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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.


  • https://www.dropbox.com/
  • Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.
  • Dropbox offers:
    • 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
    • Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
    • Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
    • Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
    • Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).

Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, Dropbox can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:

  • Classroom Connection - Students begin an assignment in class, save their assignments in Dropbox, and complete the assignment as homework. This seamlessly connects guided practice with independent practice helping assure that learners retain the ideas of a lesson. As an added benefit - no more lost assignments! 
  • The Big Project - Extending from Classroom Connection, students begin a project in class and upload it to Dropbox. Now the project can be worked on during available class time, study hall time, and at home. Changes are never lost so the project can keep progressing.
  • Teacher Exclusive: Electronic Grade Book - Save your grade book securely to Dropbox. Now, you have access to it from anywhere - including your smart phone.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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