Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dropbox and DROPitTOme!

I've known about Dropbox for a while, but I just found out about DROPitTOme yesterday. Together, these two tools offer teachers and students another way to share files when using web 2.0 tools and a variety of devices.

Dropbox is an online storage website where you can store 2 GB of files for free. You can then access those files from any computer, phone, iPad, iPod touch, as well as the Dropbox website. You can access your files even when you're offline. It is simple to share folders so you can work together on the same projects and documents. See other people's changes instantly.

With DROPitTOme, you can securely receive files from anyone to your Dropbox. You setup a unique upload address (web address) with password protection. A person accesses that website, browses their computer, finds the file and enters the password. The file is uploaded to your Dropbox. (To register for a DROPitTOme account, you must already have created your Dropbox account.)

So, how could teachers use these services?

  • Teachers could have a Dropbox account and have students use DROPitTOme to upload projects. DROPitTOme automatically creates a folder within Dropbox! 
  • Teachers could create a class Dropbox account and everyone could use it as a collaborative space. 

Currently, I'm able to upload a photo from my iPad, but videos are also supposed to be able to the uploaded. I have just contacted Dropbox to find out how to accomplish that. So, students could use the iPod touch or iPad to take video and then upload it to Dropbox to be able to access it from another device to add to a project. Hopefully, they will add the service to allow other file types soon!

What are your ideas?