Friday, November 30, 2012

Another Year Drawing to a Close

I keep making promises about writing more on this blog, and I really do wish I was better at keeping up with it all. However, life just gets ahead of me and I'm amazed by how one week merges into the next and before I know it, I'm at the end of the year again!

The last couple of days I have been starting to make plans for the next school year. I always tend to do this before the previous year has actually ended - as once the holidays start, I need some enthusiasm and direction in order to get school plans under way! One of my great frustrations has been my search for ONE iPad app that will do everything I want! I'd like to be able to record audio, video, pictures and notes about students and email these to parents. I'd also like it to have tagging, so that I can tag an item with more than one student name or learning area. The best solution I've come up with so far is Evernote, and I think that is a good option given I already have an account and am familiar with it. On the down side, I'm not sure how much I will be uploading and I don't really want to start up a subscription. I've also looked into Easy Portfolio, and for $1.99 it's probably not a bad option to try. The professional looking interface would be great for sharing with parents at parent/teacher interviews. On the down side, it doesn't have the tagging option.

What do others think? Have you found a solution that works well for you? Have you tried either of these with any measure of success? Or are you like me, with evidence scattered all over the place when it comes to report writing!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Pen!
    I hope you have had a great year. I've missed reading about your teaching adventures and it was great to see a new blog post today.
    I was reading through a few old posts and reminiscing about the good old days when you were at school with me. I'm also moving on now, to go to a new school for 2013.
    I use Evernote on my Android tablet in the classroom, and have found it to be good for most of the things I need it for. I especially use it for taking photos and anecdotal notes and for 'clipping' websites and photos using the web clipper. I've found using Pinterest for my lesson plan ideas a challenge as we can't access it at school, so I simply clip the things I need and put it into Evernote for access at school.
    I hope you have a fantastic last 3 weeks at school and a wonderful Christmas break with your family.


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