I recently graduated from San Antonio College with an associate’s degree in Animation Design. During my time at SAC the technology that I relied on the most was Cloud Computing. By using the Cloud I became a better and more professional student.
One of the best apps that I’ve found has been Google Drive. Using their surprisingly powerful in-browser word processor, I was able to compose rough drafts for assignments while on the bus or waiting for class and then access them from either my computer at home or from one on-campus. Not only was I able to work on the go, but I didn’t have to worry about: a) forgetting to put my document on a jump drive; b) forgetting my jumpdrive altogether; or c) frying my jumpdrive out entirely thus losing all my work. I was also involved with my school’s LGBT student group as their secretary, so in addition to using it to create agendas and record the minutes of our meetings I was able to use the spreadsheet feature to keep track of attendance and volunteers as well as create a budget to send us to a national conference on LGBT equality. With the share feature I was also able to keep my fellow officers and our advisers up to date while being able to update the documents in real time if there were any changes necessary; once again from either my phone or any internet connected computer.
Perhaps the second most useful app has been Dropbox’s storage and photo upload feature. As an Animation student having to juggle multiple large files from computer to computer, I found it very convenient to be able to begin a class without having to first find my jumpdrive and then transfer the project over before I could begin. Instead I could just download it and then upload it afterwards where I could then work on it at home or in-lab. it was also wonderful to be able to pull out my phone and show people what I’d been working on through the mobile app. The photo upload feature was also very useful as I could use the high quality photo’s from my phone (a Galaxy S2) directly in my projects without having to hook it up and was even able to access some that had been lost on my phone’s sd card when it crashed.
Cloud Computing has been one of the most useful pieces of technology to me during my career as a student. Never again will I have to use that excuse of, “I left it on my computer at home.” or, “my jump drive crashed!” but I will always be prepared with my files in the Cloud. Recently I was accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design, where I plan to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation, and it is there that I will continue to use the Cloud to increase my efficiency as a student.