Teaching from the cloud: which online strategies are on the rise?

Published: July 26th, 2021

Cloud-based teaching and learning strategies have been on the rise for the past few years, as more schools begin to make the most of the collaborative benefits and time-saving options available – but, how exactly are online tools being used?

The Promethean State of Technology in Education Report 2021 provides key insights into the development of cloud-based teaching and learning strategies. In this blog, we will explore where online methods are most commonly used and how this may change moving forwards.

Facilitating new teaching and learning strategies

Cloud-based tools and techniques have a role to play in everyday school life but can also help shape overarching strategy and even improve access to education.

Our 2021 report revealed an increase in respondents that had tried the following online learning methods in 2020 compared to 2019:

  • Students learning/working remotely rose from 14% to 86%
  • Teachers being available outside of teaching hours rose from 14% to 58%
  • Bringing experts/experiences into the classroom virtually rose from 14% to 58%
  • Making lesson content centrally available online rose from 33% to 73%

Clearly, the temporary shift to remote learning has accelerated this trend – but some of these methods, such as bringing experts into the classroom virtually, will continue to be useful tools in a teacher’s arsenal.

Online strategies in everyday teaching and learning

Online strategies can also enhance teaching and learning on a day-to-day basis – further insights from the State of Technology in Education Report show an increase in respondents carrying out the following activities at least partially online:

  • ‘Planning’ rose from 78% to 88%
  • Conducting attendance reports remained at 90%
  • Summative assessments rose from 79% to 86%
  • Formative assessments rose from 76% to 86%

The majority of respondents were already using cloud-based tools to support these activities, and uptake is now at a very high level – showing that cloud-based tools and techniques are becoming more and more integrated in Australian education.

Cloud-based learning strategies can help schools to save time, stay organised, and share information more easily – and this is just a starting point. For more ideas on how edtech can add value above and beyond lesson delivery, read our blog.