What parents need to know
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
- working efficiently
- multiple forms of expression
- group projects
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Its pretty dry, professional design and limited creative functions may fail to hook kids, but it navigates easily.
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.
The app guides users through features, offers suggestions for use, and connects with many other apps to extend its use.
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?
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.