Thank you for sharing your knowledge on #DigitalLearningDay

Twitter-Hand-DLD-2019We recently learned about #DigitalLearningDay happening on February 28th and asked for requests to share your #digitalbinder libraries on that day.

Here are some of the curated content that was shared.

We were excited to share your resources with others during the #DLDAY hashtag event.

See more of our #DLDAY posts under our Tweets at our twitter.com/livebinders.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

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Writing down New Year Resolutions

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.

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Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash

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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Photo by Brad Neathery on Unsplash

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!

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New Year’s Resolution Binder by Stella Maris Berdaxagar

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. 

You’re welcome to schedule a LiveBinders demo here.

This blog post is based on a personal project I have started about organization skills and learning in the digital age.  I’m always inspired by the cool binders I find on our Featured Binders page.

LiveBinders’ Service Issue Summary

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.

Tina

 

New Pro Feature Alert: Now you can run your digital binder from your desktop!

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Expand the accessibility of your digital binder:

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.
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Screenshot of an offline copy of a LiveBinder

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 service@livebinders.com to learn more.

Options menu

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.

To learn more about Download Binder, please go to our Download Binder page or contact support@livebinders.com.

Thank you for another great LiveBinders suggestion!

 

 

 

LiveBinders Back-to-School Give Away

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!

 

LiveBinders Privacy Policy for GDPR

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

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.

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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.

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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