Everyone enjoys sharing pictures of family, friends, classroom successes, etc. It can be even more appealing when the images are used to create a video incorporating text and voice overs. The fun can quickly turn into panic when the realization hits that the movie is too large to email for sharing or grading. So how can you share your master piece with others? In the August Classroom Challenge we explored emaze as an alternative for sharing large PowerPoint presentation. So what is a viable alternative for sharing other files? Cloud storage may be the answer. Cloud storage websites make it easy to access, modify and even sync files regardless of the user’s location. Although there are many cloud storage websites; dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, google drive, Mega, etc., choosing the best device for your needs should depend on the amount of storage needed, types of files to be stored, your operating system and level of security needed for your files. The chart below provides a comparison of five of the more popular cloud storage websites.
Dropbox’s 2 GB of data may seem large but it can quickly disappear when uploading media files. Storage for many cloud services can be increased by sending invitations to friends to join. This week I will not recommend a specific cloud service. In reality, you may decide that you will need to register for several of the cloud services provided to support your storage needs. So this week’s classroom Challenge is to explore your options to see which one works best for you. Return to the discussion and share which storage device you are using and how it is being used to make a difference in your learning environment.
Comparison of Cloud Storage Websites
Largest file uploaded in free version
(300MB when uploaded through website)
250MB (5GB), 1GB (25GB, 50GB), Business: 2GB, Enterprise: 5GB
(300MB when uploaded through website)
Depends on file format, Details: http://bit.ly/WzDt9y
No restriction except for the 50GB limit of free storage
Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry OS, MeeGo Harmattan
Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Web OS, Windows Phone
Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Mobile web, Windows Phone
Windows, Mac,iOS, Android, Mobile web
Windows, Mac OS, Linux
Users can create a local folder on their computer that syncs with an online folder; allowing them access to data off or online.
Users can create new documents in Microsoft Office or Google Docs, or web-based formats, which can be edited in Box using a free downloadable plug-in.
Owners can set permissions for each user ranging from read-only to editing. Users can remotely access files on another PC through the OneDrive website
Google drive account is linked to your google mail account so only one login is required. Offers 100GB free for two years with the purchase of a Chromebook.
You can download files at the same time as you're uploading others. Long wait time for uploading files.
Users cannot set permissions when sharing files, so files can be edited or deleted by anyone
250MB file limit can be a problem if large video files are being uploaded.
This could be a positive and negative if you are in the classroom. The social element to the web version allows popular messaging services to be linked to the OneDrive account
Google Drive doesn’t have any way of adding storage through referrals.
Internet Explorer 10, Windows 8's default browser, is known to freeze up after uploading approximately 100MB of files.
Two step authentication
Standard 256-bit encryption on the servers, with SSL for data in transit.
Microsoft reserves the right to scan files to look for objectionable content.
Google says it will not pry into the content of your Drive folder unless requested by law enforcement agencies.
Mega stores encrypted files; it doesn't have access to your encryption key. If you lose your password, or it's hacked, your files will be lost.