The York School Department has been having many local wide area network issues lately. Students have had a hard time logging into the local network, or retrieving previously saved files that were saved to folders on the local network. In addition, teachers often use groups folders on the local network here in the district to save template projects and lesson plan ideas for students to retrieve and manipulate before saving it to their own network space.
A possible solution is to think to the cloud. Instead of saving to a local network, why not save to the Internet where the files can be accessed from any where in the world where there is an Internet connection. This way students could save files to a class Dropbox, or a team folder online. They could also visit a teacher’s public Dropbox folder to retrieve help tutorials, and template projects to download to their device (SMART Phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer) and manipulate it on their own at their own time. This way we eliminate the entire local network and jump straight to the cloud. This may be the best way to save and restore documents and files when using tablets in the classroom as well since these devices do not even offer a network login option for schools.
Dropbox has been around for a while, but it is one of my favorite online tools for storing files. Its uses are only limited to the creativity of its users. Instead of explaining what Dropbox is all about on my own, I’ll let the guys from In Plain English explain it to you.
This short tutorial shares what Dropbox can do for you, In Plain English.
Imagine having all of the student files available to all of your students even if they are away from the classroom and the network is done. Instead of digging through network folders for each of your students at school, you could be sitting at home browsing the files that have been saved to your public Dropbox folder to review and offer feedback immediately to students. It isn’t the wave of the future. It’s happening right now in the early part of the 21st Century. Are you on board?