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TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Share large computer files with ease

February 8, 2011

Modern digital cameras, including those found on smartphones, and digital video recorders are amazing devices.  However, if you or your students are using these tools to enhance, support, or differentiate instruction, the files that they create can prove to be difficult to share with teachers and classmates.  Enter Dropbox.

With the free version of Dropbox, you get 2 gigabytes of dedicated, secure online storage (more space is available by upgrading to one of the “Pro” accounts).  With your account opened and the Dropbox software installed on your computer, you can copy the files you wish to share into your new “dropbox” folder.  When you’re connected to the Internet, the installed software then automatically syncs the files in your folder to your online storage space.  From the Dropbox website, you can then grant access to one, several, or all of your online files to whomever you like.

Sound complicated?  Don’t worry.  The Dropbox site offers “how-to” videos to guide you through the basics.  If you try it and like it, be sure to use their referral process to gain yourself additional free space.

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