A Proposal for the Adoption and Use of Cloud Computing in Secondary Education in South Africa

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11th DIS Annual Conference 2010, 2nd – 3rd September, Richardsbay, University of Zululand, South Africa

A PROPOSAL FOR THE ADOPTION AND USE OF CLOUD COMPUTING IN SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA CJB Le Roux1 and N. Evans2 , Department of Information Studies, University of Zululand, Richards Bay South Africa jleroux@pan.uzulu.ac.za nevans@pan.uzulu.ac.za Abstract Cloud computing is a relatively new concept that holds significant promises for the future development and delivery of computer resources to K-12, also referred to as secondary or basic education in South Africa, especially in schools most affected by the digital divide. In view of the recent announcement by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, that Outcomes
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This new type of web service would allow anyone with a web browser and a connection to the Internet to access services in the cloud irrespective of the kind of digital device they used, from PCs to Mac, mobile phones or devices that have yet to be developed (Bogatin, 2006).

Because cloud computing is Internet-based, reliable Internet access over high-speed broadband connections constitutes the most significant component in its future development, marketing and delivery to secondary education. While some cloud services may not require users to have fast Internet connections or use large amounts of bandwidth to access web applications, such as text messages through Facebook or GMail, others, such as downloading a streaming video file through Youtube or uploading large quantities of data to Amazon for storage (S3) or processing (EC2), do. In the limited broadband/ bandwidth environment of the “digital divide”, this presents a significant obstacle to overcome in order for cloud computing to substantially contribute to breaching the digital divide (LeRoux and Evans, 2010).

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11th DIS Annual Conference 2010, 2nd – 3rd September, Richardsbay, University of Zululand, South Africa

Cloud computing, like the web, is the evolution of a variety of technologies that have come together over the last
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