COLLEGE IN THE CLOUD: Year 12 Nayland College student Chrystel Quirimit, left, principal Daniel Wilson and year 13 student Karna Malone, who are getting ready for the college to move to a cloud computing system. Photo: Kate Russell.

Nayland College heads for the clouds

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Nayland College is embarking on a project to save money, free up resources and improve their teaching and learning – all by moving to a cloud computing system.

In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the internet, instead of your computer’s hard drive.

They are one of only three secondary schools in New Zealand that have been accepted into the Ministry of Education Cloud Transformation Pilot, with a national roll-out expected to start mid 2017.

The project is being completed by pcMedia, who says Nayland’s shift to cloud services will come with no running costs for the college and will free up resources which would otherwise be wasted on servers, infrastructure and IT staff.

It will also enable better collaboration between staff and students, and allow access to data so staff and students can log on to learn from any device, at anytime.

Principal Daniel Wilson says it’s an exciting move for the college, and they have already benefited from the savings by not replacing their server fleet.

“We have been able to save $150,000 that has been reinvested into classroom tools and resources,” he says.

The Ministry of Education is aiming have all school services moved to a cloud-hosted environment by the end of 2018.