Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On fire with Media Fire

Anyone ever lost an assignment? I failed to remember which 'folder thread' leads to a certain document? Have you ever taken a USB somewhere only to find it isn't compatable to that computer?
Well no more! Thanks to free and simple to use online file storage, such as Media Fire,you no longer need to worry. It was so simple to join and adding files is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Here is a maths activity that I uploaded - 3D Shapes Bingo.
This type of tool makes any file accessible anywhere. You can post the URL and/or make it public to share the files or you can keep it private. And not only are they saved in named folders but you can put tags on them and search the tag so you dont even have to remember where you put it! Makes life alot easier, especially for teachers - who are always finding resources, activities, lesson plans or ideas, making notes, writing letters.... our lives are full of documents!! If anything, having something like this may be good as a way of creating back-ups of files.
There is also a photo gallery to upload photos into, with the same moethod of files AND tagging.

I am not sure how you might attempt to use this in a primary school classroom, other than the learning manager. I suppose the class may create an account and it could be used as a means of viewing peer work to do a peer assessment. Or, within the Active Learning theory it could be used as a tool to Donate their work back into the real world (Kearsley & Shneiderman, 1999).

Overall I think this is a very helpful tool for Learning Managers - its simple to use, its free, its fast, and I can see how it would most likely reduce stress levels!

Kearsley, G. & Shneiderman, B. (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Available from http://home.sprynet.com/~gkearsley/engage.htm

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