TechTutor 2 - Cloud Computing for Education

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The Internet is rapidly improving the ability to communicate and collaborate with others. It has tremendously allowed content to grow at an exponential rate, available to a broad audience, and anyone can contribute. It also made a huge growth in low-cost and free technology for social interaction, publishing, collaborating, editing, content creation, computing, etc. And because of these developments, internet technology is benefitting a lot of students in their learning stage.

Cloud computing, in a nutshell, is a way to provide computer applications to users without the need for those users to purchase, install, or support software on their local computers and/or servers. Cloud computing provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), meaning not only is the software hosted on a remote computer, but data are stored remotely too.The benefits of cloud computing are largely financial. The organization pays according to how much and how often they need services. Software and storage are hosted and supported on the servers of the cloud computing provider, so, educational institutions don't buy software only one person uses, invest in technologies that are quickly outdated, or spend hours and hours on technical support. Cloud computing also offers a wider range of software than would be practical to purchase individually.So the next question is - Is Cloud Computing a Credible Solution for Education?This is the question Jerry Liao will unravel in his annual seminar entitled "TechTutor 2" on September 28 and 29 at the SM Megatrade Hall 3. …