The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Subsection 3 File Transfer Support

A limited amount of utility software makes its way to my book. Most people are transferring files via cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. For seamless transfer of files often times, we have to consider other technologies to help with electronic file organization. In order to get people to use the many technologies that we implement, they have to be seamless, and we have to have back up plans in times when the primary option is not available. We have to consider file transfer as an important utility. 

Cloud Storage

What most people are going to do in regard to file transfer is to use one of the most popular cloud storage services available. 

Google Drive Honorable Mention 

With most schools being Google Schools and/or having most of the secondary students having a Gmail account, Google Drive is an excellent option for transferring files. Google is so popular even in school that primary use iPads; they still often prefer Google Drive. This is just the platform of choice.


The school that uses Microsoft products have the option to use OneDrive for storing and transferring files.


Dropbox used to be the preferred file transfer option of iPad users. For many iPad users, Dropbox is still an excellent choice with regards to file transfer and storage.


This app allows you to coordinate several apps. If you wanted to save a file a certain way every time you performed an action, this app can help. It is for someone that is very geeky.

Jumpshare: File Sharing, Annotation, Collaboration

This app gets some great reviews. It is also a website designed for file sharing.

Convert Files


Sometimes the problem is not transferring files but converting them to another format. Often times, when you search the web, there are a number of websites that will convert files formats.


This website converts all sorts of files. 


This website converts a large number of file formats. This is a very good website for file format conversion.

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