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Cloud will help students privacy

Schools are increasingly adopting cloud computing to take advantage of the associated flexibility and cost savings.

From a budgetary standpoint, schools can achieve better value for money and improved functionality through the cloud. New pedagogical models such as the flipped classroom, which have been largely associated with massive open online courses (Moocs), are improving both teaching and learning processes.

However, this new scenario also implies substantial risks to privacy, which should be addressed to ease the transition to a digital environment. For this reason, the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) has introduced Europe’s first inspection of cloud computing services in education.

According to the Spanish National Institute of Statistics, more than eight million primary and secondary school students are using these new technologies in Spain. Most of their personal data is rarely stored in private clouds, with storage in hybrid clouds from infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers more common.

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Source: Computer Weekly

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