An easel ring binder is helpful in a classroom or could also be used as a marketing tool for a business marketing meeting. Its usefulness comes with the ability for a number of people to see the same information without having to rely on any electronic or high-tech device. An easel binder can be used to show a group an overview of a subject or a specific aspect of a lesson or business idea. An easel ring binder looks like a giant notebook turned on it side with the rings at the top, and is supported on an easel stand. Each page is flipped over, during the presentation, revealing the next page. Ideally, they should have fewer than 10 pages and are easy to transport by simply being folded closed.
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Things you need
- Chart paper
- Coloured markers
- Paper punch
- Three, 2-inch rings
- Rigid cardboard
- Duct tape
Write the information or lesson on pages of chart paper. Make it colourful. Use colours to emphasise words or link ideas together. Print the words at least 2 inches per letter so they can be read by someone 15 feet away. Limit each page to six lines. Include three to five blank papers at the end.
Measure 1 inch from the top of the first sheet. Draw a line, using a pencil, at the 1-inch mark, across the paper. Divide the page into three equal sections and indicate with a dot where those points are. Punch three holes on the dots you marked at the top of each page.
Use this page as a pattern. Place each chart page behind the first sheet and outline the holes at the top of the page. Punch the outlined holes. Repeat this process until all the chart papers are punched.
Make a cover from sturdy cardboard. Use rigid poster board, cardboard or foam core the same size as your chart papers to create front and back covers for your binder. Punch holes through the cover boards to align with those on the chart pages.
Stack the cover boards and chart paper into the proper sequence, going from the first page to the last. Open a metal ring and thread it through the first hole. Continue this process for the two other rings and holes
Create an easel stand to support the ring binder. Take a piece of the same material used to create your cover boards and cut it to the same width and one-third the length as the cover. This is the support board. Cut a strip of the board material that is 2 inches wide and as long as the cover is wide. Glue or staple the piece across one edge of the support board.
Attach the support board to the cover. Close the ring binder and place it with its back cover-side up on flat surface. Align the support piece along the bottom edge of the back cover with the strip face up. The strip should be on the edge opposite the joint with the cover. Leave a small gap between the cover and the support board. Apply duct tape all the way around, creating a hinge between the back cover and the support board.
Bend the hinge back so the support board is flat against the table. Flip the front cover back so it rests at the inner edge of the strip on the support board to create the easel. The blank pages at the end are placed over the back of the easel to help balance it. Flip the pages one by one over as you go through the presentation.
Tips and warnings
- Limit your presentation to 10 sheets.
- Add art work to your sheets to help in retaining the information.
- When closing, the metal rings can pinch you fingers.
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