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These types of calendars are becoming popular. We are starting to use them at our school. Currently, our calendars are on the servers, but if we put them into the cloud, we could then see the schedules from anywhere. We schedule facilities, computer labs, laptop carts and rooms with these calendars. It would help to see them from anywhere, but could run into a problem with schedule conflicts if everyone who can view it could schedule. Just a view only.
There are few websites that I have been using to create puzzles long time before I knew the word "cloud computing" The firs one is Crossword Puzzle Maker http://www.armoredpenguin.com/crossword/
It takes minutes to make beautiful crosswords that can be solved on line or printed in pdf. form. I usually use it in pdf. Another good puzzle site is a Word Search maker if you use word searches. I use it to reinforce vocabulary with my ELL students. http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/word_search/ Next good site will allow you to a quiz builder by Word Smith. It makes matching quizzes that you can modify to your needs http://www.wordsmyth.net/?mode=qm
Mark, I love Armored Penguin! The crossword puzzles can be great for a study guide before a test or quiz. After students were comfortable with the crossword puzzles I would print off for them, I had them create their own, then switch with a partner.
They also have an option to complete the puzzles online. I experimented with it and was not pleased. Stick to creating them as .pdfs and printing them out!
One form of cloud computing that we have started using a lot at my school is Dropbox. Dropbox basically works like an online flash drive. You can save files to private folders, public folders, or shared folders. You manually enter the usernames of whoever you want to share with.
I'd known about Dropbox for a little while, but only started using it when I had to. We had a 20 minute movie that we needed to get from my school to an elementary school in my district. They needed it that day, and nobody had a blank CD. It was simple to setup my Dropbox account, put the file in a folder, help a teacher at the other school setup their account, and share the folder. The whole process took about a half hour.
When you create your free account you will get 2GB of storage for free. If you are interested in Dropbox, and want 2.25 GB instead of 2GB, click on this link: http://db.tt/qCAkj8h (You and I both get .25GB for free) Enjoy!
In my district we registered our domain with Google and are currently using Google Calendar at our Elementary/Middle school and administrators are using Google Mail on their phones. We have tossed around the idea of moving our entire mailing service to Google Mail so we no longer deal with GroupWise or licensing, but with the Amazon Cloud crash that happened a few weeks ago the incentive wasn't there to move completely off of our physical file servers. My best approach to this would be synchronize Google Mail with our GroupWise server so we would be able to get the best of both worlds and still have e-mail archiving in our control.
Google Calendar helps out a lot with our staff and events that take place in our building and it helps manage our computer labs. I will slowly move my district towards Google Docs, most likely by the end of this year I will introduce my Central Office Administration staff and building administrators. Once our school district leaders have been using Google Apps and Docs, then I will begin to help move it into the classrooms with teachers.
I think it's a good idea to slowly move over to using the Google platform. I think the entire Google interface is user friendly and easy for anyone to quickly learn how to navigate which is a huge advantage. The ability of NOT having to waste time saving and uploading documents to an email is huge for me because it gives me back time that I can spend doing something more useful. That alone makes me interested in cloud computing utilities.