How I Use It
Our school has a 1-to-1 iPad program in place so this is why I wanted to try a digital notebook. Most students were doing all their work on their iPads so it made sense for them to turn in a notebook digitally. When students first create an Evernote notebook, they are required to sign up with a username, password, and email. They can do this on both the app and the website. Make sure that students sign up with an email that they have access to, they may be required to confirm their account via email or if they forget their password, they ask for their email to reset it. In order to make a notebook, students first add their documents to Evernote. Then they go to the document settings and select the name of the notebook they want to put it in. If it is a new notebook, they will have to create a new name for it by selecting one of the documents they want to put in the notebook and type it in the search box. When the notebook is ready to be graded, students go into the notebook and send you an invite to their notebook. You now have access to their notebook from your Evernote account. If they make any changes to their notebook it automatically makes the changes on your end so no need to resend the invite. One of the most common issues that occurred during the year is syncing the notebooks. Usually it is an Internet issue (no connection/wifi), but I had several students who had to reset their Evernote account because it just would not work. Make sure you have a backup plan for those students with issues.
I was tired of staying at school late on nights when I collected notebooks and it was such a hassle to bring 200 notebooks home to grade. I decided to check out Evernote and attempt to go paperless last year. It took awhile for everyone (including myself) to get the hang of it, but after completing the third notebook of the year it became really easy to collect and grade notebooks. The students were able to organize their notebooks much quicker in Evernote than in a paper notebook. It's a win-win for everyone!