Monday, July 16th, 2012

Education in the Cloud: How One School Is Revolutionizing the Classroom


Over the last year, we’ve seen a bunch of different industries start moving to the cloud in droves, like construction, government and finance, just to name a few. More recently, we’ve noticed educational institutions – like University of Michigan – making the switch, too. With all the notes, assignments and other documents to keep track of, it’s easy to see how using Box would make students’ and teachers’ lives easier. Eliminating paper not only makes it way easier for teachers to keep track of what’s been assigned and turned in, it also helps students stay organized and on top of assignments. And with social features like commenting and tasks, students can easily reach out to teachers when they have questions about homework.

To see how educators and students are using the cloud, I went on a trip last week to the San Domenico School in San Anselmo, Marin County. In addition to providing a top-notch education, this school prides itself in embracing new technologies. They’re a participant in Apple’s K-12 Education program, with every student in middle school and high school using iPad for their schoolwork. They’ve also been a very active Box customer for about a year. I asked some of the students about their experiences using Box, and here’s what they had to say:

San Domenico also organized the “iTeach 2012” conference, which was attended by around a hundred professionals in the education sector from all across the country. Teachers and IT folks alike attended sessions about how to incorporate new technologies (like apps, iBooks, Box and the iPad) in the classroom. At the conference, there was even a workshop called “Box in Digital Workflow,” in which Domenico instructors showcased on how they use Box for effective, paperless collaboration. Even cooler, they showed off how using Box OneCloud apps makes it easy for them to share information and collaborate with students from anywhere.

We think the classroom of the future will exist entirely in the cloud, which is why we’re so excited to see more schools move to a faster, paperless world. This is just the beginning.

  • John Hillsman

    Hi Box,

    Great article here.

    I am writing
    you to see if I might assist Box in your long term growth as a
    market leading technology solution in the secure, scalable enterprise storage and collaboration space.

    Box has a great opportunity to connect your collaborative enterprise technology with
    the future workforce through its use within academic channels – my area of

    technology provider who first aligns their solution to the K-20 education
    market will be sure to influence the next generation of workers using solutions such as Box. Your software can be a strong long-term enterprise
    solution, but only if you partner with the academic market in the education of
    your future global workforce.

    Examples of
    publishers forging and gaining from academic partnerships include:

    Microsoft with Office, eventually beating out WordPerfect
    who was late to market with an academic offering.

    Adobe with PageMaker and then InDesign, eventually beating out Quark who succumbed to an academic
    offering only after it was too late.

    Intuit destroyed rival Peachtree who never
    understood the power of early adoption via the classroom by future users.

    Who will own
    the secure, scalable cloud storage and collaboration Enterprise Software space? My
    bet is on the company who first establishes an academic program. And that is
    where I can assist you.

    Let’s talk about how to make it happen.

    • Mark Saldana

      Hi John, thanks for the suggestion. You can reach out to me at if you like.