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The Future Learning : School in the Cloud

The Future Learning : School in the Cloud

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A suggestion to implement the School In the Cloud that is proposed by Sugata Mitra to Malaysian Education system
A suggestion to implement the School In the Cloud that is proposed by Sugata Mitra to Malaysian Education system

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Published by: Lizawati Mohamad Ham on May 03, 2013
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Technology has changed dramatically since the past 25 years which also gives positiveimpact to education. The educational technology depends mainly on teacher and the studentsmust physically participate in the learning process (Tsvetozar, Evgeni & Angel, 2011). Inorder to close the achievement gap and prepare all students for success in school, career andthe 21
century challenges, a radically different approach is needed (Todd and Adam, 2012).Therefore, the future of learning is proposed as a new model in order to fulfill the currentneeds in education. According to Rachel (2012), the future of learning can be considered asan emerging cluster of new ideas, beliefs, knowledge, theories and practices, some of whichmay be visible in some schools and classrooms, some which exist only in isolated pocketsand others which are barely visible yet. Rachel also said in her research, schooling mightchange to better match the changes that have taken place in the 21st century. Therefore, the purpose of future learning is to support learning needs for all students in the 21st century.
Mitra (2013), had proposed a new method called “School in the cloud”, in order to
design and implement the future of learning. Mit
ra calls his approach to education
.” At its core it‟s all about sparking curiosity, about asking smart questions
and then sitting back and letting kids get to the answers with the help of their peers. Mitra, the
winner of this year‟s $1 million TED Prize, believes it is nothing less than an entirely new
approach to education, one that could dismantle a centuries-old way of teaching. What Mitra
envisions are “schools in the cloud,” classes of 24 students in actual brick 
-and-mortar spacesmanaged in person by his volunteer grannies. The grannies ask the questions, offer theencouragement, everything else happens remotely, the lights, heating, and locks are allmanipulated via the cloud. Mitra envisions these cloud schools will function as a supplementto the daily education the kids already get which operating on the weekends and before andafter school. Mitra also build SOLE (Self-Organised Learning Environment), based on
“broadband +collaboration + encouragement & admiration”. A radical
and idealistic approach but it based on evidence and knowledge and a profound belief in the ability of children andtheir thirst for knowledge.Recently, one of the examples of online course that apply the concept of futurelearning is Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). MOOC is an online course aiming atlarge-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in
3distance education and often use open educational resources. Typically they do not offer academic credit or charge tuition fees. Only about 10% of the tens of thousands of studentswho may sign up complete the course. MOOCs was developed in 2008 within the OpenEducational Resources (OER) movement, the course were based on connectivist theory,emphasizing that learning and knowledge emerge from a network of connections. Severalwell-financed providers, associated with top universities, emerged with MOOC includingCoursera, Udacity, and edX in year 2012. Khan Academy, Peer-to-Peer University (P2PU)and Udemy are viewed as being similar to MOOCs, but differ from the three above providersin that they work outside the university system or mainly provide individual lessons thatstudents may take at their own pace, rather than having a massive number of students allworking on the same course schedule.According to SchoolCloud
(2012), “School in the cloud” is a versatile student
monitoring solution, which is a virtual one-stop-module that delivers up-to-the-minute detailsof every pupil on your rolls from the past and the present.A detailed report on every studentenrolled in an academic year or the date of birth of a particular ward in a select classroom,can be displayed instantly on the desktop. Nowadays, many computer companys have designand develop School Cloud such as Hewlett-Packard and Kunal Infotech. Hewlett-PackardDevelopment Company has build HP SchoolCloud Solution which combines infrastructure,software, and professional development tools. These tools are designed specifically to helpteachers learn how to improve techniques. HP School Cloud provides students and teachersaccess to all their applications and data throughout their school day, from home or from anyinternet device. It is a scalable network architecture in which IT now only has a manage a fewservers instead of thousands of PCs.Kunal Infotech Pvt Ltd. introduces their ground breaking Back to School softwarewhich is remarkably comprehensive features that are user friendly and instrumental ineffective school management. The software has been engineered considering the vital needsof all the stakeholders in the school system, namely, principal, administrator, teachers,students, parents and others.Parent or guardian can also monitor the activities of their ward by log-in ID that is provided by School Cloud.As a conclusions, cloud computing is a newdelivery method and choice, available today for Higher Education Enterprise Systems. It is amassively scalable, off site infrastructure that is accessible on demand across the Internet on a pay-per-use basis eliminating upfront investment costs.

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