It’s time to explore Week 3’s topic: Dropbox.  This module will guide you through using Dropbox to manage your files.  Let’s go!

What is it?
Dropbox is a free online service for storing, syncing, and sharing files. Whether you’re at home, the office, or on a mobile device, with Dropbox, if you’re connected to the internet, your files are just a click away.

How it works
Intrigued? Watch this short video to see what Dropbox can do for you.

Ready to dive in? The following screencast will help you get started.

Try it out. Create an account by visiting Dropbox now.

You’re on your way to sharing and syncing with ease!  To explore more, click through the following links, they cover all the basics and more.  Already familiar with Dropbox?  Jump ahead to the activities below.

Test out your new skills with a few simple activities:

  1. Create a new folder inside your main Dropbox folder.
  2. Upload one or more files to your newly created folder.
  3. Share a file or folder with a friend or colleague.
  4. Download Dropbox’s mobile app to access, edit, and upload files from your mobile device.
  5. Alter one of your files, now access it via a different device to see the changes reflected.

Additional Resources
Learn how to…?

Want to get more out of Dropbox? Check out Mashable’s Dropbox Tips for Wizards, Intermediates & Beginners.

Don’t forget to blog about your discoveries. Share your thoughts on:

  • What you liked or disliked
  • How likely you are to continue using this tool
  • Potential library applications

23 Things for Professional Development: http://cpd23.blogspot.com/

Capital District Library Council’s Learn with CDLC: http://learncdlc.wordpress.com/

Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library’s original Learning 2.0 Program: http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com/

Dean, E. (2012). Dropbox screencast. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/hWUkkQMv8fA

Dropbox. (n.d.). Always safe [image file]. Retrieved from https://www.dropbox.com/tour/4

Shami, A. (2009). What is Dropbox? (Cloud Storage). Retrieved from http://youtu.be/ghKdYKZ1Sts

This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012 (LIBR 281-14). This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by Ellen Dean for Rice-Aron Library, Marlboro College. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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