Cloud Tools: How They're Benefiting Teachers and Students

Teachers are incorporating cloud tools and content in ways that change how they interact with students both inside and outside the classroom. The teachers can use tools imposed by administrators as well as more ad-hoc resources. Content like Khan Academy can be used to cover core material, which would allow teachers to spend more time troubleshooting students, as well as be used as additional support material.

Mark Miazga, an English and language arts teacher at Baltimore City College High School, is an example of a teacher who’s taking the more ad-hoc approach. Miazga said the largest role that the cloud has played in his teaching has been in shaping his students’ writing process.

“Most essays in our classes are turned in electronically via Google Docs,” he explained. “Students share their essays with a peer or their teacher, and we offer live comments. The student can then resolve the comment and make the changes.”

Teacher and students can now stay connected anywhere, “on their tablet, laptop, or phone,” Miazga said. “This is a continuous conversation done in the cloud that vastly improves the student’s writing ability.”

Students have access to technology that can positively affect their class time and study habits. Not only are kids able to get more done in their 45-50 minute class but they also have richer homework and research capabilities delivered anywhere they choose to study. If a student is sick, they can also access the material done in class that day, keeping them up to speed with their classmates.

Eli Andrade