Evernote Use #7- Create a Classroom Homepage #50EduEvernote

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting 50 different ways school administrators and educators can use Evernote to be more organized and more effective. I’ll be using #50EduEvernote on Twitter to further this discussion and share ideas. If you’d like, click here to follow me on Twitter.

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:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=garber/090326

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:

QR Code

QR Code

or worse, you may have attempted to say it aloud:

“H-T-T-P-:-/-/-S-P-…”

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.

Evernote for Mac

Evernote for Mac

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):

Student's View

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.

Evernote for Mac

Evernote for Mac

When students go to the homepage they’ve bookmarked, this is what they’ll see:

Student's View

Student’s View

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.

 

 

50 Ways Admins and Teachers Can Use Evernote #50EduEvernote

#1- Checklists & To-Do Lists

#2- Taking and Organizing Meeting Notes

#3- Saving Handwritten Meeting Notes

#4- Emailing Files

#5- Capture Classroom and School Ideas

#6- Share Regularly-Update Documents

4 thoughts on “Evernote Use #7- Create a Classroom Homepage #50EduEvernote

    • Great! Glad it helps, Tracey. I wish so badly I would have done this last year. Instead, I created a shared notebook for my students. I made it public, but it still wasn’t as easy to use as a single note would have been. Let me know if I can help you set it up or if you come across something that doesn’t work.

    • Also, I showed our library media specialist how to do it, and she created a resource page for the students. She’ll post QR codes around the library to direct kids. She’s so excited!

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