One theme I’ve been noticing in my writing is to “expand the walls of your classroom”. This can be done many different ways from Screencast to Google Slides and creating websites. I’ll discuss websites in a few weeks, but something you can do right now to help your students is give them resources and the best way to do this is in the “cloud”.
March 25th – Dropbox
Dropbox is probably the most popular file sharing service out there (and one of the first popular ones). Starting with 2GB for free, you jump into the cloud and are able to access files from anywhere, have shared folders with team members and do basically anything you could in person, but much easier in the cloud. Dropbox also has a great App for multiple devices and is very simple to navigate.
Dropbox is very similar to Google Drive as a cloud based storage system, you just don’t need a Google email address to access it. This can be very helpful in schools without a email system setup (which you’d be surprised how many out there still exist). The downfall of Dropbox is the size limit on the free storage, you can pay for more and earn extra storage through a number of different means so keep your eye out for those. I use multiple file sharing services based on the ease of each. The best use for Dropbox I saw was a student in my AP Computer Science A class had .java files stored and easily was able to modify and put them right back into the cloud, rather than having Google Drive ask him what he wanted to open the files in each time. It’s free to sign up and everyone can use an extra 2 GB of online storage!