Evernote has transformed the way I keep notes on students in my class. I type notes, record audio, and video and take photos of their work samples. All this information is then stored in individual student notebooks within Evernote.
I first began using Evernote for individual reading conferences and since then just about all of my organizational data and student anecdotal notes are taken using Evernote. I love that it allows me to keep everything in one place, it keeps me organized and able to track students and information easily with the tap of a button.
Although Evernote has become a necessity for me in my classroom, I have never been one hundred percent happy with the formatting tools. I am a very visual person so not only do I want my information accessible I want it to look good too.
Today I stumbled upon a web app called KustomNote. KustomNote was originally designed for the Evernote Dev Cup. Think Google Forms and Evernote all mixed into one! I like it as it takes out all the need for formatting and produces professional looking, neat notes.
Below I have included a little story of how my notes have changed since I began using Evernote-
At this stage, I can not see a way to record audio or video through KustomNote but once your note has been saved you can go in and add audio and attachments as you usually would.
I like the fact that once I have my templates made all I need to do is edit and the information is easily saved in my desired notebook in Evernote.
I have created the following templates and have made them public for other users to copy.
- Reading Conference
- Writing Conference
- Strategy Group- Reading
- Strategy Group- Writing
- Maths Focus Group
How could you use KustomNote in the classroom?
How do you format your notes for student records?