Dropbox

This top tech tip was provided by McKay School alumna Ali Parrish.

“Have you ever needed a document that you had saved on a different computer? Or have you ever worried that you might lose all of your saved files somehow? No need to fear, online saving options are here,” BYU alumna Ali Parrish said.

The online saving option that Parrish suggests is Dropbox, a file hosting service that offers cloud storage and file synchronization. For a short explanation of Dropbox, watch the video below.

Parrish explains how this tool can be especially handy for teachers. “If I get sick in the middle of the night, I can access my sub plans template and email updated sub plans to a coworker without needing to make the 20-minute drive to the school in the middle of the night in my pj’s, with Kleenex,” Parrish said. “You know exactly what I’m talking about: that daunting but true thought of ‘It’ll be easier to go to work than make sub plans!’ Well, that’s no longer the case because I can access my sub plans and all of my files anywhere, any time, just as long as I have the Internet.”

Google Drive and SkyDrive are other file synchronization services available. To see a full side-by-side comparison of these two options and Dropbox, click here.

This Internet resource has helped Parrish in her teaching career, so she encourages others to use it and enjoy its benefits. “I hope you enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having all or your resources safe, sound, and always accessible!”

Parrish graduated from the McKay School of Education in 2007. She is currently a fifth grade teacher in the Nebo School District. To access more of her tips for teachers, visit her blog at techieteacher-charactercoach.blogspot.com.