Are you in Facebook groups? I am and one of the major problems teachers have is losing the data because some computer malfunction or because somebody “borrowed” it and never brought it back. Sometimes they lose important personal things like family pictures, some movies and thousands of files necessary for their teaching.
When that happens, there is always a good samaritan who is willing to help that teacher by sending that teacher some of her/his materials but let’s be honests What can replace those files that you created and that were suited for your teaching? and even a most important question, Would you like to lose your hard work and efforts of all these years? If you answered “No” to the last question, I want to introduce some good friends of mine that keep my files safe and accessible everywhere ( as long as you have an internet connection)
5 Best Free Cloud Apps for Teachers
Dropbox: Everyone knows dropbox, it is pretty famous among smartphone users, sometimes it is preinstalled in some android devices. What I like about Dropbox is that it is pretty reliable and I think that dropbox isn’t going anywhere. What I don’t like about it is the limited capacity if you use the freemium account. Only 2 Gigabytes!. Good enough for documents but not enough if you have downloaded tons of “free” books if you know what I mean.
Box: This is my second best option because Box gives you 10 Gigabytes right off the bat, you don’t have to do anything to get them and you can check your files on your computer smartphone and browser. If you want to save your teaching materials and if those materials are mostly documents. 10 Gigabytes are more than enough.
Mega: This cloud service gives you free 50 Gigabytes, Mega is the cloud service that I use to store all those free books I have downloaded over the past six years, I still have plenty of space for quite a few more books. I can trust my books to Mega but personally, I would upload to Mega nothing personal like family photos, videos and personal documents.
Drive: If you have heard of Google or Gmail, You already might know what Google Drive is, for me Google Drive means 15 Gigabytes for all your documents. Not too shabby!
OneDrive: If you have a outlook account, you have onedrive and you just didn’t know that, let’s get straigh to the point, OneDrive means Free 5 Gigabytes of space for all of those lesson plans and the rest of your cool teaching stuff.
Well if you are still undecided about which one to use, use them all, it is plain and simple, each one of those cloud services has a desktop sync service, that means that you install the app in your computer and you can synchronize the files so you can have access to them in your cellphone, other personal computers or through your web browser.
Come on, do the math, if you combine them all, you will have 100 Gigabytes of Cloud territory for all those documents you don’t wanna lose.
If I was you, I would also buy a portable harddrive just in case you have to go to a place where there is not an internet connection. I recently bought this item on Amazon and it has worked well.