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Evernote Use #7- Create a Classroom Homepage
Have you ever stood in front of a class and attempted to direct them to a specific website?
You may have projected or wrote a link on the board like this:
or maybe you displayed a shortened link like this:
http://shar.es/UtVQj (which seems even harder to communicate!)
or maybe you created a QR code for the link like this:
or worse, you may have attempted to say it aloud:
If it’s a one-time thing, although it is frustrating, you can share a link all of the different ways listed above. However, having to do this on a regular basis in a classroom is both inefficient and ineffective.
No matter how you might try to direct an audience to a specific website, nothing is easier than just having them click on the link.
Here’s a solution: Create a Classroom Homepage using an Evernote URL. For this you’ll need to share a URL link one time– after that, your students can just open the bookmarked link and click where you’d like for them to go.
Here’s how to do it:
Create a new Classroom Homepage Note in Evernote and copy the Share URL. Add any information, links, PDFs, pictures, documents, etc. to the note.
On the first day of school, share the homepage link with your students (you’ll probably have to use one of the sharing options mentioned earlier… sorry). Be sure your students bookmark the link you’ve shared. It’s also a good idea to have the link or QR code displayed in your classroom.
Here is what your Classroom Homepage may look like (student’s view):
From that point forward, any time you need to share information or want your students or audience to visit a link, update the note in Evernote. Keep in mind, you can keep adding to your one single note throughout the entire year or replace the content each time you update it. That’s your call.
When students go to the homepage they’ve bookmarked, this is what they’ll see:
Using Evernote as a classroom homepage is simple and easy to do. If you’ve always wanted your own classroom webpage, this may be the easiest way to do it.
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