Dropbox is a wonderful little tool that can help you and your students collaborate on document / project development. This tool leverages the “cloud” to help you keep documents synchronized. You can share folders and files with individuals or your entire class. Imagine for a moment that you ask your students to collaborate on a presentation. With Dropbox, files are located in one place and your students can simply open up a folder on their computer, phone or through the web and edit the presentation. A good idea to relay to students is the importance of communicating who will be working on a particular document when. Communication is the key to successfully using Dropbox for class projects. Also, students should be in the habit of backing up their documents just in case there is an accidental deletion.
Not only is this a great tool for collaboration among groups but it a great way to streamline your own document management. Instead of emailing copies of documents to yourself or keeping copies on your flash drive. Simply move your document in your Dropbox and access it from home, work, wherever. To watch a demo and try this free tool out go to http://dropbox.com.