Transfer a file from one device to another

file transfer Yesterday, I had a student chasing me down the corridor. “Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Woods, can you pleeeeeeeeeeze get my file off my USB onto my iPad. I have tried syncing it and it won’t work. I tried emailing it and the file was too big. I need it for our talk.” I was impressed with how organised he had been to be ready this early and also impressed he had tried to solve the problem himself. Shifting files to a device or one device to another is something which seems to block people on a regular basis. I generally use bluetooth and cloud storage as my preferred options. Direct connection is easy from computer to computer but devices can often thwart a file transfer and what works at home may not necessarily work on a network. Basically, there are these options:

1.Wired connection
2.Syncing device
3.Bluetooth
4.Airdrop (iDevices)
5.Cloud storage
6.Email

Yesterday it took me a minute to load his file on my MacBook and then share it with him on OwnCloud. He was so relieved because, like anyone else , he had spent a lot of time trying to transfer the file and it is both frustrating and annoying. It is why I impress upon students using technology to share and help. Share and help. If you don’t know, ask. Someone will know. We use devices differently and so our pool of common knowledge is very rich and productive. I have been pleased my classes have naturally moved into using the best device for the purpose and then learning how to file share. Some of my year 9s took photos on their phones of the little characters they made and couldn’t transfer the file to their MacBook. A couple came to ask me for wires because they could manage the file that way. Others could email because it was a small image. I am a great believer if you show students how to make good use of their devices, they will not use them for the wrong purpose at school. The discussion about wrong purpose is so much easier because there are so many good purposes they know and use.

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