Digital Classroom Help

Discussion in 'General Education' started by chatfouz, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. chatfouz

    chatfouz Rookie

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    Howdy.

    My school got Surface RT computers for all the teachers and students. (AWESOME!)

    I need some help with some teacher tech stuff.

    I want a way for the students to drop files (essays etc) to my computer.

    I want to be able to quickly sync it with them.

    I would just use dropbox but our internet in China is Stupid slow.
    does anyone have experience with this?

    (small side note, any suggestions on education apps? )
     
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  3. teacherguy111

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    I would use google docs. My students use it for pretty much everything. I have them create a folder for my class, then they share the folder with me. I can then see anything that they do in that folder on my laptop.

    One of my classes is pretty much paperless. They create things using google docs ( for example -papers, newspapers, Facebook profiles, essays, board games) and just make sure they put it in their folder so I can see it.
     
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    As an aside, teacherguy, how do you set up google docs so that they are editable?
     
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    chatfouz, you might find some good help on Richard Byrne's blog Free Technology for Teachers, www.freetech4teachers.com. 'daisy, you might, too: Byrne is a bit of a Google Docs fiend.
     
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    Thanks TG. I've been putting off a trip to the Geek Squad.
     
  7. chatfouz

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    ok. That might work.
    I just have to find an alternative. Google is not reliable in China.

    Thanks
     
  8. raynepoe

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    At my school we have an H drive that the students can save to and it is saved on the schools hard drive (I believe). It is not to difficult for my 5th graders to save and retrieve, but I believe an IT person had to set it up...
     
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    DropBox should still work well even with a slow internet. Our school's internet is very slow and DropBox still works great for any document except videos. What kind of files are you using? If they don't have videos or lots of pics on them, I would be surprised if Dropbox wouldn't work well.
     
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    I have loved using Google Docs for file-sharing.

    I have also used Edmodo for file-sharing with students. It has its pros and cons.

    I also wonder if having a blog or class website where files can be uploaded would work? I recently created a classroom blog for my 4th graders and I've thought about looking into that. Right now there is just a form for them to submit blog entries, but it has me thinking there could be a way for them to submit files as well.
     
  11. teacherguy111

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    I would use google docs. And then use google forms for the turn in. I create a google form then embed it into my class website. Students then go to my website to turn in all electronic work.
     
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    Yes, thank you for reminding me about using google forms on my class website!
     
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    I give them the link (on my class website). Usually I do not give them editing permission, I just have them click file and 'make a copy'. Then they have it in their own drive and can edit etc.
     

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