Breakout Session

Monday Evaluation

Hey You, Get onto My Cloud!

Jim Hirsch

12/12/11, 10:40 AM-11:30 AM
Nicollet B/C

This session looks at building digital-age learner skills in your students and staff through a strategy known as "cloud computing." Learn how one district transformed their entire operation into cloud-based services in one summer!

Links and/or Materials:
Before Facebook and Google, even before the Internet, scientists at MIT had a radical vision they called the computer utility. “Computing may someday someday be organized as a public utility just as the telephone system is a public utility” – John McCarthy, MIT professor, 1961, at their centennial celebration.

These words described a phenomenon sweeping the Internet today – cloud computing.

Slides (print - PDF format)
Slides (with note area - PDF format)

Steven Johnson's "Where Good Ideas Come From" captures how we have been stubborn in our vision, but flexible in the details since 2001 to finally bring an infrastructure in place that allows for student and teacher learning to occur anywhere, at anytime, on any device - through our implementation of cloud services. As Steven puts it: "Borrow other people's hunches and combine them with our hunches and turn them into something new."

Additional Resources:

Steve Jobs describing a vision of cloud computing in 1997