The Joys of Dropbox
If you’re still printing off course documents, daily record of lessons and reports, filling them in by hand and then scanning them back onto the computer to send on to Director of Studies or homestay students, then the time has come to be introduced to Dropbox.
Dropbox is a file sharing system which stores all your documents somewhere up there in cyberspace. All you have to do is download it onto your desktop. The next time you need to open up a course file or write a worksheet, save it into your Dropbox folder. When it’s saved there then the next time you need to add to or edit the document, then all you do is open it up from Dropbox, make your changes and save.
You can add folders for each of your students and the homestay organisations you work with and share the documents with them directly: no need to email copies to anyone!
It may seem a little daunting at first if you’re a bit of a technophobe but I know some technophobes who are real converts! As an EFL teacher, it saves so much time. At the end of each lesson you just need to open up the file, add details of your lesson and materials used, save and close. Job done.
If you share the document with your student, they’ll also have an immediate record of what they’ve covered and what they’ll be doing for the rest of the week. They will also have a copy of the worksheet saving on photocopies!
Are you ready to give it a go? Here’s the link to downloading Dropbox onto your computer. Just follow the instructions.
(By the way, Dropbox is also the ideal place to store all your personal photos; you don't want to risk losing them all if your computer gives up the ghost.)