What is File Sharing?

File sharing is sharing and exchanging data files like photos, videos, documents, and slides via the internet. Users can organise and archive their data files. They can access them from everywhere and device-independent. Furthermore, it's possible to vote and comment data files or send it to friends via Twitter or e-mail.

Interesting questions

  • What is the educational potential of File Sharing?
  • How to use File Sharing in Teacher Education and Teacher Training? (Application fields)

Application scenarios in education

If there is no learning environment such as CMS or LMS in the school, the teacher can organize such environment using Google groups or something similar.
  • The teacher prepares his educational resources and upload them on appropriate web-application, for instance:
    • lectures, notes, instructions – inGoogleDocs
    • videos (example: how to use programming IDE) – in YouTube
    • pictures, graphics and other illustrations – in picasaweb
  • The teacher shares the resources with the students’ group.
  • The teacher uses a Discussion tool to describe the purpose and use of the shared resources.
  • The class uses the same tool for sharing ideas, experience, questions and answers.

Tools and services

Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers

Dropbox lets you share your folders with others by creating a new shared folder or sharing an existing one. Once you add other members to the folder, it will appear in your friends or colleagues own Dropbox just as it does in yours. Any changes made to the shared folder's contents will appear instantaneously to everyone who is a member of the folder.

Photo Sharing

Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox

Slide Sharing

Slide Share (Google Docs)

Document Sharing

Google Docs (Slide Share), Dropbox

Video Sharing

Teacher Tube, You Tube, Vimeo, Dropbox