17 – Dropbox

Down 4 places this year

Dropbox is a tool for sharing files both publicly and privately, and is also in use in companies and education.

Website: dropbox.com
Cost: Free and premium versions
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 13
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 17
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 45

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 13.   2017: 16    2016: 10     2015: 6     2014: 7     2013: 7
2012: 6      2011: 6      2010: 13    2009: 71    2008: –     2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Dropbox as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

“the collaboration choice. Collaborate, share documents, work on the latest version, moreover perfectly integratable in Slack, a large storage capacity, … No, we could not live without Dropbox today. And we are probably not the only one.” Matt Vermeulen, Belgium https://www.winstonwolfe.be/tools-for-learning-2019-onze-selectie/ 

” I rely on this tool for working in the cloud, collaborating with clients and teams, for synchronizing my work across various computers/laptops. I have recently started to use this tool to share documents and pictures with my family. Everyone seems to be on board!” Taruna Goel, Canada https://tarunagoel.blogspot.com/2019/09/my-top-10-learning-tools-2019.html 

“I’ve grown dependent on this cloud-based storage system. I love having access to my files on any on my devices so I don’t have to cart my work laptop home daily. Sharing the drive with colleagues can be tricky, but we’ve worked out some of our kinks with work flow and organization.” Instructor, USA

“Dropbox is where I digitally store files I may need to access when travelling or giving presentations away from my home office computer.” Senior Organisational Development Consultant, New Zealand

“Reliable file storage and distribution repository with various levels of privacy.” Producer of elearning teaching material, Spain

“All your files, locked up, safe and accessible anywhere.” Account Manager, Netherlands

“Ease of use, sharing, collaboration, link sharing, in-browser editing.” Developer, USA

Previous comments

“I have discovered some neat features over the years and rely on this tool for working in the cloud, collaborating with clients and teams, for synchronizing my work across various computers/laptops. I have even got my 14-year old hooked on to Dropbox for her collaborative school assignments with other students!” Taruna Goel, 2018

“the collaboration choice. Working together, sharing documents, working on the latest version, also perfectly integratable in Slack, a large storage capacity, … No, we would not be able to do without Dropbox today. And we are probably not the only ones.” Mathias Vermeulen, 2018

“Still my go-to storage solution.” Donald Taylor, UK

“This is my online collaboration tool with a geographically dispersed team and a way to access my documents in the cloud.” Taruna Goel, Canada

“where we share what we are learning and thinking” Helen Sanderson, New Zealand

“It is just one of a ton of cloud based storage options, but it works oh so well. I think these folks figured out how to do cloud storage right long before the rest of the industry caught on.” Jeremy Tucker, USA

“Still remains as my main storage space and share mode. My space in the cloud.” Maggie Verst, South Africa

“Easy way to gather information and share it in one place” Waleed Totari, USA

“An easy way to share files and albums from cloud storage.” Christine Garraway, Trainer/Instructor, USA, 2016

“cloud storage Free and available on line and off line” Marquita Poinsetta, Trainer/Instructor, USA, 2016

“It is much better than OneDrive. There are never any syncing or server access issues.” Amy Rossetti, University/College teacher, USA, 2016

“Use frequently for making documents available to those with whom I work. These include PDF file, PPT files, videos, audio files.” John Thompson, University/College teacher, Canada, 2016

“Save, share, edit files. Work offline” Shona Whyte, University/College teacher, France, 2016

“a utility I couldn’t do without.  Offerings from the liked of Microsoft’s OneDrive, Apple’s iCloud, Amazon’s Cloud Drive or Google’s Drive haven’t been able to lure me away from Dropbox. It works seamlessly across PCs, MacBook, and all my ‘i’ devices.”  Charles Jennings, Consultant, UK, 2016

“Meets my needs for cloud storage and easy access of my files from home and at work. Can easily share my files with others too.” Emily Clark, Instructional Technologist, Canada, 2016

” for having an easy fix for sharing and using files as a team” Hedwig Belle, e-learning developer, Netherlands, 2016

“backup, latest version on multi-devices (instantly), offline access – couldn’t survive without it” Clare Thompson, e-learning developer, Norther Ireland, 2016

“I have not utilized this in a classroom before, but I utilize at work on a daily basis. I am able with the program to save things directly to an online database, in turn allowing my coworkers to open and edit the same document as long as they have the proper software on the computer.” Bethany Langley, Instructional Technology Student, USA, 2016

“This tool lowers my blood pressure better than tablets ever could. It has removed the fear of losing everything if a hard disk crashes or a backup fails. It also allows me to collaborate and share files and resources with others – whether they are colleagues and translators working on the English version of the new ‘70:20:10, Towards 100% Performance’ book we’re just finishing, or clients who want to co-ordinate materials for a masterclass. Dropbox has also removed the embarrassment of arriving somewhere far-flung from home to find the workshop materials or keynote slides are still sitting on the office computer or on a memory stick that’s fallen under the bed in my hotel room. As a learning tool, Dropbox is the school satchel – keeping everything organised, safe and dry.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“Dropbox for moving large files around and sharing” Roger Mundell, 2015
“enables me to collaborate with colleagues” Rachel Burnham, 2015
“allows me to transfer safely files with students and the like” Washington Braga, 2015

“Excellent for managing digital documents regarding my nonacademic responsibilities inside my organization, which are related to counselling, admissions, public relations, etc.” Santiago González Chávez, 2015

“easy online storage” Danny Ortegon, 2014
“I can use different computers and keep them shared” Dr Tushar Maniar, 2014
“storage and access from multiple venues / home & work” 2014
“accessing files on multiple devices (backup too)” 2014
“without it, how would we upload so many things for the students to study?” Olga Vareli, 2014

“To save my information and be able to access it from different computers/locations, and to share files with students and colleagues” 2013
“cannot live without it”  Debra Lee, 2013
“store documents to share with others”  Zifang Su, 2013
“Where I back up everything”  Debra Robinson, 2013
“ubiquitous storage”  Charles Jennings, 2013
“for backup” Sam Oakley 2o13
“Love the ease of transfer between all devices and use it regularly” Christna Carboni 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“The easiest way to publish files and share online without any fuzz…I use it for everything – especially when I want to refer to files/documents that are under development. The link is absolute – if I change a file on my harddisk (in the dropbox folder) – it syncronizes the duplicate on the net automatically – and the link I sent previously – is still the same…” Måns Mårtensson

“Being able to upload stuff to the ether, where the client is able to access it is very useful when you have a Yahoo mail account which limits attachment sizes” Karyn Romeis