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Students are in a constant state of working at both home as well as school. So an application like Dropbox is a valuable tool for students to learn how to use and start managing their files at a young age. Dropbox will allow students to create a free account and then have access to their files anywhere they've access to internet. For example, this particular student has set up a Dropbox that has three different folders in it. One is Group projects, one is Science Papers and one is the Syllabi. As the student moves throughout the day they'll have a local copy of all those documents on their ipad that they can reference. Further from their home computer they can also access all of these file.
So, for example, if the student clicks in the syllabus folder. They can now pull up the course syllabus and access all the course information anytime they have their ipad. Furthermore, students have the ability to create shared folders. For example in a group project, the student could go ahead and choose to share the folder. And they could email or text message that link to someone else in their class. That person who has a Dropbox account would now have access to that folder as well. As you're getting students familiar with Dropbox, please make sure you train them that anything that they do inside these folders will be automatically changed in everyone that's sharing them.
For example let's say that I'm sharing group projects with another student. If I go in and decide to delete a document. Then that document's going to be automatically deleted not only from my iPad or my local computer. But also from the Dropbox servers. Which means that someone else, if they had it on their computer. Next time they sync up their servers, that document will be deleted from their computer as well. I always recommend to students that they have a local backup of any documents that are really important in case they're worried someone else would delete them. Obviously if the documents are not in a shared folder then there's no concern of it being deleted by someone else.
Application like Dropbox can also help us get our students ready for college. When it comes to college, one of the biggest task is on how to manage other paperwork in time as you're completing your courses. So I really recommend that students who have access to technology start using drop box.
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