Evernote for Digital Portfolios – Game on

by mrsapia

So, after reading Matt Renwick’s Book about Digital Portfolios, I’ve decided to dive right in and give it a whirl.  So, here it goes.  I will be reflecting and providing honest feedback periodically throughout the year to share my successes and failures.  I have decided to use Evernote as the place to house all student work.  Ready, set, go!

I am a new fifth grade teacher this year and my responsibilities are to teach Humanities.  ELA and Social Studies fall under that umbrella.  I also teach at an IB school.  For more information, click here

First Steps:
I created a note for each student.  My colleague and I each have designated homerooms, but we teach each child in fifth grade. We have a total of 40 kids.  Therefore, I created two notebooks labeled as Jimmy’s Homeroom and my co-workers homeroom and put students in accordingly.  

Originally, I had all the students under a “Digital Portfolio” notebook, but quickly realized after uploading photos of student work to each note, it become laborious to scroll and find, so I divided them up into classes under the stack “Digital Portfolios.”  Learning experience number one! Work smarter, not harder.



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Today’s lesson focused on students listening to “The Invisible Boy.”  They were then asked to answer two comprehension questions in their Reader’s Notebooks.  As students completed the assignment, I corrected their work, took a photo, and uploaded it to their note.  I am sure as the year goes on and we get deeper into the workshop model, I will have to complete this task at home.  Below is a sample response. 

The names are not listed to protect the innocent. :)

The names are not listed to protect the innocent. 🙂

So, there you have it.  Step number one.  Any questions. (((HANDS RAISED)))

What is the purpose of using digital portfolios?

I’ve decided to utilize digital portfolios this year because I would like to do a better job of keeping parents informed about their child’s progress, as well as having an organized system for goal setting with students.  After all, we need to work as a team, right? This can easily be done by sharing the link with parents to flatten the classroom walls and enhance engagement.  Keep in mind, when you share a link, the link becomes public, so DO NOT put anything confidential in a note.  

I am still deciding how often I will be able to upload their work, so that’s an unanswered question.  I am sure I will have many, many more as this progresses.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Sure, there work will be already completed in their Reader’s Notebooks, and the notebook can be send home.  However, what if it gets lost?  I am sure this experiment will have it’s ups and downs, but I am willing to take that risk.  If you like what you’ve read, feel free to follow me on Twitter @mrsapia_teach

I’d also love to hear your feedback and how you’re using digital portfolios!