Publicly Shared Notebooks on Evernote

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As much as I use Evernote in my daily life, for both professional uses as well as personal uses, my thoughts about “public” or “shared” notebooks have been very limited. I have my students create a notebook in which they share with me and I have created a “shared” notebook with tech tips for my students but I have not thought about notebooks in which users have publicly shared with everyone! I started to take a look to see what kinds of notes are open for all to view and I found some wonderful resources. I defiantly will share these with my students on Monday.

After doing a quick Google search I found a notebook shared through Princeton! This person has a LOT of wonderful notebooks that are open to the public:

Mine:

From Others:

If you know of any other publicly shared notebook please share in the comments of this post.

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My IdeaPad and Evernote

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White vinyl on student desks to allow them to take notes with dry erase markers, then photography their notes, and upload them to their Evernote Account.

A few weeks ago while researching more information about one of my favorite tools / websites / apps… EVERNOTE…. which I use on a daily basis I came across a blog by the same company. After reading my blogs I know that you are fully aware of my love for Evernote. I find it to be such a wonderful project, website, app, etc. Not only do I use it in my daily life for personal reasons but I use it professionally as well.

As a high school Graphics & Design teacher I introduced it to my student interns that I had working with me last year. It worked out so wonderfully that I had to introduce to all my students this year. It actually worked out perfect as this year my county Board of Education has decided to move towards a BYOD district. I am sure that you have heard of this before. It means that students are allowed to Bring Their Own Devices to school to use for educational purposes. For the most part it has worked out pretty well minus the few students who have technology addictions to certain games, apps, websites, etc. For some students it is a constant struggle to keep them on task. Due to this fact I know of some teachers that do not allow students to use their devices in class, which I fully understand.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand, Evernote!!!! A few weeks ago, after watching a video about “IdeaPaint” I introduced an idea to my students. I called it the IdeaPad, I’m sure that I need to come up with a new name but the idea is the same. With IdeaPaint, you paint any smooth surface and it makes it into a dry erase surface. The students then can write their notes, draw their ideas, brainstorm, mindmap, etc. and then photograph it and post it in their Evernote account. So here’s my idea….As a graphic teacher / class we create a vinyl decals for people. The white vinyl that we use is a smooth white surface…. hum… that made me think… While I like the idea of the IdeaPaint I wanted something that didn’t not damage the students’ desks but would allow them to take notes while at their desks. So, of course, I had to write on the vinyl material to see how well a user could write on and wipe off the dry erase markers… and what do you know… it worked AWESOME! Now students are allowed to take notes either by writing them down on paper (which they can photograph and upload to their Evernote), writing them on their IdeaPad (and then photographing it (using a device or digital camera) & upload it to evernote), or take notes directly into Evernote (web or desktop version). The students really enjoy the freedom to take notes how they want to. I find that more students are actually taking notes. Many of my students are using Evernote to take notes in their other class as well as in their personal lives.

On a sad note, one of my students asked one of their teachers about incorporating the vinyl in their class so that he could takes notes that way and her/his teacher said that it was a dumb idea…. In my opinion, I think anything that encourages and motivates a students to want to learn and take notes is a GREAT idea. Not to worry, I’m going to come up with some alternative ideas for that student so he/she can take notes the ways that he/she wants to.

Livescribe / Evernote – Recording lectures

This past summer while walking around a local office supply store I ran across the Livescribe Echo Pen (http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/echo/). I decided to purchase it because the following weekend I was on my way to one of my annual conferences. It seems like every conference I go to there are always multiple sessions that I want to go to that are offered at the same time. If I know that a friend is attending one of the workshops that I wanted to attend at the same time there is another workshop, I’ll ask them to take notes for me. Of course, I rarely get a copy of their notes and when they tell me what they have learned they take a whole hour session and sum it up in about 5 minutes. I am sure there is a lot of vital information that I missed L I found the Livescribe Echo pen to be perfect for those situations. I can take notes and then just send the other person a “pencast” of the notes. They have all that was said in audio format as well as all the visual/recorded notes that I have written.

The more I thought about how AWESOME the Livescibe Echo Pen really is for me and for my professional development it made me want to not only talk to all my high school students but the teachers as well. I really wish that I had something like this in high school, especially for math lessons or in college for Art History lectures. I think about how much easier, for me, it would have been to study. I really believe that the majority of students out there and I don’t just mean high school, college, middle, elementary but as life long learners in about adulthood for professional development would REALLY benefit from the use of the Livescribe Pen.

With this purchase, I was also able to get a FREE year of Evernote Premium. You can read my other postings on Evernote. It is another product that I absolutely LOVE!

Evernote…. how I use it

Why is Evernote so AWESOME ?!?!?!?!?

As a high school teacher, a committee member, family member, artist… I use Evernote daily!!!! Evernote is a FREE product that allows you to remember anything / everything. If you are like me, someone can ask me a question or tell me something but I can walk away and 5-minutes later I will have forgotten everything that was said 🙂 Evernote has really become my right hand man. I use it for shopping lists, reminders, notes, lesson plans, professional learning, etc.  If you not tried to use Evernote yet I really want to encourage you to do so. Below you’ll find a video tutorial overview of Evernote that I created. Enjoy!!!!

EverNote… Remember Everything!!!!

if you are like me you can’t remember anything!!!! but Man, OH man!!!! How do I love EverNote (http://www.evernote.com/ )<3 ❤ For some time now I have seen the lists of top apps you SHOULD have and I’ve always seen EverNote on that list. For some reason I put off downloading the app, I guess I didn’t see how or why I would use it. I finally downloaded it for my phone and on my computers and I feel in LOVE instantly. What a great app!!!! You can jott down notes, clip items off the internet, photograph something and organize all that information for ease of going back and reviewing that information at a later time. Like I said because you download the app on several devices you have access to that information always, just pull out your phone or go to the website or open the app on your desktop. Who Knew but Man, OH man!!!! How do I love EverNote ( http://www.evernote.com/ )<3 ❤

Need more more info? watch the video tutorial @ http://www.evernote.com/about/video/#OlOLXWvaIy0|1|1

Get My Learn ON by Caitlyn Cahill !!!!

This past week I went to Kansas City, MO for the SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference. I had two students competing this year, one in Graphic Communications and the other in Photography. I am excited to say that we won GOLD (1st) in Graphic Communications!!!!

While in Kansas City I was able to take several classes at the SkillsUSA University. One of which I wanted to share with you all was taught by Caitlyn Cahill. You can find her website at http://learn.caitlincahill.com. She has several links and presentations that you SHOULD take a look at 🙂

winning GOLD