Common Sense Media says

Dry but effective cloud access to documents, pics, and more.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Tutorials and hints guide users and help introduce them to the function of specific icons.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

It connects with hundreds of partner apps and encourages their use.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Requires e-mail address for account, gathers some info to help improve app's functionality, and allows users to share information with one another. Their privacy policy is clear, but the app exists as a document sharing tool, so parents will want to make sure kids are using it responsibly.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Box is a cloud-based storage system where users can store documents, photos, and more. It wasn't designed with kids in mind, but that doesn't mean it can't be a positive solution for creating, storing, accessing, and sharing info. It does mean, however, that pre-teens and teens may need some help getting started and some reminders about who it's okay to interact with as they share school or personal files. This includes teaching kids how to control who can access their information, as well as showing them how to keep their info organized and labeled in ways that make it easy to find again.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Its pretty dry, professional design and limited creative functions may fail to hook kids, but it navigates easily.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn to stay organized, as well as gaining some digital citizenship knowledge as they save and share their important files. It also allows them to upload multiple file types and organize them in different ways.

Support

The app guides users through features, offers suggestions for use, and connects with many other apps to extend its use.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to organize their info and access it from virtually anywhere, building accountability and responsibility at the same time. While the overall design and function may not interest most kids, they'll see the value in keeping their documents, photos, and videos in neat, organized files that they can quickly find, print, and even present on computers and mobile devices. This makes it easier for them to keep track of schoolwork and other important files so they can stress less and focus on more important things. Box can be a handy tool for kids who want to keep track of school documents and lots more.

This Learning Rating review was written by Stacy Zeiger

What's it about?

BOX functions as a cloud-based storage system, allowing users to store photos, videos, presentations, and other documents online and access them from a variety of devices. Within the app, users have the ability to create folders and organize their content, make labels, and add comments to keep everything organized. As users upload documents to their account, they can also share those documents with others who can then download or comment on them. Comments on and access to documents may also be limited to collaborators only, helping keep information safe. While the app offers a selection of features, users may also login to their Box accounts online to access a wealth of other features, including setting up collaborations and adding or editing tags. With 10 GB of free storage for personal accounts, users can add, share, and access a lot of information.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Users may not immediately realize that accessing Box solely through a mobile device limits its features -- it truly shines as a web-based tool. While short tutorials and highlighted functions guide them through the use of the app, they don't offer a lot of help once users get started. As a result, they miss many of the features Box has to offer. However, users who learn to access Box both through a computer and through their mobile devices will truly benefit from all of its features, including the ability to share documents and leave comments on them and the ability to label documents with tags to make it easier to keep them organized. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to protect private documents. Have kids write regular diary entries and store them in a password-protected folder free from the prying eyes of nosy siblings.

  • Use cloud storage to replace flash drives, giving kids one less thing to keep track of and opening up a conversation about the importance of staying organized.

  • If your kids lose their notebooks all the time, have them take photos of classroom notes and store them in the cloud so they're always accessible.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:February 26, 2014
Category:Utilities
Size:30.80 MB
Publisher:Box Inc.
Version:3.2.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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