LiveBinders : The educative tool teachers should not miss

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LiveBinders is an electronic portfolio that allows its users to organize , bookmark, and share online content . It is a bookmarking tool that facilitates the organization of the information found online. Instead of saving the links of your favorite websites in other bookmarking services like Delicious for example, LiveBinders lets you organize your links into tabs accessible through instant click .
Apart from google bookmarks , which is really a very great application by google and about which I have written Google Bookmarks in Education , I would really advise you to use LiveBinders as it is very practical and neat .

What are Binders ?

Binders are urls of your favorite sites that you can share with anyone online. They are simply better ways to organize and share the information that you find online .

What are Binders

How can i use LiveBinders ?

The first thing to do is to sign up . It is easy and takes only one minute.
sign up
Go to LiveBinders and create your account.
The best and easiest way to use LiveBinders is to install the “LiveBinder it “ bookmarket tool to your browser .This is how to add LiveBinder it
Just drag the button to your toolbar and that’s it . Whenever you are surfing the net and you find something interesting or a blog you want to save then just click on LiveBinder it button on your toolbar and it will be automatically saved to your page in LiveBinders you can customize it and put a title of your link in a tab or subtab.
If you don’t want to install the LiveBinder it bookmarket tool in your taskbar then you have the option to cut and paste links or urls directly into LiveBinder. This method is not as practical as the widget installation method. I would recommend that you install the widget.

How can I build my LveBinders ?

As you browse the web and see something that interests you and want to share with others just hit the LiveBinder it button and a small window like this will pop up
livebinder
You can either add the url into an existing Binder or create a new one . Let me show you how to do it in a step by step tutorial :
Let’s say I am interested in educational technology and I read several blogs that relate to my area of interest everyday . So to organize all these blogs in one place and under one tab I would proceed as follows:
I will create a Binder and name it for example the educative blogs .
livebinder

You can tick the private box if you want your binder to be private.
Now that you have created your binder under the name educative blog let’s see how it will look like
livebinders
Now suppose I consult Educational Technology Blog everyday and I want to add it to the educative blogs binder I have just created .To do so you just hit the LiveBinder it button in your toolbar when you are browsing that blog . Because we are going to add it to an existing binder and not create new one then we just tick the subtab box and hit “ add to existing binder” and that’s it,  your bookmarked blog or site is saved in the educative blog category where you can see and consult it the same way you as if you are consulting it in a browser.
If you want to change the picture displayed in the binder cover you just go to “edit menu” and click on “ insert media” option and select an image from flicker.
You can watch this step by step video tutorial on how to use the LiveBinders services I have talked about above.


Applications of LiveBinder in education

Students can use liveBinder as a digital portfolio where they can be able to organize and store their docs , pdfs , urls and any other web content that they find online .This is really a very practical and useful tool in classroom researches and projects where the amount of the information is too much for students to organize and keep ; they can use LiveBinder to put everything in order and make things presentably clear .
Teachers on their parts can create classroom LiveBinders where the urls of students blogs , their school , and any other related learning community will be gathered and organized for students to check on a regular basis.Students can participate in this by adding urls and editing content too. This will develop a sense of collaboration and cooperation among them which are just the 21st century learner skills .
That’s it about LiveBinders : The educative tool teachers should not miss.
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