A simple checklist, minus the paper!

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!


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  1. Bec,

    I definitely consider you my guru on using Evernote! I love your ideas, and will be borrowing them, if you don’t mind.

    I think having the curriculum standards for each child is a great idea – especially if you can add notations for how they demonstrated each skill/areas for improvement.

    Right… now I have more things to play with and plan for this weekend!


  2. Hey Stef,
    You can definitely use my ideas!!! Anything to make life easier I say!

    I agree with you about the curriculum standards and having notations for observations and areas for improvement! I am imagining how organised I will be for writing reports if I can get this going! Everything at your fingertips at report writing time would be amazing!

    Bec 🙂

  3. @ Bec,

    We already use a paper-based form of checklist for the progression points at my school (a lovely document with 30 pages) that has every progression point that gets high-lighted every semester to indicate progress… but how easy would it be for teachers to have an Evernote note that gets sent from the previous teacher to the next?

    Ah reports… time to start getting in that mindset now…


    1. @ Stef,

      Yes I have seen documents like that and I use something similar for my grade! I love the idea of having a note that could be sent to teachers across the years that indicates student progress! Something to work towards?? 🙂


  4. Love this idea for checklist. How did you get the columns. I am on a mac and couldn’t figure it out in evenote. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. I love using evenote and never knew how to do this. Can’t wait to use next week.

    1. Hi Anita,

      There is no decent table function in Evernote yet! I wish they would hurry up!!! So all I did was copy and paste the name and checkbox and used spaces to separate them into columns. There are a bit wobbly but it was as close as I could get them!

  5. Checklists are the best way of keeping track of some information. I used them on pen and paper but now with the availability of apps for the iPad, we can store data for later use so much more easily.

  6. @ Ross,
    There are so many ways you can keep electronic checklists now! I love Evernote because it syncs on all my devices, so no matter what I am using everything stays updated! So organised!

  7. I loved this idea but the wavy columns made me crazy. I was able to make a table in Evernote and then past the checkbox/name combo. I’m using it for my homework check-off list for next marking period (starts 11/1). Combined with my iPad (on load from the principal) it should make it a lot faster to check 80 students worth of HW.

    Great idea! Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Beth,

      I feel exactly the same about the wavy columns, I am a bit of a perfectionist so I hate they they look a little all over the place. I do like the table idea however, I like to make notes beside their names and you are unable to edit tables with Evernote on the iPad. It is very annoying! I have set up one for homework as well but again I like to make notes on if they finished it all etc. Something to think about if your are wanting to edit on the iPAd. Great idea however if you just need the checkboxes! 🙂


  8. Hi Bec, This is Ron from Evernote. Thanks so much for putting this post together and sharing with your readers. We really appreciate all the support. Glad to hear that the to-do checkmarks are working out for you. We recently launched a Evernote for Schools discussion forum where educators such as yourself can go to learn how to better use Evernote. This would make a great and informative topic. http://discussion.evernote.com/forum/90-evernote-for-schools/ Would you mind adding it (or If I could?). Thanks. -ron

    1. Hi Kimberly,

      Thanks for your comment! I am glad this will help make your guided reading groups easier. Do you ave an iPad? If so have you tried out using it for running records and reading conferences?


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