I love notebooks and binders and paper. As a kid, I remember one of the best gifts I ever got was from a family friend who gave me a binder all my own, full of lined paper that I could use for anything, and some new pens and pencils. Call me a nerd, but nothing made me happier! Fast forward a few years and I would be less thrilled with binders and paper as a present, but I do still love great organizational tools. Enter LiveBinders…a virtual three ring binder for all those fantastic web based resources I find online.
I am doing a presentation later this month for the Saskatchewan School Library Association’s Learning Events on developing a reading culture in schools using technology. The session will first explore the idea of a reading culture, what it is, what it looks like in schools and school libraries, and why it is important to develop a reading culture. We will then identify ways in which technology can be used to both build and maintain a reading culture in schools and school libraries. This will include a discussion of online book clubs, using sites such as GoodReads or Shelfari, skype an author events, and more. The session will be a practical introduction to the ways in which technology can be used by teachers and teacher-librarians to promote reading and literacy in their schools.
I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to try out LiveBinders as a way of organizing my examples for the presentation. I think I’m in love! Although it is still a work in progress, I am pleased with the results so far, even though I just found out that presenting directly from LiveBinders won’t be an option for this online presentation. I will have to go ‘old school’, using offline screenshots in a PowerPoint for the actual presentation. But, the LiveBinders I created will be a fantastic virtual handout for the participants to refer to after the fact. I really like the ease of use of the tool and the functionality of the interface. It is intuitive and easy to use.
As I said, this is still a work in progress, but here is my binder so far.