Hi there! My name is Kate Peila and I am an elementary school teacher from Montana. I am passionate about integrating technology into the classroom and I am thrilled and honored to guest post for Charity this year here at the Organized Classroom.
To start off, I want to share one of my favorite technology tools to use in the classroom. It is something that has the potential to dramatically optimize your workflow in the classroom.
Evernote is a cross-platform note-taking app that allows you to create and access notes, images, media, and files across multiple devices. I love that I can access notes about student progress, committee meetings, and staff meeting agendas from my phone, laptop, and tablet. Even better, if I make a change in a note on one device, it automatically syncs to all of the others. You may be wondering how this tool can be applied in the classroom. Great- I’m so glad that you asked!
Without further ado, here is a list of 25 ideas to get you started with using Evernote in the classroom:
- Create and store staff and committee meeting agendas
- Set reminders in staff meeting notes to follow up on given tasks
- Save and organize important blog posts, emails, and notes
- Store in-service handouts, links, and notes
- Create ongoing lists of professional books, blogs, and resources to investigate
- Create to-do lists with reminders- never forget to send in print shop again!
- Collaborate with colleagues in shared notebooks
- Store, annotate, and access standards documents and pacing guides
- Save Pinterest pins, lesson plans, and ideas
- Create lists of existing resources and tools for given standards
- Organize parent communication- notes home, emails, and phone logs
- Keep a running inventory of classroom supplies and tools
- Save student writing samples with rubric scores and notes
- Save running records with recordings of student reading
- Keep track of student reading and writing conferences
- Take pictures of student math journals and notes
- Store student projects created in apps and in Web 2.0 tools
- Share student work notebooks with parents for an easy portfolio
- Keep track of incoming items such as permission slips or folders
- Track homework returns and completions
- Check off all of those pesky reading logs
- Document parent communication and positive notes home
- Keep track of weekly check-ins and conferences with students
- Monitor student progress on a given standard
Kate Peila is a third grade teacher from Montana. She is passionate about integrating technology in the classroom to increase student engagement, improve lesson efficacy, and enhance classroom management. She is a content expert for Appolearning and she blogs over at Purely Paperless.