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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). LiveBinder 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 ‗LiveBinder It‘ bookmark tool to
the browser toolbar. Start browsing the web. Find a link you want to save then click on the
‗LiveBinder 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
Use this link to
sign up. Just
create a user
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 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
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.
Tina and Barbara
http://www.livebinders.com (Collaborating with LiveBinders)
The letter serves as a worthy review of the collaboration tool, to me, from an outside source.
There is also an overview of how to collaborate with LiveBinders. The abbreviated
overview lists the following steps:
First, make sure that all parties have LiveBinders accounts. Only one person will be
the binder owner and the rest will be collaborators. The binder owner needs to do the
1. Have email addresses for all the collaborators
2. Create the binder that will be shared
3. Edit the properties so that they reflect the desired name, category, access, etc. NOTE:
the binder owner will be the only one who can change the binder properties.
There is additional information as to how to add and/or remove collaborators and how give them
access to the notebook by emailing them the url using the standard email system. It will also be
possible to find shared binders if the user is designated as a collaborator.
The type of collaboration this software can facilitate is listed below (Collaborating with
CollaborizeClassroom Planning / teaching log Livebinders'
Collaboration Collaborative Sheets Collaborative Forms (Texas) Collaborative
Handouts & Sheets (MN) Power Tools Recharged Toni Buzzeo Books Data-Driven
Practice: Toni Buzzeo School Library Monthly Information Skills Toolkit Improve
Academic Achievement Collaborative Units that Work Library Research with
Emergent Readers Collaborative...Comprehension Destination Collaboration PBL
(grades 9-12) Smart Schools Harmony Curriculum Mapping examples (Collaborating
A Walk Through of a LiveBinder
To give the other groups who may not be familiar with the software an idea of how
LiveBinder works, I have compiled a tutorial of sorts to allow the groups to take a walk through
of an actual binder. During the walk through, I will also be giving directions as to how to
navigate the software. First, after logging on to the site, the user should click on the desired
binder that he or she wants to see as in the next screenshot. For this walkthrough I chose a
business binder to show that the software is not limited to education uses only. I chose to use the
binder called ‗Product Presentation‘ as is indicated by the arrow.
Clicking on the desired binder will open the binder‘s cover page. The tabs at the top of the page
are the documents that can be read for study or collaboration discussion.
Clicking on the tab—I chose ‗Using Mind Mapping‘—will open the document to be read.
This screenshot gives a glimpse of the tabbed document. Any time you wish to see a different
document just click on the tab to open that document.
One of the features that I love about this software is how easy it is to use. Other features
that others have evaluated are these: Users can
Curate and present their resources quickly and simply
Take control of information
View links like pages in a book instead of URLs on a page
Combine uploaded PDFs and Word docs with links in one binder
Update information conveniently without having to resend links
Avoid layout issues – all documents are organized by tabs and subtabs
Edit LiveBinders anytime, any place
Make an Impression
For environmentalists, the site allows users to go paperless one LiveBinder at a time
Share all your documents in an easy presentable format
Use LiveBinders for Smartboard and laptop presentations
Build a library of binders and become a valuable resource for others (Awesome
Testimonials about the features come from these two teachers.
By Kristen Paino
June 8, 2012
Livebinders allows you to store websites, pdfs, word documents, and images in a convenient
digital binder that is stored online. Best of all, you can share these web-binders, with anyone you
like, and you can search for other public binders that have already been created. Putting a
Livebinder together is pretty easy. It is a great way to share information online in an easy and
organized way. The possibilities to teachers are pretty amazing!
By Kelly Little
April 28, 2012
Collaborate, collect, create units of instruction with multimedia functionality. Present to class
from the binder, or embed to your class site as resource!
My favorite way to organize, yellow folders are often chaos!
How do you use this tool? Cancel comment
We'd love to know! Please log in or create an account to share your wisdom (Plano).
Two other features of merit are that there is a privacy clause. It can be read at the link
http://www.livebinders.com/welcome/privacy. There is also an upcoming option for professional
users and organizations who need more to apply for a Subscription Service. It will include more
storage capacity, larger file upload sizes, and other premium features. More information about
the subscription service can be found at the same link as above only instead of ‗privacy‘, you
will need to type ‗upgrade‘ (LiveBinders).
One other feature that needs to be mentioned is that Livebinders can be used with 37
collections according to this screenshot. They are all listed here and are separated to indicate
which category the collections are bundled under (LiveBinders).
My overall evaluation of the software is that it is a great option offered by Web 2.0. It is free, it
is easy to use, and it is accessible to users for collaboration or for personal use. After comparing
to the other software our group investigated, I would say it is one of the easiest to use. There are
not as many steps to get to the main work stations or as much to navigate to complete a task.
LiveBinders is a valuable tool for any collaborator to have in his or her virtual toolbox.
"Collaborating with LiveBinders." n.d. LiveBinders.com. document. 6 June 2012.
"LiveBinders." 2011. LiveBinders.com. Document. 5 June 2012.
Plano, Kristen and Kelly Little. EdShelf. 28 April 2012. Document. 6 June 2012.
Unknown. "Awesome Education Technology." 4 January 2011. Wordpress. Document. 7 June
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