Dropbox – storing, sharing and accessing files from anywhere

September 27th, 2013 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

DropboxDropbox is a free storage service that lets you save and access all your files, including photos, documents, and videos, in a cloud and access them from all your computers and phones – even from the Dropbox website.

When you visit the Dropbox site, you will be invited to download Dropbox software. It will allow you to install Dropbox on your computer and to create a Dropbox folder that automatically syncs with your online Dropbox account.

Here are some of the benefits of using Dropbox:

  1. Easy to install, access and use (it is simply another folder on your computer – just like your My Documents or Downloads folder)
  2. You can create multiple folders and subfolders (just like you do with other folders and files on your computer)
  3. All your Dropbox folders, files and photos are synched with the online Dropbox (in the cloud) and can be accessed through other devices that have Dropbox software installed (computers, laptops, tablets or smart phones) or simply by logging in to the Dropbox website
  4. The files and folders can be shared with your family, friends or colleagues, or made public (via a link)

Click here to find out why and how Dropbox “simplifies Maria Moriarty’s life.”

Dropbox can be a great tool for the classroom. It can be used to manage and share class materials and resources, as a student’s repository or portfolio, or to facilitate group assignments. It can be a great way for students to develop their digital technology skills and to help them move from saving files on a  USB stick to saving and accessing their files in the cloud (from school, home, a library or even from mobile devices).

Free Dropbox accounts start at 2 GB of space. You can also earn more free space by sharing your folders with colleagues who don’t have a Dropbox account (you will get free referral space credits) or you can sign up for individual Pro plans starting at 100GB, 200 GB and 500GB, or Teams accounts starting at 1 TB for 5 users.

Here is a quick overview of Dropbox: 

Join us on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 3 pm ET, for a webinar to explore how you can use Dropbox to store, access and share files and how literacy students can use Dropbox to save their work and expand their digital technology skills. Click here to learn more and to register.

To learn more about Dropbox, check out:

Dropbox tour 

Dropbox blog

Using Dropbox.com in Schools