Friday, January 23, 2015

Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #7 - Note Links

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I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote, and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I'm starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Tip #7 - Note Links

One of the nice features in Evernote that I use constantly is Note Links. With note links, you can create a link to any of your notes and put that link in another note or share it with others (we will talk more about sharing later).

Creating a note link is easy - right click on the note in the note list and click Copy Note Link. Then paste this in a different note or application. The links work across all Evernote apps.

I use note links for a bunch of purposes:

  1. Lesson schedule - I have a schedule of my classes for each week and I just put the link to the lesson plan in that space. 
  2. Project Management - projects can get very complicated and have tons of notes. I just link to each one from my project management main note. This includes links to my contacts notes (from business cards) and other project notes and resources. 
  3. Lesson plans - each lesson plan has links to other notes, such as curriculum links, web resources I've clipped, and more. 

Here is an example:

LESSON TITLE: Intro to Aircraft Design is the link to the lesson plan note with the lesson plan itself, objections, resources, and presentation. I can simply click the link in the schedule here and be taken to the note with everything I need.

1 - LESSON TITLE: Intro to Aircraft Design -  start on slide 4, show videos
2 - LESSON TITLE: Intro to Aircraft Design - start on slide 4, show videos
3 - prep
4 - LESSON TITLE: Intro to Aircraft Design - slides 1-3, then show videos and discuss aircraft, then continue with slides 4 onward


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Haiku Deck - free web app for creating inspiring presentations

Haiku Deck logo

Haiku Deck is a great, free, presentation tool available on the web or as an iOS app. It's easy to use, has a ton of example decks and templates, and a really great help and getting started section.

Haiku Deck helps you simplify your message and use images more effectively, as well as keeping a nice clean, consistent format. This follows best practices for presentations (getting rid of the bullet points and paragraphs of text on slides of old).

The presentation works like a slide deck - click on the left to go back, right to go forward, through each slide.

As you start to type some words, Haiku will look for images that match to help you create your presentation. You can also import your own images. They currently have 19 different themes to choose from. When done, you can email, post or embed your deck and it is viewable on any web-enabled device.

It's really easy and fun to use. Try it out for your next presentation.


More Presentation Tools and Resources

Richard Byrne also has some great posts about using Haiku Deck in the Classroom.


DK Find Out! - free online encyclopedia

DK Find Out! is a new, free, online encyclopedia that I just learned about from Larry Ferlazzo (a great blog to follow, especially for ELL teachers).

There is some excellent content on here that is easy to understand. They are also continuing to add more content and promise to include more resources for educators, including links to curriculum and lesson plan ideas.

You can do a search or click on different subject areas, such as Animals and Nature, Dinosaurs, Earth, History, Science and more.

It also has quizzes, videos, and more and a "My Stuff" section being developed to bookmark your favorite resources.

The content is not in-depth and seems suited for early grades, but is well done.

Each entry has a description, image and other links. One feature I like is the related content links and the menu at the bottom showing where the current article fits. The labels on images also have pop-up windows with more information.

Take a look and sign up for more info as they release it.


17 Iconic Newspaper Front Pages in 20th Century History


IJR, a news site, has an article with "17 Newspaper Front Pages that Depict the Most Iconic Days in 20th Century History". They include the Titanic, VE Day, The first Atomic Bomb, JFK's assassination, 9/11 and more. 

This could be a good resource for history and social studies classes to use. 

Take a look. 

Just an FYI to teachers - the site also covers political news and has sponsored links on the bottom that may not be appropriate for young students. 

Educon - innovative educational conference - starts today - join in online

EduCon is an innovative conference about education. It is held today (1/23) through Sunday at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, as well as being available online. 

There are some great sessions, aka "cconversations" being held where participants will be able to discuss and debate ideas and issues about education.

The sessions will be live streamed, and plenty of discussions will be going on Twitter.

Take a look and join the conversation. 

Twitter hashtag: #EduCon2015

The guiding principles behind EduCon
  • Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members.
  • Our schools must be about co-creating — together with our students — the 21st Century Citizen.
  • Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around.
  • Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate, and collaborate.
  • Learning can — and must — be networked.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #6 - Templates and Forms

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I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote, and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I'm starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Tip #6 - Templates and Forms

Templates/forms are a great way to increase efficiency and workflow using Evernote. I have a meeting notes template that I use for each meeting I go to. It makes note taking easy and reduces some of the work I have to do each time. I also have templates for Project Management Packets and Reports, Small Project Summary Reports, Statement of Work, Policy and Procedures, Phone Call notes, Root Cause Analysis, Tech Project Risk Analysis and Pre-Project Checklist, New Tech Review checklist, unit plans, lesson plans, lesson schedules and more.

There are a couple of ways of making templates, but the simplest is this:

Create a new note and title it "Template - ________ " (what ever the template name is).
Add tags as necessary.

Put it in a Notebook called Templates.

When you need to use it, right click on it, click "Copy to Notebook" and copy it to the notebook you want to use it in. This will copy the tags and all. Simple, fast and free.

You can also export a note from Evernote and then use it as a template. You create the template as a note in Evernote and then click "File" > "Export Note". This saves it to your desktop as a .enex file. When you want to create a note using the template, you drag and drop this .enex file back into Evernote, creating the new note to use. It works, but is more complex than the method shown above that I use.

There are also some third party apps that can be used, such as KustomNote (see link below) but they cost money and take more time. They do offer some nice features though.

My suggestion is to just use the first method I described - it's quick, easy and works.

Below are five examples of template notes I use. Feel free to copy them.


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Meeting Organization with Evernote (uses a template)

Use KustomNote for more customizing of templates and notes -


Meeting Notes Template

Meeting Title/Name/Description: 






Questions to ask:

Action Items:



Project Management Template

Project Title: 

Project Manager:

Starting Date:
Target Completion Date: 
Actual Completion Date:
MS # 1:
MS # 2:
MS # 3:

Project Definition: (What, When, Where)

Project Expected Results: (What will the Project accomplish?)

Resources: (People, Equipment, Supplies, etc.)

Equipment, parts, supplies 

Open issues to review:

Task List:

Results/Issues/Lessons Learned:

Project Management Tools: (attachments)

Pre-project checklist
Task list
Gannt Charts
Status Charts
Documents - reports, quotes, purchase orders, specs, 
Notes - meetings, projects, etc.
Correspondence - emails, memos, 
Project reports - summary, turnover report, problems/solutions, future suggestions, 


 Phone Call Note Template

Date and time of call

Phone Number: 

Who I am trying to reach:

Items to discuss:
  1. Item 1
  2. Item 2
  3. Item 3

Reference #s (confirmation numbers, ticket numbers, etc.)

Who I spoke to:

Notes from the call:

Follow up items:

Item 1
Item 2
Item 3


Lesson Schedule Template

Fill in what lesson/activity is being done each day in each period class.
Can also link (using note link) to a note in Evernote with the lesson plan for that. 
(in this one, period 2 was my admin duty and period 3 was my prep period)

Mon A
1 - 
2 - <> 
3 - <> 
5 - 
6 - 
7 - 

Tue B
1 - 
2 - <> 
3 - <> 
4 - 
6 - 
7 - 

Wed A
1 - 
2 - <> 
3 - <> 
5 - 
6 - 
7 - 

Thu B
1 - 
2 - <> 
3 - <> 
4 - 
6 - 
7 - 

Fri A
1 - 
2 - <> 
3 - <> 
5 - 
6 - 
7 - 

Lesson Plan Template
Lesson Title: 






Unit Plan - Physics - one - dimensional motion

Linear Motion
By the end of the unit, the student should be able to:
Describe motion in terms of frame of reference, displacement, time, and velocity.
Calculate the displacement of an object traveling at a known velocity for a specific time interval.
Construct and interpret graphs of position versus time.
Describe motion in terms of changing velocity.
Compare graphical representations of accelerated and non-accelerated motions.
Apply kinematic equations to calculate distance, time, or velocity under conditions of constant acceleration Relate the motion of a freely falling body to motion with constant acceleration.
Calculate displacement, velocity, and time at various points in the motion of a freely falling object. Compare the motions of different objects in free fall.

Lecture / discussion

Inquiry Lab
Have students come up with a way to find g using stopwatch and meter stick BEFORE doing lecture. Explore g using dropped and ramp objects - what do they notice (a) and see if they come up with objects accel due to gravity.


Inquiry Lab report

Problem Sets

Homework sheet

Holt Physics Textbook
Chapter 2
Use PPT from Publisher
Homework: Chapter 2 End of Chapter - #1, 9, 14, 17, 26, 32, 35, 37, 39, 46
- Discover Lab - Motion - substitute cart for battery powered car - push it - measure after release
- Time Interval of Free Fall
Assessment: Chapter 2 Test B 

Needed much more support and practice with Kinematics. 
Did two other problem sets.

Attach files to use here also (Powerpoint, PDF, etc.)


Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #5 - Audio Notes

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I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote, and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I'm starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Tip #5 - Audio Notes

You can create lots of different types of notes in Evernote: text, image, web clipping, attached files, emails, and Audio Notes.

Audio notes are great for making quick reminders to yourself, dictations, recording meetings or lectures, capture sound bites for later use and more. You can even type inside Evernote while audio is recording so you have written notes and audio to back up anything you missed.

This is also a great tool to help students who struggle with taking notes, or have a disability - they don't have to write or type, they can just record.

You can drag and drop (or insert/attach) an audio file into a note. There are note size limitations, so if you think it is going to be a huge file, you may want to record it in something else and then save it in a format small enough to fit.

To record an audio note with Evernote:


Open a note and click the microphone icon
Click Record
You can type in that note while recording, but if you leave the note, the recording will stop and save
Click save when you are done.


Mobile Apps

Android - open a note, tap the "+" icon on the top bar, tap "Record Audio" to start recording. When done, tap the check mark icon on the top left to stop recording and save it.

iOS - open a note, tap the microphone icon on the bottom bar to start recording. When done, tap "Done" to stop recording and save it.


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Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #4 - Keyboard Shortcuts

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I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote, and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I'm starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Tip #4 - Keyboard Shortcuts 

Keyboard shortcuts exist for most software/apps and are a great resource to help you be more efficient working with those apps. Evernote is no different. Here is a list of keyboard shortcuts for the Desktop versions of Evernote.

I use the paste from clipboard, insert checkbox, and insert horizontal line the most.

Evernote for Windows Desktop

Ctrl + N   Create a new note

Ctrl + Shift + N   Create a new notebook

Win + PrintScreen   Start screen capture mode. (or use the Web Clipper for websites)

Control + Alt + V   Paste the contents from your Clipboard as a new note

Ctrl + Shift + V    Paste from clipboard with unformatted text

Ctrl + V   Paste from clipboard with original formatting

Ctrl + Shift + T   Create a new tag

F7   Check spelling

Ctrl + Shift + C   Insert a to-do checkbox

Ctrl + Shirt +  -   Insert a horizontal line

Ctrl + E   Center text

Ctrl + Shift + B   Create a bulleted list

Ctrl + Shift + O   Create a numbered list

Ctrl + K   Add a hyperlink

Ctrl + Shift + R   Remove a hyperlink

Ctrl + shift + S   Create a new saved search

Ctrl + Shift + A   Reset search

Win + Shift + F    Find in Evernote

F2   Rename saved search

F6   Start search and move to first highlighted keyword

Evernote for Mac Desktop

⌘ N   Create a new note

^⌘ ⇧ N   Open a new note window

⌘ ⇧ N   Create a new notebook

^ ⌘ N    Create a new note, audio note, or screenshot with Quick Note

Clip full screen   Start screen capture mode.(or use the Web Clipper for websites)

Control + Alt + V   Paste the contents from your Mac Clipboard as a new note

Drag files to Evernote    Drag and drop a selected file onto the Evernote menu bar to add it as a note in Evernote.

⇧ ⌘ V   Paste as plain text

⌃ ⌘ N   Create a new tag

⌘ :   Show spelling

⌘ ;   Check spelling and grammar

⇧ ⌘ T   Insert a to-do checkbox

⇧ ⌘ L   Insert a table

⇧ ⌘ H   Insert a horizontal line

⌘ K   Add a hyperlink

⇧ ⌘ K   Remove a hyperlink

⇧ ⌘ M    Merge notes

⌃ ⌘ M    Choose a notebook for a selected note

^ ⌘ E   Search in Evernote

⌘ J   Search your notebooks

⌘ F   Search within a note

⌥ ⌘ F   Search your notes

⌥ ⌘ 1   Access your notes

⌥ ⌘ 2   Access all of your notebooks

⌥ ⌘ 5   Go to Atlas view

⇧ ⌘ I   Show or hide note information — this includes title, tags, location,
and time and date the note was created or updated.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Acer launches two new Chromebooks designed for the Classroom

Acer Chromebook C910

Acer has announced two new Chromebooks specifically designed with the classroom in mind. The C910 is a 15 inch Chromebook and the C740 is a 11.6-inch Chromebook. Both have durable shells and reinforced hinges and can withstand up to 130 pounds of force and an 18" drop.

Both can be configured with 2 or 4 GB of RAM. The C740 starts at $259 and the C910 starts at $299 and has options for 16 or 32GB SSD and 1366 x 768 or full-HD screen. Battery life is 8-9 hours and you can get either an Intel Broadwell Core i3-5005U or Celeron 3205U. Having used an i3 Chroembook and Chromebox, I highly recommend getting this option for exceptional performance.

Both go on sale in February.

We have thousands of the C720 Chromebooks and the work great and hold up well, but these two new ones are even better.

Acer Chromebook C740


Google for Education Resources (includes Chromebook resources)


Free to use - 10,000 Film Clips, 64,000 Images, and 100s of audio files

The new Public Domain Project is offering free film clips, images and audio files for anyone to use. It will have “thousands of historic media files for your creative projects, completely free and made available by Pond5,” an entity that brands itself as “the world’s most vibrant marketplace for creativity.”

Currently, there are approximately 10,000 film clips, 500 audio files and 64,000 images, as well as over 100 3D models, including many from NASA. Content includes classic movies, speeches, music and more. They plan to continue to expand the collection as well.

This is a great resource for teachers and students to find materials to use for class projects.


The First Student-Led Technology Conference is Here on Jan 31st - join in

On Saturday, January 31st, the first Student-Led Technology conference will happen. Students from around the world will connect, share, present and learn about technology. It's a free, virtual student conference to "discuss technology in schools, global collaborations and opportunities for innovative learning."

It will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by students in grades 6-12, with topics such as Making, Design, School Technology Clubs, Technology in Schools: Projects and Collaborations, Educational Tools, Students and Social Media, Entrepreneuship and more.

Share this opportunity with other educators and your students.
When is the conference?
The conference will be held online at: on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9 AM to 9 PM EST. All of the presentations and all of the keynotes will be by students!

How Do Students Participate?
Submit a Proposal.
We are still accepting proposals for presentations. You can submit your proposal at:

Attend the Conference.
Or sign up as an attendee at:


Asana - free teamwork and productivity app

Cover art

Asana is a teamwork and productivity app with free and premium accounts, that lets you work collaboratively on projects. They have also just announced a native Android app. Originally, it was just an HTML5 web app.

Asana has some nice features including task lists, reminders, task requests, commenting on tasks and updates, tracking due dates, assignments, notes on tasks and more.

The Android app syncs with your web app account so everything stays organized.

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kanban2go - free visual task management and organization
Getting Students and Teachers Organized - tips and resources
Evernote - super organizing, task list, note taking, project management app


Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #3 - Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote Web Clipper graphic

I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote, and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I'm starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Tip #3 - Evernote Web Clipper

The Evernote Web Clipper is an extremely useful tool to use with Evernote. It allows you to clip articles, text, images, PDF files and more all from your browser.

Simply install the browser extension and then click on the Icon when you want to clip something. You can clip an article, a selection, a simplified article (gets rid of ads and such), the full web page, a bookmark (great option over a separate bookmark tool) and even a screenshot. If the "web page" is a PDF file being viewed, it will clip that. Links in the page are kept live too. In Gmail, it will clip the email you selected.

You can select the notebook and any tags you want to use right in the clipper interface and even set a reminder there. You can even add a remark - maybe why you clipped it.

This is great for saving web pages and articles for research, curating (great for web pages that disappear after a while), future use, or bookmarking. I also use it to clip resources to use with my classes and consulting.

There is even an Evernote Clipper for Exchange, allowing you to clip emails (with attachments) right into Evernote.

After you clip something, the Clipper window will also show you 3 notes that are related to what you just clipped - great for realizing you already clipped that article or finding something you forgot you clipped.

Just like anything you capture in Evernote, you can annotate your clippings (that's a future tip).


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How to Use Evernote Web Clipper


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #2 - Set Reminders and Alarms

I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote, and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I'm starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Tip #2 Setting Reminders and Alarms

A really nice feature of Evernote is Reminders. You can set a reminder for any note you have. This means you can set reminders for tasks, follow up on a note, remind yourself to read a note you saved, etc.
To set a reminder, simply select the note and then click the Reminder Button  in the top-right corner of the Note Editor. Click Done and this will show up in your Reminders. You can also select this icon in the Evernote Web Clipper window after clipping something.

To really make reminders useful, you will want to set an alarm too.

Click the Reminder icon and select Add Date to set a date and time to be reminded.

You can receive your reminders via pop-ups on your device and/or email notifications. I use both. You set this under Tools>Options, Reminders, Receive Reminder Emails. 

You can manage your reminders under "All Notes". Click on Reminders and then you can click on one to edit it, check it off, and remove it from the list. You can even reorder them by dragging and dropping them. This makes it easy to see all of your reminders and edit them as necessary.


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Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #1 - Emailing Notes into your Evernote account

I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote, and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I'm starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Tip #1 Emailing into Evernote

You can easily email text, attachments, and photos into Evernote via email (or anything else through the "share" function on most devices). This is a great way to save things into Evernote when you don't have the ability to use the Evernote Clipper. I use it to save emails that were sent to me - I simply forward them to my Evernote email and the whole thing, including attachments, is in Evernote.

First, you need to know your Evernote email address. IT will be under Account Info on the desktop version and under Settings in Evernote web. Add this to your contact list for easy access in the future. It will be in the following format: [username]

The subject line of the email will become the title of the note. You can also add the destination notebook and tags to the subject line to make it easier to sort.


Example: rocket lesson plan for tuesday @lessonplans #rockets will create a new note, titled "rocket lesson plan for tuesday" in the "lessonplans" notebook with a tag of "rockets".

This only works for notebooks that already exist - it will not create a new notebook (just a new note).

Try it out.


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