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LiveBinder Report 6912 Ed 1

LiveBinder Report 6912 Ed 1

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This is a help document created to help new users of LiveBinders navigate the site.
This is a help document created to help new users of LiveBinders navigate the site.

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LiveBinder Report 
 
 by Theodora Johnson I was introduced to LiveBinders last year while attending the Arkansas Teacher Leadership Academy. Our technology facilitator would send information on the Professional Learning Network(PLN) blog site about Web 2.0 tools to experiment with. As I scrolled through the list I was drawn to this site because at the time our leadership team was researching e- portfolio sites for the students at our school to use. LiveBinders looked like the perfect fit for what we wanted. After experimenting with it, I liked it! In fact, upon returning from the academy, I presented the software to the leadership team as a tool to store our actions and documentation for the school year. The team has used the binder to save documents from all the school improvements and collaboration meetings. I have created a personal binder for all of my graduate school documents and a binder for my thesis portfolio. For this group project, I also created a binder for our group to test. Hope the information in this report will convince many of the members in this class to catch on to this environmental wonder. LiveBinders is a software for sharing and collaboration Web 2.0 tool that is basically an online 3-ring binder that allows its users to store files such as websites, pdfs, word documents, and images in a digital binder that is stored online. In addition, by using LiveBinders, the user can share the web-binders with anyone he or she likes, and the user can search for other public
 
 binders that have already been created (Plano). LiveB
inder is easy to access, it‘s free, and it does
not require a download. The user only has to go to the site at LiveBinders.com, set up a user name and password, and go to work. The instructions are as follows: sign up to create an
account so you can store your livebinders right away. Add the ‗Live
B
inder It‘ bookmark tool to
the browser toolbar. Start browsing the web. Find a link you want to save then click on the
‗Live
B
inder It‘ to automatically add the link to a new binder. Edit your
Livebinder with the edit tool to retitle tabs and upload files to the tabs (LiveBinders). Some of the perks of the LiveBinder software other than the ease of logging on and setting up an account are how easy it is to navigate and build the binder. The following screen shot shows what the home page looks like: I included the text boxes to show the link to sign up, and the link to log on after you have signed up. Each one of the tabs serves as guides to lead the user to an information page that explains
that particular facet of the site. For example, this particular tab ―Featured Binders‖ opens the
 page with public binders that can be viewed to show how documents are stored in the software. The links on the right are more binders that can be accessed for viewing and use.
Use this link to
log In
after signing up
Use this link
to sign up
. Just create a user name
 
and password.
 
 
Collaborating with LiveBinders
Although LiveBinders is traditionally considered an educational tool for teachers and students, it can also be used for business collaboration. I found the following letter that introduces this new addition to the software: Happy New Year everyone! In response to many requests, we are very excited to announce the addition of collaboration features to LiveBinders. You can use collaboration for activities such as: 1.
 
Student working on group projects
 – 
 in your class or with a school across the country 2.
 
Teachers collaborating on lesson plans 3.
 
Teachers and students working in the same binder 4.
 
Districts or schools collecting shared resources 5.
 
Collaborative classrooms 6.
 
Curriculum Alignment planning 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 ha
ve 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.‖
Please see this binder to find out more about how to use the collaboration features: LiveBinders Collaboration  Thank you to the LiveBinders users who reported bugs and requested features. Please continue to let us know how to make LiveBinders better for you. Sincerely,
Tina and Barbara http://www.livebinders.com
 (Collaborating with LiveBinders) 

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