The Impact of the Cloud on Higher Education
Douglas Rosette (VP Sales) July 2012
• • • • • • • • Introduction Traditional Access with AT Software How Computing has and is Changing What this means for AT in the future Examples of Cloud Computing Example of AT in the Cloud What Texthelp is working on Questions
• I'm not Martin McKay..sorry to his fans • I am Doug Rosette VP Sales • Spent 20 plus year working with Assistive Technology LD, Blind and Visually Impaired. • Worked for or with the following companies: Texthelp Inc, Cambium Learning, Optelec, EVS, AiSquared • Self proclaimed lover of technology
Different Types of Assistive Technology
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• People really want AT solutions on Phones, Handhelds and Tablets • Accessibility is often not a priority in new platforms, and a new generation of App developer has to learn about accessibility • Focus on Standalone Apps for now …
To the Cloud
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a metered service over a network(typically the Internet). End users access cloud based applications through a web browser or a light weight desktop or mobile appwhile the business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location. Cloud application providers strive to give the same or better service and performance as if the software programs were installed locally on end-user computers
Costs vs. Benefits
• Mostly uses the resources of a server instead of client machines. Translation - allows folks to access programs with older computers that may not work if installed locally. • Little or no installation required • Many free or freemium based services available • Web-interface allows for cross-platform accessibility (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, etc.) • Allows access to files and services from anywhere (with internet)
• Requires an internet connection • Security • Bandwidth
Cloud Based Storage Options (in no particular order)
• DropBox - Save, Share and access files from your computer, mobile devices and the web quickly with Dropbox. Free 2GB of space to start with. Earn up to 8GB with referrals. $9.99/month for 50GB. Amazon Cloud Drive - Amazon Cloud Drive is your personal hard drive in the cloud. Store your music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon's secure servers. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files from any computer. 5 GB of FREE online storage - Your Cloud Drive comes with 5 GB of free storage—enough space to store up to 1000 songs. This space is yours to use as you like and you will never be charged for it.
iCloud - iCloud store your music, photos, documents and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.
Office Suites in the Cloud
• Google Docs - a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files -- all online, and all for free. With an Internet connection, you can access your documents and files from any computer, anywhere in the world. (There's even some work you can do without an Internet connection!) This guide will give you a quick overview of the many things that you can do in Google Docs. Windows Live SkyDrive (also called Microsoft SkyDrive or simply SkyDrive) - a free-of-charge file hosting service that allows users to upload files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser. It is part of Windows Live range of online services and allows users to keep...