Cloud Based Applications and Storage for Education

I am writing this article on Cloud Based Storage for Education using Evernote.  I have been writing this article using multiple devices and cloud based solutions to access the content from multiple locations.  This is a great opportunity to discuss the best options for teachers and students who are looking to create content using the Cloud.

Cloud Based Storage

There is some confusion as to what the cloud is and where it is located.  Jonathan Strickland, from How Stuff Works, gives a great explanation.

“While cloud storage sounds like it has something to do with weather fronts and storm systems, it really refers to saving data to an off-site storage system maintained by a third party. Instead of storing information to your computer’s hard drive or other local storage device, you save it to a remote database. The Internet provides the connection between your computer and the database.” Jonathan Strickland  (http://computer.howstuffworks.com/cloud-computing/cloud-storage.htm)

Here are three applications that are great for Cloud Based Education:

dropbox logo

Dropbox is a free service that lets you store your documents, pictures, and videos.  You can share them with people or download them across multiple devices.  You can access these files from anywhere.  You can work on an assignment at school, send it to dropbox, download the file and work on the file from home.  Dropbox does not have any applications that let you manipulate or edit files.  It is primarily a storage solution.  Dropbox offers 2GB of storage for free.  You can upgrade to larger storage for a monthly fee.

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Google Drive is a free service that lets you create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, and drawings from web based applications.  Google Drive also offers a storage solution in the cloud.  Aside from the files you create, you can also save other files to your Google Drive.  Most of the applications Google Drive offers are simple to use.  Students will have few problems learning the applications.  However, there are limitations of the apps.  Google Drive offers 5GB of storage for free.  You can upgrade to larger storage for a fee.

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Evernote is a free service that lets you create notes and store them in notebooks.  At its basic level, Evernote is a great tool to organize ideas and notes.  You can then share those notes with other students and teachers.  With its web based apps you can also save webpages and articles to your notebooks.  This is a great feature for research.  Check out my article on Evernote Clearly for Education.   Evernote will also let you store voice messages and pictures in your notebooks as well.  Evernote offers 2GB of storage for free.  You can upgrade to larger storage for a fee.

All three services offer great solutions for education.  How can you use Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote in your classroom?

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Chris Routt

Chris Routt

Chris Routt is a husband, father, artist, and teacher. He is currently a teacher at Scottsburg High School and owns one of the top senior photography studios in the country, Mr. Foto.

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