Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Need Storage? Get a Google Docs Account

Google has just announced a huge addition to Google Docs, more free storage for all of your files. Google Docs now allows you to upload almost all file types including video, images, and document to your account. Each file can be up to 250 MB and your total amount of free storage is 1 GB. If you need more space you can buy it for $o.25 per GB per year. Compared to buying even the cheapest 1 GB flash drives, $0.25/GB is very very cheap and comes with the added bonus of not worrying about losing the storage device.

All of the folder and file sharing capabilities that you've come to love about Google Docs will apply to the files you upload and host on Google Docs. So if I upload a PDF or a Word file to my Google Docs account, I will be able to share those files with anyone else that has a Google Docs account.

Applications for Education
If you've been wondering why you should have a Google Docs account, now at it's most basic it provides a large supply of free and cheap storage space for backing up your files. If you're a technology integrator that has struggled to get people to try Google Docs, this might be your "foot in the door" to show them some of the other features of Google Docs.

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HP Learning Center - Free Software and Hardware Lessons

The HP Learning Center offers and extensive list of cheat sheets and tutorials for learning how to use various software and hardware functions. In the HP Learning Center you will find information about digital photography including Photoshop cheat sheets. The "home office" front you'll find plenty of information in both print and video format about utilizing Windows 7 and Office 2007. Need to know how to secure your wireless network? The HP Learning Center has you covered there too. All of the offerings in the HP Learning Center are freely available to anyone willing to take the time to view them.

Applications for Education
Whether you're looking for cheat sheets and tutorials for yourself or you need something to share with your students and colleagues, the HP Learning Center is a good place to start. If your school has a PC-based computer lab, posting a link to the HP Learning Center on the browser homepage of all the computer labs computers would provide your students with a ready database of assistance.

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Computer Hardware in Plain English
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Creating Podcasts from Soup to Nuts

Learning and Teaching Scotland has a comprehensive guide for educators interested in creating and using podcasts in their classrooms. The guide is a series of videos covering everything from "what is a podcast?" to creating and publishing your podcasts. You can download all of the videos for viewing on your laptop or other portable device. Embedded below you will find What is a Podcast?

Another good overview of podcasting is Common Craft's Podcasting in Plain English.

Thanks to Steven Anderson for the link to Learning and Teaching Scotland.

Applications for Education
If you've ever wanted to try creating your own podcasts, Learning and Teaching Scotland's comprehensive guide will show you what you need to get started. If you're wondering what benefits there are to having students create podcasts, Learning and Teaching Scotland has that covered too.

Here is a related item that may be of interest to you:
5 Resources for Creating and Hosting Podcasts