Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Lexmark scanner as an important tool

In my class students access Evernote with mobile devices, laptops and desktops. When it comes to recording and uploading work, the ipod touches are easy and mobile, but the real workhorse is our Lexmark Pinnacle Pro901. When it comes to uploading work quickly, and with high quality images, the scanner is the way to go.

The scanner can upload work really quickly through its auto-feed feature as long as work is letter size and one sided. For two sided and larger 2D work the students just need to place their work on the scanner screen one page at a time. Slower, but still faster and more visually clear than when kids photograph their work with the ipod touches or ipad.

A regular scanner can work with Evernote if your scanner can upload to an e-mail address. In that case you just send it to the Evernote e-mail address that is associated with a students account. However, the Lexmark Pinnacle series allows one-touch uploading which allows students to take a minimum of steps in the uploading process.

Once a coversheet and artifact are uploaded students open their account Evernote accounts to add titles and tags. The title of the work will appear as a LexMark Scan in their account. It is important that they title and tag them soon after they use the scanner or they forget what each note is and then they have to go through and open each PDF.





Setting Goals and Logging them

During the student led conferences students set goals around the 3 main educational “legs” at Trillium: Independence, Community Membership and Academic Fluencies. These were goals that the students could work on both inside the classroom and outside the school doors. The intent is to have the students choose things that they both want to work on and that they CAN work on, with not too much adult assistance. It is also a way to measure and check on each students own ability to independently push themselves in the areas that are not always easy for them.

One way to help the students stay focused on their goals is by having them log what they are doing each day. As most students do have internet access at home the logging of their goals each day doesn’t present too much of a burden. Some students, however, just log their daily accomplishments in a notebook that will eventually be scanned into their account.

In the photo you can see the three goals that this student has set for himself as well as his daily accomplishments. Because each student’s Evernote account is shared with me I can easily check in with their progress and see if I need to give them a little more support in either working on their goals or logging their accomplishments.