This morning I “Skyped” the high school class where the teacher had connected her iPad to her projector so that her entire class could see the live shot of my iPad screen. I led them through the process of signing up with an Evernote account using their Gaggle e-mail addresses and then walked students through the basic features of the app. It was a true success and the principal was even in the classroom to observe. He filmed the experience on his iPad and was very pleased with what he observed, according to the teacher.
The students are now in the process of creating an English portfolio that they will share with their teacher. The premium version of Evernote allows the teacher to EDIT student notebooks for revision purposes, so we may test this out in the future as well.
Our students are now using a combination of Notability (to annotate graphic organizers, handouts, etc.), Gaggle and Evernote to transition from paper, pencils and spiral notebooks to full-on digital. The awesome thing for our ESL students is that Evernote and Notability allows students to capture images and even audio notes, which are helpful supports in learning the language.
The best feature of Evernote, in my opinion, is that users are given a free “Evernote Upload” e-mail address that is linked directly to the Evernote account. So my next task is to teach students to e-mail work in Notability to their Evernote upload e-mail addresses so that notes are automatically pushed into Evernote notebooks. Sending an email to that address will
create a new note in Evernote using the email subject as the note title, the email body as the note body and the source email address as the note author. This is just brilliant!
We do not allow our students to bring their iPads home due to safety and security issues, but we are encouraging those with computers at home to access their work in iCloud and Evernote. Thus, NO paper to bring home!
Our students are having fun saving paper, are YOU? And HOW?