Sharing Your Files via the iPad: The Two Step

The file system on an iPad is organized quite like your desktop computer- files are stored within apps themselves, so we often need to know ways to both move them somewhere else as well as ways we can share them via a public link so others can see. Sometimes the files are stored in formats that are not easily shared. In many cases you might have to email them to yourself so you can convert or move them elsewhere on a computer.

This activity will help you learn two different ways to put media in a place so they can be shared with others.

Find a partner to work with. Stand so you can each take a photo of each other’s shoes. Why shoes? since we are sharing publicly they are less instrusive then sharing pictures of our faces.

One person should upload their photo to Dropbox:

  1. Open the Dropbox app.
  2. Navigate to the Public Folder (this is the only place where you can share files via just a URL).
  3. Click the 3 dot icon in upper left, and select Upload file. Select Photos.

    uploading to the public folder in  the Dropbox app
    uploading to the public folder in the Dropbox app
  4. Find the photo in your Camera Roll, click it once to select, and click Upload.
  5. Once it is uploaded, click the image, then use the share icon (box with up arrow) to share via twitter and include @twittername of your partner and the #udgagora hashtag.

    Share a photo in the public dropbox to twitter
    Share a photo in the public dropbox to twitter

The other person should share their photo via Google Drive:

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Open your UdG Agora folder (or create one now via the red + button).
  3. Click the red + button in bottom right.
  4. Click Upload, then click Photos and Video. Choose your camera roll, then click the image, and then the check box in the upper right.

    Uploading to Google drive.
    Uploading to Google drive.
  5. Open the image and click the “i” icon in the upper right.  Make sure that under Who Has Access that Link Sharing is ON. Then click the Get Link icon at the top. The URL for your image will be copied.

    Getting the public URL for a Google Drive file
    Getting the public URL for a Google Drive file
  6. Open your twitter client, create a new tweet, press and hold to Paste in the URL. Also add something descriptive to the tweet plus the @twittername of your partner and the #udgagora hashtag

Now teach each other how to share a file the way you learned.

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