Box.com is a file hosting and sharing service that I use for hosting large files and some smaller files that I want to display online. Today, Box.com released an updated iOS app that features improved preview support for more than 100 file types, the option to view files in a grip view or list view, and the ability to search the content of text-based files. Download the updated app in the next 30 days and Box.com will give you 50GB of free storage for life. Read all of the details on the Box blog.
Last summer Greg Kulowiec got me to try Box on my iPad. I’m glad he did because it has become one of my favorite services for storing and sharing files. I still love Evernote for bookmarking and note-taking and I’m devoted to Google Drive for much of my storage, but Box has a clean, simple layout that makes it a winner too. On Box I can create public and private shared folders to which I can send files that I want others to access. For example, I created a folder just for video files that I share with my editor at School Library Journal. She can access the folder and download the files whenever she wants. A bonus aspect is that I get an email notification when she’s accessed the files.
Box on the iPad offers the same features as Box on the web. Currently, if you download the free Box iOS app they will give you an additional 10GB of storage for free. The iOS app will sync with your online Box account so that you can access your files whenever you connect to the web.
Creating a Box folder that you share with your students could be a great way to distribute content from your iPad to theirs. Whenever you update the folder you students can receive the newest files by just opening the Box app on their iPads. Learn more about Box for iPad in the video below.