I’ve started thinking about how I’m going to organise my teaching this year, and more importantly, how I’m going to ask the students to organise their learning, considering the swag of options available in the 1-1 classroom.
I’ve talked about OneNote before. It’s part of the Microsoft suite, and has been my mainstay teaching and organising tool for the last couple of years, replacing the bazilliions of separate Word documents as well as replacing PowerPoint for me, all at the same time. I set up a Notebook for my Literature teaching and have sections for each section of the course, and a page for each lesson in the year. All organised!
And I still like it, but Evernote is a pretty powerful FREE substitute that’s improving all the time and available in all platforms, including apple mac. I
Below is what it looks like on my Mac at home. You can have as many separate notebooks as you like each notebook contains notes that may be text, images or both. Stacks are new and they are like folders with notebooks inside them. The new stacks make it much more flexible for a learning tool. Consider a STACK for Literature, with a separate notebook for each core text or section of the course? You got it. All completely searchable (including images) as well as available from any computer anywhere and on your iphone as well.
I’ve heard reservations about putting all your stuf in the ‘cloud’ but Evernote has a desktop app that works offline and keeps your data on your own machine, which it syncs with the web.
Below is how it looks when you open up the Iphone app.(from UK blog ZATH, who give it a pretty good review too.)
So, you have your notes on your laptop, your ipad, your desktop and your iphone. Pretty powerful possibilities!