“I don’t know how to explain it, but we as a parent, you’re like, well, maybe they’ll outgrow this or maybe something will change or this or that. You know, there’s like so many what-ifs and you kind of put things off until you realize it. When it’s not happening, you have to step in and do something. And that’s when you get the panic calls.”
Patti Shrom is the founder ofS.A.L.T Resources Solutions. S.A.L.T stands for Student to Adult Life Transition, and in this clip from our Success podcast she highlights the overwhelming feeling parents get when they start to realize how lost they can be as they try to navigate all the forms and processes that are required to transition their teen with disabilities to the adult support system.
Andrea Harker, the School to Work Employment Specialist with the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities, joins Patti to share the types of services S.A.L.T can provide and how starting as early as freshman year can make the transition manageable and successful for both parents and teens.
You’ll also learn how LiveBinders plays an important part in how Patti and her collaborator Michelle Cadleorganize all the up-to-date county resources, S.A.L.T speaker handouts and a variety of documentation so that parents can easily access them from one central digital binder.
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There is something to be said about knowing your audience, but what about when your audience knows you? Susie Tiggs could be called a LiveBinders’ Pro. When lock down started on March 13, 2020, Susie woke up the next morning and quickly put together a digital binder for her deaf and hard of hearing community, adding as many resources as she could gather for remote learning during COVID. Her community instinctively knew she’d have something put together in a LiveBinder and were already Googling her name the next day. In record time, her digital binder, VirtualActivities for Teachers and Families COVID-19, garnered thousands of views and at the time of the podcast was already at 40K. LiveBinders quickly solved an issue for Susie and her teachers before it could even become a problem. By already being familiar with her online binders, they could #pivot from in classroom to remote. Hear Susie’s fascinating turnaround story and how COVID has impacted the deaf and hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired in this short video clip from our podcast Success with the Texas Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Blind and Visually Impaired Students.
We recently released a tutorial video and added it to our Help Guide Binder. The video shows you how to add your Buncee files to your digital binder. What’s great about adding media like Buncee to your digital binder is that you are providing another way to engage a select group of stakeholders in your audience who might respond more easily to visual mapping with sound and pictures better than with just text. That doesn’t mean you should ignore those other stakeholders who like to easily find what they need by reading the file name in your binder tab or in a list like a Google folder. Just include those option in your binder, too.
What is nice about adding both a Buncee link and a Google folder link to your digital binder or even just adding your content directly to a binder tab, is that you provide a complete package that gives your diverse audience choices that appeal to them. Using UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles like these offers your content in more than one format to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners.
In our recently released Success Podcast, Susie Tiggs and Chris Tabb shared their feedback on the accessibility and responsiveness of LiveBinders to help their Texas visually impaired students with the ability to access online content. It is essential for them that an online tool or app provide the necessary features for the success of engaging online content with whatever technology they are using.
Digital binders can be a useful framework that helps curators package accessible content in a way that makes it easier for stakeholders to navigate. Check out this short, 3 minute clip from our podcast to learn more.
App Smashing is the process of bringing together multiple media apps in one place to complete a project. For example, a project might include notes kept in a Google Doc, a YouTube video demonstration, a slide presentation that was presented on Google Slides, or comments on a project organized on a Padlet. Our binder platform allows you to integrate those different media objects into a digital binder without compromising your story’s organization.
Many of our curators have been exploring the use of interactive media to engage their remote audiences. One tool they are using is Thinglink. Thinglink allows you to map hotspots onto an image that can include links to websites, videos, audio files and documents.
In this quick video tutorial, you’ll see how to add a Thinglink embed code to your binder tab.
One way to describe Susie Tiggs commitment and dedication to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) community can be realized by her LiveBinders stats. Since she started with LiveBinders, Susie has created some 300 binders, curating over 9 thousand resources in these binders, and garnering hundreds of thousands of views. She is the Texas Statewide Lead for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and two of her binders caught our attention: Children’s Stories in Sign Language and her recently created Virtual Activities for Teachers and Families COVID-19binders.
We reached out to Susie to learn how our digital binders helped her team not only during the pandemic, but throughout a normal school year. With her invited guest, Chris Tabb from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, we discovered:
How Susie could quickly respond to the COVID-19 lock-down by app smashing resources to her binder such as Google folders, QR codes, Wakelets, YouTube videos and more.
That components of the DHH and BVI (blind and visually impaired) education are important contributions to the UDL (Universal Design for Learning) program.
How DHH and BVI role models inspire all of us.
That “fairy godmother syndrome” is not like a “helicopter parent.”
Accessibility is an important reason they use LiveBinders.
Join Linda Houle and I, along with our sound engineer Andrew Lapp, for an informative and uplifting podcast with two educators excited to share their program with you and their love of LiveBinders.
Susan Brooks-Young started sharing resources on digital literacy back in 2011 in her online digital binder called: Building Blocks for Digital Citizenship. Initially the subject occupied a single tab titled “Truth Matters” where Susan shared teaching resources to help students learn how to differentiate authentic information from fabrication.
9 years later and it is clear that it isn’t just our students who face this challenge. Everyday on trusted apps and websites, consumers are bombarded with an array of truths, misinformation and now a new term: disinformation. Most of us don’t have the skill set to recognize the differences between them. And as my podcast co-host Linda and I learned, the social implications are just the tip of the iceberg.
Please join Linda Houle and I as we learn how LiveBinders was exactly what Susan needed to organize her resources. We also dive into the topic of misinformation vs disinformation, why fake news isn’t even news , and how we can all recognize our own echo chambers.
Joy Kirr started using LiveBinders as a way to document what she calls “passion projects.” Genius Hour was her first passion project, which is the idea of allowing students to lead and explore their own learning interests for up to 20% of their class time. She was excited to start implementing Genius Hour in her classroom, but met resistance from parents who didn’t understand the concept and weren’t sure they wanted to give up structured learning time in their child’s classroom. Joy soon realized that what parents really needed was access to those same resources that she had access to, resources that she was already vetting in her LiveBinder. So she started to share her binder and soon parents gained a better understanding of the value of Genius Hour. Her Genius Hour binder now has over a million views, and is the go-to place for the why and how of organizing Genius Hour class time.
Fast forward to 2018 and Joy is onto another passion project. This time she was so taken by the book Being the Change by Sara K. Ahmed that she embarked on a mission to confront her own biases; taking head-on the slippery topic of racial inequality. Once again her LiveBinder started out as a way to keep track of important resources for herself to review, and eventually became an open journey she decided to share with others. This time, though, she is getting a different kind of resistance. We invited Joy to talk with Linda Houle and me on what it means to be anti-racist and on the valuable resources she has collected for her binder. We bring honesty and vulnerability to the podcast, openly admitting that we’re bound to make mistakes, and that our biases are also a work-in-progress with the hopes of encouraging you to start your own conversations. Thank you for listening.
Long before Covid19 transformed the landscape of classroom teaching, LiveBinders users John Dahlgren and Peggy Hohensee were figuring out how to better navigate their college institution’s learning management system (LMS) protocols. Both had one objective in mind: to make it easier for students to find their class materials. They discovered that LiveBinders could be a flexible central location for their course material both inside and outside their LMS. Inadvertently, they also realized that by having this consistent access to their resources, their students became more engaged and self-sufficient learners.
In this episode, Linda Houle joins our podcast again to welcome John and Peg. I hope that for those of you who are grappling with how to manage your classroom remotely, you’ll see how LiveBinders can be a valuable extension of your teaching practice.
John Dahlgren is a Career and Technical instructor of Drafting and CAD Technology courses and is a Technical Trainer with Butte College Contract Education.
Peggy Hohensee is the Chair of the Purdue University Global Math Department responsible for a team of people who teach, develop curriculum, design and create supplemental course materials from freshman level mathematics to graduate statistics.
On March 12th, 2020, literally days before all of our lives changed by the COVID-19 lock down, Linda Houle (a long time LiveBinders curator) and I Zoomed with Elizabeth Kahn, the Library Media Specialist at Patrict Taylor Science and Technology Academy in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, to talk about her Hurricane Katrina LiveBinder. In the interview, Elizabeth clearly demonstrates how important our role as custodians to historical events really are. Here is why.
In 2005 those of us old enough will remember Hurricane Katrina and how devastating it was to New Orleans and the towns, schools and people who were displaced by it. Fear was palpable, but through time the impact, the trauma, the fear starts to fade. Elizabeth and her colleagues had a simple epiphany: A generation of students are growing up without any knowledge of this devastation and how it displaced a million people in a matter of hours and impacted their own family’s lives.
At that time, Elizabeth does what librarians are trained to do, she goes out and finds information, resources that can help tell the story of what happened in 2005. She vets information and then she goes a step further, she builds a narrative in the way she organizes her resources. In this case, she puts them in a digital binder because so many things that she wanted to illustrate are captured on film. She starts to build activities that she can share with teachers. It moves from one classroom to many classrooms, even to classrooms outside of the neighborhood she is trying to preserve.
But there is something that happened that is unique only to this digital world. Those primary sources started disappearing, and that’s the part where you hear Linda and I reflecting upon it in the beginning of the podcast. In the actual interview, you’ll hear Elizabeth bring this up as something that is part of her routine, but it is significantly more revealing about her commitment to the cause and to what it takes to keep a history alive.
We often discover great public binders on our website that we feature on Twitter, Facebook and our Featured binders page. Although they have been perfect avenues for highlighting great resources, what’s been missing over the years is a deep dive into the why and how of these binders.
We’ve had the privilege of hearing great stories directly from our curators. Our Organize Success Podcast was born out of a desire to start sharing those conversations with you. We think you’ll benefit from learning what our curators have already figured out from their own research and organization.
Our very first podcast features Fred Cochran, Coordinator for Continuous Improvement and Support at the San Joaquin County Office of Education and his UDL Toolkit Binder. UDL is an education framework that act as guidelines to help you create flexible learning environments that accommodate individualized learning differences. Although it is an education framework, the guidelines can be effectively used in any interactive setting where you are trying to make a connection with your audience.
If you’ve ever tried to teach an individual or a group of people new information, you’ll appreciate how Fred candidly shares the UDL mindset he adopted to improve his own work, where he happily saw, time and again, better audience participation and engagement. These are gems you won’t want to miss. We believe you’ll walk away knowing how to improve your own face-to-face or remote presentations.
Highlights from our conversation:
From architecture to education
Keen observations reveal how design benefits everyone
Rethinking ‘access’ from physical to conceptual
Teacher as designer
UDL as a mindshift practice
Value of giving choice, and the flexibility to change it
Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of you who have taken the big step of social distancing to help all of us #flattenthecurve of the COVID19 virus. It is proving to be the best course of action. We also want to send our thanks and support to the doctors, nurses and caretakers who are risking their lives to save the infected.
Remote Learning Toolkit
The Remote Learning Toolkit is a fantastic, and timely, binder for those who are looking for free tools on how to get your remote classroom started. You’ll find templates for online attendance records, free online planning tools, whiteboards and chat applications. Please feel free to use and copy Stella Maris Berdaxagar’s Remote Learning Toolkit Binder. This is a great example of app smashing at its best.
In terms of your knowledge of the virus and what it means to you, please take a moment to read this article. Written in very clear terms, it helps explain what is going on with the virus, how the data can guide us on the best course of action and what you can expect to happen in the immediate future. It is worth reading and is very powerful. Please share it with others.
Sending safety and healing to all of you from all of us at LiveBinders.
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.