I’ve been hearing more and more about “Cloud Computing.” I must confess I’ve been there via the Google tools for quite some time. Our library’s calendar is done using Google Spreadsheet, and there are several people who have editing privileges from school. We use the Google forms feature to do any number of surveys, from interest inventories, exit surveys, book recommendations and even a self-checking quiz for our recent New Moon Book Discussion/Book to Movie celebration. A friend and I (Fran Bullington) created a summer presentation together last June using cloud computing, and never once met face to face until the day of the presentation!
A featured article – clearing up the cloud of confusion
So it was pleasing to see a featured article written by my esteemed friend (and sometimes curmudgeon-remember winter is rapidly approaching him in Mankato, Minnesota) Doug Johnson in the ISTE member magazine Learning & Leading with Technology that focused on this topic–cloud computing. Check it out!
I am delighted to see the article, and even more delighted that my friend wrote it. Thanks, Doug, for sharing about this in your own blog. You are right! I will never have need of a flash drive again. And I just added a new tool (new to me anyway) to my toolbox for cloud computing–> DropBox. DropBox allows me to work on files at home or at school and keep them synched. Sometimes I HAVE to use the dreaded programs like Word, but DropBox allows me to work at home or at school (wherever I have a connection) and have the most up to date version of the document either place — as long as I have an Internet connection anyway. Makes that netbook purchase SO worth it!
The current perfect solution
Cloud Computing is the perfect solution for kids who want to work on their files at school and at home, but either can’t keep up with or don’t care to be bothered with flash drives! I promise I am advocating the benefits to my students (and teachers too!) in the library.
FlickrCC Image: ‘Cloud Computing‘
FlickrCC Image: ‘Acer Aspire One Netbook first impressions‘