Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day 4 -- Dropping Files into Dropbox

Today we're going to introduce you to Dropbox, a secure, online storage space. You get 2GB of free storage that you can access from any internet-enabled device, including your school, opmuter, home computer, and your mobile device.

How do you get files from home to school or vice versa? Do you carry around a thumb drive or external hard drive? Or do you e-mail the files? Neither of these methods is ideal. Dropbox is a great alternative. You can install  Dropbox on your PC or Mac or you can install the Dropbox app on your mobile device. If you are unable to install the program on your school computer you can access your Dropbox via the internet. If you need help installing Dropbox or getting started with it, visit Dropbox Help.

You've installed Dropbox, now what?

To get you thinking about how you can use this in your classroom, here are a few websites with some Dropbox tips and tricks.

Dropbox Tour
Top Tips for Using Dropbox at School
Dropbox: Sharing Files Between Computers and iPads, etc.
4 Uses of Dropbox for Teachers and Administrators
Dropbox - Web 2.0 Tools - New Possibilities for Teaching and Learning

The Challenge

So what are your initial thoughts about Dropbox? Do you see a use for it in your classroom? Would you use it to share files with your students or to get files from them? Do you have experineces with Dropbox to share with the group?


  1. I'm not sure what I did without dropbox. The ability to share resources asynchronously with people around the world has been a real benefit. When my colleagues and I are working on projects that involve all of us creating resources, particularly video and image files, dropbox is where we go to share what we find. Between Google Docs and dropbox, we basically share a desk space. Great tool!

  2. If you are looking for options to have students submit digital work, the sister site is a must see. You simply provide your students the URL and a password you generate and they are able to submit to your DropBox without accessing your other files. Shared folders in DropBox work too but this has an added element of security.

    1. Thank you for this tip on how to have students use Dropbox. Great idea for students to upload their assignment to my account.

      I have heard of Dropbox, and a couple of friends have sent me requests to join. But, I never created an account until yesterday. Now, I have the app and the shortcut on my desktop.

      I was using Google Docs to save and share files. Why worry about flash drives?