Monday, June 5, 2017

Using @Evernote to Organize Your Educational Life #dChat

I've been a huge fan of using Evernote in my classroom for many years. I've documented the use in many different blog posts. I thought I would do a quick revisit to share how I have been using it lately.

Below are screenshots from my phone. My phone is the number one tool I use to access Evernote. It is super convenient as a classroom teacher to have all of my lessons at my fingertips.

Here is a screen shot of some old lesson plans. I love to write things down and then snap a picture to save it in Evernote. If I want, I can always annotate the picture in Evernote.

Here are some lesson plans on my The Catcher in the Rye Unit. I type up what I want to focus on based on the kids discussion and go from there. The nice part of having everything stored digitally with Evernote is that I can add or change anything I want as needed. Since I spend time reflecting after each unit, I can make changes or add notes to make the lesson stronger. Since everything is accessible on my phone, I love adding ideas to unit wherever I am when I'm inspired. There have been times when I've been waiting at the Doctor's Office or in line somewher and I added a new idea to Evernote. 

I love Evernote because it can hold all of my lesson plans in all of my classes. After teaching 15 years, that is a ton of lessons. Organizing everything into Notebooks is simple and the search feature allows me to find anything that does not jump out at me right away. Evernote truly keeps me organized and cuts the paperwork clutter down to nothing.

I can quickly add a notebook or jump to the notebooks I have been using most lately. Little details like this make using Evernote a seamless part of my day.

If you are looking for a way to become more organized and move away from your paper dependency, check out Evernote and sign up for a free account. I guarantee you will upgrade after a few months. 

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