Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Students finally in charge of their own portfolios

Many parents have been heard to tell their students "get organized!" but have not provided them with any guidance or any tools to do this effectively. Other times, students hear different strategies and methods from each of their teachers, leading to more confusion than simplification. BinderBuddies® uses the SAME organizing structure and process, independent of subject, and is designed to streamline the students binder with relevant unit work and coherent archives. As a student, if your life has changed by using BinderBuddies® to get organized, please comment.

27 Comments:

At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

This is one of the worst binder systems I've ever uesd. This is because none of my classmates or I are orginized. Unlike last year. When we had the planners like calenders last year, I didn't lose any sheets because they were all together unlike this system with the planner sheets. I lost most of them and had to call my friends for my homework. Most of my friends' folders have fallen out and they have to carry their folders instead of a binder. I know you're trying to be eco friendly, but please make the folders more durableand the covers too.If I wanted to I could have gone to either Staples or CVS and bought everything I needed. And the price would still be less than this system and so would the refills. The only useful thing about this system is the colored folders. It makes it easier to get to the folder. The thing is that's the only positive thing I have tho say about the system and the list just goes on about the negitives.

 
At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Kelsey said...

This binder system is not a very good one. This binder system doesn't keep me or my classmates organzied. My friend went to Staples and bought almost an identical binder for 10 dollars and their binder isn't falling apart. This binder system is wrinkling my papers and the reference sheets/ hot sheet section isn't big enough for our papers. The rings fall apart too causing students to loose homework, worksheets, quizzes, etc. The planner sheets we have to keep after used and they fall out, even when not fully completed. Last year and years before, we had calendar planners that didn't fall apart. The colored folders were the ONLY thing that helped keep us organized because of color coded, but my folders rip out, so its not as usefull. Theres many more negatives about this binder system, but we all should understand ITS NOT HELPFULL!

 
At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This binder system ISNT helpfull because everything rips. My covers are completley torn off. My folders are ripped too. The colored stickers that are supposed to keep your papers together, the ones that are circles, rip too, so they aren't helping. The notebooks that are in each subject section are technically eco-friendly, but when you use one up, you have to use more and more and more and waste up a BUNCH of trees. The folders are useless because its a lot of money to get new ones, and those would also waste cash. I think the binder marketing people were asking for too much money for a useless binder system.

 
At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The binder system is not worth its money.

 
At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

This is a binder system that needs to go back to the drawing bord.Not to many kids at my school like the binders. They clam they keep you orginized, but they don't. This is not a system I would like to use next year at my school.

 
At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i got my binder system last year and i am still using it. i keep only the papers i need in it and because the pockets are grouped together and all the pockets in the same group have the same color, i have a place for everything i am working on that week. i used to never put my papers in my old binder because once i opened the rings i could never close them and the rings separated and tore everything. with the DocOA i have the coolest set of papers for each of my classes and my binder is lighter than all my friends. lots of them have 3 inch rings and just keep putting more and more stuff on them until they cant fit in their backpack. one of my friends dropped theirs and everything fell out. i separated my pockets onto smaller rings and that really worked for me this year because i have a locker and keep my class work in separate binders and only carry the binder i need. when i go home i take out stuff with my mom and she gets to see all my papers based on what they were-like my tests and homeworks. its better for me because now i dont loose anything any more.

 
At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Sarah J. said...

My school started using this binder system as an experiment. Everybody hated it after the first five minutes. The set-up was confusing and complicated. At first, I thought, well it looks really organized. I loved it for the first couple of days. The organization was great. It really helped me organize. But then, the folders started to rip. I wasn't holding it the wrong way or anything. My papers were getting lost and crumpled, things started getting bent and ripped, etc.
The top cover of the binder bent drastically, which was junky. After the first month, I had to get another binder. All of my classmates got a new binder, but some others couldn't because their parents wouldn't let them. If any school or parent/student is thinking of using this binder system, I strongly advise not to. It's confusing and junky.

 
At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Katerina said...

This binder system does not work for any of the students in my school and didnt even keep me or these students more organized. The paper folders are falling apart and they suck!

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my school started with DocOA this year for the first time. they came to the school and showed us this really cool cartoon about how students get pounded with papers and how they can get better organized by building their own kits. i never assembled my own binder before and it was fun to do it with all my friends. my mom got these codes to get stuff from their website and got to watch the cartoon too which was cool because i got to see it again. she printed off this paper it says knowthing challenge. that was really a funny name. in it it said to fix the binder pockets with tape if they tear because the product is green. i like stuff thats good for the environment and fixing a pockets no big deal. being able to find all my papers for the first time is really great because im not in a fight with my mom or with my teachers any more and i always have all my papers together when i have to study for a test. i use a little notebook to catch my homework but my mom printed off this page for a planner which was free and next term she says we will use it instead of buying a calender. it says to put it into a report cover with clips and she showed me how it was set up and just this one piece of paper is it over and over again-we put 15 in and now i think i am going to use it instead of the little fat book i was using. its thinner and fits right into the front of my DOC OA

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we love docoa because it keeps all of our papers for the subject in one group of color coded pockets. i hate binders. i put each group of pockets in a small book ring and they never tear or anything. the binder rings used to tear everything. my mom home schools me and my brothers and we all have them. my mom uses hers to keep all the school papers she teaches us with. she gets all her papers from the internet and there are lots of papers lots lots lots. i never loose the ones we are working on any more and i would recommend that all home school families use this system. if i were in a regular school i would want my teacher to use one. i hated when my mom couldnt find the papers she wanted to teach me with that day. next year i think things are going to be alot better for my younger brother because my mom is keeping all the papers organized for him. get this system and get organized like i did. you will love it. definitely put it into your own rings and keep the rings working otherwise anything you put in there will rip rip rip. this is a great system.

 
At 8:09 PM, Anonymous sharon said...

i am in 6th grade and have lots of teachers this year. i have lots of classes. last year my brother had 6 binders one for every class and never took anything out he had to get a wheel cart for his stuff. i learned to take papers out of this one binder which i carry everywhere. i never loose it because its one binder. i didnt take papers out of science and the pocket started to tear but i caught it with tape and its fine now. i love my docoa and i have decorated my cover and all my pockets with stickers. i can tell each subject from the other because all the pockets for each subject have the same color. if i didnt take stuff out the whole thing would tear but so would any other pockets. its folders are made from paper so you have to treat them a little better than if they were plastic. but it was less money than plastic and i hate plastic so i am happy to fix my pockets from time to time rather than ruin the environment. anyone that cant take the time to fix stuff that is cool for the enviroment should think about that.

 
At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly I can say that this is one of the worst binder systems. My binder is falling apart on me and all my papers are getting lost. No one at my school likes it. Not only that but all the parents can't belive that they wasted $35 on this system. The worst part is the fact that it's not sturdy enough for all my papers. Most of them don't fit. Now my binder looks like a black hole, unlike last year. All I have to say is make the binder system better than it is.

 
At 4:48 PM, Anonymous adam said...

i met the inventor of this binder. he came to our school and trained a team of senior mentors so we could teach the 9th graders at our school which we did on the first day of class. when i was walking in the hallway with him, i found out he was the inventor. it was way cool. he showed me how the speedpad was patented-thats the thingy that pops the pad out into 3 different places-i never saw anything like that in my life. when we got the plastic holders we couldnt figure out what they were for and that was the challenge in the project. once we inserted the pads the whole thing just worked. the inventor explained that is what an invention is supposed to be-he said it has to produce an unexpected result. so i see why he is the inventor. then i noticed the slots on the outer pocket-and mine doesnt tear like last year because when it opens it lays flat and the rings just slide into the holes and i asked him if that was another part of the invention and he said yes. we found 5 more things in the docoa that never existed before. who ever said this guy is not an inventor and that he just put some papers and rings together should take another look at the kit. mine has two sets of pockets that go inside the outer pocket and one of my friends is using the same structure in filing his papers on the computer -something he shared with the class and everyone is starting to do it. this is the most inventive product i have ever seen. this guy built the system with his son when he was a third grader and has been working with student like us for over 18 years. our school is kind of disadvantaged so we all were really glad to get the binders. the school bought them for us but thats why we take even better care of the now. i love my docoa maybe partly because i met the inventor but it really works for me with the color coding and the way the pockets hold different types of papers. i have a place for everything. its way way hay day for me and organizing now. i have to do a portfolio for my job interviews and i finally get what that should look like. i am taking my docoa to my interviews to show my portfolio of work.

 
At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the worst binder system I've EVER used. It says the binder is supposed to keep us students organized. I don't know about other schools, but I know our school isn't a fan of this system. I demand refunds or free new folders. This binder system is DEFINITLEY not worth 35$ because everything falls apart.

 
At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS SYSTEM ISNT WORTH ITS MONEY!

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous sydni said...

this binder system is the worst ever. and my parents wont let me get a new system because of the 35 dollars wasted.
im mad at u guys

 
At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FIX THE BINDERS! THEY DONT HELP US STUDENTS STAY ORGANIZED!

 
At 6:17 AM, Anonymous david said...

We continue to work on ways to make it easier for students to stay organized with all of their papers. PE LLC has worked very hard to implement a system that is cost effective for parents and works for students. its feedback like the stuff we are receiving here on our BLOG that allow us to continue on this journey which we find has many turns and not just a few pot holes to navigate. With all due respect to the students that are not enjoying the use of docoa we have made improvements since the installation and some can be implemented immediately. we retooled the die on the twin pocket to make the pocket larger. students that have the older version can make this change on their pockets by cutting the slits on the outer edge of each pocket right to the edge. this adds about 1/8'inch to each pocket and will prevent some papers from getting impinged at the spine near the rings. this change is in effect for all twin pockets now in production. again, that change can be done with existing pockets with a small cut on each pocket. the Calendar is now called CalOA and is a separate folder with up to 15 pages of the double sided calendar page. we are not recommending these be put in a small ring because they tear out-rather they go into a tanged report cover. this provides a calendar for the term for under 1.50 per student using our free download page. its lighter and provides more space than most agendas. students date the pages using our term master calendar, and this teaches time lines. Pocket quality in paper will always be an issue. students are urged to read the instructions for the knowthing challenge on the website in the student lounge. your school has the access codes for the parents and students. there it explains how to know when the system is working and how to keep your docoa in good repair. please read it with an eye toward appreciating that to keep anything working you have to fix it sometimes. we have made some sensible recommendations but seek constructive feedback on how to improve those recommendations. the negative comments are not getting us anywhere. the feedback i get in meetings where i can see stuff is great because then we can address it with solutions like the ones suggested here. more to follow. i will be back with additional suggestions as suitable for posting here. other stuff is on the website as indicated.

 
At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Sarah said...

David I'm not trying to be mean, but why do you insist that we want repair our binders in general. I mean all people want is there money back or to go back to the binders that we had last year. The planners last year were so much better than these planner sheets because they didn't fall out as easily. Also I was much more orginized last year. This year I have lost a LOT of my papers. My school hates these systems. I did a little experiment. I went to CVS and got the some supplies for much less. It was about 10 or 13 dollars. Much more econimy friendly. And even though not the entier binder is eco friendly, it will not break within the first month of use. All I have that is positive is the color coded folders, but thats the only good thing myself and my classmates can think of. Even the taechers are not happy with this system. One of my teachers really DOES NOT like this system and another one does not even USE IT. I would reather be the teacher of mine that does not use it. This system is not going well in the school I go to so if next year we use this sysmet I can already tell you that no one is going to buy it. So don't waste you're time or our time there.

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your binder system is eco-friendly, but its not working out like you and your company promised. Just the set up was confusing for our classmates. Please fix it! Eather that or give us refunds. Please, i was way more organized last year with the regular binder system. We all were. And i know your saying its our fault but i tried taking really good care of it and your product was being dumb and ripping anyways. Bottom line, I HATE YOUR BINDER SYSTEM! :P

 
At 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GIVE US REFUNDS!
THE BINDER SYSTEM IS WORTHLESS!

 
At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this binder system is very bad and should be repaired or we should get refunds. im learning to try and live with the huge mess of papers and colored folders, but its not easy. and some of the folders change the color of your papers to that color. its weird. all the folders are crumpled. and now everyone,even our principal, hates this system. the repairs are way to much to buy and my parents are mad because they wasted 35$ on this thing and its not helping us stay organized. i really would advise u guys here at docoa to fix it because less and less people want to buy them. the setup was confusing and now its like my binders a huge black hole. :P

 
At 6:38 PM, Anonymous marvin said...

well dave since you felt the need to delete my previous comments, i think i need to leave a few more. The docoa was the worst thing ever created. last year my school used the docoa system. it seemed hopeful at first(not) and quickly proved to be suckish. first my vice principal called my house and asked me too go to some binder class over the summer. it was 2 hours of bs. within a few weeks after school started, our binders began to rip and fall apart. Kids lost there homework b/c the folders in the binder ripped and fell out. it cost like $35 and was just a bunch of paper folders strung together with rings. it would cost 5 dollars at a local Staples. A school asked our friend dave hear, to give us refunds and new binders but dave refused. our school had to install a binder repair system to keep the binders together as long as possible. we used colorful duck tape to try to fix them. in conclusion this system is terrible.

 
At 6:48 PM, Anonymous beuford said...

NOW I DONT THINK YOU GUYS ARE BEING COMPLETELY FAIR ABOUT THE DOC-OA SYSTEM. ASIDE FROM THE FACT IT SUCKS, LAST YEAR WHEN MY DAD FORGOT TO PAY THE HEATING BILL AND WE RAN OUT OF FIREWOOD BUT LUCKILY EACH DOC-OA KILLS ABOUT 100 TREES SO WHEN WE BURNED IT, WE WERE PROVIDED WITH A WEEKS WORTH OF FIREWOOD TO KEEP OUR HOUSE NICE AND TOASTY! I QUICKLY WENT OUT TO BUY A NEW BINDER THAT ACTUALLY WORKS AND NOW I CAN ACUALLY KEEP MY SCHOOL WORK ORGANIZED, WIN WIN!

 
At 5:39 AM, Anonymous david said...

we continue to improve the docoa system. Our recommendations are based on feedback from our users.Today, we are finding that most students prefer to put the pocket kits into a 3-ring binder of their own choice rather than using the inexpensive book ring alternative. The need for student organization continues to be critical to improved learning. When docoa is uses as a system, and maintained in working order, it does what it was designed to do. Get students organized so they can find their papers. I encourage you to take the ratio of the time it takes you to put away a piece of paper, divided by the time it takes you to find it. Try this a few times and get a number. Make sure that you wait a while-a week between the puts and the gets. Consistently, students using docoa have a ratio greater than 1. So give that some thought.Those schools continue to use the system. Other schools adapt but many parents reorder from us on the web because they find that Docoa is better. I have said this before-in an earlier post but i will repeat it here. not everyone likes the redsox and they can get pretty nasty about it even fight about it. if you dont like the redsox root for another team. smears and nasty campaigns are not what people really want in their lives as we know constructive dialogue usually results in improving outcomes. consumer products are hard work. we love the work because in this case its about improving education.

 
At 1:13 PM, Anonymous marvin said...

david, you are so confusing. now your telling us to time our selves and see how long it takes to put away papers and divide how long it takes to find them. how is this going to help anything! the ratio would not be greater than one b/c the folders keep falling out and the binder is a complete mess. my friends rings broke within the first two months and my school ran out of replacments and he had too carry all the folders around with him. thats it.

 
At 5:29 PM, Anonymous dan said...

if your school is thinking about getting this awful binder system, we'll save yourselves alot of trouble and don't. my school used it last year, and well it didnt last long. within the first month everything was falling apart. we had to start a binder repair club. the inventor refused to give us new binders, or refunds. he wasn't very nice when the refund part came up in a meeting with the school:( . The binder repair club tried to fix our binders, but its hard to fix something that nevere worked. They used that handy duck tape( it came in many colors to match the sucky folders). the worst part of this binder was its planner and pencil pouch. the pouch ripped in the first 2 days. apparently pencils were not allowed to be put in there because the cheap matrial could not withstand the points of the pencils. Pretty useless. The planner is terrible, just go out and buy one, or a better suggestion is to buy your own binder. and to let u know. your getting a $10 value for just $35.99, isn't that awesome.

 

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