The school of the future

As an educator, I can't wait for the "school in the cloud" to come true. I teach a regular in-class college course and I truly believe that this new concept could really change the game for students and teachers. As a student, this has been my reality for a few years now. About 2 years ago, I made the decision not to attend in-class courses anymore. I simply don't see a point. Although I clearly see the value of personal connections the idea of being somewhere on a specific day,  at a certain time feels very inconvenient to me. My thinking is that everything you will ever want (or need) to learn is available to you, right now, on demand and possibly free. It doesn't matter if you want to learn how to juggle, clean and re-finish old door knobs or if you are interested in getting a certificate in human-computer interaction from Stanford University. You can do it all right now from the comfort of your home (or your favorite coffee shop). It requires a shift in the way we think about education but the school in the cloud is already here. It's up to us teachers and students to figure out what to do with it.