Monthly Archives: August 2012

Evernote Trunk Conference


I have to say that the 4 days I spent in San Francisco were fantastic.  Sure, the 54 degree summer weather wasn’t all that great, but the experience of being at the Evernote Trunk Conference made all that cold wind and fog completely worthwhile.

On Thursday I presented to a small group of 20 educators from the United States and as far away as Australia and South Korea.  The day long workshop consisted of demonstrations, presentations and conversations from Ron Toledo of Evernote, myself (on the topic of portfolios of course), Bill Stites and  Reshan Richards of the Montclair Kimberley Academy on the use of 1:1 using Evernote, and Janet Sankar of Livescribe.   It was an opportunity to present what I have been doing, but more importantly to start talking to people face to face about the possibilities of really changing the conversation in education through the use of portfolios.

On Friday I had the opportunity to be part of the Evernote Trunk Conference, which was Evernote’s annual developers conference.  700 developers, Evernote staff, educators, business people, interested technology folks, etc descended upon the Concourse Exhibition Hall for a day of presentations, networking, socializing, eating and having fun.  I was on stage for a ten minute presentation about how Evernote is used in Education, which was a blast.    I look forward to doing it again.

The presentations were all filmed and when they are all completed (by the Evernote team) I plan to put the links on here.

In the meantime I have attached 3 versions of my hourlong Thursday presentation in PDF and PowerPoint.  I will be sharing more in the coming weeks of the work I did and the work yet to do.

Evernote for Portfolio Presentation PDF

Evernote for Portfolio SF Presentation PowerPoint

How to install Evernote web clipper on the iPhone and the iPad


How to install Evernote web clipper on the iPhone and the iPad
by LORENZO ORLANDO CAUM

Evernote is a remarkable program for “remembering everything.” It is available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. In this post, we will show you how to add the Evernote web clipper directly to Safari on your iOS devices. This will allow you to save parts of web pages or entire pages to your Evernote account.

We will need to create a bookmark and then go back and edit the bookmark to include the Evernote web clipper JavaScript code. The steps that we will be following are similar to the install steps for Instapaper on the iPhone or install steps for Instapaper on the iPad–only we will be inserting the Evernote web clipper code.

Installing the Evernote web clipper on the iPhone

First be sure you’ve had a look at the install steps for Instapaper
so you are comfortable with the steps.
The remaining steps will be completed via the iPhone only but keep it open on your computer browser so you can continue to follow the steps.

From your iPhone, go to “Settings.” Choose “Safari.” Be sure JavaScript is turned “On” and that Accept Cookies is set to “From visited.”
Next, launch this page via Safari on your iPhone –>; (Open lorenzocaum.com on your iPhone and search for this post on Evernote)
Now copy the code in this link (press and hold on the code and then release; then adjust the blue overlay so it coves the entire code, and tap “Copy.” evernote-web-clipper-code
Next, click on the share icon (square with a right arrow) at the bottom of your Safari page and click “Add Bookmark.” Without making any changes, hit “Save.”
Now click on the bookmark icon (open book) to pull up your bookmarks. Click “Edit” in the bottom corner of your window.
Select the bookmark that you just created. Change the name from Untitled to something of your choice–perhaps ‘Evernote’ or ‘Clip to Evernote.’ Next delete the URL shown and paste the new code that you copied in step 2 and hit “Done” located in the bottom right corner. Click “Done” located in the bottom left corner. Click “Done” located in the top right corner.
Those are all the steps! You’ve now installed the Evernote web clipper on your iPhone.

To clip a portion of a page: Highlight a section of the page that you want to clip and then hit the bookmarks button and choose your Evernote bookmark.

To clip an entire page: Hit the bookmarks button and choose your Evernote bookmark.

Note: the first time the Evernote web clipper is used, it will ask you to log in. Also, on the iPhone, the clipper appears slightly too large but it is still usable by rotating the device.

Installing the Evernote web clipper on the iPad

First be sure you’ve had a look at the install steps for Instapaper via thelink above so you are comfortable with the steps.
The remaining steps will be completed via the iPad only but keep it open on your computer browser so you can continue to follow the steps.

From your iPad, go to “Settings.” Choose “Safari.” Be sure Always Show Bookmarks Bar is set to “ON.” Be sure JavaScript is set to “ON.” Be sure Accept Cookies is set to “From visited.”
Open this page in Safari on your iPad –>; Open lorenzocaum.com on your iPad and search for this post on Evernote)
Now copy the code in this link (press and hold on the code and then release; then adjust the blue overlay so it coves the entire code, and tap “Copy.” evernote-web-clipper-code
Next, click on the share icon (square with a right arrow) at the top of your Safari page and click “Add Bookmark.” Ensure that it will be saving to the “Bookmarks Bar” and then hit “Save.”
Now click on the bookmark icon (open book) to pull up your bookmarks. Click on the “Bookmarks Bar” folder. Then click “Edit” in the top corner of your window.
Select the bookmark that you just created. Change the name to something of your choice–perhaps ‘Evernote’ or ‘Clip to Evernote’ Next delete the URL shown and paste the new code that you copied in step 2 (press and hold, then release, then tap “Paste.” Hit “Bookmarks Bar” located in the bottom top left corner to go back. Click “Done” located in the top right corner. Click the bookmark icon to make it disappear.
Those are all the steps! You’ve now installed the Evernote web clipper on your iPad.

To clip a portion of a page: Highlight a section of the page that you want to clip and then hit your Evernote bookmark.

To clip an entire page: Hit your Evernote bookmark.

Note: the first time the Evernote web clipper is used, it will ask you to log in.

Here is a video tutorial to guide you on installing the Evernote web clipper on your iPad

Evernote to WordPress test #2


From Evernote:

Evernote to WordPress test #2

I realize this might annoy some people but I see the pdf was sent as a link and I want to test to see what photographs will look like.

This is the photograph of the automata my student made.

Just a test to see how my Evernote connects with WordPress


From Evernote:

Just a test to see how my Evernote connects with WordPress

My previous blog explained how to send a note from Evernote to WordPress and this is just a test to see what that actually looks like. I am going to include a photo to see how it all looks. This would be a great way to have students submit final work that they are comfortable having the world see, or they can keep the blog private for just specific family, friends and teachers.

This photo is of an automata one of my students made this year.

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Sending Notes from Evernote to WordPress


In my previous post I discussed sending blog entries to Evernote. However, this can also be done in reverse. The blog could then become the public portfolio where others could comment and give feedback.

I’ve been wondering for sometime what would be the best way to use Evernote to post to WordPress. I write most of my posts within Evernote before copying them (and doing some touch-up formatting) in WordPress. But I’ve have always wanted to trim that copy-paste step out and then make it just work. I’d been wanting for this to be something I’d find in Evernote Trunk (an add-ons service), yet haven’t seen it. Well, I’ve figured it out, and it was simpler than I thought. And with the update to using rich text elements in the iPad app, it actually makes even more sense for me to be doing it this way.

The process is not that hard to setup and do, but you will need to make sure to keep a few things handy so that you can pretty much fly from thinking to logging in Evernote to posting without much effort and from any device that can send email.

Step 1: Configure the Post by Email Option in your WordPress Blog

The first thing that you will need to do is to setup your WordPress blog to do posts with email addresses. Here’s the steps for that:

Login to your WordPress Dashboard
Go to My Blogs (in the left hand menu)
Click on Enable
Now you’ll see an email address; copy that email address to the address book (create a new contact) of your mobile device (I called mine Send to Blog in the in the Company Name field)
Step 2: Create your Post in Evernote

Then you will want to do a test post. Within Evernote (doesn’t matter if you are using the browser or the application, though you might want to use the application since its a bit faster on most platforms). Create your post, adding whatever formatting, links, and pictures that you’d want to have.

Step 3: Send Post to WordPress from Evernote

After you’ve created the post (speaking from either the Evernote website or application), send the post to WordPress via email using the Contact that you created and saved in Step 1. And that’s it!

If you are using any Evernote applications that support rich text formatting, that formatting and any links will appear just as you formatted them within Evernote.

A Few Notes

Note #1: if you add multiple pictures to your note in Evernote, when it posts in WordPress, it will post as a picture gallery. You will also want to make sure that you don’t use too large of files if you are using the free WordPress.com account, you’ve only got so much space there before you are charged for additional space.

I did notice with a previous post that when I had multiple images in the note that they appeared twice in the post. This might have been an error on my part when adding the files to Evernote, but I’m note sure as of yet.

You will also notice that when you do this that the image will appear in the bottom of the post, not the top like it is here. I edited the post afterwards to have it appear at the top. It would seem that the best way to make it appear at the top is to manually put in the gallery short code.

Note #2: You will want to be associated with the short codes as noted in the the WordPress page for Post by Email. These will allow you to do things such as scheduled publishing, set categories, etc. I’ve got this bookmarked on my iPad as well as saved into Evernote for reference.

Note #3: You post will then appear on your website, with the prefaced header “Sent from Evernote, .” This is an HTML table set at the top of the post and can be removed by going into the WordPress dashboard and editing the post. I don’t see any means of changing that as that seems to be something appended to your email when sent from Evernote (I don’t mind it for other items, just these posts; if it were something to change before sending, that would be great).

Note #4: The first time I did this, I didn’t need to use the title short code. The second time, it seemed that I needed to do so. I’d probably recommend using it just to be safe. It totally killed my titles when I didn’t.

Connecting WordPress to Evernote to enhance your portfolio


In an effort to get around the lack of feedback possibilities of Evernote I have been exploring the use of WordPress, with its “commenting” feature. While I rather not have the kids have two places where they record their work, having a blog is a great way to extend students work to the outside world and allow for feedback of ideas, discoveries and questions. In the past I have used blogs with students but for the last two years I have really tried to keep things simple and just use the Evernote accounts. However, I am always open to something new and until Evernote makes it possible to comment on other people’s notes I will look to this blogging feature.

I keep a classroom blog and have all my entries posted straight into my Evernote. It is pretty easy to do. Just go to the “Sign me up” button on the blog. This will prompt you to enter you email address. I enter my Evernote account email address and then every time I publish something it goes straight into my Evernote notebook.

Students could do this too. When you look at the notes they have shared with you it is easy to tell which ones come from Worpress (see photo below). You open these and then can click on “comment” at the bottom of the page and it will bring you to their wordpress page where you can add comments. Clearly this is an extra step, but it is a stopgap measure which is worth a try.

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Going School Wide-Part 2


After a hiatus of many weeks I am ready to come back and do some more blogging about portfolios and Evernote.

My last entry focused on some of hurdles of getting people on board when moving toward online portfolios. I must admit that I wasn’t fully successful in the last 6-7 weeks of the year getting the kind of commitment for the school wide program that I wanted. Even though several teachers self selected to work with me, their commitment wasn’t 100%. I can understand this (especially at the end of the year) but I was disappointed after having spent a good chunk of time putting together a series of mini-workshops. Below I have provided the basic syllabus of the work I was going to do with the group. Having a timeline and outline like this is helpful to let everyone know the scope and direction of the work.

Goal: The goal of this Evernote training is three fold.

#1. To allow staff members to become acquainted with how to use Evernote as teachers.
#2. To Ensure that there are enough staff members at Trillium who understand the use of Evernote as an online portfolio tool to enable the school to implement a school-wide online portfolio program in the fall of 2012.
#3. To teach a number of Trillium upper school students how to use Evernote as an online portfolio tool so they can teach other students. These students would begin (or continue to use Evernote in the case of 6th grade students) using the program for much of the work they are doing in class.

Benefits of the training:

#1. Each staff member would receive an Ipod touch to use personally and with their students for the remainder of the school year.

#2. Each staff member would have access to one of two Lexmark scanners for the uploading of student work into their accounts.

#3. Rob would be available on Thursdays to support classroom work and training using the technology.

#4. Rob would support the staff members by teaching them how to use the technology as well as be available to answer questions and give technical support.

#5. Rob would support the creation of Evernote accounts for those students who would be piloting the program this spring.

Basic Syllabus (dates to be determined)

1. A 90 minute training on a Friday (in April) to learn how to create an account, how to add artifacts using the itouch, smartphones, phones, desktops/laptops and the Lexmark scanner. Staff will then receive their own itouch to begin testing.

2. Staff will spend 2 weeks using Evernote to record and document student work to ensure a clear understanding of the use of the technology and to allow them to see its benefits. After that 2 weeks staff will meet again with Rob for an additional 90 minute workshop on introducing and supporting Evernote in the classroom with students.

3. Staff will help choose a number of students who will pilot the program. Rob will be available for one class period on a Thursday to support the training of students in the use of Evernote.

4. Staff will support and monitor the chosen students, giving students adequate time (in class or advising) to chose artifacts to upload.

5. Staff will work together to create a simple reflection sheet which students will use when adding artifacts into their portfolios.

6. Staff will meet with Rob at the end of the year to debrief on the use of Evernote. (Successes, struggles, ideas for the future).

7. Staff will help train teachers in the use of Evernote when school reopens in the fall of 2012. They will be the lead support to ensure that all students will be trained in using Evernote by the end of September 2012.