Evernote Use #23 – Digital Learning Portfolios #50EduEvernote

As both a parent and an educator, I place great value in documenting a child’s progress and growth. However, providing detailed information regarding growth isn’t as convenient as checking a box or assigning a grade. Documenting growth takes time– but it is certainly time well-spent.

Last year, my son was in PreK-3 and in December we received a progress report. It was my first “report card” experience as a parent– very surreal. I enjoyed reading over his progress report and it took every part of me to not want to “fix” all of his “deficiencies” (which we didn’t “fix”).

But let me ask you something:  Which of the following tells you more about my son’s progress with using scissors?

Option A- Progress Report Checklist

Progress Report

 Option B- Picture of Cut-Out

Picture of Square Cut-Out

Option C- Video of Student Cutting Out a Shape

Clearly, the video communicates progress more than the checklist and picture! How awesome would it be if teachers would combine video and audio along with a checklist to document their students’ progress in a digital portfolio that parents could access at any time?

Evernote is perfect digital portfolios. Click here to read how I used Evernote for digital writing portfolios in my 8th grade English class.

If you’d like to learn more about using Evernote for digital portfolios, here are some great resources:

Digital Portfolios Workshop (perfect for faculty training/professional development)

Evernote as Portfolio blog by Rob van Nood

The Power of E-Portfolios by Rob van Nood (ebook)

Principalcast Podcast interview with Matt Renwick

Reading by Example blog by Matt Renwick

Evernote Use #19- Document Everything #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 #19- Document Everything

Documentation is critical in a classroom or office. Someone once told me, “It didn’t happen if you didn’t write it down.”

With all its features (including audio recording and image recognition) and the availability across so many difference platforms, Evernote is the perfect place to save…

a parent contact log

discipline documentation

professional development documentation

teacher leave request forms

classroom observations

email conversations

meeting notes

receipts

lesson plans

homework assignments

sub plans

seating charts

classroom ideas

class rosters

restroom passes

library book checkouts

daily reflections

ideas for next year

student portfolios

reading notes

Basically anything you need to document, Evernote is the perfect tool. Think about how you document things now– is everything in one place and available at any time from anywhere?

 

Evernote Use #16- Use Web Clipper to Save & Share Articles #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 #16- Use Web Clipper to Save and Share Articles  #50EduEvernote

Yesterday I shared how I use Evernote Clearly to read, annotate, and save online articles. I use Clearly often for reading, but when it comes to quickly saving and/or sharing an article, I use Evernote Web Clipper.

The two extensions have many of the same features, so you’re not going to go wrong choosing either. If you choose to download only one, the Web Clipper is the one you probably will use most often.

When you come across an article you’d like to save and/or share, it’s a great idea to clip it to Evernote so you’ll always have a copy (not just the link). You’ll notice in the article below, the ads and side links are all visible– making it look a little cluttered for saving. Simply clipping the Evernote Web Clipper extension solves the problem.

Online article (original site)

Online article (original site)

Once you click the extension, a side menu will appear.

Evernote Web Clipper (Evernote for Mac)

Evernote Web Clipper (Evernote for Mac)

Web Clipper gives you two options– share or save. The cool thing is, when you share the article, you can do both.

Save or Share w/ Evernote Web Clipper (Evernote for Mac)

Save or Share w/ Evernote Web Clipper (Evernote for Mac)

If you switch to the Evernote link, you’ll be able to share the note’s URL which will look like this:

Shared URL

Shared URL

Especially when sharing articles with students, it’s important for me to eliminate any distractions or inappropriate ads. Click here to view the entire shared Evernote note.

I use the Evernote Web Clipper every time I come across an article I’d like to save and/or share. I put the note in my “Articles” notebook and tag it accordingly (i.e., “leadership” or “creativity” or “Ed Tech”). I often share the articles with colleagues using the note’s URL or by emailing the specific note.

The Evernote Web Clipper is an essential web extension for your browser. Be sure to download it today!

If you’re new to Evernote or would like to convince a friend to give it a shot, they can sign up here and receive a free month of Evernote Premium.