Many teachers were saddened to here about the sale of Drop.io to Facebook as it means that their system of collecting digital work from their students just went by the wayside. Drop.io provided a slick way to collect files without having to have each student clutter your inbox with tons of individual files with large attachments. Although there is nothing wrong with that method, it does have its limitations–attachment size, organization, etc.
Fortunately, there is an alternative. Using DROPitTOme in conjunction with Dropbox makes the process just as easy. Your first thought might be that I am recommending two different services. Yes, but once it is configured, it works as though it is one app.
First off, you’ll need a Dropbox account. If you have one already, the process is just that much easier. If not, navigate your way to Dropbox, watch the video and download the software. In addition, here is a nice video on getting started with Dropbox.
Not that you’ve got Dropbox all set up, it’s time to go to DROPitTOme
Click on the Register Button
Since you already have a Dropbox account, click the Register Button again
Enter your Dropbox Email Address and Password that you used to set up your Dropbox account and Log in.
Click on the Allow Button
This is the most important part! You can hover over each blank box for an explanation, but here is what each option is for:
- Username: This will be your DROPitTOme address
- Email: This is where you want your file drop notifications to be sent
- Password: This is the password to get into your DROPitTOme account
- Upload Password: This is the password students will use to upload to your account, they will never be able to access your main account
From now on, you will go to http://dropitto.me/ to access your DROPitTOme account to change any settings you like. This is different than the upload site. Students will go to http://dropitto.me/username to upload files.
As an example, the upload account I just set up is at http://dropitto.me/jdthomas2710 . The students will enter the upload password and login.
They will click on Browse and select the file off their own system. Once they have selected the file, click the Upload button. There is a file size limit of 75 mb that should be more than enough.
You can logon to your Dropbox account and see that there is a new folder–DROPitTOme!
There’s the file I just uploaded! In addition, Dropbox will sync this folder into all your other computer’s Dropbox folders. So, if you have Dropbox installed on your desktop, your laptop, etc. then these files will automatically be synced.
Remember, there is a 2 gigabyte limit to the free Dropbox account unless you take advantage of some of their special offers.
What do you think of this solution? Any better ones out there?
- Drop.io Acquired by Facebook – Get Your Data (freetech4teachers.com)
- Facebook Acquires File Sharing and Collaboration Site Drop.io (readwriteweb.com)
- Organize Your Computer Files In A Flash With DropIt [Windows] (makeuseof.com)
- The Ultimate Dropbox Toolkit & Guide (web.appstorm.net)
- Facebook Buys Drop.io, Shuts It Down (ghacks.net)
- Thanks for everything Drop.io. We’ll miss you. (citrushightechnology.com)
- Sharing files online: Best Services for Libraries (davidrothman.net)
- Facebook Acquires Simple File-sharing Service Drop.io (mashable.com)