Our Team plan allows users to manage multiple LiveBinders accounts from an administrator’s panel. In addition, the Team plan lets members mark their binders with a team plan privacy setting formerly known as ‘limited access,’ now known as ‘team access.’ ‘Limited access’ gives private restrictions to a binder, similar to ‘private access’, but makes it viewable without an access key to all members on the same team. This is a way to create a team library of shared binders.
For those who are members of an existing team plan, you can still find your limited binders from the ‘All My Binders’ dashboard, just look for ‘Team Binders’ instead of ‘Limited Binders’.
You can find more information from our Help page under “Team Shelf.”
If you would like to learn more about the Team plan or about the team library, please sign up for a free demo here.
As a follow-up to my blog post on the power of goal writing for students, I did some more research around resiliency, and started learning more about executive functions. According to www.beyondbooksmart.com, executive function are skills that students need for the following:
Organizing thoughts and materials
Planning and prioritizing
Getting started (task initiation)
Staying on track
Remembering what to do and when to do it
Managing emotions and impulses
I did a search for “executive functions” on our website, and found a group of binders with free resources created by MindPrint Learning. There were so many interesting resources available.
In particular I was taken with their quote on homework:
“…supporting (students) with planning, structure and organizational strategies can be key to helping them work more efficiently, effectively and independently.”
There are a number of things you can do to help your student feel confident about their style of learning. One of the first things you can do is figure out what type of learner your student is. There are many places that offer online tests. Mindprint Learning offers their servicehere. Once you understand your student’s learning style, you can organize a homework area to enhance and build your student’s learning confidence.
See our highlight of Mindprint Learning’s homework checklists and other free resources available below.
Setting New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to focus on one’s goals and develop a growth mindset.
In his two-year study, University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson had 700 students write down their goals in a class called Maps of Meaning. Asking them to reflect on fundamental moments in their life that he referred to as “self-authoring,” Peterson instructed his students to list different strategies and goals that would help them overcome their obstacles.After 2 years, he found that the achievement gaps between minority groups and white students closed significantly for those who participated in the assignment compared to those in the control group who did not. “The act of writing is more powerful than people think,” Peterson shared.
Inspired by both Melissa Dahl’s story for The Cut and Anya Kamenetz’s NPR story about Dr. Peterson’s research, I wondered if students in class, or even at home, are encouraged to reflect on and write down goals. As a result of these exercises, would these students be able to learn resilience?
Resilience is something that researchers are now identifying as a ‘growth mindset’, a term coined by Carol Dweck in her book, Mindset. Adopting a growth mindset encourages people to realize that their abilities can be improved over time with intentional and consistent effort. Goal writing seems like a great way for students to start learning and improving their own resilience.
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Around the same time that I discovered Peterson’s research, I was delighted to find a binder designed specifically for students and goal setting. Titled ‘New Year’s Resolutions,’ the binder is curated by one of our Certified Trainers, Stella Maris Berdaxagar, who designed exercises for ELA students geared not only towards improving their writing skills, but also setting personal goals and writing New Year’s resolutions.
Berdaxagar’s binder has guided steps on how a teacher can provide activities that encourage teen and adult students to reflect not only on what they’ve accomplished in the past year, but also on what their new goals are, and how they plan to attain them. Berdaxagar also includes an impressive selection of engaging activities that help students learn skill sets that could last them a lifetime.
Please let me know what you think!
Ready to Impress?
Have you curated an impressive body of resources to share? Feel free to contact me for a brief demo on how curators like Berdaxagar are easily packaging and distributing their resources with our online digital binders.
On Wednesday 10/10, one of our servers became unresponsive and caused our site’s performance to degrade. After we successfully restarted the server, the site performance returned to normal.
After additional analysis, we discovered that a new feature we were testing had created a dependency on this server. When a server goes down, our website should be able to continue to perform properly, but did not because of this dependency. We have fixed this problem and have verified that our software no longer has this issue.
Fortunately, many of you were able to keep up-to-date on our progress — both from our status page and our Twitter feed.
Thank you again for the supportive Tweets we saw on our feed. We know how much you depend on your binders and we really strive to keep LiveBinders reliable and resilient.
We are excited to release a feature many of you have requested (thank you for telling us what you need!). This new feature – Download Binder – will provide you access to your binder(s) when you have poor or no internet connection. Download Binder will allow a Pro or qualified Organization plan members to download a copy of their binder that can be stored and viewed from their desktop.
What to expect from your download copy of your binder?
Your downloaded version will look and play exactly as your online version with the following exceptions:
Websites added to your binder need an internet connection. They will not display in the offline version of your binder.
The offline version of your binder cannot be edited.
The Options menu at the top of your online binder will not be available in the downloaded version.
How to get access to the Download feature?
Make sure you are a Pro subscriber or belong to an Organization plan that has Download Binder feature enabled. If you are interested in the Download Binder feature, you can upgrade to the Individual Pro and Individual Pro EDU plans from our Upgrade page. If you are a group subscriber, please contact email@example.com to learn more.
Download Binder is located on the My Binders page in the drop-down Options menu underneath the binder icon. Select Download this Binder to generate the offline version of your binder. When it is ready, a Zip file will be emailed to the email address listed for your LiveBinders’ account. You can also access your Zip file from the Downloaded Binders page.
How to install your offline binder:
After you download the zip file to a folder. Extract the Zip file in order to install all of the files and folders required to run your offline copy from your desktop. To play your binder, look for the HTML file that is named as the title of your binder and double click on it to launch it to your default browser. All downloaded binders will run from a browser off of your desktop folder. To learn more about how to download your binder or troubleshoot any issues with your download copy, please go to our help page.
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.
Starting 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!