Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Many teachers learn the hard way that the computer in their classroom belongs to the school district and not to them and they return to school in September to discover that their files, bookmarks and even applications are gone because the school decided to upgrade the computers over the summer. What can teachers do about this?
Some teachers use online bookmarking tools like Furl, Diigo, or Delicious so that they can access their bookmarks from any computer. Most browsers offer "exporting" bookmarks/favorites to a format that can be stored for backup or to "import" to another computer.
Online storage is a popular solution but you should consider that it should not be the only location for the storage of an important file. You can use this to share a large file (that won't fit in an email) with another person or for access if you are traveling. DropBoks, MozyHome, and Box.net are three which offer a small amount of storage space for free or for a small fee. If you want to know more or compare features, check out this review.
I am writing an article about the usefulness of USB based desktop and portable hard drives. I own two and am considering a third.