Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Homeschool Mama's Friend: Dropbox!

Now that Ben is using more technology to complete writing assignments, reports, and presentations, I discovered I needed a better way to check and grade them.  We have a LOT of papers floating around this house and having several drafts of an assignment is not something I want to see -- let alone killing a tree for the printer paper!

Last April, I had a moment of brilliance. Ben and I both created Dropbox accounts and have been using this to pass assignments back and forth.  This is working MUCH better than emailing documents!  I found that when we were doing this, I would have to save a draft of his work on my computer -- needing to re-name it, etc.  Just a big of a hassle.

With Dropbox, the file 'lives' in the cloud and we can both access the document and save it without needing to rename it a gazillion times.

Here's how it works:

1. Open a Dropbox account, if you don't already have one.  And, if you don't have one yet, can you use me as a referral - Dropbox Referrals ?  I'll get a little bit more free storage and you'll start out with 2GB of free storage, too.

2. Create a Shared folder.  See the happy rainbow on the left side?  Click there, then the bar on the top that says "New Shared Folder.

 You can create a new folder or allow sharing with a folder you already have.

3. You'll get a box that pops up where you can enter an email of the person(s) you want to share with.  That person will get an invite and you are set!

Of course, you can do the same thing with Google Drive and other cloud storage places out there on the web.  This new use of cloud storage in our family as really been a blessing!

{This is an updated post from 4/12/13}

 Note:  This is not an advertisement, no one from Dropbox knows I'm writing this, and no one asked me to write this. I'm writing this because we had an a-ha moment this week and it involved a practical, helpful way to use Dropbox in our school!

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