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 #8- Create an Online Meeting Agenda #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 #8- Create an Online Meeting Agenda

For our inservice today, I had several links I wanted to share with our faculty along with an agenda for the meeting. In our previous inservice meetings, we printed an agenda for each faculty member. Not this time.

This time we created an online meeting agenda similar to this one and shared it with our faculty.

How we created it:  We created our meeting agenda in an Evernote note and shared the note’s URL.

Sharing Blank Agenda Link

Sharing Blank Agenda Link (Evernote web version)

Create Agenda in Evernote (web version shown)

Create Agenda in Evernote (Evernote web version)

How we shared the link:  Our school is BYOD– for students and teachers– so many of our teachers do not have their own iPads. However, for our faculty meeting today, we borrowed a class set of iPads from one of our elementary campuses. When teachers walked into the media center, we had iPads (with the apps we were going to showcase pre-loaded) set out for them to use and a link projected on the screen (bit.ly/LJCfdd). Teachers opened up Safari and typed the link. Not ideal– but it worked.

What would be ideal is if our teachers had their owns iPads. If so, we could email a link for our agenda in advance (weeks in advance, if necessary) and teachers could bookmark it– even if the agenda hadn’t been created (see image below). In the email, we would also communicate which apps they should download prior to the meeting.

Blank Agenda (Faculty View)

Blank Agenda (Faculty View)

Online Agenda (Teacher's view)

Completed Agenda (Teacher’s view)

Back to today– once each teacher found our agenda, they could follow along and click on the links. For the links to apps, I hyperlinked them to open the app that had already been pre-loaded on the iPads. (Note: For our padlet discussion today, the link on our actual agenda opened a new board specifically for our session. In the example agenda used in this post, the padlet link to their homepage.)

In the inservice follow-up email I’ll send our faculty, I’ll include a link to today’s agenda as well as the key takeaways and resources. By giving teachers the agenda link again, they can bookmark the link on their own computer and go back to some of the resources we discussed today.

I am so excited about using online meeting agendas! Today was very successful and although it was tech-focused, we didn’t have the usual tech-frustrations. Our time was used more efficiently since faculty members needed to only click and go.

For your next inservice, I recommend using Evernote to create an online meeting agenda. I certainly will be using it again.

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

#7- Create a Classroom Homepage