One of my favorite features in Evernote, when it comes to collaborating and providing feedback to students, is the annotate button. When an artifact is shared it can then be annotated using the tools found in Skitch. You can annotate any note as a PDF or photo which allows you to write and draw directly on the work itself. Once you are done annotating Evernote creates a new note with the entire annotation, a break down of each annotation and the name of the person who gave the annotation. It keeps the original notes title but adds Annotated to it so it is easy to see what work has been give feedback. At the same time it keeps the original work so it doesn’t need to be redone after all the annotating.
This is what it looks like after you have saved the annotated work.
You can also see the annotated work as a whole.
Two really great tools that appear when you command click on multiple notes are merge and Create Table of Contents Note. The first one allows you to merge several notes all into one note. This is very useful when a student has created multiple artifacts on one topic over time and wants to bring them all together. After you have chosen your notes to merge and clicked the button a new note will be created. The individual notes will be placed in the trash. If you want to have the merged note AND the individual notes, just go into the trash and restore the individual notes.
When you press the Create Table of Contents Note button your selected notes will be linked together in a new note titled “Table of Contents” which you can rename. This tool is helpful for presentations and if you want to have easy and quick access to all the notes you have made on a specific topic. Below the table of contents you will see snapshots of the related notes. Having access to these snapshots is helpful in reminding you of what is in each link, especially if you haven’t referred to the notes in some time.
If you are a Premium user you have access to the presentation mode which can be accessed in the upper corner of the display window. This allows you or students to create basic presentation in an uncluttered way show just what is in each note. This is great for student led conferences.
In my new position this year as the Academic Technology Coordinator I have spent a lot less time focusing on portfolios as I did in the past. I have been helping other teachers, many who are using Evernote, so I am learning some really interesting things. I will be heading off to ISTE at the end of the month and wanted to make some tools available for other people who might be interested.
#1. I am really excited about using Postach.io in conjunction with Evernote. While I have linked this blog as well as others to my current account, Postach.io is a much more seamless and integrated tool as I can create a notebook for all my “published” notes that allow for a much more public facing, blog-like, presentation. It also affords the reader to add comments to work, something that I’ve wanted to see happen in Evernote for a long time but hasn’t come about.
#2. While working with teachers who have been using Evernote in their classrooms, it has become increasingly clear that using Evernote to create what I called “sheltered portfolios” just isn’t a great idea in the long run. (Sheltered accounts are those where a teachers makes a notebook for each child inside their own account). There are two main reasons. First, it really limits the amount of items you can upload. Even if you have a premium account, things can fill up quickly. Secondly, if you are having students access there accounts all at the same time, a lot of synching problems start to happen. Lastly, students don’t have access to the accounts from home and so they just can’t make them their own. All big issues.
#3. People often ask me about “examples” of student work. Here are two links to partial portfolios so you can see what a 9 year old and an 11 year old did with their portfolios. These were both portfolios from students who were new to my class. These are the kind of things you might expect to see kids doing in their first year(s) of use. (There isn’t a lot of reflection upon past years work).
A. An example of some of the work in a 9 year old’s e-portfolio: https://www.evernote.com/pub/robvannood/9yearoldsportfolio
B. An example of some of the work in an 11 year old’s e-portfolios: https://www.evernote.com/pub/robvannood/11yearoldsportfolio
#4. Some Generalized Evernote Information that will help you get started setting up portfolios in your classroom or school as well as a note called Taxonomy of Reflection, which we will be using during the workshop.