June 25, 2014
By popular request, our subscribers will soon receive the 3rd level of tabs feature. The 3rd level of tabs, the ability to create subtabs under subtabs, will undoubtedly make our subscribers’ LiveBinders even more unique and powerful!
There was much deliberation and effort that went into developing the 3rd row of tabs, but one question still remains – what will we name this exciting new feature? We use “Main Tabs” and “Sub Tabs” to describe the existing tabs, but should we call the new tabs the “sub subtabs”, the “mini-tabs”, or the “3rd row of tabs”?
We’ve decided to turn to our LiveBinders’ community for help in making this decision by hosting a contest. There are a few ways to share your preferences and ideas with us:
- Vote for 1 of the 3 names we’ve provided;
- Create a name for the 3rd row of tabs that complements “Main tabs” and “Subtabs”, or
- Invent new names for all 3 levels of tabs.
The member who contributes the winning name(s) for options 2 or 3 will win a free 1-year subscription to LiveBinders and a $50 Amazon gift certificate.
Click here to vote!
June 25, 2014
A big THANK YOU to everyone who submitted binders for the annual LiveBinders Top 10 Contest! Barbara and I were so impressed by the many different example uses of LiveBinders. We are very excited to see the ever-increasing ways that LiveBinders are being used in education and by the teachers who have combined technology and their imagination to increase student learning and engagement.
Another big thank you to all of our judges for their time, feedback, insight, and help with the contest this year – we couldn’t have done it with out you! Also a thank you to Peggy George who helped us to make the announcement on the Classroom 2.0 Live site!
To view our winners and the video of our announcement on Classroom 2.0 Live, click on the binder link below:
May 26, 2014
“How are you using LiveBinders as ePortfolios?”
That’s the theme for our 2014 Top 10 LiveBinders contest. You can nominate binders that you created and are using at your school or learning environment as well as binders that were created by others. These binders can be recent ones you started using just this year or older ones that you’ve been using for several years. Educators, students, administrators, and trainers are invited to enter their binders.
For the nomination, you are required to submit the binder link and a summary explaining how you are using the binder differently than you would a paper 3-ring binder, how it has helped your teaching or learning, and how you plan to change or use the binder for next year.
A collection of 25 binders will be selected by a panel of judges. Those 25 binders will then be entered in the final round of voting by the public.
Prizes for the selected 25 binders include:
- A Top 10 Nominee badge for your website
- A feature of your binder and your summary in an ebook that LiveBinders will publish by the Fall of 2014
- A 10% off coupon for school supplies by BizSupplies.com, one of our valued sponsors of the contest
Awards for the Top 10 Winners include:
- All of the prizes awarded to the selected 25 finalists above
- A Top 10 label on your binder
- Placement of your binder on our Top 10 shelf and Featured Binders page
- A LiveBinders Spotlight Bookmark featuring your binder
- A $50 Amazon gift certificate
- A Zebra stylus pen by BizSupplies.com
To view terms and contest details, or to enter a binder in this contest, click on the link below:
Please submit your binders as soon as possible, submissions close on June 8th, at midnight PST.
We look forward to seeing all your great binders!
May 7, 2014
If you have Dropbox links inside your binders, they are probably broken. Dropbox has done this for security purposes. Please see their blog post for more details. If you have issues with this change, you may want to comment on their blog post as many of their customers have already done.
This also broke our connector to Dropbox, so that if you try to create new links to pdfs in your Dropbox, the documents will show up as downloads inside the binder instead of full pdfs that you can view in the binder.
The best alternative for now is to upload these files directly to LiveBinders so that they show up properly inside the binder. If this problem is affecting you and you are close to your file size limit on LiveBinders, please contact us as firstname.lastname@example.org
We will probably have a follow-up blog post on this in the next few days so stay tuned.
April 22, 2014
You can now color individual subtabs in the same way that you can color individual main tabs. We didn’t allow this before because it was too hard to see the selected tab. Now we have changed the selected tab indicator to a triangle that shows up on both the active tab and active subtab. So now you can color-code tabs and subtabs and still see which one is selected.
Thank you to everyone who emailed us to request this feature!
March 22, 2014
A few months ago, we switched to an embedded Google search on our site because the original search feature was causing too much load on our servers. But now we are switching back to our own new and improved search tool. This new search will not only look for your search term in the binder name, description, and tags, but also in the tab names. This capability can help you find more relevant binders and it can also help you search within your own binders – if you remember saving something but just can’t seem to remember which binder you saved it in.
Some of the complaints that we received with Google search box were about the delay between when a binder was made public and when it showed up in search. That should be completely fixed with our new search capability.
We have also added a specific searches by tags, name, and description so that you can put something unusual in one of those fields to make sure your binder shows up in the search results.
If you prefer to search for binders with Google, just go to Google and type in the search box “site:www.livebinders.com” with your search terms. That will enable you to search only the LiveBinders site through the Google search engine.
We appreciate all the feedback around search and look forward to hearing how this new search capability works out for you!