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SaaS Aids Performance and Support for One-to-One Device Programs

On the classroom side, cloud-delivered applications have become the norm for most districts, says Jake Miller, a science teacher with Ohio’s Orange City School District and host of the Educational Duct Tape podcast.</…….

SaaS Aids Performance and Support for One-to-One Device Programs

On the classroom side, cloud-delivered applications have become the norm for most districts, says Jake Miller, a science teacher with Ohio’s Orange City School District and host of the Educational Duct Tape podcast.

One of the biggest advantages of SaaS is that students can access their work on any device — flexibility that matters for remote learning.

“Students might say, ‘My Chromebook isn’t working, so I’m switching to my mom’s computer.’ If we weren’t cloud-based, they wouldn’t be able to do that,” Miller says.

Another trend on the rise, he notes, is differentiated learning programs that let teachers level instruction for each student. Such tools became more popular during the pandemic and have stayed in rotation.

“They have to be cloud-based for teachers to get the data they need,” Miller says.

Looking forward, Miller has an eye on the continued growth of cloud-based creative tools, such as those for video and audio editing. These tools will continue to trend through the next school year.

As popular as these tools may be for remote and in-person learning, SaaS highlights the importance of equity in internet access. It also requires districts to keep students’ data safe and private as they connect to more sites. IT administrators must be sure that they understand their cybersecurity responsibilities with cloud-based applications and that they have the right tools in place to protect student data.

READ MORE: What do IT leaders need to know about SaaS security posture management?

Managed Services Help Districts Leverage the Cloud Securely

For IT leaders concerned about cloud security, the first step is to be clear about the district’s contractual responsibilities, McLaughlin says. Which security duties fall to the district, and which will the cloud provider handle? A trusted partner can help districts assess their cloud security posture, so they aren’t guessing when it comes to vulnerable student data.

McLaughlin also recommends using preconfigured templates as a foundation for IaaS implementation, ensuring staff can configure servers correctly and taking advantage of managed services.

“We know statistically that most school districts have less than one full-time equivalent as a security person, so augmenting with Security as a Service in the cloud environment can be a real benefit,” she says.

UNLOCK THE WHITE PAPER: As cloud adoption accelerates, security must keep pace.

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Source: https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2021/12/cloud-technology-continues-trend-k-12

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