An eBinder is a collection of apps that work together to organize digital notes, class documents, assignments, and events in order to maximize accessibility and collaboration.
eBinders can do things that a normal binder can't.
Files and notes are backed up to the cloud so they are sharable and won't get lost.
Notes can include audio and images.
Calendar events send reminders so they're not forgotten.
Students practice 21st Century Skills
Every school has unique needs. The purpose of this site is to provide the information, resources, and guiding questions that you'll need to plan a schoolwide eBinder strategy that works for your campus.
Whenever you see a compass, click it to view guiding questions that your team can use to plan for schoolwide eBinders.
When students and teachers use a common cloud storage service, files are saved and shared easily.
STUDENT/ STUDENT +
Students collaborate on assignments.
Students peer review and provide feedback on each other's assignments.
STUDENT/ TEACHER +
Teachers share class documents and assignments with students.
Students access class materials posted online by their teacher.
Students turn in assignments.
Teachers grade and return work to students.
TEACHER/ TEACHER +
Teachers share resources, lesson plans, and assignments.
Teachers share grading of assignments.
Teachers share calendars for lesson planning.
STUDENT/ CLOUD +
Students back up notes and files.
Students keep all files organized in folders.
Students track assignments, assessments, and personal events in their own calendar.
Students subscribe to calendars for each class.
How will teachers share files with students? Will they be posted on a class website? Will they be shared directly through a cloud service like Google Drive?
How will students back up their eCornell notes and other classwork?
What are your minimum expectations for students and teachers sharing files through the cloud?
A simple, but meaningful, file naming system adds organization to an eBinder, making files easy to search and share.
The order of a file name's parts affects how the name is sorted in a larger list.
File names should be as short and descriptive as possible.
Never use spaces. Instead, use capitalization, underscores, and dashes to separate parts of a file name and new words.
Be consistent. Using the same system over time makes files easy to find and share.
Format the date as YYYYMMDD, so files are listed chronologically.
Include the subject name or class period.
FILE NAME +
Include a short, descriptive title of the file.
STUDENT NAME +
Include the student's first and last name or initials.
Include a two-digit version number, if students will be saving multiple drafts of the same assignment.
Which parts of a file name will you include, and in what order?
A well-planned folder structure turns a collection of files into an eBinder and makes it a powerful learning tool.
Test several different ways to name and organize folders to find out what will work best for your school.
How will students name and organize folders in their note-taking and cloud storage apps?
How will sharing assignments and digitally grading student work affect student folder organization?
Choosing the right apps for your school's eBinder implementation is based on a unique blend of student devices, instructional goals, technology infrastructure, and your staff's tech-savviness. Use this list as a jumping-off point, as you research apps to fit your school's specific situation.
Robust and easy to use toolset
Backs up to the cloud storage service used by your school
iOS: Is the ability to take handwritten notes important at your site?
This site is designed to assist in implementing eBinders schoolwide. We value your feedback and will use it to improve this resource for you and others! Click on FEEDBACK in the upper right corner of the menu to let us know what you think!