LiberCloud - More Helpful Info
Introduction to LiberCloud
LiberCloud is a cloud-based platform to create and publish interactive multimedia web pages using a computer or mobile device. It requires no publishing experience, and authors can keep their LiberPages private, share them with other users or groups, or make them publicly visible. Multiple authors can collaborate on a LiberPage or LiberBook by contributing their own assets and pages; readers and authors can also review and comment on others' content either privately or publicly.
As a LiberCloud subscriber, you belong to a specific organization or school. To have your own organization you must sign up for an Enterprise plan. Signing up for the Basic or Premium or Premium Plus plan will register you in the Libercloud default organization, although there is an option for you to join an existing organization.
Your Own Home Page
The home page is a summary of all your activities, personal metrics, news feeds, and featured content. You can personalize the experience, including which news feeds appear on your home page, in your personal profile.
Your Personal Library
All your content is organized in My LiberPages and My LiberBooks. My LiberPages lists all the LiberPages you have created and the ones other users have shared with you. A LiberPage is essentially a web page composed of multiple reusable assets. You can retrieve and search all your assets and those shared with you in the Library Assets tab. Asset types supported on LiberCloud include rich text, images, uploaded videos, embedded videos from YouTube® or similar sites, web captures, LiberCloud slideshows, LiberCloud canvas assets, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files.
My LiberBooks lists all your books, e.g lesson plans, that you have created and the ones other users have shared with you. A LiberBook is an aggregation of LiberPages with its own template and viewer. Just like LiberPages, LiberBooks can be the product of collaborative efforts with other teachers or students, with each user contributing their LiberPages.
You, the Author
Authoring content on LiberCloud requires no technical skills, so you can focus on your creativity, writing, and research. LiberCloud provides you with simple tools that you will master in minutes.
The LiberPage Editor lets you incorporate text, images, videos, slideshows, and interactive canvas assets with no prior knowledge of HTML or how to lay out assets on the page. LiberPages can be authored collaboratively by multiple users.
The Canvas Editor is where you can draw, write, add shapes, color, add images, and more. You can move, resize, rotate shapes, take snapshots, record and save step-by-step animations. You can use LiberCloud Canvas to initiate a virtual whiteboard session with students or colleagues. You can grant invited users the ability to view or write on the virtual whiteboard.
The LiberBook Editor let you assemble a LiberBook by simply selecting a title and cover, a template for your pages, the table of contents to include and an brief description of the book. You then use the LiberBook Organizer to add LiberPages to the LiberBook. You can easily rearrange pages.
You choose how to share your individual assets, LiberPages and LiberBooks and whether you want to share with individual users, groups, or all users within your organization. LiberCloud allow you to assign three permission levels: Read, Copy, and Edit. You can grant some users edit access, and read access to others. You can even create groups that extend beyond your organization and include users from other organizations as well.
Alternatively, you can make your content public, which means that it will be listed in LiberCloud Bibliotheca and viewable by any internet user visiting that page.
My Tests is LiberCloud's assessment component that allows you to create three types of templates: Tests, graded and non-graded, Surveys and Polls. Graded tests are normally used for summative assessments at the end of a period, while non-graded tests and surveys / polls are used for assessing students' progress through a period in a particular subject. Progress is shown through trend lines. A test template can include different open and close questions: multiple-choice, true/false and single choice, associative, fill-in-the-blank, open text, referred as essay, and open canvas questions. You can use questions from other templates as well.
In the same way that LiberCloud encourages re-use and repurposing of existing content, the assessment component allows templates to be shared among teachers as well.
If you are a teacher, the Briefcase lets you view your assignments to the students, organized by date or by week, as well as assignments to yourself to plan your work on a day-by-day basis. If you are a student, the Briefcase will include all the assignments that teachers have assigned to you as well as assignments to yourself. Assignments consist, for example, of a LiberPage that you need to write, or a LiberBook you need to work on collaboratively with others.
This is the place for searching all LiberPages and LiberBooks to which you have access: private, shared with you, and public LiberPages or LiberBooks. If you are not signed in to LiberCloud, you can only view and search public content.
LiberCloud - How-to Videos
The Introduction to LiberCloud video introduces the LiberCloud building blocks and content overview, then walks you through the main tabs and features in the LiberCloud user interface.
The How to Create a LiberPage video shows how to create a LiberPage, how to create and place assets into your LiberPage, and how to use existing sections you created or were shared with you by other teachers. A LiberPage is a multi-media web page that can be inserted into your interactive online books, which we call LiberBooks.
The How to Create Canvas Sections video shows you about the Canvas Editor and how to work with Canvas sections. A canvas is just like a blank page where you can handwrite, draw, add images, and shapes. It is though much more than a drawing app, you can use a LiberCloud canvas to create interactive tutorials, record your lessons, or collaborate real-time with your classroom through a feature we call Virtual Whiteboard.
The How to Add Multimedia Assets video shows how to liven up your LiberPages with multi-media and interactive canvas sections.
The How to Create a LiberBook video shows how to create and manage LiberBooks, the online interactive books on LiberCloud. Creating a LiberBook is a two steps process: create a template and then add LiberPages to the book.
Introduction to LiberCloud
How to Create a LiberPage
How to Create a Canvas Section
How to Add Multimedia Assets to a LiberPage
How to Create a LiberBook