I had thought about writing this post yesterday since I had two teachers come ask me why they could not send attachments with our FirstClass system. We impose a 200 MB limit on teachers and a 70MB limit on students. There are of course practical reasons for these limits since we host these services on campus. Our Moodle setup allows for an upload of 150MB per object as we increased it each year to accommodate larger files as more teachers were uploading video files and other learning resources. Our new Google Apps Accounts allow for 2 GB of space for teachers and students with Google formatted documents counting for almost nothing against this quota. Most of our students live in a world outside of school without quotas. We can debate whether this is a good thing or a bad thing as quotas to live are important. I think a balanced approach to life is a good thing.
I wrote about Nathaniel just the other day as he had sent his homework from New Zealand. Seems like he has sent to much.
Hi Mr. Schaefer and Mr. Sheard,
I have been sending pictures of homework that I have done to my teachers since I am in New Zealand.
Today I tried to attach a picture and Firstclass complained that I had used too much disk space and I didn’t have enough space to upload this picture. It told me to delete some files to make room. Since I had copied all my email into my Saved Email directory, I deleted everything that I had a copy of, and freed up 21MB. My picture still would not attach. I tried to clear my trash can but it said that I couldn’t do that, that the trash can cleared after a certain time set by the administrator.
What should I do to be able to send my teachers my homework?
My response to him relate to teachable moments of sorts with how FirstClass handles the quota and how he might adjust his camera to take lower resolution images or edit the image to a smaller size prior to sending via FirstClass. The last option was for him to use his Google Account and share the images or documents with his teacher which would eliminate the entire quota issue, at least until he gets to 2GB.
Update 2:07 PM on 1/7/2010:
Thank you for all, the advice Mr. Schaefer!
After dinner, when I went back online, my trash had cleared and I sent my teachers the homework.
I have been sending teachers pictures, but I think I know what program to use to shrink them.
Thank you for your google docs idea, it will be helpful if my Firstclass fills again.