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Ok…now on to my post…:)
I am so happy to be writing this post today since I’m sharing how to use my most favorite app ever: Evernote! Evernote has been the best organizational tool for me. The most wonderful part is that Evernote is free (there is also a paid version, but the free version works just fine for me and trust me- I use it allll the time). I’m linking up with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for her Tuesday Tried It and Fun in Room 4B & Ladybug’s Teacher Files for their weekly Optimum Organization linky.
You can set up a free Evernote account online and then add the app to your phone/iPad/tablet and everything syncs up so if you edit a note on your computer, it syncs and will be on your phone or wherever you access it next! As I said, I use Evernote for my classroom as a tool to track progress and keep notes on my little friends. So, here’s the way I do that…
After setting up my account, I added a “note” for each student in my guided reading groups. I then organized them by homeroom class so I can easily pull up my tab for my little friends’ in Amanda’s class when that group is with me- so very organized! I then created a little table that aligned with our reading series so that I could see how each of my students was doing with applying fix up reading strategies and meeting the goals of each week. I tried out a few different formats with a checklist for the week and then ended up creating a more generic version which made the most sense for me each week and helped me stay on top of taking notes each day/every few days during our guided reading groups. And let me tell you, it sure feels good to check the fun little checkbox each time you see a student meet a goal! 🙂
This is the way it looks on the iPad:
|All my students with their own note.|
|My checklist for each day of the week.|
|A different version of the checklist.|
So not only can I take my own notes to see how each student is doing so I know what to continue to work on the next day/week, but one of the best features is that you can take a picture and upload it right away to each note. You can do this either directly from the Evernote app or you can take a picture and then upload it later. After doing our word work or a follow up reading response activity, I would ask my students to hold up their white board and I would take a picture of their work and place it directly in their ‘note.’ I absolutely LOVE doing this because, well, teachers do a whole lot in a day and see a whole lot of kids and it’s hard to remember exactly who did what…this solved that problem- I had the pictures right there in front of me for me to refer to whenever I need to in the future.
One other reason I really love Evernote for the classroom is because I now have this growing portfolio for each student that I can show to parents for conferences/meetings and I use this documentation for our team meetings where we discuss students’ needs. It really is such a great resource for support staff and classroom teachers to see and discuss together. Everything is in one spot and it is readily accessible whenever I need it!
If you haven’t tried out Evernote yet, I highly recommend it…even if it is just to keep yourself organized! 🙂