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.
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.
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!
We 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.