“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:
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
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!