Hide the URL Above the Content in Your Binder

We have had many requests from people who wanted to create a cleaner look for their binders by removing the url link that appears above the content. This feature is now available to our premium subscribers!

Link above content

To use this feature, just go into your binder in edit mode and click on Settings > Layout. Use the selection box titled Hide URL above content, then click on Save. You will have an option to remove the link completely or have a little icon replace the link.

Settings > Layout menu

Here is a screenshot of the page with an icon instead of a link:

screenshot of page with icon

One note, even if you hide the link completely, the icon will show up on mobile devices. The reason for this is that many mobile devices require you to open pdfs outside the binder, so we needed to provide people with an opportunity to still open the pdf on their mobile device.

Do you have a feature that you would like to see added to LiveBinders? Please comment on this post!

Shorter URLs for Binders and Shelves

You can now user shorter urls for your binders and shelves. When you click on the “Share” option, you will now see a URL something like this: https://www.livebinders.com/b/1524306 for a binder and this: https://www.livebinders.com/s/548 for a shelf.

We hope that makes your life with LiveBinders just a little easier! But please leave us a comment to let us know what else would make your life with LiveBinders better.

How to add an overview or table of contents page to your LiveBinder

I was looking at some great binders this morning and realized how the overview page and the table of contents page both really helped give people an introduction to and a bit of context around the binder. So I thought I would do a quick video on how to add those pages.

Please note that those pages only show up in “view” or “play” mode, so you won’t see them in the editor.

Here is my video:

Navigating the #NotatISTE18 LiveBinder

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.

Create a Beautiful Guest Packet

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:

Here is a quick video on how to package information for guests:

 

 This is the binder that I used in the video:

LiveBinders an Alternative to Wikispaces

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:

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