LiveBinders Back-to-School Give Away

August 13, 2018

As schools are ramping up for the Fall school season, we thought it would be fun to  host a give away involving Twitter, LiveBinders and ten$50 Amazon Gift Cards.

amazon_backtoschool_imageStarting this Wednesday, August 15th, be prepared to share links to either your favorite public binders or ones that you find useful on our Featured binders page.   Winners will be randomly selected and announced over the course of 2 weeks in September.

To learn more about the contest, please go to our Events page here where the contest widget will be hosted.  We look forward to discovering more about the binders you share!

 


Navigating the #NotatISTE18 LiveBinder

June 27, 2018

NotatISTE18 LiveBindersWe didn’t go to ISTE this year (the largest, most fun edtech event ever) but we have made it our mission for the last few years to help collect resources that were tweeted out during the conference. @pgeorge and @shighley helped us build an amazing binder of resources. In fact there are so many hundreds of resources in this binder I thought I would write a blog post on different ways to navigate it.

You could spend all summer combing through this binder!

If you are looking for some of the recordings from the live Periscope, please go here.

Here are some tips for navigating the binder:

  • The LiveBinder is organized by the format of the resources. The table of contents is a great place to start to get a feel for everything that is in there.
  • Use the search bar at the top to search for a certain subject such as “inclusion” or “maker.”
  • If you are really in a browsing mood, head over to the “Presentation Documents Shared” tab, as it houses hundreds of presentations from the event. There are some real gems there!
  • One of my favorite tabs is the “Videos/Podcasts and Other Channels” because there is a lot of inspiration in there.

ISTE is over, but we are still working through the feed and adding great things to the binder.

A big thanks to Peggy George and Susie Highley for all the help! We welcome any feedback on what we can do better next  year.


LiveBinders Privacy Policy for GDPR

May 25, 2018

On May 25, new data privacy laws — the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — take effect across the European Union. These laws provide consumers with more control over their personal data.

At LiveBinders, we are fully aligned with the spirit of the GDPR for a safe and secure Internet. We have always made it a policy, whenever possible, to not collect and store personally identifiable information and to have you choose to Opt-in to receive marketing emails from us.  For the personal data we do collect, we are committed to your right to privacy and to being transparent about how and why we store your data.

Please review our updated Privacy page here.

Thank you so much for your trust in us. It’s a privilege to help you organize and present your digital resources.

Tina and the team at LiveBinders

P.S. If anything in our policies and procedures is unclear, don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know at privacy@livebinders.com


Increase Parent Involvement

March 31, 2018

Effective Organization of Content Helps Family Engagement Initiatives

At LiveBinders, we are lucky to be exposed to so many great resources and to hear from our users about the work they do to elevate student learning.  Last month I saw binders by our members Evelyn Azbell and Fred Cochran, who both happened to be coordinating Family engagement projects. I was impressed with how they organized their binders – the time they took to get it ‘right’. It occurred to me that part of the reason we should take the time to organize our content is to make sure our readers are engaged.  After all, everything we do is to make sure our audience ‘gets it’. Evelyn and Fred’s carefully curated binders not only caught my attention, but I learned something new upon examination of their binders. Here are some of my observations on what I found so intriguing.

Evelyn Azbell of @cesa9_families and @parenteducatorconnection is a Family Engagement Coordinator in Northern Wisconsin.  Her binders provide direct access to hard-to-find resources such as grant schedules, program documentation, and other important information.  The resources have always been available for anyone to access, but Evelyn has put her own curated guidance on those resources.

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I like the use of the subtle dark grey sub tabs between the red main tabs and the black base tabs that stay consistent with CESA9 colors – also gotta love that red!

In her WSPEI binder below, Evelyn takes advantage of 3rd party web applications to make her binders more inclusive for her viewers. There is more than one way to get access to her documents. If you are responsive to the infographic model, you can click on resources laid out on a Padlet page she has added to the main tab of her binder. Or you can grab the same resources from a Google folder she has linked inside of the binder in a tile format.  In addition, if you prefer the tab layout, each resource is also provided in its own tab or sub tabs of the binder. In other words, her audience will be able to find what they need in their preferred viewing format.

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Using Padlets as an additional visual map to resources is a fun way to make your binder interactive for your audiences’ diverse range of skill sets.

Fred Cochran @cochran_fred  is a Coordinator for San Joaquin County Office of Education and an instructor for Teachers College San Joaquin @TeachCollegeSJ. He has been providing training resources to help schools in his district start their own Family Engagement programs.  What struck me initially was the order in which he shares his resources, making it easy for his busy team to find what they need quickly. Anything new that is added to the binder can be found in the Newly Added Resource tab.

RSDSS Region 6 Family engagement

Fred carefully chooses his tab linear layout to keep his busy staff up-to-date on resources to share

It later occurred to Fred that he could create a template binder that other school districts could use to start their own Family Engagement initiative. In the example below, he has created placeholders for a district’s documentation, including any resources that are in Spanish.  For each main tab, he carefully crafted headers in a colorful image format with explanations of what each section is about.

Family engagement template_headers

In Fred’s Sample Parent Ambassador binder, he provides headers like this one in each main section to help guide the new Parent Ambassador. He also added placeholder sub tabs for Spanish version documents

If you are sharing resources across your state, feel free to review these binders as a model for your own design. Thank you Evelyn and Fred for sharing your hard work with us!

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CESA9 Family Engagement Binder 

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WSPEI 2017-2018 

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RSDSS Region 6 Family

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Sample Parent Ambassador Toolkit

 


Create a Beautiful Guest Packet

March 11, 2018

We have seen some great uses of LiveBinders over the years. One of my favorites is creating a beautiful package of local information for your guests. Imagine if you booked an Airbnb and then were sent a nice on-line packet of fun things to do and great local restaurants. Another great example is this cool binder on Day Trips for Exchange Students:

Day Trips for Exchange Students/Visitors
Here is a quick video on how to package information for guests:

 

 This is the binder that I used in the video:
2016 Educators’ Job Fair – Employers

LiveBinders an Alternative to Wikispaces

March 2, 2018

We were sad to hear that Wikispaces is shutting down, but we hope you will consider LiveBinders as an alternative. LiveBinders lets you,

  • Quickly build an on-line binder of resources
  • Share publicly or privately
  • Easily host a library of binders on your website

And is free for your first five binders!

Want to see a nice binder example? Take a look at this great collaborative binder where multiple authors added content for an event:

From the Dashboard to the Desk

Groups of binders can also be added to a website to create virtual libraries.  These educators made their resources easily accessible regardless of where the website is hosted:

Google sites example:

Arkansas’s SEARK Literacy PD site hosts all of their content in binders on a shelf they embed here:

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SEARK website binder library

Hosted website example:

USF’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Support website hosts multiple shelves of binders resources here:

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USFPBIS website binder library

 

 

 


We now have auto-embed for Quizlet

October 2, 2017

Quizlets make great additions to your binders. You can now use “LiveBinder It” to add any Quizlet to your binders. You can also just copy/paste the url. We do the auto-embed part so that you will see the Quizlet in the tab.