How to Share a Dropbox Folder in an iPad Classroom


Teach Your Students How to Share With The Instructor and Parents

In my Tap Into Teen Minds 1:1 iPad classroom, we use Dropbox as our primary method of storing content that is created or modified on the iPad. By using a cloud computing tool such as Dropbox, students can create a digital portfolio of all work completed at school, which can be accessed from anywhere in the world that has access to the internet. Best of all, Dropbox is free and is an easy way to eliminate dependence on USB drives.

Sync All Your Student Files and Lessons With Dropbox on iPad

Dropbox is a great cloud computing solution for Apple iPad and other tablets, since most iOS and Android apps support Dropbox for saving content. By downloading the Dropbox application for your PC or Mac, any changes to files in your Dropbox folder will automatically synchronize across all of your devices. If you’re a teacher, even student files can be synchronized across all of your devices by simply having them share a folder with you.

Dropbox Is Useful Outside the Classroom, too!

While collaborating with colleagues is a great feature of Dropbox, it can also be used simply to synchronize all of your digital content across all of your devices. It’s great to know that any file you create or modify in your Dropbox folder will automatically be added or changed across all of your computers and is also available via the Dropbox website.

How to Create a Free Dropbox Account

  1. Visit www.dropbox.com.
  2. Click on the Sign In link at the top right of the screen and click Create an Account.
    Create a Dropbox Account | Educational Technology | Classroom
  3. Enter your First Name, Last Name, Email Address, and a Desired Password.
    Create Your Classroom Dropbox Account | Educational Technology
  4. Click on Your Name at the top-right of the screen and select Install to download the Dropbox program on each of your computers. This will install a Dropbox folder in your file system to automatically sync all of your Dropbox files.
    Install Dropbox on your Computer & Devices | Educational Technology

Now that Dropbox is installed on your computers, you can now keep all your files consistent across all of your machines.

How to Share a Dropbox Folder for a Synchronized Classroom

Here is a tutorial which shows all the steps required to share a dropbox folder with friends, families, teachers/instructors, or colleagues:

How to Share Folders in Dropbox | iPad Educational Technology Classroom

Dropbox is Perfect for Any Classroom

Even before I began using Dropbox in my classroom to allow students to create digital portfolios stored in the cloud, I was using Dropbox for my own personal file storage. The convenience is a huge selling point for me. No longer do I use jump drives to bring files back and fourth between home computers and work computers. Work on some of your lesson materials at home? No problem – when you get to school tomorrow, the file will already be waiting for you to begin your lesson!

Sharing Dropbox Folders in Your Classroom | iPad Educational Technology

What cloud computing solution do you use for your own personal or classroom files? I’d love to hear your input below!

Kyle Pearce

About Kyle Pearce

Secondary Math Teacher and Intermediate Math Coach with the Greater Essex County District School Board leading a Ministry funded 1:1 iPad project called Tap Into Teen Minds. I currently teach at Tecumseh Vista Academy K-12 in the morning and focus on duties for the Middle Years Collaborative Inquiry (MYCI) Project in the afternoon.



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6 comments on “How to Share a Dropbox Folder in an iPad Classroom

  1. Now that i can understand more about how Dropbox is used in classes. Thanks for this helpful guide.

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  3. I also use Dropbox to share content with students. In my case: student research projects and/or course projects over a semester. In Dropbox I can follow very easy their activity on the project, the state of the work, etc. A very useful tool for educators!!!

    • Kyle Pearce Kyle Pearce says:

      I can definitely see the value of using shared dropbox folders for student projects. Being able to even just see the last time a student modified a file can assist you in determining whether they are on-track or procrastinating. Also, being able to add comments along the way randomly can be a confidence boost to keep them focused on their goal.

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