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Justin Baeder (@eduleadership
) has a created a wonderful collection of resources for school leaders on his Eduleadership site
. Recently, Justin, William King (@wkingbg)
and I participated in a conference call spanning three timezones on Evernote
and how it can make the busy world of educational leaders and students more manageable. It was a invaluable experience to speak with these two leaders and have our own PLC on managing the workload while being as efficient as possible. This electronic “three-ring binder” called Evernote is available on most formats, and automatically syncs your work without having to make a single click.As a school principal, I am in multiple meetings each day, have many responsibilities and facilitate multiple committees, community engagements, IEP meetings and leadership trainings. From my first days as an administrator, I’ve taken notes either on a legal pad or in a Word document on my laptop. Once I got back to the office, I’d “file” those hard copies or eDocuments in a safe place to pull up later. With constant interruptions throughout the day, the “to-file” pile can become overwhelming leading to lost paperwork and lack of meeting notes to refer to later. In using an application like Evernote, I always have the information I depend on at my fingertips using this “cloud-like” information storage enter.
Over the past year since I began using Evernote, I have set up 50+ notebooks for my school principal setting and another 25 for my graduate coursework. When I need to access information previously recorded, I don’t need to open any “files.” The search option allows me to enter a keyword and immediately pull up any information or notes pertaining to that topic, or simply pull up the appropriate “notebook.” It has really helped me to feel organized in such a busy, fast-paced and heavily anecdotal position. Take a listen to Justin Baeder’s Eduleadership Radio Podcast to learn more as the three of us discuss the app’s best attributes.
Other comprehensive resources to help set up your Evernote