| 2018/01/16 at 11:00am

How cloud technology solutions can facilitate new ways of thinking and learning

When it comes to technology in schools, the Australian Government says it supports the “appropriate use of technology in Australian schools to prepare students to learn, train and live in a digital world.”[1]

Indeed, across both the public and private education sectors, digital cloud-based technology is becoming an integral part of scholastic learning – enhancing flexibility, enabling richer learning experiences, and connecting students, parents and teachers in more productive and effective ways.

Cloud computing can transform K-12 teaching and learning by expanding access to information and the processes that can improve teaching efficiency and students’ learning and performance.

At Insync, we believe some of the key benefits of cloud technology solutions in education include:

Anytime/anywhere access to educational resources

With a cloud-enabled learning management system, students can log in at any time to access the resources and learning material that they need to enhance their knowledge and prepare for exams. This includes anything from lesson plans to videos or PowerPoint presentations. As well as providing enormous flexibility in terms of where students learn, it also means they can choose specific resources that best appeal to their way of digesting information.

Improved collaboration

With cloud-based learning resources, students can access and share documents at the same time – regardless of where they happen to be. This enhances classroom learning and makes group work considerably easier. It also allows for a greater transfer of information between students.

Peter West, Director of eLearning at St Stephen’s School on the Gold Coast, has spent the past 20 years working on developing effective collaboration and online learning for his students. He believes that the success of any initiative relies upon the involvement of the entire school body.

“The success of our LMS is really due to the enthusiasm of our teachers, who have adopted the solution and are creating some engaging and multi-faceted content. We have a style guide in place, which ensures that each course is structured in the same way. It’s not just a pile of disparate resources,” he says.

“If we don’t provide a modern, rich learning environment, then we’re essentially stealing opportunities from students. We don’t want to replace traditional, teacher-led teaching, where teachers inspire kids to do their best, but we want to enhance this classroom learning and enable them to learn anywhere, any time. As well as enabling greater academic performance, it’s about giving the students practical and real-life skills that will enable them to transition well into university and then into the workforce,” he adds.

More efficiency for teachers

With all of their notes and resources stored in the cloud, teachers can share lesson plans and save considerable time when it comes to lesson preparation.

With appropriate cloud-based solutions in place, descriptive and predictive analytics can also be used to give teachers and administrators a way to measure and monitor student performance, and pre-empt student disengagement. This means the school can intervene early to get the student moving in the right direction.

By aggregating multiple types of student data – such as attendance, family, participation in food programs, transportation, and other social factors, machine learning can be used to monitor for indications of risk, as well as determine the effectiveness of any educational programs.

To learn more about how cloud-based technology can drive new ways of thinking and learning in Australian schools:

Download the whitepaper: The State of Microsoft Cloud Voice in Australia

Download the value summary: Education in the Cloud


Or get in touch with the education experts at Insync on 1300 652 207 or email info@insynctechnology.com.au.



[1] https://www.education.gov.au/technology-schools