Last year I wrote a post about how Evernote has dramatically improved how I report on student progress. As report writing time has now crept up again for Australian schools, I thought it was the perfect time to write about my developments in this process.
At the beginning of the school year, from the very first day, I have been collecting an array of student work quickly, efficiently and productively all within my Evernote account. The types of things I have collected about my students include-
- Samples of writing
- Audio recordings of reading
- Videos of student explanations and answers to maths problems
- Student reflections (written and recorded)
- Anecdotal notes
- Reading group notes and assessments
- Photos of students working, managing their learning and demonstrating teamwork
- Learning goals and achievements
- Copies of pre and posts tests and assessment tasks
- Records of home reading and homework habits
As a result, when I pulled out my iPad to begin writing reports last weekend, I was again, pleasantly surprised to feel so at ease and confident in writing quality reports for my students in a fraction of the time it would have taken me two years ago (before Evernote). I didn’t have to carry tub loads of books and assessments home because I had all the data I needed at the tip of my fingers, ready to go! I love that there is no need for comment banks as all student assessment data is personal and individualised, just the way student reports should be.
Within my Evernote account I have created a Notebook Stack- ‘2013 Student Assessment’, within this stack I have created a notebook for each of my students as well as notebooks to document small teacher groups for reading, writing and numeracy. Within each of these notebooks are notes filled with what my students can do, their areas for improvement, learning goals and evidence of things they have said, done and completed in class. This evidence of student learning will also form an integral role as we prepare for our mid year three way conferences.
I am not denying that writing student reports is a time consuming process, it is, but with Evernote it is much easier and takes away all of the stress! What I hope many of you reading this realise is that you can get some hours back! If you want more hours to yourself in May and November each year…it’s time to do yourself and your students a favour- download Evernote and start tomorrow. My advice? start using Evernote to do one new thing a week. Before you know it you will be amazed at the possibilities. The use of Evernote to document and analyse my student assessment data has made me a better teacher. I am so much more accountable for keeping track and I never lose anything!
How do you track student assessment in your classroom?
How are you using Evernote?