Dropbox is an awesome tool for teachers. It ticks a number of boxes including being free and easy to use, and the fact that it allows you to keep all of your files in one place for easy access from almost anywhere while keeping immense piles of paper out of the classroom really makes it a win. We hear from so many of you who list Dropbox as one of your absolute must-have apps as educators.
So, it keeps your stuff organized and easily accessible – which is hugely important – but what else does it do? Since it is a free tool that already does something we really need it to, I guess it doesn’t really *have* to have additional functionality. But guess what – it does. There are few different ways that you can get even more out of Dropbox than you already are.
With a free Dropbox account, you get 2GB of space. There’s the option of paying for additional storage, but if you’re trying to pinch your pennies, there are other ways to get additional storage without paying. Teachers paying out of their own pocket for school and student related needs is enough of an issue that we’re pretty sure you don’t need to tack on any extra money to have the convenience of having ALL of your documents at your fingertips. You can get extra storage for free for referring friends, connecting with your social media accounts, completing a checklist, or giving feedback.
If you’re on the road or otherwise don’t have access to dropbox (say, on a friend’s computer), you can still send files to your own Dropbox for later use. SendToDropbox creates an email address for your Dropbox, and allows you to send files to it from anywhere (or anyone!)
Isn’t it annoying when you’ve optimized your Firefox to do exactly what you need it to do, but then you have to use other computers and the settings are all different? Firefox Portable, when stored in your Dropbox, allows you to sync all of your Firefox settings and add-ons.
If you’re anything like me, you need almost everything you save to be accessible wherever you go. Most computers save documents by default to the ‘documents’ folder, but you can change this pretty easily in both Windows and Mac.
You can use the ‘favorite’ feature to select files using your mobile device, and those files will be accessible offline. Especially useful if you’re traveling or headed to a spot with lousy internet access.
If you have a website, you can back it up using one of a variety of services made specifically for this task (such as BackupBox). If you’re a WordPress user, there are plugins that will support this.
If you want a website but don’t have a domain (and don’t want one!), you can use a service like DropPages to create a simple website that will be stored in your Dropbox. Don’t expect anything super fancy, but it can be a great way to get started with a site even if your web prowess measures pretty low on the scale.