It’s My Data and I’ll Take it Where I Want To

Big news from Google this week (hat tip to Mashable for this one) you can get your data out of Google using the Data Liberation Front, sponsored by Google itself.

Also a great article from Lifehacker on Drop Box and how the author uses it to allow for password portability and also how you can use dropbox like a thumb drive to run your portable applications (how cool is that?) and remotely run your computer.

There are a few things I felt that needed adding to the curriculum this year for computer applications and one of them was how to run apps from a thumb drive – however, I'm thinking perhaps we should use DropBox instead.

It is vital that students understand how to keep their data secure, how to back up their data, and how to easily port their data from one computer to another.  Thumb Drives are notoriously easy to lose, although they do hold up very well in the washing machine – I'm thinking dropbox may be a better alternative.  What do you think? 

How are you teaching your students to move their files, back them up, and secure passwords? 

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Kelly Faulkner September 17, 2009 - 10:08 pm

i myself use dropbox, google docs, an external hdd, and 3 different flash drives!

i try to get my students to use google docs mostly, as most of them have a google account of some kind. i find that high school students, in NZ at least, are notoriously ignorant of saving, storing, and moving data. i use explicit instructions for saving data (after they’ve had two years of ict modules!), and teach them myself how to use google docs to share documents with me as well as for moving data between school and home. it’s certainly better for me, as i have yet to encounter a student flash drive uninfested with viruses/spyware/etc!


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