Whether you’re a student or teacher, Dropbox is a great way to do work from wherever you are — the library, your office, or at home. We asked our fans on Twitter how they’re using Dropbox for the new school year, and after hearing from hundreds of undergrads, grad students, professors, and teachers, we’ve collected your top Dropbox-powered back to school tips:
1. Keep track of coursework (even if you miss a day)
Students and teachers alike gave us this tip! Upload your class syllabus and homework to a Dropbox folder so you can share it, and get access to the files from any device. Create a folder for each class so you can keep your files organized.
@Dropbox I keep all my school work in Dropbox. Every semester broken down by class. Easy to share with other students who use Dropbox. — Sean Best (@sean_best) August 20, 2014
2. Make group work a snap
There’s no “I” in team. Share your project work or thesis research with your fellow students or teachers by using a shared Dropbox folder. It’s a great way to collaborate on shared files, especially large data sets, images, or original music tracks.
@Dropbox I save all notes, ppts., study guides & so on in files shared with parents. — Kristie Leigh Jones (@kristieleigh75) August 20, 2014
@Dropbox My students use shared folders/files for group work. Work continues if someone is absent because all have file access through D-Box — Mr. Tucker (@IceManTuck) August 20, 2014
3. Store files on Dropbox, print at school
Leave your thumb drive at home (or at the bottom of your backpack). Use Dropbox to save your files from any device, and then open it from your school computer or print lab.
@Dropbox student here. I use it to upload documents to the cloud from my PC & print it from my college library. No hassle & affordable — KaiserFailed (@KaiserFailed) August 20, 2014
@Dropbox for printing at libraries when my printer has no ink! Plus I don't have a USB so it's really handy — Isabel Antonio (@vancityfatty) August 20, 2014
4. Keep files safe from Fido and disk failure
While no one on Twitter actually blamed missing homework on their dog, we definitely heard that you use Dropbox to keep your files accessible from multiple devices with file backup.
@Dropbox After two failed hard drives and three corrupt thumb drives, someone told me about Dropbox. Now I save all of my homework there. — jennarnott (@jennarnott) August 20, 2014
I use @Dropbox to sync working files between computer lab & laptop. Backup term papers & project materials against HD failure (been there) — Lex (@Lexedus) August 20, 2014
5. Bonus: Use Apps on Dropbox
Did you know that there are over 300,000 apps you can use with Dropbox? These app integrations are a great way to do even more with your Dropbox. Check out Endnote, Papers 3, and Notability, for some school-friendly tools.
@Dropbox 1 stop shop for saved articles, my @endnote database, lectures, notes, research…pretty much everything i do as a professor — Charlotte B (@baker_drph) August 20, 2014
@dropbox I use it to sync my research literature between computers and my iPad! @PapersApp — Colin Sullender (@shiruken) August 20, 2014
How are you using the productivity tools in Dropbox this school year? Let us know in the comments below.