10 More Great ways Educators are using LiveBinders

Everyday Barbara and I enjoy checking out the ‘recent’ Featured shelf on our website and continue to find so many interesting and creative ways in which educators are organizing their resources.  We thought it was time to highlight another 10 great binders for you to enjoy.

Virtual Summer Camp

User ‘mikefisher821’ – created the Virtual Summer Camp binder for teachers who are looking to improve their Web 2.0 skills, and look for inspiring online lectures and resources for teaching.  He also created a comprehensive web 2.0 resource binder called ‘Evidence of Learning 2.0’.  It is a fabulous collection of web 2.o applications broken down by category.

Mrs. Knight’s English Binder

Our user ‘bknight’ created a 9th grade English class binder for both students and parents.  She uses googledocs to create a syllabus and surveys.  When she updates her googledocs syllabus, it will automatically update in her livebinder.  The combination of googledocs with livebinders provides flexibility for the teacher who wants a collection of documents organized by context, and yet accessible anytime for editing without having to worry about re-uploading documents.

Sailing Camp LiveBinder

User ‘rlaffey’ put a complete course of information for his summer camp sailing program.  Students are able to access information online at anytime during the course instruction.  ‘Rlaffey’ organized videos and handouts throughout the binder.

MCA Orientation Binder

Our user ‘mcalibrary’ created an excellent resource binder for staff members who are relocating to Taiwan.  They put together a comprehensive resource on local transportation, english language support networks, television stations, tourist sites, language resources and a history of Taiwan.

Learning History by creating a Travel Binder
Speaking of travel guide, teacher ‘MrsB’ created a fantastic binder course for 1st – 5th graders where they were to team up with partners and plan a trip to a particular country.  The idea is to get them to create a scenario where they have to travel to this country and then document what they visited.  In her binder below, she provided guidelines, handouts and resources that help the students with their projects.  I’ve included her binder below plus one of the student example binders.

Conference Presentation Binder

‘Dmantz7’ used livebinders as a way to present conference material in an organized format in the binder.  He addresses unique 21st century issues with examples of tools that teachers can use for their classroom.  He also provides guidelines on how to use some of the web 2.0 tools he highlights.  Its a great resource for teachers and also another example of how to use livebinders as a presentation tool.

Everyday Barbara and I enjoy checking out the ‘recent’ Featured livebinders shelf on our website and continue to find so many interesting and creative ways in which educators are organizing their resources.  We thought it was time to highlight some of those binders to you.

User mikefisher821 – created the Virtual Summer Camp binder for teachers who are looking to improve their Web 2.0 skills, look for online lectures and resources for teaching. He’s collected a great number of video resources, online lectures and websites that caters to teachers wanting to freshen up on their skills.  It is basically a virtual summer camp at your fingertips.

Virtual Summer Camp
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Mrs.Knight’s English Binder

Our user ‘bknight’ created a 9th grade English class binder for both students and parents.  What I like about her binder is that she incorporates the flexibility of googledocs into her binders in appropriate ways.  For example, she has a welcome letter drafted to both the parents and students as well as a tab for a google doc survey.  The nice thing about using google docs and livebinders together is that you can edit your google docs remotely so that the latest updates or edits can appear on the document even though it is already linked in the binder.  It provides great flexibility for the teacher who wants everything organized in appropriate tabs, but also allows her to update her google docs from within the binder.
Mike’s Evidence of Learning 2.0

Shelf of 2sparkley

MCA Orientation Binder

Dean Mantz’s iCiL 2010 “Simplify Virtually” presontation –
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Sailing binder

Science Links

‘Jmayo’ put together a great collection of science virtual worlds and interactive online programs in the subject of live sciences.  There are some very fun and immersive environments that students will enjoy exploring and coming away learning something about the world they live in.

Poetry Pathfinders

User ‘arosheim’ created a lovely binder for kindergarten to 5th grade students to learn more about poetry.   Each tab is organized by grades and includes sub-tabs with links to poetry examples and exercises that are grade appropriate.

LiveBinder Shelf of 2sparkley

User ‘2sparkley’ has created an enormous resource of  great information for teachers in all subject areas.  Instead of focusing on one binder, we are sharing her entire library of public binders in this link to her livebinder public shelf.  Resources include useful links to math and english subjects, safety on the web, word clouds and virtual worlds.

http://www.livebinders.com/shelf/search?search=&terms=2sparkley&type=1

Here are some more examples.

Better Spelling Tips

Sometimes it just takes a little guidance to help a poor speller become a great speller.  In this livebinder are a few really good websites that break down spelling tips in a way that can help a young child develop good spelling habits.  This is not only useful for your 2nd grader, but your 5th grader, as well.  There is even an online free interactive game that your kids can play that will help them practice random spelling.  The game is located in the last tab of the binder below.

Click on this link to open the binder.

4th,5th and 6th grade Math Word Problems

It’s parent/teacher conference time and if you are like many parents, you are probably working on certain math skills with your kids. We had a very good response to our 3rd grade math word problems binder and have a few more math word worksheet binders for the 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

Inside each binder is a little summary about the skills the kids should be developing at that grade level. To view the different worksheets, just click at the top of the binder to see the corresponding tabs. Click on the tabs to view the websites with the printable worksheets. Some of the tabs even contain websites that let kids answer questions directly online.

To open a binder just click on the link or image below – Enjoy!

Math Word Problems for 3rd graders

There is nothing better when helping your child learn a new math concept than having worksheets handy so that you don’t have to make problems up or xerox copy books over and over again. 

In this livebinder are several websites that provide guidelines and worksheets to help your child (from 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade) practice doing word problems, multi-digit addition, money, fractions, decimals, multiplication and rounding.

To open just click on the link below and click on the different tabs and sub-tabs to view the different websites and worksheets.

Enjoy!

Getting Organized this Year

The new year is fast approaching and with it comes a bunch of new resolutions that you hope to keep going for the rest of the year if not for the rest of your life. One of my top priorities is to take control of my life – and that means getting organized, at work, home and in other areas of my personal life.

This binder has a few motivating links that should inspire you to get organized this year. Included are other websites which give useful tips on how to get organized in specific areas of your life.

If you’ve ever thought about how you can organize the clutter of digital documents and online web links that you collect everyday, consider trying out LiveBinders. It’s a free online application that lets you organize the information you collect online by combining them in one place. You can organize your documents in binders and build a collection of binder resources to easily grab at your fingertips.

To view, click on the link below. To browse through the different websites, just click on the tabs at the top.

Purify your air with Plants

This binder is about the green way you can clean the air in your home. Some plants are excellent at cleaning pollution from indoor air. Dr. Bill Wolverton published his research at NASA to find plants that clean the air. These plants absorb toxic chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene which are commonly used in the production of clothing, furniture, mattresses, carpets, plastics and printing. One healthy plant can clean a 100 sq.ft. room of 87% of these contaminants in 24 hours. (try the Rubbert plant or Peace Lily).

Check out his inexpensive, well-illustrated, and extremely practical book – “How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Hofme of Office.”

To open the binder, click on the link below. Once the binder is launched, click through the tabs and subtabs in the binder below to view all the different websites that talk about plants and their purification value. Some sites will list plants that you can buy for your home.

Handmade holiday gift ideas

Having your kids make holiday gifts this year not only can help keep the budget down, but it can also help them improve their reading, math, fine motor movements, planning and follow-through development skills.   It’s also a great way to get the family working on a project together and opening up your child’s imagination and creativity. 

The following binder has a list of links with clever gift ideas and instructions as well as a place to buy or sell handmade gifts.

Just click on the link below to launch the binder – then click on the tabs at the top of the page to view the different websites.  Enjoy!

LiveBinder It update!

We are happy to announce that the LiveBinder It bookmarklet tool has been updated.

Here are some of the changes in this release:

Auto-open:

Now when you add a link to a binder through the LiveBinder It bookmarklet tool, the binder will automatically open so that you can see where the link was added in your binder.

Non-conforming Links:

Some users have come across links that override the binder trying to open the link in its own browser window.  LiveBinder has now corrected that problem by adding the URL link to the tab page and launching a separate window for the web page.  Everytime you click on the tab of that particular link, the browser window will come to the front of the binder.

Error messages:

Any error messages caused by odd characters typed into a binder title has now been fixed.

To benefit from these new updates, replace your bookmarklet by going to livebinders.com/tool.

Let us know how it goes and if you encountered any problems.

Enjoy collecting!

Motivating your kids to learn

September is nearly over and the enthusiasm for school is starting to subside.  Reality is setting in – parents might be dealing with kids who aren’t taking their classwork or homework ‘seriously’ or maybe they are discovering that their kids want to do well, but are afraid to ask for help.

Parents with kids who are clearly bright, but who aren’t applying themselves in the classroom might be interested in the following resources in this LiveBinder.

One article in particular talks about a book by Dr. Michael Whitley, which gives helpful guidelines for motivating your kids to learn. (see article to the right)

Click on the tabs in the binder to view other interesting resources on this subject.

The best sunscreens on the market

I’ve found some interesting articles regarding the best sunscreens on the market today. ‘Parade’ magazine published a list of these products, which is in this binder. I also found another list from ‘Town and Country’ magazine.

Neutragena seems to be the best, but it is interesting to compare prices and products.

I also included an article from ‘Parade’ that talks about the importance of skin care and the right skin care products.

To open the binder just click on the link or binder icon below and click through the tabs to view the articles.

Enjoy!

Summer Soccer camps

It’s that time of year when you are realizing that school is about to end and you haven’t planned out the summer yet.  If any of you have kids interested in soccer, this binder has a list of soccer camps put together by a bunch of moms.  They’re in the San Francisco bay area and one of them even has a drop-in clinic.

Open the binder by clicking on the link or icon below and click through the tabs to see the different web pages.

Happy summer!