Download over 40,000 free eBook's direct to your Dropbox

Project Gutenberg, to the uninitiated, is the web's oldest site for downloading free ebooks. They offer a collection of over 40,000 ebooks (and growing) which you can either read online or download them on to your computer in various formats.  \

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Plenty of classics your and your students will love such as Dracula, Pride & Prejudice and Moby Dick to choose from Gutenberg offers a library on your tablet or computer.

The Gutenberg website has recently added support for Dropbox meaning you can download ebooks directly to your Dropbox account in the cloud. Once you authorize access, it will create a new “gutenberg” folder in your Dropbox and the ebooks will get saved directly in that folder.

This is quite a handy feature, especially for iOS users, as they create a download request in the mobile browser while the full ebook magically appears inside the Dropbox app.

Also, if you are on the Kindle Reader, you can either email these MOBI ebooks to your personal Kindle email address or connect the device over USB and put the files in the Documents folder of Kindle. They do not require conversion.

Sounds like a winner.

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10 Creative uses for Dropbox

I love dropbox.  And anyone who reads Edgalaxy regularly will be aware of the fact it is awesome.  I found this great article from lifehacker

Dropbox is an awesome service. You can back your files up to the cloud, sync them between computers, and share them with your friends. That's not all it can do, though. Here are our top 10 favorite clever uses for our favorite file syncing program.

Note: If you don't use Dropbox, don't fret—you can do most of these things with any file syncer you want, whether it's SkyDrive, Google Drive, Cubby, or something else.

10. Monitor Your Computer for Running Tasks or Unauthorized Access

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If you're at work and want to keep an eye on your home machine—whether it's keeping track of a download or making sure someone else isn't trying to use it—you can do that with Dropbox. All you need is a screenshot tool (like one of our favorites) and some way to automate it (like this AutoHotkey script). Then, just periodically check your Dropbox folder, and you'll have a chronological timeline of everything happening on your screen at home. You can also use Dropbox to check your home computer's IP from afar, and even locate your laptop if its been stolen.

9. Securely Share Files, from Saucy Pics to Paperwork

Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox

We all know Dropbox is great for sharing files, but it's particularly good for sensitive information, like tax returns, passwords, or saucy photos (note: saucy photos not recommended). Dropbox encrypts everything you upload, and downloads it over a secure HTTPS connection, meaning that file is secure from start to finish. Of course, you can also encrypt it in a ZIP file first for extra protection, too. Just don't be reckless!

8. Manage Your BitTorrent Downloads

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Most BitTorrent clients have handy web interfaces that let you add, monitor, and remove torrents from afar, but a simple alternative is to just use Dropbox. Just tell your BitTorrent client to watch a specific folder in your Dropbox for new torrents. Then, when you're away and find a cool torrent you want, just copy that torrent to your designated Dropbox folder. It'll sync back to your house, get recognized by your client, and start downloading for you.

7. Quickly Install Android Apps and ROMs

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The Google Play store is great, but sometimes you find an app that you need to install yourself using an APK file. Or, maybe you're flashing a new ROM to your phone and trying something completely different. Either way, you don't need to plug your phone in via USB—you can just drag that APK or ZIP file to your Dropbox, then download it using the Dropbox app on your phone (or install it right then and there). In the case of smaller files, it's much faster than finding your USB cable.

6. Print Documents to Your Home Printer from Any Computer

If you have a document you want printed back at home, Dropbox can make it happen. All you need is a script running at home that monitors a Dropbox folder for incoming documents and prints them. Then, you can add a document to that folder from any remote computer or smartphone, and a hard copy will be waiting for you when you get back. You can check out the cross-platform script here, though we've also written a simpler Mac-specific tutorial here as well.

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Share your files with the world. Lesson Plans, Apps, Videos etc.

This weekend I added a new section to Edgalaxy that allows you the audience to share your files with us and the rest of the world.  Lesson Plans, Video files, Applications the works. 

There is no restriction to file type and a whopping 1 GB size limit applies to a single file. 

We would love to share content you provide us in whatever manner you suggest and always give full credit to those that have supplied content to us.  You can upload your files here and we look forward to offering greater interaction with our audience.

My number one Web Tool for Teachers

It amazes me how many teachers I see who lose data, carry around thumb drives have multiple versions of the same files spread over laptops, servers and home desktops.  Get with the program guys.  Dropbox is 100 percent free takes 2 minutes to install on your computer and synchronises all of your files between any number of computers and even your iPhone.  Even if you get on a computer that doesn't have Dropbox installed you can access all of your files through their web portal in seconds.  Photos's, music, documents links it doesn't matter and there is no file size or type restriction.

I have all of my teaching docs on dropbox and if I change something at home or school within seconds it is altered on all the computers whether they are on or off. If you put stuff up in your public folder your kids can access it straight from the web.  Great for Homework.

can I just say that I do not get a cent for using or promoting dropbox but it is still my number one webtool to the point I don't even carry a computer with me from home to work anymore.  I have used it for 3 years without a hiccup.  Get it here.

5 Reasons why every teacher needs a Drop Box Account

If you haven't come across DropBox yet then you are sorely missing out.  Dropbox allows you to have a 24 / 7 memory stick floating around in Cyberspace installed on every computer & iPhone you use both locally and / or in the cloud. If you haven't given it a look here are my top 5 reasons why you should.  You'll never go back.

1:  It's free - Well you get 2 Gb for free which is more than enough for me to save my teaching documents.  No restrictions on file size nut  If you want to get serious about things 50gb will set you back $9.99 per month.

2:  Seamless Synchronisation.  Right you've just finished typing up your lesson plan for tomorrow on your home PC.  Save it to your Dropbox Folder and it will appear locally on every PC you have installed it on at work or at home in seconds.  Don't stress if you get on a computer that does not have it installed you simply login to www.dropbox.com and you can upload and download all your files.  Got an iPhone too, well all you need is the DropBox app and your files are all in your pocket.

3:  Public folders:  Got a homework sheet, video or photo that you wish to share with work mates or students simply save them to your public folder and everyone can access them via a URL.

4:  Never lose anything - Total Security:  If your laptop gets stolen, have a  hard disk failure or have a technical disaster of some sort all of your documents will be sitting up safe and sound in the cloud ready for you to download at your leisure.  Photo's are a must.  Password Security on all private folders too.

5: Say goodbye to disks and Memory Sticks forever:  Remember when you install Dropbox on a PC or Mac the computer views it as a physical drive like a memory stick.  Click and save.  Rename Files, whatever, no messy uploading and downloading or multiple files appearing.  And best of all you won't need a memory stick or disk anymore.  Last week I saved a 700 mb movie on my drop box account in less than 2 minutes.  I doubt my memory stick could even match that speed.  I bought an 8gb memory stick before christmas and it has about 3 files on it, I used to fill these things ( and lose them) regularly.

 

This must sound a little like a sales pitch but there is absolutely nothing in it for me.  It is just my top teacher / tech tool of the moment and would love to hear what you think about it or better still let me know what you can't live without.