How I Use It
Dropbox is a convenient file sharing app for students to share work with other students, and for teachers to share readings, assignments, and more. Several of the classes I teach require students to submit their final work in portfolio form. Dropbox is a convenient way for students to create online portfolios of their final, edited work. Students can upload their work to folders you create. However, if you create several folders for students to upload their work to, be prepared for students sharing (or uploading) their documents to the wrong folders. You can go into the folders and organize students’ work. Unless a student deletes their work, it remains in the folders you create. When your students leave your class, you could then share their folders or portfolios with their next teachers.
While this app is easy to set up for use in the classroom, there are no other apps for you to use with it. Unlike google drive--which has google docs, google forms, and others--dropbox is an app which can only be used for what it is: a file-sharing app. Although I think dropbox is easy to set up, the privacy issue is something that has caused me to steer away from it for in-class use. However, I do still use dropbox for my own personal documents. I can easily access my documents anywhere as long as I have an internet connection.