The New Evernote Stylus...Winner!!!

Obviously, I have stylus issues. I actually prefer to write on the iPad as opposed to type notes. Been trying for years to find the right the stylus and I have tried MANY as you can see in the picture above. My favorite of the above stylus(es) is the pink one. It has a spongy tip. The reason there are two is because my youngest chewed the end off one of them when she was teething years ago:)

I also thought I would like to have it attached to my iPhone or iPad with the string. Never really bought into that either.

But I think I have found it. The Jot Script Evernote Edition! So far so good. But expensive.  I LOVE the app Noteshelf because of all the cute notebook covers and customizable papers. But I am not sure I will be able to stick with it because it is so cumbersome to personalize. Cute but not practical. I also use the calligraphy style choice for writing because it is more forgiving of bad handwriting.

The recommended app to use with this stylus is Penultimate. Lots of people choose this app but I have yet to experiment with it.

Maybe it could be a Christmas present?

Evolution of Using Evernote

A lot has changed in two years since I posted about my Evernote workflow!

First, I broke my Fujitsu ScanSnap last year. Yep, dropped it on the floor.
I have every intention of replacing it someday. But until them I either just take a picture of all the documents I need as a PDF or I use the app CamScanner. Take a pic in CamScanner and email the document to my Evernote email account. Vwa-lah!!!

"Email to Evernote" is my go-to process..... daily. This is BIG, HUGE!!!
If you have an Evernote account you are assigned an Evernote email address. On your mobile device it can be found under Evernote's "general settings."

Things I email to Evernote:

  • Tweets
  • Pictures
  • Pictures of documents
  • Text messages
  • Screenshots
  • Blog posts
If there is any question in mind that I might need something some day........I email it to Evernote. (I usually never need the stuff I think I need. But there will probably be one day I am glad I have something 7 years old:)

No more email folders in my email account!!! My email account was hacked two years ago. It was bad. Okay, it was real bad. Lesson learned! Instead of putting EVERY email in a folder only to NEVER look at it again.....I forward all email to Evernote using my assigned Evernote email:) I can easily search by ANY word that might possibly be in any email/document/picture. AWESOME!

Evernote Post-its Integration.......If you love Post-its but are trying really hard to go all in digitally.....this, my friend, is for you! I am still tweaking my workflow with this because it is so new but it's evolving pretty quickly. You pretty much take a picture of Post-it you have written on and after some behind the seems abracadabra...........you have a digital Post-it note. My to-do lists are green and my staff memo lists are pink.
Doesn't it look like a cute little Post-it note???
And this just scratches the surface of how I use Evernote. I will try not to wait two years to post again!

Twitter Lies I Tell Myself

We've all done it..... Lied to ourselves about our Twitter habits. Here is my short list....

#1 = "I'm only going to check twitter a couple times a day."

Riiiiiight! Define "a couple?" 2 times a day? 5 times? Hourly? (Okay I am not that bad. It's not hourly at least.)

#2 = "Re-tweeting is cheating."

Re-tweeting used to be cheating back in the day of early adopters. Or so I thought at the time. Now that there is so much information out there I am glad others RT. I RT the good stuff so my principal friends can read it too. They might miss it.

#3 = "I'm not going to follow celebrities."

Heck yes you follow celebrities! That's the fun of it. Every now and then a celebrity tweet will go through and you think you are hearing from a famous friend. (Well not really if you are following the Kardashians. That's just wrong, but fun too:)
#4 = "No one is going to follow me."

I am not sure why some of you follow me but you do and it's fun to learn and interact with you.

#5 = "My contributions are small compared to those I follow."

This is actually true. My contributions are small. But I have helped a few twitter friends over the years and developed some great relationships. Turns out some of my contributions have been the "one thing" someone was looking for and I made a positive impact on them.

My final thought.....

Twitter has been a GREAT learning environment for me and many others. It's one of those things you don't realize at first. As Twitter has become more popular it has swallowed up some of us little people. Even if I can keep the connections I have made thus far it worth the lies I tell myself.

Finally!!! My Teachers Follow Me

This is not the victory cry of a desperate leader. It is simply the story of how/why my teachers started following me on Twitter.

First, I have almost always shared my ideas here or on Twitter. I follow principals and vice versa to share ideas. We don't need to comment on each others posts or tweets for validation. We simply share our information because we know we are helping each other. So sharing my ideas is nothing new. What is new is.......... my teachers noticed!

I have been tweeting since 2007 when tweeting wasn't necessarily cool. My teachers thought I was weird and other administrators thought it was stupid. Did I just say stupid? My kids would tell me that's a bad word. Anyway......

A few of my teachers have been on twitter for a couple years. By "on twitter" I mean they have an account. Well at #edcampSGF Laura Gilchrist and Lisa Lund did a "Twitter for Beginners" session and my teachers GOT IT!

This weekend I worked on some "fun days/motivation" for my staff and posted it to Twitter. Like I always do as I said before. (Please don't take this out of context and post some secret job survival information that if they don't see it they fail at something. Come on.)Below is the play by play of how they discovered my surprises for the week:):):)

For those of you who wish your teachers would use twitter....... it has only taken me 6 years.

Take Edcamp Back to Your School #EdcampKC Reflections

First things first.....THANK YOU Kyle Pace and Laura Gilchrist for putting together a great event. Having first hand knowledge of what it takes to put together an Edcamp I know how hard you worked.

My favorite Edcamp experiences are the connections. Touching base with those you have met before and making new connections. There is always that empty spot for those who can't make it.

Pre-Event Tweet-Up: Big success! Never seems to last long enough because everyone is tired from traveling. Worth the hour or two to connect in case you aren't able to connect the next day.

The #Edcamp Experience: After attending my first edcamp in St. Louis, I knew my teachers had to experience Edcamp. It is important that my teachers enjoy it, bring back ideas, share ideas, and have the good things they are doing validated by other great educators. Something I didn't expect were the amount of Edcamp Newbies! When Kyle asked who was attending an Edcamp for the first time, I was shocked! I hope they felt welcome. I hope they had fun. I hope they made great connections like I made over the years.
Showcasing Heads Up App:)

Sessions: The sessions were amazing! I tend to be pretty social so I wandered in and out of the first sessions. Can I just say that Chris McGee makes me laugh ALL THE TIME! He is such a high energy facilitator. Together with Brent Catlett, JP Prezzavento, Rob Lamb, Josh Allen, and all the others, you couldn't ask for a more dedicated Edcamp group to lead conversations. Yes there were ladies presenting! Kristina Peters, Jamie Faith, Michelle Baldwin, Mandy Adey and on and on! I am sure I forgot someone, sorry.

Taking Edcamp back to your school: The session I offered to facilitate was, "How to take Edcamp back to your school." With all the buzz and focus on great Edcamp experiences, how do you "do" an Edcamp? I have included the link to the document we created. (thank you former Willard grad Tanya Spillane:) You are welcome to add to it.  There is significant interest in applying Edcamp strategies to traditional PD. I also realized it's difficult to get the process started. We will continue to add to the document at future Edcamps.

The "last supper:" Or end of the event dinner. (Call it whatever.) I usually drive home and miss the "after party." Turns out my kids were accounted for and I could hang out a little longer. It was great to have relaxed conversations and get to know people even better. You always hope the people you interact with on Twitter are the real deal. This group was the real deal!

See you at the next Edcamp!