Primarily a cloud-storage tool, Box allows users the added benefits of collaboration and sharing of documents of all types. With 10 GB of storage space, and native integration with a wide variety of third-party apps, this iOS app expands the functionality of Box with the convenience of mobile access.
Type of Material:
Educators might leverage this app as a way to keep students connected to class materials on the go. Additionally, students can use the Box app as a way to connect to a hub for collaboration and group work.
iOS Device and an internet connection for syncing (although the app can still be used even if you do not have internet)
Identify Major Learning Goals:
No strict learning goals have been established, but this app can easily be tailored to become a part of pre-existing learning goals established by instructors or students. The app is designed to utilize storage and allow collaboration on tasks.
Target Student Population:
Middle school, high school, college level, and adult learners
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Users can easily create a new presentation, word document, or spreadsheet by clicking on icon. Box will suggest apps already loaded on device that can be used to create the new file. Users can search for files and also search for specifics within PDFs, documents, and presentations. Files can also be saved to work on offline for times when internet access is not available. Because Box provides a service without connections to a particular discipline or curriculum, it can be used for any course as a support technology.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
With accompanying resources, educators could utilize these as supplements to learning content and the films would easily fit into most content areas. Users can share and collaborate on documents and files. User comments are listed by username on sidebar. The Box iOS app supports a wide variety of applications in the classroom, from collaborative group work to individual productivity and organization. While it will not be the focal point in an assignment, Box can be used to help facilitate the completion of learning assignments.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is easy to navigate through the tools. The app has a gear tool similar to other applications for settings. It is easy to download the app. Users need to set up an account if one does not already exist. You can drag files directly from desktop to app or use the upload button. It is easy to learn how to use the various tools/options. Browsing through image-based content items is visually appealing. Commenting is simple, with the tap of a finger, making collaboration easy.
There are rich resources for presenting content directly from the app - it would be great if there were detailed instructions for using this (and the many other) lesser-known functions of the app embedded directly into the interface.
Other Issues and Comments:
There is a built-in flexibility to set default page orientation for documents and presentations. It also offers security option that allows user to create a pass code to lock the app. Users can create personalize settings for sound alerts as well.
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