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How do I create my own student workbook?
When you were a kid do you remember using a workbook in school? The pages in the workbook were perforated so that they could be easily removed and the workbook would be filled with all sorts of fun activities. These workbooks are a great tool for learning. With limited budgets, however, a lot of schools can’t afford to buy a workbook for every student every year. For this reason, a lot of schools are choosing to use perforated copy paper to create their own workbooks. Here is a quick step by step guide to creating your own student workbooks.
- The first step in creating your own workbook is to prepare the materials. Many different curriculum providers are selling master copy rights to their curriculums to schools or school districts. This is important since you don’t want to break the law or violate copyright law in creating your book. Alternatively, if you have created your own worksheets and curriculum you won’t need to buy a license to copy the materials.
- After you secured the copyright to the materials that you will use in your workbooks you need to find a source for the perforated copy paper. You are going to want to buy copy paper that is perforated approximately 1/2” from the binding edge of the document. If your worksheets are going to be close to the edge of the paper, you might want to consider buying 9” x 11” paper so that the worksheet will still be letter size after it is removed from the workbook. This will allow students to easily tear documents out of their booklets. When shopping for perforated copy paper, it is important that you buy paper that is guaranteed to run through a copier or laser printer since you don’t want to deal with paper jams.
- Now that you have your master document and the paper, you will need to make the appropriate number of photocopies for your students using the perforated copy paper. Be sure to allow your photocopier or laser printer to collate the documents for you so that you don’t need to spend time sorting the pages by hand.
- Finally you are ready to assemble your book. If you are going to use a front and back cover on your workbook you will want to assemble them with your book at this point. Then you will need to bind your books together. For small books you can probably just use a few staples along the binding edge of the document. However, if your workbooks are too large for use with staples you will probably need to consider bind them with comb binding, since most schools have a comb binding machine. You could also use other types of binding with your workbooks including Unibind, thermal binding, Fastback, wire binding, coil binding or even Velobind. It really just depends on the look that you desire for your workbooks and the type of binding system that you have available to you.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)