Cloud-based storage is a misunderstood concept by many. The term refers to the process of cloud computing, and the storage of files on data servers that are housed in data centers and server farms.
- [Instructor] Before we take a look at how you can use cloud-based storage to improve your productivity and teaching, let's take a look at what cloud-based storage is. You may remember file storage in the not too distant past when we had to use hard drives, floppy disks, CDs, or a USB flash drive. Now, however, cloud-based storage has made things much more convenient. You can have your documents, images, videos, and other files stored in the cloud. But what is the cloud? Well, the cloud actually refers to cloud computing and files that are being stored on data-based servers.
The company storing this information does so at a data center or server farm that contains many of these data-based servers. This offers many advantages. First, these files don't take up storage space on your computer, phone, or tablet. Also, the files don't need to be stored on external storage devices because they're being saved for you. This is nice because a damaged hard drive or USB flash drive could result in losing important files but with cloud storage, copies of your files are usually backed up on multiple servers to ensure that data isn't lost.
Many people are concerned with the privacy or security of their information when it's being saved somewhere else but the majority of these companies spend a lot of time, money, and effort on providing excellent security to protect your data. In my opinion, the biggest benefit that this provides is that your files can now be accessed from anywhere that you have an internet connection. I can be at home, at work, at school, on vacation, anywhere with the internet, and I'll be able to access these files. 20 years ago this would've seemed like science fiction but now it's something that we take for granted.
Often, cloud-based storage needs to be purchased but there are a ton of services that offer a big chunk of cloud storage for free including applications like Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Evernote, Dropbox, and more. This means that we can create files, save them in the cloud, share them with others, and access them from anywhere we have an internet connection and that my friends is pretty awesome.
- The benefits of the cloud
- Communicating with students
- Sharing resources
- Assessing students
- Taking notes
- Working with Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams
- Integrating a learning management system