For the past few months I have been bragging to people about how much I love a FREE service/software called Dropbox. I am including a 3 minute tutorial video explaining how Dropbox works, therefore I will not bore you with the details. However, the basic idea is that you can open your files anywhere, edit them, and then save them for future use. Additionally, you can share folders with people. The best part is that if your computer dies, your files are automatically saved in the cloud! When I say you can open your files anywhere, I mean it...laptops, desktops, smart phones, and even tablets can access your Dropbox files.
I don't have to worry about backing up my files to a physical device. I don't have to worry about losing a USB drive. Dropbox makes computing much more efficient and anxiety free. Because I use three different computers on a daily basis, I never worry about wondering which device has the most recently updated files. As long as your computer is connected to the Internet, Dropbox will update your files automatically.
Obviously nothing is perfect (including Dropbox). The good news is that you automatically receive 2 gb of free storage. If you are able to persuade others to install Dropbox, you can earn more free storage. If you are someone who works with large media files, then you might want to consider paying to receive higher amounts of storage or find another service to meet your needs. Nevertheless, if you are a classroom teacher like me who primarily uses Microsoft Word, PowrePoint, Excel, and PDF's, then the basic Dropbox account should suffice for your needs.