File Storage places are wonderful websites that allow for the easy sharing and uploading of files. They are a great area for files to be stored. Now there can be no more excuses for the computer crashed or the USB was stolen/broke! This also allows for easy file sharing. The technology has many other fantastic components which include unlimited storage, image galleries, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited downloads.
I used MediaFire to upload and share this document:
It is a very simple and easy to use tool and could be utilised within the classroom. It could be used to share files with learners' parents. It could be used for the sharing of worksheets that learners may have missed through being away. Learners could create their own documents at home as part of homework and could hand in the URLs for the learning manager. Learners could use the technology to share files with one another in the classroom. It could be used through the sharing of images and videos for parents and learners. The ICT Learning Design Framework (Oliver, 1999) could be utilised in these learning experiences. Learners could have the opportunity to complete an authentic ill-structured problem scenario using a PowerPoint. Learners who didn't have access to the computer at home would be given extra access during school hours to complete the task. Finally, the learning manager could scaffold experiences at school around the problem which would cause learners to understand and be able to complete the task. The learners would then submit their work online through a URL posting. Other learners would have the opportunity to give comments and feedback. This is promoting connectivism within the classroom (Siemens, 2004).
MediaFire. (2009). Media Fire. Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://www.mediafire.com/
Oliver, R. (1999). Learning Design. Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://www.learningdesigns.uow.edu.au/project/learn_design.htm
Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm