Tech for Teachers

September 1-15, 2012

Always Read the Privacy Policy

There are tons of great apps and online tools and resources available on the web. However, many of them require you and/or your students to give some personal information, such as name and email address. When this information is requested ALWAYS take time to read the privacy policy available on the site.


A privacy policy should be available on any website that asks you to sign up/in. If not, that should be your first red flag to not use the application. When reading the policy look to see what information is being collected, what it will be used for, and if and how it will be distributed to 3rd parties. The other items to look for are a statement of commitment to data security. If you ever read anything in a policy that you don't understand or is unclear contact the company and ask for clarification. Make sure they know if you will be using the application with children under the age of 13 as different privacy rules apply. When possible allow your students to use pseudonyms. This offers one more layer of protection.

Evernote

Using Evernote in the K-8 Classroom

"Evernote is a great tool for students and teachers to capture notes, save research, collaborate on projects, snap photos of whiteboards, record audio and more. Everything you add to your account is automatically synced and made available on all the computers, phones and tablets you use" (http://evernote.com/schools/). It allows you to collect information, collaborate, and share. Best part...it's FREE! You create notebooks and inside each notebook you can upload files or create notes from within Evernote. These notes can be typed, can include images and videos and can be voice recorded using the recorder within Evernote. My favorite thing it does is that it will convert text from photos into searchable text! For example, at the end of a lesson you take a picture of the handwritten text on the whiteboard and put it in Evernote. You can then search all of your Evernote notebooks for a word on that board and it will bring up the picture. This works great for research as well because you can use your cell phone camera to snap a photo of a book page and that text will be searchable.


for Students

  • ePortfolios - students/teachers can upload an artifact and then easily write or voice record their reflection about the work. With a shared notebook, the teacher can also include written or voice notes to the piece.*
  • Class Notes - create a notebook for each subject matter and take notes directly in Evernote.
  • Project Organization - create a notebook for a project on which you are working. With the Evernote Web Clipper students can easily save their web-based research directly to their notebook. They can also easily clip web-based photos and videos as well. This helps them keep all their project planning and research in one area. Since these notebooks can be shared they are great for group projects as well.
  • Flash cards - Evernote Peek allows students to take their Evernote notebooks and make them act as flash cards for studying.


for Teachers

  • Lesson Plan Repository - create a notebook for each topic and within that notebook house your lesson plan, worksheets, handouts, anything that is needed for the lesson. When you finish teaching the lesson, take a photo of your whiteboard and include that picture in the notebook as well to document the process.
  • Tracking and Organizing Web-based Resources - using the Evernote Web Clipper you can quickly and easily bookmark web resources, images and videos directly into a specific notebook. It not only bookmarks it fo you but will save a snapshot of the webpage. You can also type in a description and keyword tags for easy searching.
  • Sharing Class Resources - create a notebook filled with all the course handouts, assignments, rubrics and information to which you want your students to have access, then share that notebook with them as a web resources. They will have access to it from home or on the road.
  • Converting Photos to Searchable Text - take a picture of a book page for your research or of your classroom whiteboard notes or of all the handouts you receive in your professional development classes and put them in Evernote. Now they will be searchable making them super easy to find later. Also allows you to go paperless.


*Always check with your school or district regarding posting grades in a 3rd party application as it may be a FERPA violation.

Mendi Benigni

Teaching, Learning and Technology

College of Charleston

JC Long 319