Monday, February 25, 2013

Using Evernote with the SAMR Model

Originally Posted December 3, 2012
On My Classblogmeister Blog

Evernote is a tool that can be used on both computers and handheld devices. At it's basic form it is a place to store written work. However, if you get creative, Evernote can be much more than a digital portfolio and reach all levels of the SAMR Model.

At the Substitution Level of SAMR: Use Evernote strictly as a portfolio. Any work that students could add to a three ring binder can be added to their Evernote notes. Students can write and store anything in written form. Students can take photos of projects that would normally be too big to fit in a binder. The Notes can be sorted into folders and be tagged to help students find their stored work quickly. What makes Evernote better than a binder is that it is paperless, takes up less space, and is environmentally friendly.

At the Augmentation Level of SAMR: Use Evernote with functional improvement to a binder portfolio by having students add voice descriptions to their notes/school work that they store in Evernote. On each note students could record their voice talking about their project or artifact and why it is valuable. They could also record themselves setting goals to improve their learning for their next submission.

At the Modification Level of SAMR: Evernote is an excellent place to have students store their fluency. What we have been doing in some of my schools that I work with... students are taking a picture of a passage in a book. Then the students record themselves reading the passage. After they record themselves, the students play back their recording and follow along. Lastly students evaluate their recording and set goals for the next time that they will record themselves reading fluently.

The previous example can be brought to the Redefinition Level of SAMR if students have the ability to email work, which would allow for students to evaluate each other's recordings and provide feedback to their peers. When suggestions come from peers, students often take the suggestion very seriously. Students could share their work with each other by switching devices or computers, however there is the chance for someone's work to get erased with this option. In my district all students from second grade on have an email account. Our 2nd - 8th grades students can only send and receive email from educators and students in our domain. I highly recommend having an email account for your students, if you do not already. Please feel free to use the comments section of this blog article to ask any questions you may have or to tell everyone how you are using Evernote in your classroom.