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!

 

 

 

How to add an overview or table of contents page to your LiveBinder

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.

Here is my video:

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!

 

Navigating the #NotatISTE18 LiveBinder

NotatISTE18 LiveBindersWe 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.

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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Sample Parent Ambassador Toolkit

 

Create a Beautiful Guest Packet

We have seen some great uses of LiveBinders over the years. One of my favorites is creating a beautiful package of local information for your guests. Imagine if you booked an Airbnb and then were sent a nice on-line packet of fun things to do and great local restaurants. Another great example is this cool binder on Day Trips for Exchange Students:

Here is a quick video on how to package information for guests:

 

 This is the binder that I used in the video:

LiveBinders an Alternative to Wikispaces

We were sad to hear that Wikispaces is shutting down, but we hope you will consider LiveBinders as an alternative. LiveBinders lets you,

  • Quickly build an on-line binder of resources
  • Share publicly or privately
  • Easily host a library of binders on your website

And is free for your first five binders!

Want to see a nice binder example? Take a look at this great collaborative binder where multiple authors added content for an event:

Groups of binders can also be added to a website to create virtual libraries.  These educators made their resources easily accessible regardless of where the website is hosted:

Google sites example:

Arkansas’s SEARK Literacy PD site hosts all of their content in binders on a shelf they embed here:

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SEARK website binder library

Hosted website example:

USF’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Support website hosts multiple shelves of binders resources here:

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USFPBIS website binder library

 

 

 

We now have auto-embed for Piktochart and Sway

If you are using Piktochart to create an infographic or Sway for your presentations, you no longer have to find embed codes and then copy paste them. You can just use the url for your chart or presentation (or click on “LiveBinder It” while viewing your chart or presentation) and we do the rest of the work so that it shows up beautifully in your binder.

#NotAtISTE?

I occasionally talk to teachers who don’t even know what ISTE is. ISTE is the biggest edtech conference in the country and it is a blast. There is so much to be learned and so much to be shared at ISTE. But even if you are not in San Antonio this year, you can catch some of the amazing information sharing by following the #NotAtISTE17 hashtag on Twitter.

Even if you don’t have time to follow the hashtag, or if you find it too overwhelming, you can check out the #NotAtISTE17 LiveBinder. Peggy George and myself have collaborated on this for the last couple of years. We gather all the fun things from the hashtag and many of the presentations from ISTE and organize them in a binder so that you can browse it at your leisure. Peggy has also created a Participate collection for all the shared resources.

“LiveBinder It” – New features including save to multiple binders

“LiveBinder It” is our handy bookmarklet that lets you add web pages to your binder while you browse. But it can also be used to add multiple files to LiveBinders and to copy tabs from one LiveBinder to another. “LiveBinder It” just got a major update and the new features include:

  • Adding files/links to multiple binders at once – teachers have often asked if they can upload a file to multiple student binders and now they can!
  • Adding files/links to base tabs -before, you had to add files or links to main or sub tabs and then move them to base tabs, but now you can add them directly to base tabs
  • A simplified interface for all these powerful features
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New “LiveBinder It” Look
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Easily Add Content To Multiple Binders
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Add Content to Base Tabs

LiveBinders Google Integration

In case you missed some of our announcements on LiveBinders Google integration, here are all the ways that we now integrate with Google:

  1. Google sign up and login – Save time by using your Google account to sign up for or log into LiveBinders
  2. Auto embed of Google docs, presentations, spreadsheets, and Drive folders – Your LiveBinder looks great with all your Google content in it, use “LiveBinder It” to add Google content to your binders, you can even add Google Drive folders to your binder
  3. Add Google content from inside the binder – Another time saver is to add content from Google while you are editing your binder. Use the Drive option from the + Content menu inside the binder to add content from your Google Drive
  4. Share to Google Classroom – Quickly and easily add your binder to Google Classroom by selecting Classroom from the Share menu in your binder