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What is Dropbox?

Dropbox is a free, web-based data sharing application that works well with Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android and other systems. See below for a description from the makers of Dropbox:

Let's get started!

First, go to www.Dropbox.com to get a further description and to obtain the free download. On your phone, go to the apps store (iPhone, iPad, Android, ect) to download and install the application. For a brief introduction, see this video from Youtube:


How can Dropbox be used in education?

Dropbox makes collaborating with other collegues easier by sharing documents instantly with all connected devices and folders for everyone sharing a particular folder. Once you drop a document (photo, Word doc, video, etc) in a shared folder then everyone instantly receives a notification that a document has been added, edited in their Dropbox. It immediately becomes viewable for your use. You can link your phone or iPad or multiple computers to the same resources and continue your work from anywhere you go. You can share and upload documents anywhere you have an internet connection.

Have students drop completed projects into a shared folder to turn in assignments: audio/ video files, Power Points or any type of document you wish to use. It is quick and easy to network and updates post immediately.

Teaching a World Language? Have students record themselves on their computer, iPad, even their own phones and immediately upload their spoken language for critique or evaluation. Have them turn in documents for term papers or research projects quickly and easily so you can even grade them on the run!

Teaching Art? Students could take photos of their work and send it to you for quick formative assessments and guidance. You could even load their photo, edit it for suggestions and step by step instruction.

The possibilities are limited by your creativity and resourcefulness!