I recently learnt about a fabulous tool and resource called “LiveBinders” (http://www.livebinders.com/ ). The online folder option allows you to add websites, documents and other media into one location on the web. You have the option of making your folder public so everyone can view it, or make it private so you can use it for your own purposes, or just share the link with only those you want to allow access to the folder’s content. You can always add a website or resource by just clicking the “Livebinder it” link at the top of your browser page (it appears as soon as you register with LiveBinders). You can also delete resources from the binder, or move them around from left to right.
Instructional Video on LiveBinders
As an educator I immediately thought about the applications in classrooms, e.g.
For teachers: to create webquests for students, to pull together a set of resources for students so they don’t have to trawl the whole internet (thus saving time and supporting students to spend more time on task), to create digital portfolios of some of the teacher’s resources to use for applying for work, etc.
For students: Students can create their own resource folders for e.g. their recipes (in Foods), to support creation of digital portfolios by listing all their online work (e.g. their blog, wiki and ning), or students can collate their own resource packages for e.g. prescribed texts in English, etc.
Here are the LiveBinders I have created so far: