Schools in the cloud
Educational technology at students’ fingertips
Ask any tablet-wielding child whether they'd rather do homework on the magical device in their hands or boring old paper, and you can guess the response.
It's no different in Russia. Take thirteen-year-old Olga, for instance. When she gets home from school, she often has trouble remembering all her assignments. As a result, her grades are nearly the lowest in class.
Her story is just one of many, all across Russia. Which is why a local company named Webzavod released the School of Digital Age (SoDA). SoDA uses the cloud to put educational technology at students’ fingertips.
With its CloudSchool SharePoint integration, for example, Olga can not only find what that pesky assignment was, she can find a digital bookmark in the specific chapter from her teacher. All through her own tablet or smartphone.
Olga's school, Moscow High School No. 548, was the first to implement the program, which uses an array of education-specific Microsoft platforms called CloudSchool to bring the entire educational experience online. It's a perfect extension of the school's mission statement: “To construct a school environment which is interesting and attractive for students, teachers, and parents.”