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Free Tools Challenge #15: Organize and Share with Livebinders

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This is the 15th post in the “30 days to using the best of the web’s free tools for educators” series. Be sure to subscribe to the Teacher Challenge blog by RSS, like us on facebook, and follow us on twitter to keep up with future challenge posts as they are published.

Objectives:

  1. What The Heck Is Livebinders?
  2. Getting Started
  3. Navigating
  4. Livebinder It Tool
  5. Challenge

Overview

I have been a fan and user of Livebinders for a while now. But many people still haven’t discovered the awesomeness that is Livebinders. So first, what is it?

Watch this video on Introduction To Livebinders

To recap, Livebinders is a digital 3 ring binder that you can put virtually anything into; webpage, PDF, document, image, or video. Everything is organized by tab and you can even have subtabs within those tabs.

For example here is a binder I did, organizing my Twitter In Education resources.

An Educators Guide To Twitter

Or here is one of the most popular, a binder all about the iPad in Schools.

Getting Started

Getting set up is a breeze. Accounts are free and all you need is a username, password and an email address. (Don’t worry, they wont send you anything, unless you want the newsletter. The email just for password retrieval.) Once you have that you land on your shelf.

From your shelf you can view any binders you have previously created or you can begin a new binder by clicking the Create Binder tab at the top.

When you create a new binder you have a few options:

  • You of course need a title and a short description of your binder.
  • You can also tag it which makes it easier to find when folks do a key term search for content.
  • Choose your category (although most will go in the education section you can see there are loads of other great categories).
  • You get the choice of making your binder public (so it is searchable) or private (seen only by you) by selecting the appropriate button.
  • Then there is the access key. If you create a private binder you can create an access key that will give others the ability to view your binder. Helpful if you want people to review the information but don’t want the binder public.
  • Last option is to fill your binder with a Google search. If you choose this option, when the binder is created it will have the first 7 search results from Google already in your binder. (Such a handy feature!)

Can you still add other content you ask? Well sure! This is a fast and easy way to start off your binder with a little bit of content.

Once in your binder you will see your tabs at the top.

  1. Click a tab to get started. Generally you are going to put links in your binder.
  2. When you have selected a tab insert your link and click the button. Boom! Inserted. Each tab has a menu that will allow you to move your tabs, delete the tab, add a sub tab (which behaves the same as a regular tab) and open the advanced menu.

In the advanced menu there are several customizable features.

  • Here is where you add other media like docs, spreadsheets, audio, video and PDFs.
  • You can also change the layout of a page. The default is the one column with the webpage. But there are so many other options like titles, text and media and tables.

Definitely spend some time here going over the different layouts.

When you are ready you can share your binder with the world. You have several options:

  • You can email, send a tweet, like it on Facebook, get the embed code or present it right there in a nice clean browser.
  • Also when you are on your shelf you can grab the link and embed code to the binder without ever opening it.

Livebinder It Tool

This little bookmarklet changed my life and how I use Livebinders. This sits in your bookmark bar waiting for you to add pages to a new binder or an existing one.

When you come across something you want to add to a binder click the Livebinder It button and you get a new window. (If you aren’t logged in you will have to do that first.)

  • Then you can do 2 things, add the page to a new binder (give the binder a name, description, tags, just like before) or add to an existing binder.
  • You can even add the page as a sub tab and choose where it should go. When you add it the tool will test the page for 10 seconds and then you can go on your way.

I regularly will open all the pages I want to add to a binder in my browser and just go one by one using the tool.

Watch this video on the Livebinder It! tool.

Challenge

  1. Your challenge (which I hope you choose to accept) is to explore some of the features I have described here to create your own binder.
  2. Think about something that it taking up shelf space either physically or digitally and how you could organize it.
  3. Be sure to look at the Featured binders on the Livebinders website for ideas.

Happy Livebindering!

About the Author

Steven W. Anderson is an educator, blogger, speaker, consultant, father and husband. He is current a District Instruction Technologist with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, NC.

In addition to his day job he consults with districts and schools around the United States on using social media in schools and for professional development and helps craft social media policies.

As the Co-Founder of one of the most popular educuational hashtags on Twitter, #edchat, Steven regularly speaks about the power of real-time information for teachers and it’s impact on learning.

You can find Steven on Twitter (@web20classroom) or his blog, The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom (http://web20classroom.blogspot.com).

23 comments for “Free Tools Challenge #15: Organize and Share with Livebinders

  1. ladymali
    December 10, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Wow! This is amazing. I am a teacher and student searching through blogs for an assignment. I had never heard of Livebinders. I have lost so many things in the past to computer issues so having an electronic binder where I could place everything is wonderful. I just signed up and am ready to start.

  2. Veronica Gelfgren
    May 13, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Here is one livebinder with tools for educators and presenters. http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1310662&present=true
    And another one about Finland
    http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1310134

  3. Tracy Baggs
    October 2, 2013 at 1:42 am

    LiveBinders looks like a great place to store tons of information and share with others.

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  5. June 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Livebinders is a great tool for storing massive amounts of data. I introduced it to our Leadership Team for filing our ACSIP actions. It was well received and used!

  6. June 9, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I introduced Livebinders to our Leadership Team as a resource for keeping track of our ACSIP actions. It is a godsend for keeping track of a huge amount of data.

  7. June 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I love Livebinders. Until I read this post, I had never heard of Livebinders and now I don’t know how I ever lived without them:)
    Here is my blog post and the binders I created are right inside it: http://lunas994.blogspot.com/2011/06/free-tools-challenge-15-livebinders.html
    I am rather proud of the “online dictionaries” binder: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=116451

  8. May 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Hi, I have a new question, and I did not see this question on the FAQ on LiveBinders — Is there a way to export a copy that can be saved on a CD, thumbdrive, etc.?
    Kind regards,
    Tracy Watanabe

    • May 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

      No, there is no way to do that today. We have it on our enhancement list though!

      • May 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm

        Thanks Barbara for the quick response. Much appreciated.

  9. May 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Thank you Steven for such an excellent write-up on LiveBinders!

    You have put together an amazing collection of binders: http://livebinders.com/shelf/search_author?terms=steven.anderson

    We recently implemented a feature that lets you embed your shelf in your blog so that you no longer have to go to our site to see all your binders.

    Thank you again for creating and sharing such wonderful resources!

  10. May 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I finally gave it a try and love the organizing options from LiveBinders! Thanks for adding this challenge.

    http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=34291

    My binder is currently set to “private” and I’m trying to change it to “public.” Any tips?

    Kind Regards,
    Tracy Watanabe

  11. April 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I really like LiveBinders.
    my shelf is here:

    http://livebinders.com/shelf/search_author?terms=Colleen+Young

    The Bloom’s Taxonomy and Wordle binders have been well received.

  12. Dorene Bates
    April 12, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Here is a link to my Flip Video and Curriculum LiveBinder: http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=77133

  13. April 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    You’re welcome to share/edit my shelf as well (Avatars, Photo Enhancers, Videos, Search Engines, and Creative Commons): http://www.livebinders.com/shelf/search_author?terms=tdallen5

  14. April 12, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Hi Steve,

    You can share my shelf if you like, it is mostly public, and might be useful to some folk..

    http://livebinders.com/shelf/my

    Leslinks

  15. April 12, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Here is a link to my Digital Storytelling LiveBinder. http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=7414 Also, everyone should consider joining the ladies of @LiveBinders and I each month as we conduct a one hour webinar via learncentral.org.

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