I had a great first week back at school last week, as Melbourne schools prepare for their last term of the year!
Last week I tried something new (for me anyway) using Evernote and the iPad. As many readers of this blog are aware, I do not organise my paper work well and as a result have been trying ways to eliminate paper in my classroom. I have had so much success with using Evernote and Goodreader to complete running records and reading assessments/conferences that I know my quest to be a paperless organised teacher is only just beginning!
Many teachers may have different ways of recording a childs home reading habits and in the past, I have always used a checklist, where I would tick and sign if a student brought their reader in. Yesterday however, I created a simple checklist within Evernote. I started a new note, added each students name, the date and the checkbox feature in Evernote (See Evernote tips here- http://bit.ly/qdEByn ) . It was great, simple and took less than 5 minutes! Tonight I opened Evernote web and copied and pasted so my checklist is now set up for the next few weeks! (See picture below). I couldn’t believe how easy it was. No longer will I forget to photocopy a checklist, there is no need, it is now all on my iPad, iPhone or computer! I thought it was handy too as I could jot in some notes if a student had not brought their reader in, were absent or if they had changed the book box they choose their books from.
It got me thinking….How else could we as super organised teachers use the checkbox feature in Evernote? Have notes made with curriculum standards for each child, ready to be checked? Have a checklist of reading behaviours and check off what you notice a student doing? I think there are so many possibilities for using this feature. I can’t wait to try it out more!
What could you use the Evernote checkbox feature for? I’d love to hear your thoughts!