Teachers are always so busy in their classrooms creating, organizing, and storing lesson plans. One of the most vital keys to success within the classroom is organization. With today’s technology there is a new way for students and teachers to stay organized online! LiveBinders is an online resource where students and teachers can create a virtual binder.
The online blog, TIPS, is a blog created by teacher educator and researcher Dr. Jenny Lane. Dr. Lane created TIPS in order to introduce iPad technology and ways to incorporate iPads in a classroom. The post on LiveBinders entitled “Tips2012 iPad App Guide #41: LiveBinders” informs readers about LiveBinders and how to use the LiveBinders app. Although LiveBinders has an app available, LiveBinders is a web based resource. Users can use the LiveBinders resource online in addition to on an iPad with their app.
LiveBinders allows users to create, organize, and share information. This tool is located online. A user can put almost anything into the binder. Students and teachers can link webpages and YouTube videos or just put documents, images, and videos inside their LiveBinders. They also have the option of creating different tabs and sub tabs just as you would do in a tangible binder. Below is a 90-second overview of how to use LiveBinders.
To get started with LiveBinders you must first create a free account. There is also an option toupgrade to a paid version of LiveBinders. The upgrades version of LiveBinders includes more privacy option for users as well as more storage space. Once you’ve created your account there is an example binder already stored in your library. This binder includes information about how to use LiveBinders. Here is a binder with general information made by the creators of LiveBinders:
To create a new binder click on the “Start a Blank Binder” button on the left hand side of your home page. Not only can you create a blank binder, you can also create a blank shelf. With this feature you have the option of organizing your binders into different shelves as you would on a bookshelf in real life. This could be very helpful when creating different lesson plans. You can easily sort the binders in to shelves that could hold different subjects such as social studies and math. Or even create shelves chronologically by weeks within the school year.
When creating a new binder, users have the option to make the binder public or private. Viewers do not need an account to view public of private LiveBinders. If you choose to make your binder public, anyone with the URL of the binder has access to it. It is also stored in a public library on LiveBinders where anyone with or without an account has access to view and share it. If you choose to make your binder private, only you can choose who views your binder. Even if someone has the URL they must enter an access key to view it. Therefore, if you were to have a private binder that you wanted to share with your students, parents of your students, or even a substitute teacher, you would just have to provide them with the URL and the access key.
Once you specified these settings, you can begin creating your binder! This binder
defaults with 3 tabs, but if you click on the “tab settings” button users have the option to add as many tabs and sub tabs as needed. In addition to the number of tabs you can include, you can also customize the tabs. In the tab settings users can name each tab and then design each tab with different colors and even different layouts. The different layouts are similar to those in Microsoft PowerPoint where the tab page can include a layout with just a title or other styles of layouts. This allows the creator to further organize the tabs and sub tabs within the binder.
After creating your tabs and designing them to your liking, you can begin adding content.
There is an “Add Content” button at the top of the dashboard page and a menu pops up. Once you’ve hit the “Add Content” button you have the option of adding a link, uploading a file, or adding other kinds of content such as QR codes, embedded codes and even a Dropbox. The possibilities are endless!
For more information about LiveBinders check out these great sites:
- @LiveBinders is LiveBinders’ Twitter account where users can follow their updates!
- LiveBinders’ YouTube channel has tutorials uploaded that can help users step by step.
- LiveBinders’ blog on WordPress! Here users can read different blog posts written by the creators.
- LiveBinders 4 Teachers is a wiki page about LiveBinders! Here users can connect with other users and view example LiveBinders. The wiki is organized by grade level and subject so you can easily access specific example binders!
- Featured Binders is a page within the LiveBinders site where users can search for binders by category and subtopics using links.
- iPad, Android, and Chrome Apps are also available so you can use LiveBinders when you’re on the go!
- Free Tools Challenge #15 has some basic information on LiveBinders. EduBlogs Teacher Challenges is a site where new teacher challenges are posted. These challenges are all technology based and LiveBinders was featured as one challenge in a series of challenges that teachers can choose to use in their classrooms!
LiveBinders are a great resource for teachers, students, and parents to use! What are some of your ideas for LiveBinders? There is so much you could do with LiveBinders!