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#Evernote Work Chat

Recently, many Evernote users would have noticed the Work Chat feature appearing in their accounts.

Evernote Work Chat lets users communicate and collaborate without leaving the app…which for me has been a major time saving feature. Since the soft launch, I have been experimenting with Work Chat with both my colleagues and students.

Work Chat works on all platforms and even in the web version. It allows users to, first and foremost, chat…as well as quickly and easily share notes. Another cool feature is the ability to see who is viewing or editing a note, which for the students at school, has been great in eliminating note conflict issues. With this visibility users can easily start chats with the people who are viewing or editing the note.

Part of my role at school is coaching and mentoring other teachers- I have found Work Chat to be beneficial for me communicating with other teachers seamlessly and quickly, without clogging up their email inbox. Through this way of communicating I can share notes I want them to complete, feedback I have for them or readings and articles that would be beneficial for their professional learning. This way things are open and saved in Evernote straight away, rather than fussing about back and forth from email to Evernote.

Another way I have been using Work Chat is with my Digital Leaders group at school. They wrote their own post about using Evernote and Work Chat.

These are students who are 10-11 years old. With this group we often work on notes collaboratively and the use of Work Chat has been a life saver when in comes to eliminating note conflicts. Students share ideas, give each other feedback, ask questions, share links and check things with me when I am not around. It has really developed their independence with some of their tasks and it has only been a couple of weeks.

You can read more about Work Chat on the Evernote blog. I’d love to hear about how others have started using it and how it has impacted their digital work space.

Using Evernote for Professional Learning and Development

Being a passionate and inquisitive teacher in a digital, globally connected environment opens up so many opportunities for professional development. Like many teachers, I thrive on extending my knowledge in multiple areas, I want to know everything I can in order to make me better at my job and life in general. I am constantly seeking ways to inspire and better myself, other teachers at my school or in my wider PLN and importantly, students I engage with and teach. In an age of ‘infowhelm’ it can be hard to manage, truly engage in and learn from so much information.

That is unless you have the right tools.

I have said many times that I truly believe that using Evernote makes me a better teacher. Sometimes I receive funny looks, rolled eyes and “here she goes again” comments, especially when many don’t understand how powerful Evernote can be to manage all of this information. Other times, there are people who also thrive on learning and education in the same way as I do and want to know all they can about how and why Evernote is so amazing. For me, Evernote is more than just a file storage tool, it is exactly as Evernote describes it, my ‘external brain’ the place where I ‘remember everything’, store any of my thoughts, ideas or wonderings, a place where I can save information in a variety of formats from anywhere and have access to it in a matter of seconds on multiple devices. Wherever, whenever, however, I want.

Last year at the Evernote Conference in San Francisco, Evernote’s CEO Phil Libin spoke about ‘knowledge workers’, describing them as people who think for a living. These types of workers are driving economies, driving technology, making decisions, solving problems and driving innovation. Knowledge workers are people who, in their daily lives and work environments make decisions, communicate and collaborate with others and understand and meet the needs of their customers. Any modern, digitally connected, passionate teacher I know would have resonated with those comments. Our customers, however are our students. In order for me or any other teacher to meet the needs of our students, to prepare them for such a socially connected digital world and prepare them for jobs that don’t even exist yet- we need to take advantage of as much learning as possible.

Have you ever been to a professional learning day or conference and been so inspired that you just want to get back to school and start straight away? Yes- excellent! But what happens when you get back to school and things may not go to plan- days and weeks pass, you forget what you learnt, and the inspiration dwindles. It happens all the time. I see so many teachers go away for professional learning, talk about how much they loved the session, but do nothing with that new knowledge. Things stay the same, no change, no innovation. Their notes are written down in a book or stored in a word document that will get lost or never be opened again. I know this does not always happen, but from what I have seen it is a common occurrence.

Enter Evernote. How about we do something with all of that information. Take what you have learnt, have it accessible and put it into practice. Refer to it, make changes, add thoughts and ideas, receive feedback. Innovate. Develop. Learn. Repeat!

Evernote makes me a better teacher because it is a tool I use that enables me to successfully manage all of my learning. I want to share with you some ways I use Evernote to do this. There is a lot. My advice- choose one thing you are not already doing and have a go! Evernote is such a personal tool, everyone I know uses it differently, they have their own pro tips, tweaks and ideas. If the ways I use Evernote do not work for you, change it, make it work so it does. You won’t be sorry!

Evernote Web Clipper

First step- get the Evernote Web Clipper and clip this post. Once clipped, highlight the parts or ideas that resonated with you the most. Add to the note by identifying a couple of new things you want to try. The Web Clipper is a tool I use on a daily basis; it is especially wonderful in Chrome. I use the web clipper to save articles and websites to Evernote that I want to keep and refer to. I also use it for general bookmarking. I have a ‘Professional Learning’ Notebook Stack, within that stack I have Notebooks set up for different categories. I like my Notebook organisation, when I want to clip a page, I can select the Notebook easily and also add tags for further searching capabilities later. I clip and save many blog posts, news articles and lesson ideas. Sometimes, if I want to get fancy, I’ll add an Evernote Reminder to the clipped note straight away to remind me to read it later or do something else with it. Reminders are a great feature- I am an extremely forgetful person, I love that I can be nudged to look at and act upon my clipped notes on given dates and times.

My Professional Learning Notebook Stack-

Feedly

Another way I manage my love of collecting and reading inspiring and engaging articles and blog posts is Feedly. When reviewing my RSS feeds I can automatically send articles to Evernote that I want to save. When using Feedly, the notes are saved in my default Evernote Notebook, my ‘inbox’. I hate having notes in my inbox, so I ensure I make time to act upon those notes- I follow a ‘not so strict’ version of the GTD process (Getting Things Done by David Allen). When notes are in my inbox, I have to do something with them. This works well for me because instead of just sending things to Evernote to never be look at again I choose to share it with others, add it to my session ideas, reflect on it and make some comments, write a blog about it…whatever is important for that article. Using this process ensures that what I am sending to Evernote is not just left stagnant, I am constantly changing things up and reviewing my notes and acting on my ideas or things I have learnt from others.

Twitter and IFTTT

I am a self-confessed Twitter aficionado. I love it. I describe Twitter as the BEST free professional development tool available for educators. I love that when scrolling through the Tweets from my PLN I can easily save favourites- this could be links to posts, ideas, anything really. I use IFTTT to automate sending my favourites into Evernote. They go into a dedicated Notebook. Again, lots of people do this- but I always wonder what they do with those Tweets once they are in Evernote. I have set up a short cut, not to the whole Notebook of Tweets, but a saved search. I used Evernote’s powerful descriptive search to search for my ‘twitter favourites since last week’, this brings up only the notes that are tagged with ‘twitter’ (which IFTTT automatically does) and were created in the last seven days…Cool, yes? What I have then done is saved that search and added it to my Shortcuts (thank you Troy Malone for that tip). All of my favourites are the easily accessible and the most recent ones are one click or tap away. Again, I make sure I do not just leave them there…Once a week, usually on a Friday afternoon before I go home, I go through the notes saved from this search and do something with them…Add them to my Tickler file or Next Actions, write more, read more, add a reminder- whatever suits for the given Tweet or context. I also do this for my latest pins on Pinterest.

Saving Kindle & iBook Notes and Highlights

It is very rare that you will see me read a hardcopy book these days; the only time I do this is when I am reading to children. All of my personal, professional development reading is either done on my iPad or iPhone using the Kindle or iBooks apps. Recently I read about how to save my notes and highlights to Evernote…which, as you could imagine, made me very happy. Vickie Davis (aka @coolcatteacher) has some great guides on how to do this on her blog here and here For anybody undertaking professional readings, using this process is great. I love that I have everything saved in Evernote for easy access. When I want to refer to a reading, I do not have to trawl through my notes in other apps or programs.

School Staff Meetings & Conferences

I know I live in a world where people still love paper, I suspect many still especially like photocopying many pages for people to read. Every school based, staff professional development session we have, we are given handouts…And I hate them. This is commonly known as well, I also don’t take a pen to meetings. I use the Evernote document camera to snap an image of my handouts quickly, any notes I want to write I can add underneath or can quikly and easily annotate the images to makehighlights or handwritten notes straight from my iPad.

This process works well for conferences too. Although with conferences I always save the conference agenda and use note links to link to my notes taken at each session.

Travel & Study Tours

Last year I travelled to America as part of a personal study tour and this year I am travelling again with the Australian Council for Computers in Education ISTE Study Tour (keep up to date with us on Twitter when we set off in June- #STACCE14). To keep track of the organisation leading up to this I have saved my itinery and calendar, all of my reciepts. I use my unique Evernote email address to easily forward important emails stratight into my study tour notebook. I have clipped all of the ISTE sessions I would like to attend, as well as the websites and information of some of the places I know we will be visiting. There are so many notes in this notebook and to add another layer of organisation I have used the ‘Table of Contents’ feature to create lists of note links so everything is easily accessible, I then pin those notes using Reminders. While I am away I will be using Evernote to take notes and write blog posts.

Study

I am studying my Masters of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) through Charles Sturt University. Evernote has been a saviour when it comes to organising my study and assignments for this. I previously wrote a blog post about how I use Evernote in study which you can read here. Reminders are the best too, great for important dates!

Performance and Development and Professional Learning Journal

I keep track of my professional learning goals and reflections in Evernote. In the past I have found that if I don’t refer to my goals regularly, I can become sidetracked. Having my goals in Evernote allows me to regularly update and document my progress towards achieving them. I also use Evernote as my professional learning journal, allowing me to document my throughts and reflections for ongoing professional learning.

There are so many ways Evernote can help you manage the information flow and allow you reflect, learn and develop.

Organising my Studies with Evernote

I have long blogged about using Evernote for teaching and how I use it in the classroom and with my students but this time I thought I would share about how I am using Evernote as part of my studies. I am currently studying two subjects for my Masters of Education (Information Technologies) and after this semester will only have two subjects to go (insert happy dance here). I am so incredibly busy, between work, extra curricular commitments, travel and a serious family illness, I still had to keep up to date with my studies. It has been full on but thanks to Evernote I have felt calm and organised.

A few weeks ago I set up my studies notebook in a particular way as I knew I would need to not just have my stuff saved in Evernote but organised so when the time came, I could sit down to my work and think clearly about the task at hand.

I have one notebook for both subjects-

Within that notebook I have saved all of my assignment details and due dates, subject readings and study materials. However if this was all just in the notebook I would have to search through it to find what I want- at this stage tagging would probably come in handy for some people…but I am not good at tagging- rarely (if ever) remembering to do so. Instead I use the reminders feature to pin certain notes to the top of my view.

As you can see, I have added a date to some of the reminders so I know when that particular piece of work is due.

The next layer of organisation makes use of one of my favourite Evernote features- note links. On the Mac client there is this awesome feature where you can select multiple notes and create a ‘table of contents’ note. To do this, select the notes you would like to link to and click the ‘Create Table of Contents Note’

Once selected, it will look a little something like the image below. I then changed the note title and added a reminder so it would appear for easy access at the top of my screen.

If I save anything else to the notebook, I can add to the list above by right-clicking on the note and selecting ‘copy note link’, then I can paste to the next line in the bulleted number list.

Another favourite Evernote feature of mine is the web clipper. I use the web clipper for Chrome and love all of the features.

View from the module page online-

View from Evernote after being clipped-

Another great feature of Evernote which many people probably already know about is the text highlighting. I use this often for identifying key information in an assignment outline and highlighting important parts of module readings.

Another layer of information going into this notebook is a daily digest of communication from one of the subject blogs. To do this I used IFTTT. There were two reasons why I chose to do this. One, I did not want to miss out on conversations and discussions about assignments or module readings and sometimes I don’t have time to go in and check the site everyday and two, I didn’t want instant emails sent to me and just have them sitting there in my inbox with me not reading them. Using IFTTT has allowed me one place to access all the conversations that have happened throughout the day, right from my Evernote account. These emails are automatically added to my Uni notebook.

I have found this to be a great way to keep me organised…even though I still struggle to find time, I know that once I have it I can get down to work straight away.

As well as this organisation, for both of my subjects I need to keep a reflective blog. In order to do this I am using Postach.io. For each blog, I have created a notebook (in reflecting on this, I could have just had one Posach.io site and added both blogs, but I did not think of this until I had already created them).

I have a Notebook Stack which organises all of the blogs I have on Postach,io-

Blogging with Postach.io is incredibly easy, and if you are like me and everything you do is already in Evernote it saves time too. Once you set up your Postach.io account and have set up a blog, all you do is write your blog post in Evernote and tag it with ‘published’, once your account has sync’d your post appears online.

Here is the view from Evernote:

And here is the online, published view:

With such a busy schedule it is so important that I organise myself in an effective way. I don’t want to be stressing about when and how to do things, I want everything I need at the tip of my fingers, decluttered and organised. Evernote gives me this and so much more.

How do you use Evernote for study?

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.

https://www.evernote.com/pub/missrspink/evernoteexamples

What are your top tips for using Evernote this year? 

Teaching with Evernote- an Explanation

Evernote is a cloud storage application that allows users to add notes via text, audio or images and organise them in online files- called ‘notebooks’. Evernote is designed to ‘remember everything’ and allows users to easily collect and find data on multiple devices. Evernote is supported on Android, iOS, Mac, PC and web.

Evernote is the ultimate productivity and organisation tool for teachers and educational professionals. Evernote and a mobile device combined allow teachers to work effectively in open plan learning spaces, move around the school and not be tethered to a desk in the classroom, with everything they need at their fingertips. To effectively become organised with Evernote many teachers are storing student assessment notes, lesson plans and administrative tasks within the app. This means that no matter where the teacher is, home or school, they can access all of their information efficiently. As all teachers know the administrative, assessment and reporting demands of a teacher can become quite cumbersome, especially for new graduates, Evernote helps to alleviate this pressure. I have found that working with Evernote, I no longer spend hours upon hours completing administrative tasks. Evernote allows me to be much more efficient with lesson planning, research and documenting student outcomes and assessment that I have more time to spend with my students, and this time is what directly impacts on their learning.

There are four main areas that I have found where Evernote can increase the productivity and organisation of a teacher:

Evernote for Lesson Planning:

Evernote is the number one place for teachers to gather their lesson plan ideas. Great lesson ideas can pop into a teacher’s mind anywhere and everywhere, Evernote allows teachers to capture their ideas easily and quickly- no matter where they are. Using Evernote’s Webclipper, teachers can find lesson ideas online and clip them to their Evernote account for inspiration and to use later. By adding the tag ‘lesson ideas’ teachers can then efficiently search their Evernote account for the amazing resources they have captured. The Evernote Webclipper is also useful for teachers when researching and undertaking their own professional learning. When teachers find interesting articles to expand their professional practice they can easily clip to Evernote to refer to later and share with other colleagues.

Evernote also allows multiple users to collaborate on the same note or notebook. This is a useful feature for teachers as teams can work together to create lessons and curate ideas. This allows teams of teachers to collaborate and to capitalise on their strengths in order to create the best learning opportunities for their students.

Daily lesson plans and work programs can also be stored in Evernote. This eliminates the need for printing and allows teachers to have their daily lessons on hand whenever they need them.

The use of Evernote also supports the ongoing and innovative use of interactive technologies in the classroom. Teachers can organise lesson content in Evernote ready to be presented to students using Interactive Whiteboards and displays. This means that everything that is needed for the lesson, apart from hands on materials are kept in the one spot, organised effectively and ready to present to students at anytime. The new Presentation Mode (Premium) feature in Evernote continues to support this use- making it even easier to share lesson resources with students. Here is an example of a lesson organised in Evernote ready to present to students- 3D Shapes Lesson.

Evernote for Assessment:

Teachers can use Evernote effectively to assist them in the assessment process to gather, organise, analyse and reflect on evidence to inform future teaching. Whether assessing ‘for’, ‘as’ or ‘of’ learning, Evernote can be used to document student outcomes, store notes and develop and promote effective, timely and personalised feedback to students.

Assessment Advice DEECD

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/support/pages/advice.aspx

Evernote can be used by teachers when working with students in one to one conferencing situations and in small groups. Teachers are able to take notes via text input, take snapshots of students work and annotate using Skitch (an Evernote product that allows users to annotate and mark up images and Evernote notes), they can also take audio recordings of students reading, explaining concepts and sharing their ongoing learning reflections. With Evernote and a mobile device combined teachers can take anecdotal notes about students ‘on the go’, this increases assessment productivity by teachers as they no longer have to keep and sort through binders and books of information, they can save and share their notes and feedback instantly.

Students with access to email can also directly email work samples and reflections straight into their teacher’s Evernote account using the unique Evernote email address associated with each user. With many classrooms now supporting 1:1 technology programs this allows for seamless flow of information from student to teacher.

John Hattie (2011) describes feedback as a key driver in accelerating student learning. Evernote can be used as an effective tool to help teachers provide this personalised feedback to students in a timely manner. When working with students teachers can document what a student knows about a topic, what they still need to learn and their co-constructed learning goals, this information is then used as an ongoing reflection and feedback tool for both the teacher and the learner. When using Evernote in this way a teacher can store and organise anecdotal notes, work samples, learning goals and feedback conversations in a specific student notebook, organised by tags to allow for easy and effective retrieval of information. This ensures that the time spent working with a student and providing feedback is productive and efficient.

Evernote for Student Report Writing:

In most schools Australian schools teachers are expected to write detailed reports and give a mark on student progress to provide information to education departments and parents twice a year. With an average class size of twenty four students and one student report taking approximately two or more hours to write adds up to in excess of ninety six hours of report writing each year. This is a great deal of time that teachers spend completing this informative and necessary task.

Evernote helps to make this process much more manageable. When teachers have used Evernote effectively to document ongoing assessment and feedback each semester, they have with them everything they need to complete student reports at the tip of their fingers. No longer do teachers need to carry loads of student books home or sort through pages of binders for notes kept on students. They have all of their data, assessment records and feedback conversations documented, ready for writing up. This is an incredible time saver.

Screen shot- Writing Student Reports

With Evernote’s sync functionality and accessibility on multiple devices teachers can work from anywhere they feel comfortable, enabling a more relaxed yet efficient use of time.

Evernote for Administration:

As with any job comes the need for administration tasks and teaching is no exception. Many teachers undertake multiple roles in a school that go far beyond teaching one class. Evernote is an effective tool for managing what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ in a teaching career. With Evernote, teachers can create and manage effective ‘To Do’ lists powered by Evernote Reminders which allow users to be reminded about specific tasks. This workflow can be used in order to become more productive in the workplace. Tips and examples for creating and managing powerful and practical management lists and reminders in Evernote – The Ultimate To Do List.

Evernote also allows teachers to store and set reminders for emails they are sent and want to keep track of. If an email is sent with a specific task teachers can easily and efficiently add this to their Evernote account and set a reminder for the completion date, a productive way or organising and remembering important tasks.

Some New Evernote Products and How to Use them in Education

At the third annual Evernote Conference (EC3) in San Francisco in September 2013, Evernote announced a number of new and improved product features, partnerships and physical products. Many of these new improvements and products can further enhance the productivity and organisation for teachers.

 

Penultimate & Adonit Jot Script Stylus

Penultimate is Evernote’s handwriting app, perfect for those teachers who still like to make handwritten notes. Penultimate allows you to ‘write’ on an iPad using a stylus or your finger. Penultimate and Evernote work together to sync your notes to your Evernote account, making them easily searchable and available anywhere. The latest ‘zoom and drift’ and wrist protection features in Penultimate provide teachers and students with an intuitive way to digitise handwritten notes in the classroom.

Penultimate combined with the new Evernote Edition Adonit Jot Script Stylus, the first ever fine point stylus, taking handwritten notes on an iPad becomes more controlled, accurate and precise.

Use cases for Penultimate in the classroom-

  • Take running records and reading assessments
  • One on one student assessment and conferring
  • Design / Lesson ideas
  • Annotate images
  • Note taking
  • Provide student feedback
  • Student created work samples

 

Post-It Note Integration

At EC3 Evernote announced a major partnership with 3M, the company behind the iconic Post-It notes. The new Post-It note integration means that Evernote transforms the notes into a digitally enhanced format. This allows the handwriting to become searchable within you Evernote account. The new integration has created an intuitive feature that allows users to assign specific Post-It note colours to specific Evernote notebooks, tags or reminders.

Example of a Post-It note captured in Evernote

 Ideas for using Post-It Notes and Evernote in the classroom-

  • Snap brainstorms, affinity diagrams and other graphic organisers
  • Collaborative mind mapping
  • Story board presentations for oral reports
  • Plan and story board a range of writing
  • Making Connections in Reading- snap connections in a shared notebook for a class shared reading text
  • Questions / wonderings- snap and collaborate in a shared notebook
  • Recommending reading-students recommend books to read for the class- snap and add to a shared notebook for students to view either in the app of create a public link
  • Spelling- find spelling blends and words for specific spelling investigations
  • Annotate student writing quickly before snapping- assign an automatic action, for example, choose a pink note and add a tag (eg- #2013writingassessment) or give feedback to a student and automatically set a reminder (ensure they are subscribed to your reminders in a shared notebook)

 

Skitch

Skitch is an Evernote product that allows users to annotate and mark up images with arrows, text, and sketches. Skitch can be used on a desktop or mobile device to give feedback and demonstrate ideas. Significant product updates with Skitch include a faster user experience and easier sharing, creating an overall more positive and user-friendly experience. A fantastic educational feature of Skitch is the integration of Maps. This allows users to take a snapshot of a map area and annotate as needed. A perfect way to teach direction and mapping skills.

Ideas for using Skitch in the classroom-

  • Teach mapping and directions
  • Mark up student writing with editing and revising feedback
  • Analyse websites for accuracy and information
  • Annotate and label images for science and math concepts
  • Analyse and mark up text to teach language concepts

 

 

 

2014 Calendar Templates for Evernote

 

I love having a simple calendar in Evernote to use when planning different things. In the past, I have used calendar templates in Evernote as part of my planning for trips and holidays, creating itineraries, booking student meetings and conferences, keeping track of and documenting student behaviour issues and general calendar items.

I love that with Evernote I can use my calendar templates combined with the Evernote Reminders feature. I can also add note links within my calendar note which link to related notes of things that I need to do or are important. I know many people use third party calendar apps that may integrate with Evernote but I hate having so many accounts and apps. I already have too many, so I try and find ways of making Evernote work for me without using third party apps.

To create my calendar templates, I download free Word versions from the web or use the Word calendar template creator.

Here is a simple example of a month view calendar in Evernote.

Feel free to use and copy any of the 2014 calendar templates

 

To save the calendar templates to your own Evernote account follow these steps-

Join the notebook.

Once you have joined, it will be available on all of your devices.

Open up your desktop version and the joined notebook will appear after sync.

Follow the next steps to save to your own account so you can move and edit to make the templates work for you.

Once you have copied all of the notes you need, you do not need to keep the joined notebook in your account. Simply right click and select ‘Leave Notebook’ and it will no longer appear.

iPads, QR Codes and Evernote, Oh My!

 

One of the ways I like to organise my reading groups is by using our class iPads, QR Codes and Evernote. These three tools combined allow me to be organised and prepared in advanced for reading lessons.

My school uses the CAFE reading model- a snap shot of a reading session in my classroom looks a little something like the table below. I have also included a column which describes some of the technology I use, or my students use during the reading hour.

Students in the specified reading group can access their reading text and group resources using an iPad and QR Code which I generate that links them to a shared Evernote note. Here is an example

 

Sharing an Evernote note and creating a link is easy.

I use qrstuff.com  to create my QR codes. Simply paste the link into the URL content section and your code will automatically generate. Either display on IWB or screen or print out a couple of copies for students to scan.

If my students were using Evernote, I would then get them to save the note to their own account…but we haven’t quite got there yet.

This process works well for me and can be really effective in helping to stay organised and increase productivity in the classroom.

An interesting comment from one of my students. Today, I grabbed my phone to take some pictures of them working and simply told them that I wanted some pictures so I could write a blog post about what they were doing, to which he replied “Why? What’s so special about this?”…interesting indeed. I had a chuckle and explained to him that for him and I and the other students in my class, that not much was ‘special’ about it because we do it all the time, we use this kind of technology and so much more. It is constantly integrated into our teaching and learning experiences. I then went on to say that even though it is basic for us, there are many teachers and students out there that would not even know what a QR code is or how to make one, how to use Evernote or  maybe how to use an iPad for educational purposes. He was very shocked and surprised by this revelation. It made me smile!