Evernote Use #21- Saving and Annotating PDFs (mobile devices) #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 #21- Saving and Annotating PDFs (mobile devices)

When I’m using my iPad or iPhone and find a PDF online, opening it in Evernote allows me to save and/or annotate the document. For example, when I attended the TICAL Conference today, I saved the conference program and used Evernote to help me navigate and mark which sessions I wanted to attend. Here’s how I did it:

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The PDF will be saved to an Evernote note and you can use Evernote’s annotation tools to markup the document. For the TICAL program, I marked the concurrent sessions I wanted to attend and was able to reference them quickly.

Mark up

If I wanted to read more about the session, I would tap on any of the annotations to jump to the location in the PDF.

Full Mark Up

This system will work great for annotating any online PDF using your iPad, but it especially works great for conferences. The next time you attend a conference, download the program and give this a shot. More than likely you’ll use Evernote to take notes during the sessions anyway, so why not use Evernote to navigate the schedule?

Evernote Use #14- Collaborate at a Conference with a Shared Notebook #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 #14- Collaborate at a Conference with a Shared PD Notebook

When attending a conference or workshop with other teachers from your school, a shared notebook is a great place to collect, condense, and share notes with each other, and it’s also a great way to share ideas with the teachers and administrators from your school who were unable to attend the event.

The best way to do this is to create a notebook and share it with the other teachers attending the conference. (This is also a great way to encourage colleagues to start using Evernote.) As a premium member, you can give full editing rights to the notebook which allows other users to upload, edit, and manage the shared notebook.

Create a Shared Notebook for a Conference

Create a Shared Notebook for a Conference

No matter how teachers plan to take notes during the conference, their notes can be uploaded to this notebook for quick reference.

Evernote— simply open a new note in this notebook and begin typing (don’t forget the picture & recording features, but keep in mind that a note’s size limit is 1MB so you can’t go crazy with pics, video, and audio!)

Notability— simply send the notes to Evernote (don’t forget the picture & recording features)

Penultimate— simply move your note from the synced Penultimate notebook to this notebook (may have to be done via a browser or desktop– not sure)

Pen and Paper– open a new note in this notebook and snap a picture of your handwritten notes.

Livescribe*— simply record and copy notes, sync the pen, and send to Evernote.
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Another way? It will still work. Just email your note to your Evernote account and then move it to the shared notebook.

As you take notes, focus on the stories just as much as the specific content, quotes, and statistics. I love the idea below from Made to Stick and would like to create something similar using Evernote.

The Conference Storybook —A great idea for summarizing a conference!

1. Write down the stories each presenter tells.

2. Structure and organize the stories.

3. Convert to book form to share with others at the company (or in this case, a shared notebook).

A story is much better than a common-sense quote about keeping lines of communication open. Instead of “Lessons from Nordstrom: In retail, outstanding customer service is a key source of competitive advantage”—use the story about a Nordie wrapping a Macy’s gift. The message (outstanding customer service) will still be shared and the story will be remembered.

A Collective Conference Notebook Ready to Share with Others

A Collective Conference Notebook Ready to Share with Others

After the conference, edit the notes, then share with colleagues via a personal invitation to join the notebook or create and share a public URL.

Since all educators attend several conferences, a shared conference notebook is a great way to encourage others to start using Evernote. Share this post with them and tell them they can get a free month of Evernote Premium just for creating an account!

Have fun!

Jordan

Evernote Use #13- Save PD Documetation #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 #13- Keep Up With Professional Development Documentation

For years I kept a 3-ring binder for my professional development documentation. I would come back from a workshop, punch holes in my documentation, and put it in my binder. That is if I remembered to do it. Often I would forget and when I needed to turn in all of my hours, I’d have to track down all of those forms.

Now I use Evernote. (Of course I was going to say that, right?)

When I get any PD documentation, I scan or snap a picture of it and add the picture to my PD notebook in Evernote. I title the note the name of the conference and also tag it for quick reference.

Scanned PD Documentation (Evernote for Mac)

Scanned PD Documentation (Evernote for Mac)

In addition to saving PD workshop documentation in Evernote, I also save travel receipts. When I get a receipt, I immediately snap a picture of it (because more than likely I’ll lose it). I save all of my receipts from a trip in one note, and after the trip, I email the note to the accounting department for reimbursement.

Travel Expenses (Evernote for Mac)

Travel Expenses (Evernote for Mac)

At the end of the school year when it’s time to turn in all of my PD documentation, I have everything saved and can easily find it.

Since all educators must keep track of their PD, this a great way to encourage others to start using Evernote. Share this post with them and tell them they can get a free month of Evernote Premium just for creating an account!