The Cloud is here. Tap in to the power of the Cloud to efficiently share connections, activities and resources with other educators and also with your students.
Cloud computing can support your work as an educator in the 21st Century. Stay connected with your projects, resources, colleagues and students wherever you are connected to the web. Google apps, Evernote, DropBox, Delicious, Wikis, QR codes and others will be highlighted.
Learn what is possible now and how you (and your students) can gain from productive use of the Cloud and the Internet of Things. Relevant processes, examples and resources will be shared with the participants.
The aim of this workshop is to demonstrate the practical benefits and applications of cloud computing in education. The workshop will open with a presentation that defines “cloud computing” and illustrates how the concept of cloud computing can be applied by educators.
This practical workshop has educators in mind and is simply designed to remove the mysteries associated with cloud computing. Educators will discover how they can use the ‘cloud’ to manage documents, backup files, share documents, collaborate on documents, backup bookmarks and make effective use of the power of mobile technologies.
Participants will be guided through the use of a range of desktop applications and online tools that can be employed to “connect them to the cloud”. The participants will employ a hands-on approach during the day and work with a variety of desktop applications and online tools including DropBox, PBWorks, Wikispaces, Google Documents, Delicious and Scholar.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to develop the skills and techniques required to:
- Describe the concept of cloud computing and explain how it can be applied within the field of education
- Create, install and manage a DropBox file management and file sharing account using both the DropBox desktop application and DropBox web site
- Create, install and manage a Delicious social bookmarking account using both the Delicious web site and Delicious browser plug-ins
- Create, publish and edit a wiki site using PBWorks and/or Wikispaces
- Create, publish, edit and share a Google Docs account
- Plan, create and map a curriculum specific lesson plan or unit of work incorporating one or more of the applications mentioned above
During the course:
- The workshop will commence with a presentation that sets out the concepts associated with cloud computing. The positive and negative aspects of cloud computing will be discussed with the participants. Online resources will also be shared with the participants. The work of researchers such as Michael Miller and Mladen A. Vouk will be shared with the participants.
- The presenter will share examples illustrating the manner in which cloud computing can provide practical and innovative benefits for the educator.
- During the hands-on component of the day the instructor will provide brief presentations and instructions relevant to the desired learning outcomes followed by participant use of the applications and tools including DropBox, PBWorks, Wikispaces, Google Documents and Delicious.
- The participants will work both individually and in small groups to develop their skills in using the applications referred to in the learning outcomes above.
- The participants will use the hands-one activities to explore the possibilities afforded by the different tools to facilitate file management, file sharing, document collaboration and bookmark management.
- Group sharing sessions will be conducted to enable individual participants to share with others how they may deploy cloud computing in their organisation or classroom setting.
- Help and feedback will be available through course notes and assistance from the facilitator.
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Workshop guides and resources
- Evernote workshop guide
- Google Drive workshop guide
- Delicious workshop guide
- Wiki workshop guide
- Diigo workshop guide
- DropBox workshop guide
Cloud computing in education
- Educause Quarterly ~ Cloud Computing
- 7 Things You Should Know About Cloud Computing
- Cloud Computing Explained
- Demystifying Cloud Computing for Higher Education
- Spotlight on Cloud Computing
- The Multiple Personalities of Cloud Computing
- Cloud Computing for the Academic Institution
Evernote guides and resources
- Evernote workshop guide
- Evernote tips
- Explaining Evernote
- Evernote for Educators
- Beginners Guide To Use Evernote
- Evernote Tips Tricks and Resources
- Evernote How To Guides
- 31 Ninja Tricks for Making Evernote More Awesome
- 3 Ways to Integrate Evernote With WordPress
- Everpress ~ WordPress plugin
- Gmail, Google Docs and iOS – A Search for the Perfect App
- TechHelp Online
- Introducing Google Docs To Your Class
- Using Google Docs to Support Your PLC
- Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office
- PLC Tip: Working Together with Wikis and Google Docs
- Google Apps for Education ~ Collaboration
- Google Apps for Education ~ Lesson Plans
- Collaboration using Google Docs
- Developing Student Collaboration Skills with Google Docs
- Fusion Tables, a New Google Docs App
- Offline Google Docs
- Box.net Integrates with Google Docs
DropBox tips and tricks
- DropBox Tips and Tricks
- 15 Dropbox Tips and Tricks
- 5 Clever And Useful Dropbox Tricks
- Cheat Sheet: 10 Tips and Tricks for Dropbox
- The Dropbox WordPress plugin
- Allanah King: QR Code Introduction | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |
- Thinking Outside-the-Box With QR Codes
- QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide
- Using QR Codes to Extend Learning and Promote a Love of Reading
- Why I was Wrong about QR Codes
- Kaywa QR-Code Generator
- QR code bookmarklet
- Create Instant QR Codes with a Bookmarklet
- QR Codes: 4 Tips to Release Content to the Wild
- 5 Tips for Using QR Codes
- Five Photoshop Tricks for a Customized QR Code
- How Cloud Computing Can Help School Education?
- Heading into the cloud: cloud computing and education
- The Cloud Opens the Floodgates for Faculty Innovation
- The Tower and The Cloud
- Shaping the Higher Education Cloud
- Cloud Computing in the Classroom
- School technology challenge: Keep up or get left behind
- 7 Ways to Avoid Inbox Overload When Collecting Assignments
- Virtualisation and the cloud – the Eduserv Symposium 2011, a brief review
- Explaining Evernote
- Modeling Appropriate Use of Technology – A Losing Proposition?
- Stephen Downes ~ Why the cloud’s important for education: saving $199,995 on one test
- Cloudy is a Good Thing!: Enhancing Instruction with Tools from the Cloud
- Ever friendly Evernote
- Back up Google Docs to your hardisk with CyberDuck
- Drop Your Tools!
- The Internet’s Next Killer App: Work
- MyNotes – Demystifying Cloud | Scholastic.com
- eXtending the Web – New and Emerging Learning Technologies
- Web 2.0 Candy Store