CTLT Dialogues

The Blog of the Center for Teaching & Learning with Technology

Collaborating in the Cloud

What is Cloud Computing?

There are many different definitions for cloud computing. The term “cloud” is often used as a metaphor for the Internet. Cloud computing refers to accessing resources, applications, and materials that are hosted on the Internet or “in the cloud”.

Cloud computing allows you to access your materials from any location and on any device with Internet access.

Examples of Cloud-Based Applications:

  • BlackBoard (Webcampus)
  • Amazon
  • Evernote/Dropbox
  • Picnik
  • Webex

7 Things You Should Know About Cloud Computing
http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutCloud/176856

Who is using cloud computing?

In Higher Education, students and faculty are using cloud services for convenience, easy access to materials, resources, and applications. Example: Email; students and faculty can access their email messages from multiple locations and various devices

Why is it significant?

Cloud Computing users do not have to worry about understanding how things work, or worry about maintaining the service. Efficient for managing upgrades, maintenance, backups, disaster recovery, and failed functions.

Where is it heading?

Increased adoption; continual evolution

Google Docs Introduction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzlBPJUFEcE

Google Documents: http://www.youtube.com/docs

Sign into your Google account or Register for a free account:
http://docs.google.com

Student & Faculty Ideas for using Google Docs

Students can use Google Docs for:

  • Collaboration on assignments
  • Brainstorming
  • Peer Review
  • Reflective Journals
  • Sharing Notes

Faculty can use Google Docs for :

  • Grading students’ work
  • Instant feedback
  • Oversight on a project
  • Scheduling
  • Meeting with students

Resources

255 Cloud Computing Resources: http://www.educause.edu/node/645/tid/27148?time=1303745811

Google Docs: http://docs.google.com/support/bin/topic.py?hl=en&topic=15114

Google Docs Android App: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs

Visit http://m.google.com from your mobile device or phone’s browser to see what Mobile Google Apps are available for your device

Mobile Editing in Google Docs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAr5VoYdVBo&feature=player_embedded#at=24

Cloud Connect- Sync Word documents with Google Docs: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/cloudconnect#utm_campaign=launch&utm_source=en-na-us-gdb-GCC-Appsperience_02242011&utm_medium=blog

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