With this update, students under 13 will be able to use the teacher’s email address to sign up for LiveBinders accounts. If a student forgets their password, an email will be sent to the teacher’s email address with the student’s username and a new temporary password.
Please note that students will not be able to get into their teacher’s account, since they will have their own individual accounts.
Thank you to everyone who requested this feature! We really appreciate the feedback.
You can now add multiple uploaded files to a binder at the same time. This should make it much faster to build binders with files from your local PC or school network.
To use this new feature, go to your “My Binders” page and click on “My Uploaded Files” in the dashboard on the left.
You can upload your files there and then use the check boxes on the left to check all the files that you want to add to a binder.
Once you have selected the files that you want in a binder, click “Add to Binder” above the file list.
You will see a “LiveBinder It” interface pop up with a list of your selected file names. You can add the files to main tabs or subtabs by clicking on the appropriate selection and then clicking “Add to Binder.”
Thank you to those of you who requested this feature!
We would like to thank all of the nominees for participating in the Top 10 contest. We really appreciate the hard work that went into creating and updating your binders to keep them useful and engaging throughout the year – well done!
When we announced the winners during our Knowledge Sharing Place session on Wednesday, we invited the nominees to speak briefly about their binders. It was so interesting to hear how the binders were being used and what design choices were being made. I think it was great to learn how much their binders were appreciated by others.
All of our nominees this year will receive LiveBinder Spotlight bookmarks featuring their binder. Here are some examples of what they will look like from our “Trainers” page.
It’s that time of year again when you get to share with us a binder that you found really helpful or influential to you or your class. For the nominating process, first you share with us those helpful binders and then we will have a short voting period. When you nominate a binder, please describe why you are nominating the binder and we will add that to the voting binder for people to view.
Winners will receive a Top 10 label on their binder, have their binder posted on the Top 10 shelf, and receive bookmarks featuring their binder with a QR code for sharing. We would also like to give our winners an opportunity to share their insights and motivations for their binder when we make the announcement this year.
We look forward to seeing all the great LiveBinders you’ve used this year.
To make your nomination, please click on this Nomination binder:
We love how LiveBinders has grown. All the feature requests you have sent our way have made LiveBinders a much better product. With all these new features, we still want to keep LiveBinders as simple as possible, so we recently redesigned the editor to make it easier use.
This release will go live Sunday May 5; here are some highlights:
New editor layout
Simple Dropbox integration
Easy QR code insertion into your binder
PDF files in the binder will no longer be displayed on top of the edit window
File uploads can now be done as links in a text layout
There are screenshots below. If you are going to be teaching a class on LiveBinders soon, please let us know by sending email to email@example.com – we can give you early access so that you can adjust your training materials.
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.
Changes to Binder Covers
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!
We have a new version of our Android app available on the LiveBinders site. You can now take pictures from your Android device and upload them directly into binders. As an example, you can take pictures of student artwork and add it to a binder showcasing the entire project.
We continue to have lots of fun changes happening at LiveBinders! We now let you change your default tab and background colors to any color you like.
To change colors, go into your binder in Edit mode. Under “Binder Properties” you will see selections for setting the default tab and background colors.
If you have an existing binder with an older theme, you will need to change the theme to “Custom”. You can still use our older color themes, but you will not be able to change individual tab and background colors while using those themes.
One of the most popular features of LiveBinders just got a little easier to use. “LiveBinder It” – the pop-up that lets you add to your binders while browsing- just went through a little clean-up. We think this version of “LiveBinder It” will be easier to use on tablets and other mobile devices.
Since, most of the time, you are adding to an existing binder, we have changed it so that “Add to an existing binder” is what you will see when “LiveBinder It” comes up. However, you can still add your link to a new binder by clicking on the “Or add to new binder” link on the right.
The radio buttons were replaced with drop down menus because those are easier to use on touch devices.
As we notice more and more of you on mobile devices, we are working to make LiveBinders work seamlessly for you on your new devices. If you have any suggestions for us, please let us know in the comments here or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This great article came out today on Best Colleges Online: How to Organize Schoolwork with LiveBinders. Michael Keathley does a very nice job explaining how students can help themselves stay organized using LiveBinders.
Thank you Michael @MichaelKeathley and Best Colleges Online @BCOtweets!
We have had many, many requests to have those tabs on the side instead of on the top. Well we now are pleased to announce that now you can have it your way!
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.