Welcome to our session, "Creating Digital Student Literacy Profiles"

New England Reading Association's 65th Annual Conference

Portland, ME ~ September 21, 2013

This interactive session is designed to assist attendees with creating digital Student Literacy Profiles. Using the Evernote platform, participants will explore ways to capture, document, and reflect on all aspects of a student’s literacy progress over time. Participants will gain ideas and resources for infusing technology in authentic, purposeful ways within their classrooms. Laptops or Ipads are encouraged but not required.

This wikispace has been designed to support you as you create and refine your digital Student Learning Profiles. Today and in the future, you will be able to explore the links and tutorials that we have posted here. We would love to hear how you use Evernote in your own classroom setting. You can reach us at dees@rsu5.org & mbellavance@biddefordschooldepartment.org

What is Evernote?

What is Evernote?

Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for note taking and archiving. Evernote keeps all your important information in one place where it is easily searchable and accessible. Class notes, schedules, assignments, lesson plans, research or anything related to your school work can be easily added to your Evernote account. Once in Evernote, it is all made fully searchable. In addition, you can organize content by notebooks, as well as tags to keep everything in perfect order.

With Evernote you can:

  • Create written notes
  • Record audio notes
  • Take picture notes
  • Gather information from any site via web clipper
  • Sort information via tagging
  • Organize notes/notebooks to fit the unique needs of your students/courses

Why Evernote?

  • Supports paperless student learning profiles
  • Promotes a focus on "kid watching" in an era of standardized tests and scores (qualitative vs quantitative)
  • Opportunity for students to reflect on and talk about their learning
  • Easily adaptable to learning in all content areas and grade levels
  • Capability to enhance communication and collaboration between staff members working with students
  • Ability to share with parents

*Check out Bec Spink's useful infographic for educators: Evernote Infographic

(shared with permission)

Getting Started

Evernote works by connecting all the computers and phones you use daily, allowing you to capture something in one place and then access it from any other device that you have downloaded Evernote. There are versions of of Evernote available for all Apple products, Windows, Android, and BlackBerry.

1. Set up your Evernote Account: http://evernote.com/teachers/

Once you have set up your account, you should download Evernote to your desktop also.

2. Read Cathy Mere's post at Reflect & Refine: Six Ways to Use Evernote

Organization & Differentiation

1. Stacking Notebooks:

Once you have created several notebooks in Evernote, you can create stacks as a way of organizing of notebooks that are part of specific subject or theme. Think of stacks like the shelves you use to hold related notebooks. You can group your notebooks together in a the way that makes the most sense to you.

View this short video tutorial to find out how to create Notebook Stacks:

2. Tagging:

Tagging is a very useful feature of Evernote. Creating tags for your notes allows you to distinguish notes from one another based on content and importance. Adding a tag, or multiple tags, to your notes helps you organize notes so that you can locate them more quickly in the future. For example in the student notebooks Susan created, she started by using general tags such as Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Word Work as a way of adding "sections" to each student's notebook.

Don't worry about trying to remember all the tags you create. When you’re creating or editing a note, simply start typing a name of a tag. If you’ve used it before, it will automatically appear. If it’s a new tag, just finish the word or phrase and hit Enter. Then that tag can be used again on any other note.

To find out more about how to create tags, view this short video tutorial:

*Read Cathy Mere's post at Reflect & Refine: Tagging in Evernote

Communication & Collaboration

1. Sharing Notebooks:

Evernote makes it easy for teachers to share student information by using the 'Shared Notebook' feature. Using this feature you can allow teachers such as the interventionists, Title One Staff, or fellow team members view a students notebook with ease and privacy.

To find out more about how to use the 'Shared Notebook' feature, view this short video tutorial:

Read Evernote Friday Quick-Tip: Shared Notebooks http://bit.ly/SJGEyT

2. Linking Google Forms into Evernote:

Using Google Forms is an easy way to collect data or notes quickly. Once the form is created, you can embed the link in Evernote where it will then be accessible as you are conferring with students. The information is sent directly to a spreadsheet in Google Drive, where you can then highlight important information and sort data quickly. You can then take a screenshot of the spreadsheet and place it in Evernote, tagging is as needed.

To find out more about how to link Google Forms with Evernote, view this short video tutorial:

Evernote Tools

1. Evernote Web Clipper:

Web Clipper allows you to clip and save anything you find on the Internet including text, images, and links. It allows you to choose which notebook a clip is saved in, as well as add tags to them without actually being in Evernote.

2. Skitch:

Skitch is a desktop app that lets you snap screenshots and annotate them with text, drawings, and stamps.

3. Ghostwriter:

4. Evernote Clearly:

Evernote Clearly allows you to remove the all of the distractions from websites, so that you can focus solely on content.

Join the Conversations!

Evernote Exit Slip: http://bit.ly/1bs2qPB

Classroom Examples & Related Resources

Cathy Mere's Evernote Weebly: http://capturinglearningjourneys.weebly.com

Rebecca Spink's Prezi: Evernote: A Teacher's Perspective

Using Evernote Collaboratively in schools (library setting):

Evernote Scavenger Hunt at North Carolina State University:

Evernote for Educators LiveBinder by Justin Stallings: