Do you remember that meeting that you went to last month? The one where they gave you that really important paper about how your evaluations would be changing this year. You put that in a safe spot that would be easy to find again, right? Of course, you did, it’s right … hang on, you know you saw it somewhere… Or how about that thought that you had about Little Billy’s reading last week. You still remember that right? I mean you really don’t have that much going on during the day or that much to keep track of. You can totally remember every little thing that goes on during a school day. No? You either?
No worries! We’ve been there! We were trying our hardest to stay organized and keep track of all of the big-little things. What was our solution? Evernote! We know, we know, you’ve heard of Evernote before. Maybe you’ve even tried it and it was fine and all but just you wait. Here are five reasons why we love Evernote for teachers who want help to stay organized, proactive, and… let’s face it… sane!
Did you know that Moleskine makes notebooks specifically for Evernote? These things are amazing! Not only do they have those baby-bottom-soft pages that made you fall in love with Moleskine notebooks in the first place, but these can be integrated with Evernote. That’s right, you can take your notes in this cute little notebook at your meetings and use the Evernote app to scan your notes into Evernote making them easily accessible, shareable and most importantly (at least in our opinion) searchable! You no longer need to remember exactly what meeting you took notes on A, B, or C. Now you can just search for that note in Evernote just like you would on Google and any notes you have on that topic will pop up. You can even share just the top section of the page with your team while keeping the bottom section private. How awesome is that!
We really like being able to use a notebook instead of a computer, iPad, or iPhone to take notes because sometimes you just want something that looks a little more discrete and want to look completely engaged in what is being discussed. Sometimes when we are on our computers, it can look like we are not paying attention – like we are busy checking email, grading papers, or maybe even be partaking in a little online shopping. That won’t be the case with this little notebook.
Another thing we love about these notebooks is that they come with stickers, and we’re not talking about just any stickers, they come with Smart Stickers! That’s right, these little stickers will prompt Evernote to automatically tag your notes or place them into certain folders when you scan in your notes depending on how you program them. You’re the boss! Send those notes to the notebooks (folders) you choose.
2. Create Student Portfolios:
Creating student e-portfolios can be especially helpful when it comes time for parent-teacher conferences, IEP meetings, and RTI meetings. Evernote can help you keep samples of student work, behavioral and instructional notes on students, a record of parent communication, and RTI or IEP meeting notes about a particular student, all in one place. Having all of these notes in one place will help you stay organized and build a better overall picture of who your students are and where they are academically. Being able to quickly reference this information will help you to stay calm when an unexpected student concern arises.
3. Store PD Certificates:
As teachers, we know how many pieces of paper you are given daily! You not only need to read through them but you often need to store them for later use. With Evernote’s Scannable app (see #5), you can easily scan and store all of these important documents online. Just think, all of those professional development certificates that you get can be scanned in with just a few clicks and they will be nice and safe in your Professional Development Certificates folder on Evernote. No more praying that you never get audited because you’re sure you’ll never be able to find what you need. Evernote will keep track of them for you!
4. Faculty and Department Meetings:
Have you seen Evernote’s new meeting notes? They’re fantastic! We love how they are organized into sections for you. The sections include information about the meeting such as the date, time, location, participants, and description. There is also a section for you to take notes. Our favorite part is the Next Steps section where you can keep track of any follow-up tasks you may have. You can even set a reminder to remember to attend that meeting or to remind you to complete your Next Steps.
Not only can you store your notes on Evernote, but you can attach scanned copies of any and all handouts using the Scannable App (see #5) and any website links that may be shared with you. This way everything can stay together in one place making it easier to find and remember what you need when you need it! You can also share your notes with your team so that you can all stay on the same page.
5. Scannable App:
As we’ve mentioned a few times in this post, Evernote has a Scannable app. This app is magic! It will automatically scan, adjust the orientation, crop, and enhance the image of the page you are scanning. The app can scan multiple pages to save and upload as one document. It can save the scans as either PDF’s or images making it easy to share files and organize your information. You can even search your files if they’re saved as PDFs. As teachers, we don’t often handle business cards, but if you do need to add the information from a business card to iPhone contacts, the Scannable app can do it for you in seconds! How awesome is that!
Enter to Win!
Want a Moleskine Evernote Notebook for yourself? You’re in luck! The Teachers are Magical Contest is live November 24, 2017 – December 15, 2017. The grand prize includes a Moleskine Evernote Notebook, a Corkcicle Unicorn Magic Stemless, a ten pack of Staedtler pens (Anna’s favorite pens), and a cute tote to bring your pens and notebook with you to your meetings! Click here to enter now to win!