Paperless Assignments

Posted on October 6, 2011. Filed under: Dropbox |

Dropbox is a web-based application where users can upload documents, picture, and music.  After adding these items to the digital Dropbox users can access the data from different locations, or even share these files with other people.  The purpose of Dropbox is to make file gathering and sharing easier for users.  With Dropbox there is no more hassels of e-mailing attachments to yourself and others, no need to carry around USB drives. There is a free Dropbox account that offers 2 GB storage.

Dropbox can be an excellent tool in the classroom. Dropbox allows files to be easily shared between students and teachers. A collaborative Dropbox could be an effective tool in group projects, for students to easily submit files to the teacher for grading, and for teachers to share files.  The real  beauty of this application it is supported by most mobile devices. Many teachers are using their iPads and other mobile devices to access student assignments and grading them without sitting at their computers. 

One of the most confusing aspects new users face when using Dropbox is understanding the nature of the Dropbox folder and how it works. Put simply, your new Dropbox folder is just another folder on your computer (like “My Documents”), but it is the only folder on your computer that automatically syncs to your online Dropbox account. In other words, this same folder is both on your computer and in the Dropbox storage space.

Here is something you should understand about Dropbox.  Let’s say you want to move a select amount of lesson plans on “Solar System” folder to the Dropbox folder. You will  find that these files will no longer be in your  “Solar System” folder; instead, they are in the Dropbox folder. This makes sense because you moved these files and did not create copies. In order to have those files in both places, you need to copy and paste the files instead of moving them. It is a good idea to be organized  with folders within Dropbox just as you would be with your folders in My Documents.

If you want to learn more check out the video at Dropbox.com

Any teachers out there use dropbox? Please share your thoughts with my preservice teachers.

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