According to Horizon Report for 21st Century Development (2011 K-12 edition),
“Cloud computing services is saving schools money and resources as it has opened doors for more space, more collaboration and ultimately, more creative uses of Internet resources for educators to incorporate in their classrooms.”
Cloud computing services such as Google Docs though very helpful and convenient for collaborative group projects and assignments, privacy advocates have criticised cloud computing for the ease in which the companies hosting the cloud services can control and monitor at will, lawfully or unlawfully, the communication and data stored between the user and the host company.
The best safeguard against lost of privacy and security issues is to be a discerning user and not to save private or sensitive information in the ‘cloud’ storage space. The YouTube clip below explains this very well.
What is Cloud Computing? This YouTube clip provides a very clear explanation of cloud computing using simple graphics.