NPR takes a look at the rise of ‘the cloud’ in 2011.
This year, the cloud brought us something we didn’t even know we were craving: a digital storage locker.
Think back to high school, when you stuffed that metal locker with books, homework projects, photos of friends, and maybe records or CDs.
But that music and everything else existed in only one physical place — you couldn’t really drag that locker around. If you forgot to get something and went home for the day — well, you were out of luck.
But now, the old “I left it in my locker” excuse just won’t work anymore.
“If I store my information online in one of these clouds,” says Forrester Research senior analyst Frank Gillett, “it’s as if I have a magic courier that will run and retrieve stuff from my locker and retrieve it for me, instantly.”
This makes me wonder if students who grow up with the cloud will forget more and more of their physical work at home or in their locker. Will they expect seamless access to their content from our classrooms? One things for sure, it’s still going to be a while before students will be able to upload their coat and boots to the cloud.