How much do you use your computer for? How much do we expect our future students to use a computer for? With this push toward technology soon, students will be doing everything using some type of electronic device. However, what happens if students do not have access to a printer? Or, how can you receive all of their work and have it organized? Have you ever heard of a Drop Box?
I’ve never heard of a drop box until the other week when my mom asked me how to use it. She works for a company that has many different stores and they are starting to share documents with a communal drop box. Then, I was at a meeting and they announced we would be using a drop box to share documents as well. So, needless to say, I decided I needed to research this “drop box” idea that everyone was talking about. After researching it, I learned that a drop box is a tool that can be used to transfer documents from one device to another. For example, if I save something on my computer and put it in my drop box, I will also have it on my iPhone or iPad without having to do anything else! You can also share files with others using dropbox! There are different programs to use. The one I will discuss in this blog post is DropItToMe. Overall, this is pretty convenient if you ask me.You can share anything from Word documents to photos.
Here’s how you go about getting your own drop box! Go to dropbox.com and set up an account. Then download the application and you should have a dropbox icon on your computer (Windows users it may appear on your desk top or at the bottom on the toolbar, while Mac users it would appear on the toolbar at the top). When you click on the box, a drop down menu will appear. From there, you can choose what to do.There are options such as opening your DropBox folder or searching your preferences. Here is what the blue box should look like:
To save a document to your DropBox is simple. When you are done with your document click Save As, then under Places click Dropbox. Once you click that, it will go to your Dropbox and you are good to go! If you have further questions, here is a great tutorial
However, I will give you a warning, if you want to edit something, be sure to edit it within dropbox. For example, if you have a document saved to drop box, open it in drop box then edit it. That edited version will be what you will see when you open the document on any of your devises. However, if you save it to your computer, it will not update. The drop box does not know that other files on your computer exist. So, to save time, always edit your information by opening your document within drop box.
But how can you use it in your classroom? There are a few ways to use this tool in your classroom but one main way is to have students turn in work via DROPitTOme.com. This is a website that allows people to send one person documents. All of these documents will go to a single drop box making it easy to collect things. This is a perfect tool for you to use to collect documents that your students create. With the push toward technology, this could be a very convenient tool for you as well as your students. We’ve all had printer trouble or waited to the last minute to print something only to realize the printer is out of ink. Well, by asking students to send your their documents via DropBox, those problems will not be an issue. To get started go to DROPitTOme.com and create an account. Drop It To Me will not reveal any personal information. Once you create an account you will be given a link. This link will be http://www.dropitto.me/yourusername. This is the link that you will give to students. Whenever they submit their work, they will go to that link. Then, provide an “Upload Password” for your students to use that you will set up. Be sure to make this different from your personal password. Then you will come to a page that looks like this:
Students should then choose “Choose File”, select their file, then click “Upload”. Then, you should receive an email notification (if you registered with an email address). It’s as simple as that! However, if you have another further questions, Richard Byrne’s Blog is a great tool. This blog provides helpful hints for those who are just getting started. The particular post I received most of my information is Try DROPitTOme to Collect Assignments ONline. There are many ways to use a drop box in your everyday life as well as in your classroom. Try it out to see if you like it, it’s simple enough to figure out!
Now, knowing what you know about dropbox, what are other ways you can use it in your classroom? Do you think that this would be an effective tool for students?