Monday, December 1, 2014

Making a Livebinder Interactive

I have designed several tools for students in Mrs. Higgins' science classes to use for a specific project. When Mrs. Higgins and I sat down to talk about the balloon car project for her 9th grade physical science class, I knew that a Livebinder would be the best way to collate the tools for the students. Usually, there is a link to the library OPAC as the first tab in any tool used for research. This time I decided to create a bibliography of all the print material and just insert the bibliography in a tab. I also pulled the books and had them ready for the students on a cart, but with the bibliography I really didn't need to do that. I always thought of Livebinders as a take only resource, not a give and take. I happened upon a blog post from Livebinders with a link showing how to create interactive tab/s. I loved the idea of adding a padlet inside my binder. It is super easy to use an embed code in one of your tabs. 





For the balloon car project, the students had to conduct research and then design their car. The cars had to run at least five meters. We asked the students to use the padlet tab to list what materials they planned to use to create their car. Since each student would get points for posting, we made a padlet for each period to make it easier for the teacher to grade. Find the Livebinder here for the balloon car project

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