Evernote Use #28- Email Anything to Evernote #50EduEvernote

The next time you find something you want to save, an easy way to do it is to email it to your Evernote account. This could be a website, a picture, an article, an actual email that you forward– really, anything you’d like to save.

Each Evernote account has a unique Evernote email address that allows you to email notes directly to Evernote. (Note: This is different than the email address used to create the account). The address follows this pattern:

username.#########@m.evernote.com

Your unique email address can be found by clicking on “Tools” and “Account Info” or by clicking “Settings –> General  –>  Evernote Email Address” on your mobile device.

 

3 Email Tips:

1. Save your Evernote email address as a contact in your address book.  You’ll thank me later!

2. Email to a specific notebook. Emailed notes will go to your default notebook. However, you can email directly to a specific Evernote notebook by adding @+notebook name in the subject line (i.e. @School Ideas or @Personal).

3. Add tags to emails by using # in the subject line (i.e #PD or #Receipts).

Example:  Suppose you register for a conference and receive an email confirmation. It would be a great idea to save that to Evernote for quick reference, so you’ll want to email your “Registration Confirmation” to your “Professional Development” notebook and add a “2013-2014 PD” tag to it. Your email subject line may look like this:

Registration Confirmation @Professional Development #2013-2014 PD

Email to Evernote

Email to Evernote

Mailed-in Evernote Note

Mailed-in Evernote Note

Have another Evernote Email tip to share? If so, leave it in the comment section.

 

Evernote Use #25- Documenting Classroom Observations #50EduEvernote

When I observe a classroom, I use Evernote to document my observations– both for me and for the teacher. Here is my documentation system I’ve been working for an informal/min-observation:

1. Before entering a classroom, I open a new note Evernote on my phone.

2. As I am observing the lesson, with the new Evernote note open, I try to snap a picture of what’s going on in class, something written on the board, or a classroom display. Other than snapping a picture or two, I just watch and listen rather than type notes– that’s for later. However, I will type something quickly to post on Twitter.

3. Once I’m finished observing, I step into the hallway and type a few notes, questions I have, or a reminder for me. (Since I’m usually walking in the hallway, I tap the microphone on my keyboard and speak my notes.)

4. Following Kim Marshall’s method of observation, conversation, and documentation (click here to learn more), I try to have a conversation with the teacher later that day or the next. (Note:  I’m still working on this. It’s harder than it sounds!)

5. After I have a conversation with the teacher, I go back to the Evernote note I started in Step 1, and I type my observation and ideas from the conversation. I save the note in my “2013-2014 Teacher Observations” notebook and I tag the note with the teacher’s last name.

6. When I’m finished, I email the observation note to the teacher.

Informal Observation Documentation

I’m still learning how to do this whole admin thing, but I’ve found that this system works– I just need to use it more consistently. I’ve found that Including a picture in the observation is great for documentation, and tagging the notes with the teacher’s last name is great because I can do a quick search to pull up all of my observations for each teacher.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas on how you could use Evernote for documentation. Don’t forget about the audio recording capabilities in a note. I’ve used that for some observations and found it helpful.

There isn’t one right way to use Evernote for documenting observations. How do you use Evernote to documentation observations? Share below.

 

Evernote Use #24- Informal Classroom Observations Checklist #50EduEvernote

After reading Kim Marshall’s book Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation, it’s clear that administrators need to be in as many classrooms as possible every. To get a clear picture of what goes on in the classroom, Marshall recommends that building principals should be in every teacher’s classroom at least once every two weeks.

Marshall says, “Talking to teachers about the teaching and learning that’s going on in their classrooms is the heart and soul of instructional leadership. There’s nothing more productive and satisfying than being in classrooms and talking to colleagues about teaching and learning. This is the work!”

Marshall’s system is really simple:

!. Observe each teacher at least once every two weeks.

2. Have an informal conversation with the teacher to discuss the observation. Find out the context, learn about what’s going on in class, ask questions, and offer suggestions.

3. Document the observation and conversation with a follow-up email.

That makes sense and seems easy to do, but like many things I’ve discovered in my first year as an assistant principal, life happens during the school day, and without a plan, informal observations and classroom visits rapidly get moved down the priority list. If I’m not careful, I’ll get busy and go a day or two without being in one single classroom! If I believe observations are the most important thing I can do, then I must make them a priority.

To help keep me on track, every two weeks I create an Evernote note for an informal observation cycle, and I put the note at the top of my shortcuts list. In my note I list all of our teachers and provide three checkboxes in front of their names. As I visit a classroom (O), follow-up with a conversation (C), and document the observation (D), I check the boxes. I also put the class period I visited just to make sure I vary the classes I observe.Informal Observation Checklist

This checklist really holds me accountable, and even though I may not get to every classroom in an observation cycle, I am able to see the cold-hard facts of how often I am observing classrooms. It also shows me in black-and-white the classrooms I frequently visit and the ones I don’t.

I’m still learning this whole administration thing and having a checklist has really helped me so far!

In my next post, I’ll share how I use Evernote to document a classroom observation.

 

How might a recurring checklist like this be helpful for you? Share your idea below and help out another educator.