Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tech Talk Thursday Linky

This is my first time trying a Linky Party! This is going to be a weekly Linky happening every Thursday here at The Reading Corner.

It’s called:
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It’s a linky all about Technology! Teachers are asked to link up and share a post about how YOU are using technology in your class! Ipads, ipods, computers, tablets, special projects, anything!! Come back every Thursday to share a new fun way your class is integrating technology and check out the other links for great ideas! (hopefully there will be other links! lol)

Here’s my Tech Talk for today!

I had shared previously about my plan to use Evernote for all my student documentation and data this year, and I wanted to give an update and share some of the data I collected!

I was using the free version of Evernote and had to upgrade to the Premium. I felt it was worth it as I was using seeing a huge reduction in paper because of it. It also gives me tons more space to upload each month.

Here are a few of my main notebooks: Assessment (each child then has their own sub folder within it), Class Checklists and Notes (notes to keep track of field trip forms etc), Daily Plans (there are sub notebooks for each week in the school year and I am doing my daily plans in there instead of a binder this year), Staff Meetings, Templates (notes are in there that I use a lot so I can just copy and paste and then adjust as needed)

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Let’s take a look at some assessment I’ve been collecting. When you click on the Assessment Notebook it shows all my kids sub notebooks.

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If you click on a students notebook, all the assessment notes I have taken for that students are listed. (Note: At the end of each title I put the child’s name. I covered it up in the picture.)

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Now if you click on one of the notes it looks like this! This was a quick number assessment I did with my kids to see if they could print their numbers. I had them all do it on whiteboards. They wrote as many as they could. I came around and took a picture with the Ipad and then imported them directly into a new note in their assessment notebook. (Again I had them write their names on the whiteboards, so I could match up the pictures later, and it would be at the end of the title.)

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This was the same assessment but with printing their letters.

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What I love about doing my data in Evernote is that I have it with me where ever i go! I can check these notes at home and have all my kids data in front of me without lugging a million binders home! Will be great when it comes time to write report cards I hope! I also love that I can email this note as well to anybody who might need it! (resource teachers, specialists, support staff, etc)

Here is another great thing I have been doing with my notes. A great tool in Evernote is the Tagging option. I can tag notes with a certain title and when I look up that “Tag”…every note that has been tagged with that word will be listed in that section.

Example below!

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Those are all the tags I’ve created so far. When I click on “Letters” it shows me every note I have tagged with that word. So I have my whole classes data on Printing Letters in 1 space if and when I need it.  (again..the title of each note looks the same but it’s not. At the end of the title is each student’s name which has been covered in the pic)

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Lastly, I want to show you my Daily Plans! I had made a sub notebook for every week in the school year. (They have letters in front of the dates because I wanted them to file in order of the calendar…I couldn’t figure out how to do it otherwise!)

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When you click on a notebook it shows my plans for Monday-Friday.

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When you click on a note, you see my plans! I love how I am able to have it sitting beside me when I am on the carpet with the kids and I can remember important things I want to say and model!

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Phew, That’s enough talk about tech for today.

Link up with your great Tech Ideas!!!


  1. Thank you so much for the tips on using Evernote! You inspired me to download it on my ipad. I now have a goal folder for each of my third graders. It lists their personal reading and math goal. I will keep track of their progress throughout the year on the same note! Thank you again!

    1. Yay! Glad you got started in it! Check back every Thursday for a new tech post!


  2. How do you get your day plans in Evernote.. Upload a File?

    1. Hi Lori

      I made the tables in Word first and then copy pasted them over into new notes in Evernote.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Hello! I have a question. I am new to Evernote. I am very impressed with your lesson plans. I am playing around with Evernote and I created a lesson plan using word. I copy and pasted the lesson plan but it doesn't show the colors. Is there a way to do this? Are you only able to create a color template when you upgrade to the premium Evernote?

    1. I made a table in word and then copy pasted it into Evernote. The colours in my table copied as well. Not sure if this helps!

  4. This is a really helpful post! When you take photos of the assessments, do they have to stay on your ipad in your photo storage? I'm worried about running out of space on my ipad, ha ha.

    1. Hi kelly

      I use the camera that Evernote has. So you take your pictures right in Evernote and they get stored right in the notebook. Or if you use the iPad camera....on e you import the photos into Evernote , you can delete them from your photo storage and they will still be in Evernote! So no worries about it getting full!

  5. How did you make the assessment checklists that are in your photo? I am really trying to wrap my head around this whole Evernote thing.

    1. You can make them right in Evernote . I make most things on the web application because I find it easier and then everything syncs to your iPad. There is an option when creating lists and things to add a checkbox.


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