A common question asked by parents is "How can my child transport electronic files from home to school?"  All student projects must be saved to the student's home directory on the network so it can be included in the child's electronic portfolio.
    Student work is getting more and more elaborate and in-depth; the size of their files are increasing. A floppy disk may not have enough space to hold their multimedia projects or may become damaged as students transport it to school. Loose floppy disks can be easily damaged in a book bag, and the data saved to the diskette will be lost.  The best alternative to a floppy disk is a USB travel drive (aka flash drive, thumb drive, pen drive, key drive, etc.).  USB travel drives (depending on their size) hold a lot more information than floppy disks and are very small and easy to carry around.  The home computer must have at least one USB port in order to use a flash drive.
    One 64 Mb. Flash drive equals approximately 45 Floppy disks (1.4 Mb. each)
    One 128 Mb. Flash drive equals approximately 91 Floppy disks (1.4 Mb. each)
    Another consideration is the program used at home to create the file.  At Voorhees Middle School, we have Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) installed on all our PCs.    Files created in previous Office versions (97-2003) will open at school.
     USB DriveSimply plug the USB travel drive into any USB port, and the computer will automatically detect as a removable drive.  No drivers required for Windows® Me/2000/XP or Vista.  To safely remove a USB travel drive from the PC, use the icon on the system tray (lower right corner of screen). 
    Please direct any questions to Joanne Slotterback, VMS Technology Specialist