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I was getting ready to post on the many uses people have found for DropBox – and realized that I had not yet discussed it.  Dropbox is one piece of software that I use daily – virtually without thinking about it.  How it works is that you set up an account with DropBox and install the application.  This creates a folder on your machine which synchronizes everything in it to the DropBox servers.  At it’s most basic, that’s all there is to it.  You drag in a file, and it backs it up to the cloud.  It gets more interesting when you install the application on another PC or Mac – and voila! – your file is now on your other machine – automatically.  Want to share a handout with your students?  Create a shared folder within your DropBox folder and email them all the link.  Now, whenever you put something new into that folder, they will have access to it.  Do you have an iPad or an iPhone? Download the DropBox App and now your iPad has access to all your files, assuming they are readable by the iPad/iPhone (text files work well).  Or, are you looking for an easy way for your students to submit assignments?  Have all your students create DropBox accounts and drop their files into your shared folder.  In fact, once you start thinking 0f how this could be used, the list gets pretty long.  There was recently a call for readers of an online magazine to submit their favorite uses for the tool, and these were published as 62 things you can do with Dropbox.  Some of the uses are fairly arcane, but most are immediately useful for a teacher or student – especially for a teacher or student at a boarding school.  If you’re looking for more information on using DropBox, there is an informative video on the main DropBox website and I posted earlier on a way to have access to all your passwords on all your machines.  DropBox is simple to use, simple to understand and extremely powerful.

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