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I see a few reason for local file storage.
Educators should be able to access student work and be able to share information easily. They should have shared teacher folders to exchange information. Knowing how to assess information in a network environment is a skill that carries over to the cloud.
Making movies, recording audio, and the multimedia files are easier to work when the file is accessible locally.
3. File Maintenance
Learning to create folders and sub folders and manage your files is a basic skill and local files and folders provide a consistent way to develop this skill.
Local file storage does not require an additional server. You can use a NAS or add an additional hard drive to an existing server.
5. Home Network
As households add additional technology in the family, a home network is becoming a reality. Understanding a Network and how to share information is no longer just in the work place.
6. Cloud Storage
Cloud storage requires file maintenance as in Google Docs, My Collections or in Picasa, Web Albums. Learning about file storage in a Network environment prepares users for the cloud.
However, in the end you will need both.
On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 8:49 AM, William Hatch <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Its time to replace our old file server. Before I spend the money that could be used elsewhere, I am wondering if anyone is using google or dropbox or some sort of online storage, rather than having a local file server. Experiences? Thanks.
Educational Technology Specialist
Vergennes Union Elementary School
St George, VT
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