I'm always on the lookout for ways to expand my communication with students and parents outside the classroom. Over two years ago I started a classroom blog. It has been a great success. Parent and student communication is such a breeze. The amount of parent emails for missed work, "what is Johnny doing today", or "when is the next test" have decreased dramatically.
The next step was to add a virtual notebook to the blog. This would be a table of contents of our current unit with all assignments that the parents and students could print off in case the student was absent or lost the work. It has been a bit of a pain, and didn't include the additional needed resources (ppts, websites, images, etc...).
Recently, I discovered Livebinders. Problem Solved!!!
Today I created my first "binder" for our current unit. I was not only able to include the current assignment, but Livebinders allows you to include links to websites, download power points, images, text, and so on and so forth.
Tomorrow I will use another great feature of Livebinders: embedding to my blog. Now the students and parents will be able to access so much more. I could also share my "binder" via email, Twitter, and Facebook.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more that can be done. I look forward to exploring the many more uses for this wonderful website.
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