Teacher Review for Evernote

An organizational tool great for student portfolios

Stacie T.
Technology Integrator
Hanover County Public Schools
Ashland, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English-Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I'm a teacher trainer and I use this mostly for my own organizational needs, but have worked with a Speech/Language Pathologist to create notebooks for each child. Since she has to document progress throughout the year, I helped get her prepared to record student samples and add notes. This is certainly one of those apps that you get what you put into it. To get the full potential of Evernote, it would be wise to invest some time in the information documents and videos available on the web and the support Evernote provides.
My Take
I enjoy this app for many personal and professional reasons. It's a great way to organize the many facets of the job by creating notebooks and adding notes within each one. Evernote gives you the ability to insert pictures and audio recordings right within a note. Imagine you're at a conference or faculty meeting. Quickly take a picture of the slides presented to you or record a snippet of what the presenter says and then add your own detailed notes. The best part is that your notes are accessible on any device with internet access. Add tags to your notes so they become searchable. Share your notes with others. Evernote also syncs with other apps such as Penultimate and Skitch which makes it that much more rich of a tool. I absolutely love the potential for student portfolios. Imagine you have a class set of iPads. Students can have their own account or share a classroom account. Students can then add their work samples are year long. Picture elementary students adding voice recordings of themselves reading a passage to practice fluency and then adding reflective notes to that recording. Student can continue to add similar samples throughout the year to demonstrate progress overtime. Students can use Evernote as a replacement for the composition notebooks many teachers require for journals. Writing is documented. Teachers can easily comment from their own device (no need in carrying the many journals home), and then the notes can easily be shared with parents. Of course, it can also be used for basic word processing. The possibilities are endless.