Category Archives: Technology

Twitter, IFTTT, and Evernote for Taking Notes

At a recent conference, I was teasing a friend between sessions that I didn’t see any tweets from him during the last session. He mentioned that he was too busy taking notes to tweet. I mentioned that my tweets are a main component of my notes during conferences.

I do like to share the information that I am learning at a conference for those who are not lucky enough to attend. I have also found that trying to take notes then tweet is both time consuming and that I can miss something while trying to share my notes. My note-taking process during a conference is using Twitter, Evernote, and an IFTTT recipe.

I always have Evernote open during a conference to take notes because not all content is necessary Twitter worthy, but is necessary for me to know and keep. There also tend to be instances where 140 characters are simply not enough to thoroughly take the notes.

Using an IFTTT recipe (similar to this one) that saves all of my favorite tweets to Evernote, I am able to capture my tweets as notes in Evernote. This recipe is helpful in two ways. The first is that the material that is Twitter worthy gets typed in 140 characters and tweeted without being typed into or copied from Evernote notes. Once the session over, I quickly favorite my own tweets. These tweets are sent as separate notes to my Evernote inbox folder. The second is that I can favorite tweets from either the same session or other sessions going on at the conference and have those tweets go to my Evernote inbox as well. This is great for when people are tweeting apps, ideas, or quotes from other sessions that I want to look into at a later time.

After the conference is over, I tend to debrief with my notes and combine them into one or two master notes with different sections for the main topics. All of my tweets are saved as separate notes and I pull the relevant information into my master notes. In addition, it gives me time to review the tweets that I favorited that I didn’t have time to look into during the conference sessions.

I realize that this may be a little time consuming, but I do like essentially “live” tweeting from conferences and being able to save some time by letting my tweets be my notes.

Apps from Leslie Fisher’s NACTE 2014 Keynote

I plan to post some more information from the NACTE 2014 conference, but I wanted to share the apps that Leslie Fisher (Twitter, Website) presented during her keynote address on Thursday.

3 Educational Things – Random Act

Career and Technical Related:

Last weekend, one of our teachers and a student participated in the kickoff event for the Congressional App Challenge. I know that more of our students are planning to participate in this event and events similar to this. It is a great opportunity for students to be mentored by industry professionals and to provide a relevant deliverable that will be judged by others.

Educational Technology Related:

Mailbox is an app that I have started to use lately. I hate to see red flags, or badges on my iPhone, iPad, or computer that indicates a new email. I have started to use Mailbox because I can read what is important or basically snooze the emails that I want to look at later when I have more time. This allows me to not worry about every email in my inbox since I know the emails will pop back up later in the day or whatever setting I snoozed the emails to.

In the Classroom:

I didn’t get to see too many classes today because of a visit to our campus and a few meetings that I was in today. I managed to visit one classroom today due to the Random Act of Coyoteness Award that we give to one staff member or student each Monday. The weekly recipient has confetti thrown on them in front of their students or peers and gets a trophy to keep for the week. It is always a great feeling to see the reaction of the person who receives the award knowing that a staff member nominated them to receive the award. It is a great way to start a Monday.

3 Educational Things – White House Film Festival

Career and Technical Related:

Qualifyor – One of my former students wrote this article on filling the gap between education and employment in Las Vegas. Qualifyor is a big supporter of career and technical education in Las Vegas and I am glad to have a community partner who is helping students transition from school to work.

Educational Technology Related:

Penultimate – I am a big Evernote user and I am trying to branch out into new ways of using tools that will sync with Evernote. Despite the fact that it has been installed for a long time, I started using Penultimate today to take my random notes instead of using a dozen post it notes. Hopefully, I will save a tree or two and speed up my inbox processing every night.

In the Classroom:

This is not as much what I saw in the classroom today, but what I saw outside of it. Groups of freshman working on their White House Film Festival entries all around campus filming with iPods, iPhones, and iPads. While this Business Software Applications often gets bogged down in the boredom of learning Microsoft Office, it was nice to see the students away from their computers and using 21st Century technology to create something new.

3 Ed Things – Contact Groups and More

Career and Technical Related:

While not a direct correlation to career and technical education, I read an article on how Broward County schools are incorporating more computer science into their schools. I know that our district is trying to expand the number of schools that are incorporating a computer science program of study because of the high job demand in Las Vegas. The article gave me a little bit more hope that we can get more high schools in Clark County to have four-year programs of study in computer science.

Educational Technology Related:

I read an article on using contact groups in Google to share documents. Each month I share the program leader meeting agenda with the same 18 teachers. After creating my contact group, I think sharing a Google document with the group instead of typing in each teacher’s name will save me a few minutes and every minute counts.

What I saw in a Classroom Today:

I watched a web design and development classroom today while their teacher was recognized at a school student and teacher of the month luncheon. These juniors were working on creating and editing the code for a WordPress site. It was fun to watch them try to find the solutions to their problems with no specific guidance from me. The students shared ideas, trial and error, and the used the occasional swear word under their breath when it didn’t work. Hopefully, I will be able to visit this class when they are closer to completion.

Latest Apps I’m Using in the Classroom

Today was a staff development day. After teaching a beginner and intermediate Google Docs class at my school, I went to another Career and Technical Academy to present on iPad Apps that I am using to manage my classroom. Here is a link to the presentation: