SW MAESP Meeting Feb. 21st

By now most of you should have received an email from Toni inviting you to our Spring SW meeting at Willard East Elementary. Below are some preliminary details, RSVP form and a call for HELP!!!

When: Tuesday February 21st 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Who: ALL SW MAESP Members
Where: Willard East Elementary, Willard, MO

Tentative Agenda: (Subject to change if necessary)
1:00-1:30: Business Items/Updates
1:30-2:00: Lifetouch Memory Mission Presentation by Rhonda Bishop
2:00-3:00: Administrators Using Mobile Devices (Sign up to share below)

Lifetouch will be providing afternoon snacks!

Help needed!!! There is a place on the RSVP for you to submit a tool, app, program, etc. that you would be willing to share with the group. The mobile app that I have chosen to share is Evernote. There are TONS of other things you may be using that could benefit your fellow administrators and we would love for you to share.

The Myth of Paperlessness - Part 1

After at least 3 years of trying to go paperless, I am throwing in the towel. Well sort of. I think I have tried ALL the "notes" apps for the iPad and can never remember if I saved something in a notes app, Evernote, or Google docs. In my fast-paced work and personal life I need to be able to find things quickly and I appear unorganized when I start clicking through apps to find something. I can also write something down faster than I can open an app, title it, and enter something. So I have settled on a few "apps" and tools.........

First the 3-ring binder is back! Don't freak out, I still use the ipad and my iphone for note-taking etc.

Back to the binder! This is probably shocking but there are just some things in paper form that I need access to ALL THE TIME and quickly.
I just went back to the binder last week so I will be tweaking what I keep in it.

Daily Documention = My arm is covering up my daily calendar print out where I keep all my daily documentation.

Misc. = "Inbox" of papers that come in all day. Emptied every Friday.
Staff List = Copies of the staff list to use a check off for various staff assignments. About 10 copies here.
PTO = Upcoming flyer copies from last year that I will recreate for this year.
Monday Early-outs = My schedule of meetings for Mondays. 2nd semester at a glance.
90/90/90 Study = We reference this at various meetings
Behavior Support = Packet I gave staff at beginning of year.
Summative Evaluation = To reference when needed. It's new this year so I need to be able to look at it frequently.

(Sidebar - I bedazzled my binder too:) Since I never have time for scrapbooking at least I can personalize my binder:))


iPad 3-ring binder cover - Fits in my iPad in my binder:)

This post is titled "Part 1" because there is actually more to the story and I hope to eventually post the rest:) All the "notes" apps should be Part 2.

Evernote Still a Favorite

Many blog posts I come across this time of year have to do with setting New Year's Resolutions. One of the number one resolutions that comes up over and over is to be more organized. There is the visual organization of my office appearance. Then there is the paper clutter organization. I solved the "visual" organization the past two days by putting all my crap in the office next to mine. My office looks great but know I have to organize the other room too!

For paper organization Evernote still remains one of my all time favorites.  It has been around for a while and I have tried other systems, apps, software, etc. But I always come back to Evernote. My current uses for Evernote are as follows:


  • Using my Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner to scan in all lose papers. Small stacks of 8-10 sheets.
  • The big printer in the office can "scan to email" so I have my evernote email with the contacts of the office printer and can scan larger stacks of paper through that printer. (Exception: The office copier does not scan 2-sided like the ScanSnap. Can only scan to email one sided documents.)
  • Random notes: I have 2 monitors and Evernote is always open on my 2nd monitor in case I want to add a quick note (has to be important info that I know I will want come back to)
  • Searching for documents: The "search" component of Evernote is very precise. See below: (This is an anchor chart with "reading" written on a post-it note. I searched for the word "reading" and 132 of my "notes" had that word:)
  • Taking pictures of anything with words that I may want to recreate or share with teachers.
How do you use Evernote?