Tech Edge - August 2012 - (Page 11)
By Pat LeMay Burr, Ph.D.
CLOUD PURPOSE The cloud is not really a cloud at all. It is, rather, only a generic name used to describe offsite file storage space. Cloud storage can accommodate files in development stages, completed work project files and folders, audio, video, ebooks, etc. Really, any file you have on your computer could potentially be stored in the cloud. Cloud storage services allow you to synchronize your data without using cables, save your data without carrying multiple flash drives, and move your data from one device to another without carrying compact disks. Solutions that utilize cloud technology make data transfer between a computer and an iPad or other device a seamless process. So, what does bring your own technology (BYOT) have to do with cloud storage? Just about everything. Cloud storage is clearly into the rapid adoption stage; it works across different file formats, devices, and operating systems. And with as many as 80,000,000 iPads already sold and in use, cloud movement of files has become a daily necessity for multipledevice users. Almost any device can be cloud-connected to another device via use of cloud storage and file movement, suggesting that a significant advancement for users of the iPad is not a USB port installed into the next iPad update, but rather more free storage space granted by Apple and other cloud service providers. CLOUD OPTIONS Different cloud storage options are plentiful; you’ll need to make your choice based upon your particular needs and your available budget. Cloud categories include universal clouds, proprietary clouds and automatic back-up clouds (typically enterprise clouds for organizations). Universal Clouds These options usually offer some level of free storage and accept different kinds of files. DropBox.com offers users 2 GB of free storage space; Box.com provides 5 GB free. I’ll be using DropBox as an example here, but many other options are also available. When you upload a file to a cloud-storage service like DropBox, that data becomes available on all the devices that you have connected to the respective cloud service. Setting up is simple. First, create an account at www.Dropbox.com. Then, download and install the application on each of your devices. It is important that you create your DropBox account first on a computer and only then download the app onto the iPad.
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From Sharing to Storing, Clouds Help Clear the Way for BYOT
ypical computer users save files on compact disks, flash drives, or other multiple computer hard drives at work and home. If you are gradually moving away from these cumbersome storage options and toward the cloud, you are not alone.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tech Edge - August 2012
AT A GLANCE: Classroom Tips to Help Support a BYOT Initiative
TECA Professional Development
Resources for a BYOT
LEADING WITH TECHNOLOGY: It's Not All About the Robot
BYOT: From Potential Distraction to Real Integration
CREATING CLOUDS: From Sharing to Storing, Clouds, Help Clear the Way for BYOT
BYOT TO THE LIBRARY: Student's Learning Options Continue to Expand
TECH SMART: Tips to Promote Responsible and Ethical Digital Citzens
MOBILE LEARNING: Paving the Way for BYOT and Responsible Uses Policies
IN THE CLASSROOM: Think, Are You UP for This Robotics Challenge?
ADVOCACY UPDATE: Connecting in the Community
Tech Edge - August 2012