A recent article published by ZDNet.com highlighted the potential of cloud computing in Chinese classrooms, where a new system is poised to modernize school training within certain regions within the country by the end of 2015.
The article, written by ZDNet contributor Liu Jiayi, stated that “Chinese cloud services provider 3Tcloud is implementing the country’s biggest education cloud project, enabling the local authority to optimize resource allocation and cut maintenance cost. According to a report last week on Chinese tech site CCIDNet.com, the city of Zhuji in Zhejiang–one of China’s most developed provinces – has installed over 6,000 3Tcloud computing terminal devices in 118 schools. The terminals are supported by 28 pieces of blade servers and a 60TB HDD storage installed in the city’s information center.” When fully implemented, the project would take the place of current hardware that is obsolete.
Cloud Computing In The Classroom
In the Western Hemisphere, computer labs throughout school districts are slowly but surely integrating into the cloud. This trend is also gathering an enormous amount of momentum thanks to the private networking capabilities of themes and other software that lets professors interact with students, faculty and parents like never before. Everything from homework assignments to grades can be carefully uploaded, secured and sent to the appropriate groups of authorized individuals plus there is the ability to communicate in real-time while amalgamating several processes that used to take days to perform.
However, some privacy issues remain as parents, children, and administrators struggle to find updated solutions to doing business in a virtual world that has quickly morphed into a technological free for all. Although it is highly convenient to create private social networks, project details, and bulletins within a real-time cloud, there is still a considerable amount of adaptation required on behalf of all involved in order to make the process smoother and more reliable.
Chen Xikun, Director of the Information Technology center at Zhuji’s education bureau was quoted in the ZDNet article as saying, “By using such a system, we could effectively push forward the development of the city’s teaching, resources, research, and evaluation – all of which is done on the cloud. Take teaching on the cloud, for example, students in different courses have full access to all resources available, and it helps the elementary and secondary education of Zhuji develop in a balanced way.”
One of the main arguments for promoting cloud computing in the classroom is the fact that it is almost guaranteed to preserve resources in the long run. Units seldom consume as much energy as outdated hardware; not to mention the fact that pooled resources will ultimately lead to fewer individuals being able to produce more thanks to the amount of information that is accessible at one time from various locations.
Still, the move could potentially lead to a higher unemployment rate among currently qualified personnel that are no longer needed once cloud computing-savvy instructors are able to interact within the cloud. On-site teaching assistants could be replaced by computer interfaces that simply require a few clicks of a mouse to answer frequently asked questions on homework assignments or projects.
“Since the project’s commencement in April 2012, Shanghai-based 3Tcloud has been replacing PCs in the schools in Zhuji with X900 cloud computing terminals, a device that supports virtual machine under CHP protocol and is no bigger than a ADSL modem,” states the ZDNet article.
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