3 Reasons Why Students Should Be Using Dropbox

dropboxlogo   3 Reasons Why Students Should Be Using DropboxDropbox is an oft-covered program here at Make Use Of, and for good reason. It’s an incredibly useful app for moving files between computers, or keeping a copy of your most important files in the cloud. However, that isn’t all Dropbox is great for; it is also great for helping students keep their files as mobile as they are. There are a myriad of reasons why every student should have Dropbox in their arsenal of study tools.

Read on for just a few of them!

1. Switch Between Computers With Ease

One of the primary reasons students need laptops at school is for the sake of portability. However, with Dropbox, you could be stuck with a desktop and still be able to access your work from anywhere. I own a laptop and a netbook, so anytime I’m working on a project or an article, I drop the associated files into my Dropbox, and after it syncs, it’ll be online and ready for me to use at any other computer.

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One of the most convenient features of Dropbox is that you can access your files not only from the Dropboxes synced with your account, but also from Dropbox’s website. That means you can access your files from any computer, even rental laptops at school. You won’t have to remember to bring along an USB stick ever again.

For even more convenience, you can use a syncing utility like SyncBackSE, and schedule it to run every night, syncing Dropbox with any folder on the computer containing your homework. Then, you can be sure that you’ll always have the most updated version of your essays and notes the next morning.

2. Keep Your Parents Up To Date

Maybe you don’t have release forms to sign anymore, but for (previously) underage teenagers like me, there are release forms for everything. In addition to those, I had Chinese assignments that I always had my parents spell check for me. For parents who are as technology-impaired as mine, it was always easier for me to tell them to pull a file out of a designated folder.

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If you’re the type who likes writing home, now you can save money on paper and stamps by just typing out your letter and dropping it into your Dropbox. Or, you can leave your parents lists of things you need mailed to you, or nicely phrased requests for money.

3. Be Smarter About Collaborating On Projects

Until now, Google Docs was one of the go-to tools for collaborating on projects. Unfortunately though, you need to have a Gmail account in order to utilize the sharing and editing prowesses of Google Docs to their full potential. Nowadays, that might not be too hefty of a requirement, but it does mean that the adamant Yahoo and Hotmail users are out of luck, unless they wanted a completely new email account.

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Luckily for them, Dropbox doesn’t require so extensive a commitment to use its features. Although those who you want to share folders with will have to sign up for an account before they can access the files, the sign up process is quick and relatively painless. If you really don’t want to deal with sign ups though, each file in the Public folder has a link associated with it that you can share with anyone you’d like.

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The best part about Dropbox as a collaborative tool, is that two people can edit the same file simultaneously. In that situation, Dropbox saves two distinct copies of the same files, each with a person’s edits to ensure that both edits are preserved. Further, there is no need to have endless email chains back and forth in order to keep each other updated on the latest going-ons of the project. With Dropbox, all that your collaborators need to do is just open up the Dropbox folder, and pull out the most recent version of the file.

So today, I’ve given you a few more (hopefully) compelling reasons to use Dropbox. Personally, Dropbox has made switching between my laptop and netbook a lot less painful than it otherwise would have been. Perhaps you’ll find it will do the same for you.

Do you have any other ways of keeping your files with you on the move? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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GhostFace Killah

Thanks alot! I am so glad I checked makeuseof today, this is so awesome

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Bryant

I use it to back up my Onenote files. A few weeks back my Hard drive crashed and I lost my first three weeks of notes. Now, my notes are mobile and secure. I learned quick.

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Angelina

A really good cloud-based notebook is Evernote, if you ever wanted to give that a try. Google Notebooks, I believe, is still alive, but you’d have to dig for it. Unfortunately, Evernote is a paid-app (but the free option isn’t too crippled, lucky us XP ), and it’s a good option to have if you want to be able to access your notes without needing to have Onenote installed.
:] But I’m just saying that cuz part of me wishes I had backed up my onenote notebooks before I wiped my partitions on my laptop…. LOL

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Boogie

I use box.net mostly because of its simplicity and easy mobile access (helps a lot when you are on the go).

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Angelina

I’ve actually never used Box.net, but I just popped over there for a look see, and personally, I think dropbox’s free account has a little more to offer. However, if you really want your mobile access, and don’t have an iphone or ipod touch, then box.net does end up seeming like the better choice. Thanks for the suggestion! ^__^

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Scott Lovingood

Dropbox is excellent software. I have gotten several friends to sign up for it. It is great to share files between friends or have them on several computers.

It is great for friends who aren’t technologically savvy to share photos too. Even though I have a laptop, netbook and desktop, I love having my files available on all of them or at just any computer I happen to be sitting at.

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ThomasK

For non linux users there is an alternative from Microsoft that works with a MAC, too.
You can right click a folder an add it to the cloud where ever it is located on your computer. There is also a remote control for every computer added to your account that can be accessed from every computer or through the web front end. Every users gets 5GB online storage.

http://www.mesh.com

I use both, dropbox and mesh and add my dropbox folder to the mesh :D
So it is safe if dropbox or mesh isn’t available in future.

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Chris

Sweet, I just recommended Dropbox to a friend of mine a week ago

He signed up for the service since he liked it, he’s also recommending it to his school

You forgot to mention that there is a portable version available for USB Drives, externals, etc

The convenient thing about the portable version is that it does not require .NET Framework to run, this is very convenient if you’re working on a machine without .NET Framework and lack the admin privileges to install .NET Framework on the machine

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italo

Dropbox is awesome! my group and I are already using it to do a project… it just works, like a charm ;-)

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Jackson Chung

I use it to share stuff with my girlfriend. I dump it to my Dropbox and it starts downloading on her Mac. Magical!

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Wormwood

Gotta admit Dropbox is incredibly awesome. :)

Plug incoming: if anybody reading this doesn’t have an account yet, feel free to use my referral – in fact it’s recommended since you’ll get 250mb bonus space (as will I, so it’s a win-win):
https://www.getdropbox.com/referrals/NTIzNDY3NzU5

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Ron M Kolman

DropBox is a wonderful tool. I’ve written about it on Sitejabber.com sharing great tools with others. Clouding is, I believe, just coming into it’s own. I use Panda Cloud AV, and one back-up tool is MOZY. I enjoy and recommend both.

Thanks for all the wonderful information you pass along!
It’s really appreciated.

p.s. If you have the need for an editor/copywriter, I can do that. I often find typos and syntactical errors. Not a big deal, but I’d be happy to clean the newsletters and be part of the MakeUseOf team!

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Alex

Great tool for students!
I wish I had it earlier. No worries about losing your memory stick just before the submission date.

Thank you!

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dsi r4

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