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Cloud Computing

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What do cloud computing tools mean for a classroom and why would you use them? This session will share some examples of tools that promote communication, collaboration, and productivity; all for free and "in the cloud".

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Cloud Computing

  1. 1. Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom Alice Barr Instructional Technology Coordinator Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth, ME http://alicebarr.com
  2. 2. Session Overview • What does “in the cloud” mean? • “Cloud computing” in your classroom • Privacy and security • Examples • Share • Questions Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  3. 3. What’s Cloud Computing? • Information that you interact with on the internet • Information is not stored on your computer • Information that can be accessed from multiple machines or other devices • Mostly free Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  4. 4. Cloud Computing in Your Classroom Pluses Minuses • Great for computer lab • Usually needs an e-mail • No software to load address for registration • No more “dog ate my • Internet access homework” • must remember password • Home and school connection is easier • Information can be accessed from multiple machines or other devices • Free Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  5. 5. Cloud Computing in Your Classroom Examples you may be using: • Gmail or Yahoo Mail • You Tube • Blogs • Facebook • Flickr Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  6. 6. Privacy and Security • Some big companies are using cloud based products • Check the privacy policy • Be smart about your digital footprint Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  7. 7. Classroom Tools Collaboration • What? Google Docs (word processor) • Why use it? Allows up to 10 students to edit a document at the same time • Where? http://docs.google.com • Example: 9th Grade World History Socratic Seminar Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  8. 8. Classroom Tools Collaboration • What? Diigo • Why use it? Bookmark, tag, annotate, and share websites • Where? http://diigo.com • Example: Links for students Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  9. 9. Classroom Tools Collaboration • What? Google Docs (forms) • Why use it? Allows for quick collection and dissemination of data • Where? http://docs.google.com • Example: Peer feedback form and spreadsheet for science labs Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  10. 10. Classroom Tools Communication • What? Animoto • Why use it? Create quick slideshows with pictures and music that can be embedded on a webpage • Where? http://animoto.com/education • Example: 1:1 Laptop rollout Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  11. 11. Classroom Tools Communication • What? Google Docs (presentation) • Why use it? Allows you to upload and embed a Powerpoint to the web for sharing • Where? http://docs.google.com • Example: Science class notes Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  12. 12. Classroom Tools Communication • What? Wordle • Why use it? Create word clouds with text that you provide • Where? http://www.wordle.net/ • Example: Cinderella Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  13. 13. Classroom Tools Communication and Collaboration • What? Voicethread • Why use it? Create slideshows with narration, share them and receive comments • Where? http://voicethread.com/#home • Example: Global Warming Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  14. 14. Classroom Tools Productivity • What? Drop.io • Why use it? Upload and share 100 MB of files, links and notes • Where? http://drop.io • Example: Music files Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  15. 15. Classroom Tools What tools do you use? Questions? Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010
  16. 16. Resources Other Tools to Try Websites • Flip Book • Web 2.0 Tools Guru • Rock You • Cool Tools for Schools • Big Huge Labs • Free Technology for Teachers • Blabberize • Kerpoof How to create multiple gmail • Pixton Comics accounts for young children • Toon Doo • Voki • Xtra Normal Sources • Glogster • Title: Joint Services Open House 2009 - 58 • Privacy Please Cloud Computing Tools for the Classroom February 18, 2010

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