on college campuses and shared a wonderful infographic:

Available at no cost to students and faculty, Google Apps includes cloud email, storage, hosting, word processing and collaboration tools. Previously, colleges were forced to invest millions in these services and struggled to modernize outdated technology, not to mention maintain email servers and data centers. Microsoft has followed suit with their Office 365 solution, and the cloud revolution is in full swing on campuses.

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From EdTechMagazine.com

When it comes to authentication, most IT departments and end users trade internet security for convenience. Trying to remember long, complex passwords and using multifactor authentication is a pain and makes accessing data, e-mail and applications difficult. As the web has evolved, users tend to have user names and passwords for dozens, maybe even hundreds, of websites and applications. The cloud, while solving many problems, creates a new one: Our data is protected by only a password, with multiple points of failure.

Internet Security

If you have a wordpress web site you’re probably aware of the brute force attacks that happened at the end of last year and just this past April, where bots registered tens of millions of automated password crack attempts, targeting the default “admin” user name.

Automated computer programs are getting too sophisticated and too fast for simple passwords based on convenience.

Check-out the infographic below (click for larger image)

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Mobile Learning Report Card (Infographic)

Quick mobile learning facts in this industry report card from T-Mobile

  • The US trails other nations in mobile learning adoption
  • $8 Billion is spent each year on K-12 textbooks in the US
  • 2.8% of the estimated $8M textbook market is #ebooks
  • 56% of schools/libraries plan to implement/expand digital textbook use
  • 45% of schools/libraries to implement/expand wireless devices for #mlearning
  • 100% of students will have digital text books within the next five years
  • One third of Americans have NOT adopted broadband at home
  • 100% of K12 students will use mobile handheld devices by 2016

Mobile Learning Report Card (Infographic) - Kevin Corbett

Educating Girls Is Smart For All Of Us

Interesting Infographic supporting a gender difference when a girl receives an education:

  • She has the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty in one generation.
  • She will reinvest 90% of her income into her family.
  • A country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will increase

I think the opportunity to improve one’s condition is always increased by education. It’s not surprising to me that the female would invest more of her income into her family.

I’m curious if there are other variables that impact research findings and highlight other gender differences. What do you think?

Educating Girls Is Smart For All Of Us