Many of the teachers inside of our Teacher Learning Community love using Dropbox at school. They find it easy to use Dropbox for file sharing, student portfolios, assignment submission, and more. Also, many times they will want to access certain files from different locations – at school, at home, on mobile devices on-the-go. Dropbox is great for these things and more.
One teacher once told us that Dropbox is like having a “digital locker”.
Here is a clip from one of our webinars that features Dropbox:
One Teacher’s Experience with Dropbox
Don’t just take our word for it. One of the trainers at SimpleK12, Chris Casal, gave us these tips, tricks, and ideas for using Dropbox.
- Dropbox is great for storing images, and it’s easy to auto-upload pictures from mobile devices to Dropbox
- Other file storage apps don’t always support all the files you want. Dropbox is more universal.
- Teachers install Dropbox at home and then have easy, instant access to their lessons anywhere.
- You can put media files in a Dropbox folder and have access to songs and videos from multiple machines.
- It’s a quick and easy way for a teacher to create their own portal for students to turn in their work from home. Parents, students, and teachers can all access the Dropbox.
- Dropbox integrates with more mobile apps like GoodReader annotating PDF running records, rubrics, etc.
Other Uses for Dropbox for Teachers
- Teachers can collaborate with other teachers by sharing lesson plans, assessments, and other classroom materials.
- A Dropbox can be used as a container for bits and pieces of collaborative student projects.
- Students and teachers can easily add files from mobile devices to Dropbox and access them anytime, anywhere.
- Teachers can share classroom materials with substitute teachers.
- Dropbox can be an easy way for students to create portfolios of their work.
In the Teacher Learning Community, we will continue to explore several tools that, in conjunction with Dropbox, will transform the way students turn in their work.
About Our Trainer
A reformed dot comer, Chris Casal is currently in his 12th year as a technology teacher. After eleven years as part of the New York City Department of Education, he decamped for the suburbs and is now part of the Scarsdale, NY technology team. While in New York City he spearheaded and supported a school-wide iPad program, beginning with the iPad 1, and was later instrumental in taking his school to Google Apps and implementing Chromebooks in grades 3-5.
As part of the Scarsdale team, Chris continues to support all aspects of EdTech, such as a 1:1 Chromebook program in the 4th and 5th grades, and works with teachers on direct curriculum-based technology projects. He continually researches, compares, and recommends apps for teachers and students to use, and facilitates professional development sessions on iPads and Web tools, such as website builders, blogs, wikis, online bookmarks, and Twitter. In addition to doing online webinars for SimpleK12, Chris is an avid proponent of using Google Apps on his iPad.