Most programs implemented in schools are web based which makes sense to utilize cloud computing for financial reasons. Word processing, presentation, photo storage, web mastering, and school specific tasks are all uses of an inexpensive notebook and can be financially appropriate for schools budget. The schools do not need to buy any expensive software and most kids will be able to get their hands on a web book soon enough. There are some drawbacks the author points out, for example, privacy. Can we really be sure our data is safe in the clouds? Also, schools need to be conscious of policies in regards to student-owned devices and teachers having the education on such devices.
In my opinion, net books are ideal for everybody. I use one and find the convenience remarkable. They are not as big laptops to lug around and the capabilities suit my needs. Students can benefit from the various capabilities and parent can find it appealing to the pocketbook. In the big picture of education it does better on the budget and can be a useful tool in our technology future.
In the clouds,
Johnson, Doug (2009). Computing in the Clouds. International Society for Technology in Education, Volume 37. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/learn/publications/learning-and-leading/issues/Computing_in_the_Clouds.aspx