Thursday, February 28, 2013

Using Evernote to Record and Track Fluency

In December I recorded a second grade student talking about how she uses Evernote (see video below) to track and reflect on her fluency. Since then, a few more classes that I work with have started using Evernote for fluency. What I really like about using Evernote over apps like ShowMe, Educreations, or iTalk is that students have their work stored in a notebook for future reference. The student's work is not stuck on an iPad or in an account that needs to be sifted through to find recordings to compare for growth. Students can organize their notebooks to make it easy to find their fluency work, which is probably mixed in with other school work if students are taking full advantage of using Evernote and Skitch. Students can add tags to notes and/or organize their work by creating different notebooks. All notes can be sorted alphabetically or by date created. I have found it very easy to locate a note when I need to find a particular one.

What I have been demonstrating in classrooms that want to track fluency...
1. Title the note "Fluency" and the date recording.
2. Take a picture of a story to practice reading fluently. Some classrooms are using fluency probes.
3. Touch just after the photograph to get the bouncing cursor and click return twice to allow space between the photo and the recording.
4. Click on the microphone and record reading fluently.
5. Play the recording by touching it.
6. Return the cursor below the recording.
7. Reflect on the fluency. Ex: What did they do well? What do they need to work on?
8. Work on their goal and record again in a few days or within a weeks time. If going for speed, students can stop after a minute of recording, take a word count, and then set a goal for their next recording.

Using Evernote for Fluency from Nicole Gleason on Vimeo.