When it comes to advanced file sharing and cloud computing, we tend to hear a lot about implications for professional environments. Indeed, there are plenty of online businesses and company websites making use of these technologies to improve efficiency and organization. However, as cloud computing becomes more and more common, it is no longer being used exclusively in advanced business environments. In fact, even teenage students are finding ways to benefit from cloud computing in their school environments! Here are a few of the specific ways in which teenage students can use and benefit from cloud computing and advanced file sharing.
Sending Large & Complex Files
Generally, teen students have relatively basic needs when it comes to file sharing. However, when the need to send big files arises, cloud computing and advanced file sharing services can offer solutions. Sometimes video or powerpoint presentations, or even written portfolios with a high volume of text documents can be difficult to send via ordinary email. In these instances, sending this work to a teacher through the cloud or through a file sharing service is far simpler.
Backing Up Files
Another crucial benefit of cloud computing for students of any age is that saving work to the cloud effectively backs it up against potential issues with computers or other machines. If a student finishes a project and saves it to a computer, USB drive, or some other form of storage, then the project itself is vulnerable if that equipment is damaged or misplaced. When work is saved to the cloud, however, the student can always access it there in case a backup or replacement is needed.
Collaborating On Projects
With projects and documents saved on a cloud system, students can also collaborate far more easily. Group work is assigned fairly frequently to teenage students, and while it can be done in a variety of ways, cloud computing is perhaps the simplest. So long as each student in the group has access to the cloud, anyone can log in and edit or access the work at any time. This solves distance issues and allows students to work together without necessarily being in the same location, or on the same schedule.
All of the specific benefits listed previously ultimately lead to more convenience for student work. However, it is also worth mentioning that individual work can also be made more efficient and simpler through cloud computing. Something as simple as starting a piece of work on a computer in the school library is made more convenient, as a student can save that work to the cloud and access it from a home computer later that day without ever saving work to a disk drive of any time.