Showing posts with label Drop Canvas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drop Canvas. Show all posts

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dropmark - Simple File Sharing In Your Browser and Now On Your Mac Desktop

Dropmark is a file storing and sharing service that I reviewed back in June. When I tried it then I was impressed by its slick interface and by how easily I could drag files from my desktop to my web browser to store them and or share them with colleagues.

Today, Dropmark released a free Mac app. The free Mac app allows you to upload files to your Dropmark account by just dragging them into your menu bar. Your files will sync to your Dropmark account. You can upload to your Dropmark account single files or complete folders.

Applications for Education
Shared collection folders is one of the handy features of Dropmark that I think some teachers could benefit from using. Create a folder of files that your students will need for a particular unit you're teaching. Share that folder with your students so that they can download the files when they need them. If you update the folder, your students will see the new materials in that folder too. You could also reverse this process and students create folders of their works that they then share with you. This could be a good way to collect digital assignments without cluttering your email inbox.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dropmark - Simple Private and Public File Sharing

Dropmark is a service offering a simple platform for private and public file sharing. Dropmark is similar to DropCanvas that I reviewed on Tuesday but it offers some features that DropCanvas does not offer.

To use Dropmark you do have to create an account. Once you have your account established you can simply drag files from your desktop onto a blank collection screen in your account. Once your files are in a collection you can make that collection public and share the url assigned to it. Alternatively, you can keep your collection private and share it only with people you invite. Within your Dropmark account you can create multiple collections.

The video below provides a visual overview of Dropmark.

Introducing Dropmark from Dropmark on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Dropmark could be a good tool for organizing materials associated with each of your lesson plans or units. I might use Dropmark to assemble all of the primary resource files and lesson outlines that I have for my Revolutionary War unit and share them with my students so that they can access them all in one place too.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Drop Canvas Provides Super Simple File Sharing

Drop Canvas is a new service offering very simple file sharing. To share a file with someone just go to and drag files from your desktop onto the Dropcanvas screen. You can drop multiple files onto the canvas if you want to. As soon as you have dropped files onto the canvas a url is created for your files or set of files. You can email that url, Tweet it, Facebook it, or post it on your blog. Anyone using that URL can view your shared files and download them.

Applications for Education
If you need to share files with students or colleagues and don't want to be bothered with email attachments, give Drop Canvas a try. One way that I might use Drop Canvas in a history course is to assemble a group of primary source documents on Drop Canvas then share the url for that bundle with my students that I want to read the documents.