"If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow." --John Dewey

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Drop More Than Hints

Okay, so you've gotten into the habit of creating documents in Google Docs so you can save to "the cloud."  I know what you're thinking.  "What about all the documents I already have saved? Or those PDF files that I download from the Internet?  How do I easily access those from multiple computers?  Hmmm???"  I'm glad you asked.

If you regularly work from multiple computers (say, home, school, laptop) registering for an account at www.dropbox.com is a must!  Once you register, you can download a dropbox folder to each of your computers, and have instant access to all of your files from any of your computers.  So, that interesting PDF that you downloaded on your computer at school, is readily accessible on your laptop, since you've saved it to your dropbox folder.  Even better (well, maybe not better, but certainly as exciting), you can choose to share that document in your dropbox with the tech-savvy colleague down the hall who also has a dropbox account.  Here's how to get started:

  • Go to http://www.dropbox.com and click the Download button.

  • This last step takes you back to the Dropbox home page where you create your username and password.
  • Now do the same on each computer you regularly use, and be sure to log in with the same username and password.
  • That's it!  Now when you save a document, choose your Dropbox instead of your Documents folder or Desktop, and . . . voila! 

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