Friday, 24 August 2012

30 days of webtools: #21 Get organised using a Livebinder


What is a Livebinder?

There is a lovely, free online site you may have heard of called LiveBinders (http://www.livebinders.com/). It is a free online service for teachers that lets them gather, organize and share information. It is like an online 3-ring binder that you can put anything (that is online) into – webpages, PDF, documents, images, or videos. Everything is organized by tab and you can even have subtabs within those tabs. I really wanted to create a Livebinder myself this week, but time ran out. However when I have completed one I’ll let you know. Please let me know if you have created one!

This is what a Livebinder looks like before you open it (Ipads in Schools)


This is what a Livebinder looks like after it has been opened (An Educators Guide To Twitter)



A collection of Livebinders to look at

Livebinders has an amazing selection of Livebinders for you to  explore, all neatly categorised.  Take a look here: p://www.livebinders.com/shelf/featured



How to create a free Livebinder

Step 1: Sign up on their online form




Step 2: You will be taken to your new unnamed binder


Click on Start a new binder.



Step 3: Fill in all the required details

Since I haven't gone any further than this yet, please take alook at this PDF giving a step-by-step tutorial to help you create your first Livebinder.
http://magellantech4u.wikispaces.com/file/view/Creating+a+Live+Binder.pdf


Watch a video tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates the web site LiveBinders. In the tutorial, you will learn how to set up a LiveBinder account, install the LiveBinderIt tool if you wish to, and create a LiveBinder.
Livebinder tutorial




Classroom use of Livebinders

I think a Livebinder can be a really useful classroom tool. Here are some ideas with examples.

*Use Livebinders for e-portfolios (Jackie Gerstein)
*Use it for student assignments. (Brandon's puzzle cube)
*Use it for advance preparations for lessons. (Veterans' Day resources)
*Share resources on a topic with other teachers  (Social Media and Web 2.0 Web Sites)
*Collect information on a particular web tool (Wordle)
*Categorise your useful Twitter resources in one place (Professional reading)
*Use it as a subject guide for your students and parents. (Mrs Knight's English class) (Poetry pathfinders) (Grade 4 Social Studies) (Elementary Homeroom)
*Just take a look at all the Livebinders this enthusiastic teacher has created! (2sparkely)
*Livebinders has a whole channel of resources on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/livebinders)

The following two posts gives 20+ superb ways that teachers can use Livebinders in the classroom
http://livebinders.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/10-great-ways-that-educators-are-using-livebinders/
http://livebinders.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/10-more-great-ways-educators-are-using-livebinders/


Read what Livebinders have to say about how teachers can use Livebinders in the classroom:
Livebinders for teachers



Further reading

1) http://livebinders.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/10-great-examples-of-student-project-livebinders/
2) http://livebinders4teachers.pbworks.com/w/page/574743/FrontPage



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