The Cloud Based School

The cloud revolution has swept through the IT landscape over the past two years and the education market is no exception.  As a Managed IT provider for several K-12 school districts, our clients have widely adopted the cloud model over expensive and time intensive self hosted options. From teachers, to administrators, and IT support staff, we break down some of the more popular cloud based solutions for available to schools:

For the Entire School

G Suite: Google’s productivity suite, formerly known as Google Apps, first revolutionized the Ed Tech World when they offered it pro bono to schools. More than just email, G Suite contains Google Drive, Calendar, sites and more. If your district has Chrome devices, you can take advantage of the Google Device Manager to configure deployment profiles.

Office 365: Joining Google in offering pro bono products to Schools, Microsoft now offers the popular online version of the Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook) to Schools for free.

For the Classroom

ClassFlow: A web based lesson delivery software, ClassFlow transforms interactive whiteboards into a dynamic platform to engage students in blended learning. Have 1:1? Students can stream the lesson right to their devices as they are occurring on the board.

Google Classroom: The digital hub for your class, Google Classroom is the platform for distributing assignments, posting lessons, creating quizzes, and more. Its integration with other Google products is especially useful if your district uses G Suite.

Kahoot: Interactive quiz platform which is beloved by teachers and students alike.

For Administrators

Frontline: The one stop shop for administrators, Frontline provides a single platform for teacher evaluations, human resources, and Special Education / IEP tracking.

Board Docs: Paperless meeting agendas, minutes, and documents.

For the Tech Department:

Barracuda CloudGen Firewall: A complete Firewall and Web Filter based entirely in the cloud.  Your choice of deployment vendors includes Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud.

Spiceworks Help Desk: Spice up your IT Support with a free help desk system from Spice Works. This Universally acclaimed software is cloud based and can be set up within 5 minutes. For more advanced users, a self hosted version is available.

About the Author

Matthew Zuccaro is a proactive, forward thinking technology innovator with a tenacious entrepreneurial spirit.  As the Founder and Managing Member of Digital Strategy Associates LLC, he self-financed his college tuition by growing a boutique web design firm into a comprehensive provider of managed IT services.  Matt holds a BA (Summa Cum Laude) from Montclair State University.  Since technology is constantly evolving, Matt continually pursues advanced training and holds certifications from Apple, Barracuda, Promethean, Google, and SMART Technologies. Outside of the office Matt is an avid world traveler and active member of his community. 

About Digital Strategy Associates LLC

At Digital Strategy Associates LLC, our mission is simple: to simplify IT so our clients can focus on what they do best.  Headquartered in Morristown, NJ, Digital Strategy Associates (DSA) is a comprehensive provider of managed IT services for the education, government, and corporate markets.  DSA provides a wide range of creative and technical solutions including web design, web hosting, graphic design, managed IT services, consulting, and training.  For more information, visit