Do you use Cloud Computing? The term refers to data storage (documents and other files) that are stored on a server that you don't own. For example, if you use GoogleDocs, you are putting your information in the Cloud. This can be handy---you have access to your information from anywhere and can work from any computer. On the other hand, if a company goes under, changes their policy, or their server has issues, you're in a heap of trouble. (Just ask the people who "bought" music from Wal-Mart's on-line store...only to find out now that Wal-Mart is discontinuing the service and customers will have to repurchase their music from someone else.) Cloud computing can also have some interesting consequences for those groups which have legal records retention requirements. What do you do if you're audited?
However, might the Cloud have some benefits for educational institutions? It's inexpensive and can host many different kinds of educational software.
While the verdict might not be in as to Cloud Computing, I have to say that I enjoy making use of it. At this time, I don't store any critical or personal information there---I'm entirely trusting. But it's a great feature to be able to plan and share with others, or keep a spare copy of some documents. Like the evolution of cell phones in the classroom, I am wondering if students will drive a change in using the Cloud.