Enlarge / Seth Erdman, center, and his fellow students use Chromebooks while working on a lesson in a third grade class on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Walden Elementary School in Deerfield, Ill. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images) (credit: Chicago Tribune / Contributor)
When you think about a traditional school workflow, it’s not unlike that of a business: Paper is generated and moved in a systematic way between the children and the teacher. Just as cloud computing has transformed workflows in business to make them more collaborative and mobile, that same type of change has been coming to schools.

Children and teachers use the power of the cloud to collaborate while accessing, storing, and sharing content.
As with business, this change is ongoing, uneven, and by no means complete.

But if schools are at least partly about preparing children for the next generation of work, then the cloud needs to be a part of that preparation. Just as some businesses have struggled to transition to the cloud, schools face similar challenges.

But because schools involve a specific demographic—children from a variety of abilities and socioeconomic and linguistic backgrounds—their challenges can be even more complicated.
Slowly but surely, in spite of the issues, cloud tools are coming to the classroom.

As more companies, large and small, help schools bring about this transition in a way that makes sense for teachers and children in a classroom context, we are seeing a shift to the cloud and all the advantages (and problems) that brings.
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