“Portable Memory” Details–  - http://staff.beaumont.k12.tx.us/gloker/memory.htm

To help facilitate the management of student images and files, a portable memory storage device is helpful to transfer files from one computer to another lab or to an off-site computer like at home, as well as to commercial photo lab kiosks for printing of photo assignments. The use of digital cameras has prompted the need for moving around large amounts of data.

NOTE: Numerous details on this page are fairly old although I have update some of this just today, 8/27/16. Although a memory stick is still useful, the use of Dropbox has replaced most needs for a jump drive, but is limited to just 2gb initially. Google Photos will now add another way to easily transfer images between home and school in an unlimited capacity. However, Google Photos was just rolled out 5/4/16 and details for use are still being developed. Despite the proliferation of DB and GP, I think at least one Jump Drive would be useful if a student does not have one yet. A student may already have something that will serve this purpose. If not, review the following for a solution ranging $8.

Memory Types: There are numerous types to consider, with several scenarios outlined below helping with deciding:

  1. USB Flash Drive or Thumb Drive - (aka memory stick…but NOT the same as a Sony “Memory Stick”, which is a proprietary memory card format for Sony Cameras) – This is the easiest in terms of transferring files from one computer (school) to another (home) because there are usually no cords necessary. Just plug the device in, and the drive pops up as a disk on the computer. NOTE: Some teachers will NOT allow the drive in their classroom, but this option is the most portable and useful both in this classroom, and for school to home travel. A jump drive has been approved for use in this photography class.
  1. Camera Memory Card - probably the easiest, but least convenient in that it requires a reader for use. This type of memory will allow a student to take a file off the computer and take to a Photo Processing Kiosk at Sam’s or Walgreen's, etc. If you already have a camera, it probably uses SD memory (vs. CF, MS, XD, etc.) and you already have this and do may not need to purchase additional memory unless you want to upgrade to a larger memory size. Also, the need for this type of memory has been diminished with the stores now providing Online Photo Centers for direct Internet ordering for prints ready to pick up in the store. Note: If a memory card is to be used in the classroom, a card reader for that type of memory card may be necessary.
  1. Cell Phones – Most cell phones will double as a memory storage device…although they usually require either wifi or a data cord to be available. Unfortunately, like #1 above, although they will be able to download files AND pictures from the school computer, for transfer to home, this device may have limited access in loading images at a commercial photo kiosk.

Memory Size: Prices are constantly dropping as the size of the newest device increases. A 1gb flash drive is enough to store 500+ photos from a 4mp camera. Today, an 8gb or 16gb is the smallest Jump Drive you can buy and is less than $10. Review Memory Size to understand what all of K, MB and GBs mean.

Specific items for comparison/consideration (as of 8/2016):

-    8gb Flash Drives average $7, sometimes less, if you can find this small of a size. Watch the Sunday Ads. 8gb drives are averaging $5.

-    Cell phone with memory cards. Many modern cell phones have a memory card to aid in the media portion of the phone. While the phone must remain off at school, the memory card, usually a MicroSD, along with it's adapter, could be perfect for transferring data between camera and computers.

NOTE: Cell Phones can NOT be connected to the school computers. Images must be transferred wirelessly via DropBox or Google Photos. Also, if item is lost or stolen, the school will not be supportive in it's recovery. Jump Drives may also be restricted by other teachers. If you are wondering why many computer lab teachers prohibit memory cards, some claim virus. But the real reason is that a data drive makes it very easy to share files BETWEEN students. I have never seen a school computer get a virus from a memory device...the student account permissions don't really allow for activities that would propagate a virus. However, I have experienced students using a data device in appropriate ways, such as sharing work between students, or offloading files from the school server that are not intended to be taken home. While the needs of the class dictate the usage of the memory device, please be aware and help me prevent any such abuse in advance!

Bottom Line: It is frustrating that something so small can be so complicated. Personally, I have SEVERAL types (CF, SD and Flash Drive ) for different circumstances…and different machines. They are small and easy to carry both…and sure beat carrying around a computer. Fortunately, thanks to Dropbox, this has gotten a lot easier, but still not perfect.




Back up your stuff...



Please make sure you have your jump drive with you. Secure it to your keys, etc. I want to make sure you are NOT dependant on a physical computer. I don't recommend working ON the jump drive because if you loose it, and your stuff is NOT backed up, you loose your stuff!


Transferring/Backing up your Work: See Memory Sticks for more info.



Back up your stuff...if you don't know how, ask your neighbor. If NONE of you know, ask me to show the class. Please make sure you have your jump drive with you. Secure it to your keys, or ID, etc. I want to make sure you are NOT dependant on a physical computer. I don't recommend working ON the jump drive because if you loose it, and your stuff is NOT backed up, you loose your stuff!



Please email me if you have any questions.