Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tech Tip: Online File Hosting

September marks back to school time.   Busy students prepare for reports and essays on flash drives or using email to send a file to home.  This tech tip is about using services that allow you to upload files to retrieve anywhere you have access to a computer and the internet. 

Online file hosting is popular because as long as you have a computer or mobile device and an internet connection you can access, edit and create new folders and documents. This is great to have if your forget to bring the files with you or email them to yourself. Many sites that have free file hosting.

One file sharing service is called Dropbox  and it allows you to hold 2 GB of whatever you need for free. It works on Windows, Mac and some mobile devices such as iPod and Android.  You can load files to use privately or load files to share with others.  Free registration is required and a companion program is loaded on your PC, Mac or mobile device.  The site offers detailed instructions and a variety of supports to get you started.

Another file sharing service is called MediaFire.  MediaFire will hold an unlimited number of files as long as the files are under 200MB each. It is available for PC and Mac and offers a wide variety of sharing possibilities.

If you or your student needs a place to store and share work, online file sharing is a very easy and effective way to meet this need.

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