Dropbox: The Best Productivity App?

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Back to School time means a fresh start – for students, teachers, even parents. For teachers and students, it is time for self-improvement, and who doesn’t want to be more productive? Is Dropbox the best productivity app on the market?

Age Scale: 10 to adult

Quick Line: Access EVERYTHING on the Go!

What Educators Need to Know:

For those of you that are unfamiliar, Dropbox is an app that allows users to save and share all of your photos, documents, and videos. You can access any file that you save to your Dropbox from all of your devices, your home computer, AND the Dropbox website. A very smart coworker [you know who you are! wink, wink] shared this app with our staff in the fall of last year, and I was fascinated but not convinced I needed it.

Enter The New and Improved iPod Teacher Blog. In an effort to maximize a minimal amount of time, I’ve rediscovered this gem. It immediately made me more efficient and streamlined my saving processes. [Note: Once you create an account, do not confuse yourself by creating a new one. Changing the preferences was a hassle. Actually, knowing that I needed to change my preferences was more of a hassle than actually changing them, but I digress.] My Dropbox account now houses my blog documents, images, logos, and media library. As I move into the fall, I plan on adding my teaching documents and personal iPhone photos as well. It will be interesting to see how quickly I fill my 2GB of free space!

I am, by no means, a Dropbox expert. However, now that my eyes have been opened, the opportunities for students usage are plain and clear. Could my students be saving their work at home and access their files at school WITHOUT a thumb drive??

Do you use Dropbox or another feature such as Google Drive? Do your students have access to Dropbox? Or has your network blackballed it?

Share your comments below. I’d love to hear how you use Dropbox or similar productivity apps in your home or classroom! Perhaps my humble coworker will share some of her awesome insights!

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  1. Susie,
    Is this the same or different than iCloud? Help me understand cause I don’t want to lose all my stuff on the iPad!
    Cindy Hina

    • Susie, rnI did get on to Dropbox and so far so good. I love share docs with colleagues and not having to attach in an email! The one hard part, or I just forget, is how to invite someone to a new “folder”??? It’s still a work in progress. Hope the first week was great!rnCindy Hina

      • Hi Cindy! I haven’t even been sharing, but Dropbox has helped me sync my docs which has been super helpful. AND, I just discovered “send it to Dropbox”! You sign up, and it gives you an email address that you can add to iPad contacts. Then the kids can create whatever they want and email it to you. We haven’t tried it yet, but I think it might help when using shared devices. Hope your first week went smoothly!nSusie

  2. I use Google Drive. I haven’t been able to get into apps like Evernote. I feel so old fashioned…lol

    • I know just what you mean, but using google drive is actually more than some use! My goal for the school year is to figure out Evernote. I just KNOW it can be useful. Let me know if you venture out and try it too!

  3. We use Dropbox at work. Two users use it as a backup system for important files. The boss has me use it to send him attachments when he’s out of the country.

    • Cassi,
      What kind of work are you into? Do both users access the the same account? That’s what I’d like to try? Does it get messy or disorganized?

  4. I teach at the elementary level and love using Dropbox to be able to use files at home and school (e.g. letters to parents that might need to be edited, notes for students, etc.). One feature that I want to explore is using Drop It To Me http://dropitto.me/index.php?about . I put a link to my account on my blog and the kids will be able to click on the link, put in a password that I give them and upload their files to me. The files will go straight into my Dropbox account. It should be a great way of handing things in.

    • Wow! Thanks, Marie! Drop It To Me is EXACTLY what I am looking for! Keep me posted on how it works out for you. Care to share your blog?

      • Sure,
        My students and I have worked on expanding our use of the iPod this year so I’m always looking for more ideas. Keep up the awesome reviews!

        • Awesome blog, Marie! I love the posts by the kids. Have you had any complaints about Twitter? I’d love to use it as a resource for my parents and students, but my district has not been incredibly supportive of social networking – even in an educational setting.