Hi All,
I don't know about you but I think file management and understanding file structure is one of the biggest issues/obstacles we have in trying to train people on and helping them to understand where to save stuff and how to locate it after they have saved it.  ("I just clicked save - I don't know where it is")
Does anyone have some sure fire - easy to understand tutorial that will train ANYONE on how to understand this concept?  This applies to cloud or server based storage!!
Thanks, Jean

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>>> William Hatch <[log in to unmask]> 6/15/2011 8:39 AM >>>
Getting users to save to the file server has been super slow. This summer I hope to set up folder redirection for people who authenticate to a domain account. It seems the only way things will be saved to a file server is if users don't even know they are doing it. I agree that knowing how to access information over a network environment is a useful/necessary skill. With all of our initiatives, tech unfortunately takes a back seat most of the time and professional development in this area is slow to materialise.

On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 8:31 AM, Charlie Wilson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I see a few reason for local file storage.
1.Shared Folders
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.
2. Multimedia
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.

Will Hatch
Educational Technology Specialist
Vergennes Union Elementary School

Charles Wilson
St George, VT
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Will Hatch
Educational Technology Specialist
Vergennes Union Elementary School