Teacher Lee Briggs on technology in today's classroom. Brought to you by Weekly Reader.

Earlier this year Best Buy become the excusive distributor of the pogoplug. The pogoplug connects to a hard drive and then instantly makes all the media on that hard drive available to anyone on the internet. It’s a “cloud in a box” that allows you to share all of your files, videos, and music to any web-enabled device, streaming the video and audio live over the net. Basically, you are your own YouTube.

Now, Buffalo, the makers of really great networking hardware released their first pogo device, the CloudStor, which uses the same technology but contains up to 2 terabytes of data and comes with a USB 3.0 connector, letting you expand its media streaming ability to 8 terabytes (that’s enough to fill about 1000 iPods) by adding an array of hard drives.

What floors me is value you get with these devices. For under $300 you can bring your school’s AV club into direct competition with YouTube. Sporting events, morning announcements, school plays, band recitals and even French lessons could be shared on the web without having to make things too public. Most of this tech has security measures and fair use built in so it should be safe to use. Imagine if your kids working on their Spanish could listen to their conversation tapes via their phone? Or Grandma catching the last game on her iPad? With this device anyone can be their own media outlet. Throw some commercials in and it may even help the school pay for the bandwidth it’s bound to eat up.

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