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Tip of the Week – LiveBinders and Social Studies

It was another great day at MACE yesterday. Learning and presenting and conversing and snacking. Perhaps one of the best conferences ever.

I had the chance to sit in a session by Curtis Allen from Spring Hill HS. Titled History Through LiveBinders, I had to go check it out.

If you haven’t messed with LiveBinders, you really need to. In a nutshell? LiveBinders is the online, virtual equivalent of the old fashioned three-ring binder that we all have cluttering up our bookshelves. You can store websites by tabs, share them, annotate them, edit them in lots of different ways. Basically, LiveBinders is a place where all of your online stuff can be stored.

The cool thing is that what you store appears in a frame below your list of stuff. This lets you view content without losing sight of your links.

According to Curtis,

It’s a one-stop shop for your students. It stores websites and annotations that’s accessible anywhere/anytime.

To get started, go to the LiveBinders site and create a free account.

What can it do?

  • It has the ability to let Google “fill” a binder based on your keywords.
  • You can select Present mode (full screen) that is useful for highlighting content while doing whole-group instruction.
  • LiveBinders allows you to add your own documents, pdfs, and YouTube videos.
  • You can create binders that allow collaboration between users.
  • The tool has a bookmarklet feature that lets you add websites quickly without opening the LiveBinders website.
  • You can look at the other public binders and so get ideas from other teachers.
  • They have created a list of top ten public binders.
  • There is a brand new iPad app that provides the chance to access binders using mobile devices.

Have fun!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Glenn – I love Livebinders! After using it last summer to organize materials from various webinars and such, I decided that it would be the perfect tool for organizing units for my middle school SS classes. As we work through various units – sometimes DBQs, sometime other self-contained units – I collect the materials we use as a class and post them on my website in a Livebinder.

    You know you’ve come across a useful tool when the kids begin using it on their own.

    March 17, 2012
    • glennw #


      I agree. When kids are using a tool on their own, it’s been internalized! LiveBinders is a great way to organize and share unit information and resources. Sounds like you’ve developed a great system. Thanks for sharing!


      March 18, 2012
    • Debra Vallett #

      Thanks for the idea! I also teach middle school social studies. I’m off on a new adventure!

      July 23, 2012
      • glennw #

        Have fun! Thanks for the comment!


        July 23, 2012

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