Teaching Tip: Cloud Storage & Why You Need It

Cloud storage is something that I use every day, and the only reason I did not write about it sooner is because I thought I already had. How could I have forgotten to share something so basic? I have no idea, but here it is. Your life will never be the same; it will be easier, much easier.

In case you have not heard, cloud storage is big these days. With cloud storage, you can store all sorts of virtual files in a “cloud” and then access everything from other devices. You may do most of your planning on a computer at school, but many of us probably go home and continue to work on our personal computers or devices. Wouldn’t it be nice if all your materials from your school computer were accessible at home or elsewhere?Cloud storage makes this possible. You can also share files with other instructors, administrators, students, parents, etc. without using a flash drive. It is a far more efficient way of working and enables more effective collaborating.

Now, all you need to do is download a program and get started syncing your devices. There are many choices. A couple big ones are Dropbox and Google Drive, but there are others, too, such as SugarSync. Most programs do about the same thing with the main difference being storage allowance and price.

All the programs I have found have a free basic account with a low storage limit. Dropbox, for example, has a 2 GB limit on its free account. Pay a monthly fee to increase your storage capacity.

Do some research and choose what is best for your needs. Personally, I have Dropbox and SygarSync accounts and have increased my storage limits by recommending friends and doing other simple activities. For now, they suit my needs and allow me to have access to everything I need all the time.

How do you use cloud storage to make your teaching more efficient, or how do you use it for teaching?

About Tara Arntsen

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen recently completed her Master's degree in Teaching-TESOL at the University of Southern California. She currently teaches in the Intensive English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has taught ESOL in China, Japan, and Cambodia as well as online. Her primary interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.
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