Digital Dropboxes

For Digital Assignments

Introduction

As educators integrate technology and the creation of digital products to meet the needs of our 21st century learners, we must also rethink the age-old process of turning in papers, posters, and other concrete products that we can write a grade on.


Our goal for today is to create two different digital dropboxes to accommodate technology projects.


  1. Projects that generate a file of any kind- .doc, .jpg, .mov, etc.
  2. Projects that live online - Share, link, embed code

Dropbox for Files

To create a place for students to submit digital files to you, we are going to use two different tools.


  1. Dropbox - an free/paid online service that allows you to save, share, and sync files from any computer or mobile device.
  2. DROPitTome - and free online service that will allow anyone with your link and upload password to save files into your Dropbox without having access to your Dropbox password.


Your first step is to sign up for a Dropbox account. If you haven't done this, you can use this link to get started (and help me get more free space in the process). The video below gives a brief introduction and directions to getting started with dropbox.

Dropbox Tutorial
Once you get signed in to Dropbox, the next step is to connect your Dropbox account with DROPitTOme and set your DROPitTOme preferences.


The service provides a unique web address you can share with your students. From the website, your students will enter an upload password that you will give them. Then they are able to upload the file(s) they need to you. These files will automatically be saved in a folder named DROPitTOme in your Dropbox.

How to Set Up DROPitTOme

How to DROPitTOme

Pros & Cons

Advantages:

  1. You can set this up one time and use the same URL and upload password all year long.
  2. All files from students go into one place that you can access from any web enabled device.
  3. No more digging through e-mail attachments!
  4. This method works for large files, too.


Disadvantages:

  1. No way to automatically sort files within the DROPitTome folder.
  2. You can only have one DROPitTOme URL per e-mail address.

Dropbox for Links and Embed Code

We are going to use a Google form to create a dropbox for those projects that live online.


Students will use a web address you provide them that takes them to your Google form. They will enter their information and paste the web address or embed code from their Web 2.0 project.


Their information is collected in a Google spreadsheet for you. You can then view and organize their information from the spreadsheet.


You will need a Google Docs/Drive account for this process. If you don't already use Google Docs, you can create an account using your school e-mail address. You don't have to have a Gmail account to use Google Docs.



How to Create a Google Form

Using Google Forms to Collect Student Projects

Tools that Provide a Share Link

Web Tools

  1. Vocaroo - audio recording
  2. Drawz It! - online drawing tool
  3. Google Docs/Drive - upload any file and share the link


iPad Apps

  1. AudioBoo - audio recording
  2. Show Me - screencasting with drawing and audio
  3. Sock Puppets - use Google account to upload video to YouTube


...and MANY, MANY more!! The key is to look for a share link or embed code. Sometimes even the e-mail link will open an e-mail message that has the link in it. That link can then be copied and pasted to your Google form.


On both a desktop computer, you always have the option of using a screenshot that can be saved to Dropbox or Google Drive, where you can get a link to share.

About Gena Montgomery

I am the Technology Integration Specialist for Chapel Hill ISD in Mount Pleasant, TX.