On our recent podcast we featured LiveBinders’ curators Dana Yousef and Esther Benons from MedZed, a telehealth company that works with high risk patients in their homes. Their nurses and physicians work both virtually and in person with their patients. Their use of LiveBinders within their Microsoft Teams portal has made training easier for everyone. In this highlight clip from the podcast, Esther shares her insight about how they meet the training requirements of different staff members in a post-COVID workplace using LiveBinders.
We have two recent changes at LiveBinders. The first is a way to recover your binder if you delete it by accident, and the second is an update to how to create binder covers.
Recover a Deleted Binder
To undelete a binder, just look for the trashcan icon in your Dashboard to the left of your “My Binders” page. Click on that icon and it will take you to a list of binders that you deleted in the last 30 days. Please note that those binders will be permanently deleted after 30 days.
If you click on the “Undelete” link for the binder that you wish to restore, the binder will be placed back on your “My Binders” shelf. Please note that binders are restored as “private” binders. If you want the binder to be “public”, you will need to go back into the binder in Edit mode and change the access.
Thumbshots.com was a service we had used to create default images for your binder cover from website links in your binder. But Thumbshots.com only worked with the top-level domain, so the cover often didn’t look like the link that was in the binder. We have stopped using Thumbshots, so you will now see a blank binder cover in its place.
You can create a graphical binder cover using one of these methods:
- Go to our Flickr search tool under “Insert Media” and search for a creative commons image. When you find one that you want, click on it to insert it in your current tab. Then go to “Binder Properties” and click on the “Update Binder Cover” button.
- If you use an embedded YouTube video from our YouTube search tool under “Insert Media” you can use the thumbnail of the video as your binder cover as well. Just insert the video in the tab, then go to “Binder Properties” and click on the “Update Binder Cover” button.
- You can create your own binder cover from an uploaded .jpg or .gif file. Please make sure you have copyright authorization before uploading any file to LiveBinders. Upload the file to a tab, then go to “Binder Properties” and click on the “Update Binder Cover” button. The images can be any size, but work best if they are square. Also, if you are a subscriber, make sure the image is uploaded as a “public” file.
We are working on many more exciting features at LiveBinders, but just wanted to let you know about these two housekeeping items!
Select the view of your binder with a pull-down “View” at the top. We will soon have sharing options available for tabs on the side, but for now, we would like you to try it out and tell us what you think.
I know that when I speak at conferences that the most common questions are: “Can I have a copy of your slides?” and “Can you provide that url again?”
Conference handouts are a very important part of your presentation. Your talk is often so information rich that it can’t possibly be adequately absorbed in just an hour. People need to digest the information and then go back and review it. They also need reinforcement of your message and they need to explore your sources for themselves so that they experience that “ah hah” moment on their own. Don’t let them do that without you! Create a binder with all your materials and make sure that you provide your blog or website in the binder. This will help you reinforce your message, but also let them remember the source of that message.
LiveBinders is your perfect solution to a great conference give-away! Here is a brief video overview:
But here is the best part, you can be working on your handout until the last possible minute. Of course there are times when I get additional resources from the audience. I love being able to tell them that those resources will be included in the binder. Unlike emailing information, with a binder, everyone always has the latest version.
Here is a great example from Kathy Cassidy and Maria Knee with slides and other resources:
Thank you to everyone who asked us for collaboration features. Now you can have multiple people creating and editing the same LiveBinder. Here are just some of the uses that educators came up with for this feature:
- Student group projects – in your class or with a school across the country
- Teachers collaborating on lesson plans
- Teachers and students working in the same binder
- District or school binders that are a collection of resources
Dawn Wall, Technology Coordinator from Kansas State University, was one of our early testers of the collaboration feature. Here is how she is using it:
“This collaboration functionality is really awesome. For example, we have created a private binder to share information regarding a complicated program transition. This allows us to have select staff update the binder in a timely manner while all interested parties have access to view the binder and have up-to-date information. I also think it has great potential for K-12 and post-secondary education project collaboration”
A note to all of our early Collaboration users and beta testers: We wanted to let you know that we made some changes to collaboration since you started using it. For security reasons, we switched from user names to email addresses when you invite a collaborator. Your current collaborative binders should still work, but for new ones, you will need to use email addresses instead of user names.
Please see this binder to find out how to use the new collaboration features:
Thank you to everyone who sent in feature requests! We have added some of your requests to this release including:
We have a new release for you to try at LiveBinders. We would for love for you to try out LiveBinders and provide us with your comments.
If you haven’t tried LiveBinders yet, now is the time. It is a great way to organize bookmarks into attractive little packages that are easy to find and share.
- Easier binder editing – a new interface that is slimmed down and simpler, and now you can edit a binder from the binder viewer if you are logged in.
- Sort by Categories – Categories are now shown on the home page so that you can easily find binders that interest you.
- Bookmark directly to a binder – We’ve updated our bookmarklet tool so that you can now it is easier than ever to create new binders while you are browsing the web.
Your Binder on Our Banner
Have you built a great binder that you want to share? Send us a link to your binder and a short quote and we will feature it on our homepage banner!
Keep Those Emails Coming
Please take a look at this version and drop us an email with any suggestions – we want to make this product work for you!