Welcoming the New School Year- Evernote Style #2

This is an update of a post that I wrote at the beginning of 2013, but in just one year there have been many updates that have changed the way I do a few things in Evernote.

Here are my top tips for preparing for your new school year with Evernote-

1. Set up a Notebook for each of your students. I like to do this because as the year goes by you will collect evidence of student learning and it is kept all in the one spot, easily accessible and extremely handy when writing mid year and end of year student reports. It is also handy when you have parent-teacher interviews. View my Evernote Infographic for a visual.

2. Stay organised with checklists. Evernote has a nifty check box feature that I use for to do lists, keeping track of student homework, home reading and curriculum outcomes.

3. Go Paperless with Reading Assessment. If you have an iPad, why not start taking running records using using Skitch which is now a one app process- no need to leave Evernote to annotate an image. Don’t forget to record the audio of your students reading for an even more powerful assessment tool.

4. Keep Track of your professional development. A great way to organise and keep track of the professional development you undertake throughout the year. Keep track of dates, hours completed and travel expenses for tax time.

5. Go paperless with your lesson plans and work program. Last year I went paperless with my work program in Evernote. All of my lesson plans from Term 2 onwards were created in Evernote. This allowed me to have access to my lesson plans wherever I was, when ever I wanted!

6. Tag. I must admit, I think I am the worst ‘tagger’ out but when I do tag, I am grateful I have done so. As an example, I always make sure I tag when working with small groups and am trying hard to ensure I do this when working with individual students as well. In reading sessions, I like to tag the strategy I was working on with students so when I want to check on how my students are going with a particular strategy, I can easily search for it.

7. Use the audio feature. Record your students reading, explaining maths problems or discussing their reflections. What ever you record is a great reminder of what your students have achieved and you can continually come back to to inform future teaching.

8. Take pictures. The best thing about about taking snapshots with Evernote is that it automatically digitises the content and makes it searchable! Take pictures of student work samples, handouts you are given, tax receipts and just about anything else you want to remember and keep for later.

9. Digitise your Post-It Notes. Use the Post-It Note camera in iOS7 to keep track of your notes. You can also assign different coloured notes to a specific notebook, create a tag or apply a reminder. Check out many more ideas for using Post-Its and Evernote here- http://www.post-it.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/PostItNA/Home/Ideas/Evernote/

10. Set Reminders. Never forget anything again. Set reminders and set notifications to allow pop ups or emails to be sent to you as a reminder.

11. If you can afford $47 a year…go premium. The premium Evernote features give teachers many more opportunities for sharing and collaboration. Not only can you share notes with others, you can invite them to edit and collaborate on notes and notebooks with you. A great option, especially if you are team teaching or work in a large team of teachers.

12. Try Presentation Mode (premium feature) to share and deliver lesson content to students.

Join my shared Notebook- Evernote Examples to see some examples of my tips and to give yourself some ideas.

What are your top tips for using Evernote this year? 

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