screen. The advanced features of Drop
.io enable you to create interactive chat
boxes or embed content from third-party sources on your website.
And All from My In-Box
What I view as most helpful to overwhelmed teachers is that Drop.io
enables a user to post content directly
from an e-mail in-box. Have a quick
update that you want to share with
parents? Simply write an e-mail and
send it to the customized address that
Drop.io automatically creates for your
website. Want to share a digital copy of
a handout you’re using in class? Add it
as an attachment to a new message and
hit send; your parents and students will
have access to it immediately.
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Although Drop.io isn’t designed to
facilitate private, two-way communication with parents, it has helped
reduce the number of questions in my
in-box simply by reducing the time it
takes to share with parents. No one is
confused about class projects or due
dates anymore because I’m posting
updates all the time.
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The work I’m doing with Drop.io
isn’t revolutionary. I’ve been uploading
content, from quick messages to documents, to the Internet for the better part
of a decade. The difference—and it’s a
big one—is that Drop.io makes
uploading content easier than ever.
Being able to add updates from my
e-mail inbox—a place that I’m comfortable with and that I spend hours
poking through—makes it more likely
I’ll follow through on my promise to
share the kind of information necessary
for making parents my partners. EL
William M. Ferriter (@plugusin on
Twitter) teaches 6th grade language
arts and social studies in Raleigh, North
Carolina, and blogs about the teaching
life at The Tempered Radical (http://
pered_radical). He is the coauthor of
Teaching the iGeneration: Five Easy
Ways to Introduce Essential Skills with
Web 2.0 Tools (Solution Tree, in press);
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