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Helpful Online Tools for College students
As a past graphic design student, I can tell you first-hand that sharing large files can get problematic over email. There may be points in your academic career where you need to share large files or access documents on the go. This is where file-sharing and storage applications come in. While online classes do have spaces to upload files, sometimes you need a little extra space. Here are a few noteworthy sites and applications to help students manage their files.
Yousendit. Being an online student can present many unique issues in terms of sharing coursework, especially over email. YouSendIt allows users to create free (or pro) accounts and send files that are up to 50MB. Granted, not the biggest files, but it also includes 2GB free storage, accessible from anywhere. This will allow you to send powerpoint files, video, or other heavy file types for free.
SendSpace. If you need to send a file larger than 50MB, check out SendSpace. This site allows you upload a file as large as 300MB and email it for free. Unlike Yousendit, no account is needed though this means you won’t get any additional storage space. It’s a great tool for students who only send the occasional large file.
Google Docs. If you want to be able to store files online, my first choice would be google docs. This is great for sharing and editing papers and spreadsheets, making group collaboration more effective. Additionally, it’s a great way to store copies of papers that you can access from anywhere.
Evernote. This application can be accessed on your Android or iPhone, iPad, or computer, which makes it great for easy access to your notes, wherever you are. The notes you take can be in various formats like text, pictures, and web pages. The best part is, Evernote automatically indexes all the posts for you, making everything searchable so it’s easy to find later. Plus, you can also share notebooks with others, allowing access to classmates or friends to want to share certain files with. While you can’t store outside documents like word or excel files, this is a great way to take and store notes on the go.
For Online Storage
Google Docs. Again, google docs makes the list. Not only does google make it easy to share docs, but keeping papers and other files in this online application is great for students who need access on the go, or who don’t always work on the same computer. Plus, you don’t have to worry about forgetting your USB drive anywhere.
Dropbox. If you need to store larger files like video or graphic files, Dropbox is a great tool. With Dropbox, you can automatically store files on your phone, computer, and online, making them easy to access wherever you are. All you need to do is create an account and download to your computer.
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If you have used any of the file sharing technologies in an online class, or for any reason at all — tell us about it! Share your experiences with online tools or tell us about another online tool you find useful in the comment section below!