For example, as you can see above, I've left the file Night (Full Text).pdf in my Dropbox folder.
- Access it on Dropbox.com. From here, I can find go to Dropbox.com, log in, and scroll to where that file is located.
When you scroll over the file, there will be a little down arrow on the far right. When you click on it, there will be an option for Copy public link. Click on that. A popup will show you the public address for your file—before you copy it to your clipboard, click Shorten Link, and then Copy to clipboard. Now you can distribute this link to anyone with a simple, short link. If only there was an easier way to distribute that link...
- QR, anyone? Go to QRstuff.com and paste in your link, and POOF!
Now you have a QR that, if you scan, will download that PDF to the device (i.e. the iPad). The cool thing is that, since the file is on the internet, all the students can download the same file at the same time.
There's tons of different applications for this: for example, I'm sharing a PDF, but this is also how I shared my syllabus with students and how I'm planning on giving out lots of teacher's resources that I'd usually just print out. Pretty cool trick, huh!?*Don't ask.