Evernote as a Formative Assessment Tool

Evernote has so many classroom applications. As a research tool, note-taking platform, and student e-portfolio it is fantastic, but perhaps its most impressive application is it’s ability to collect ongoing qualitative formative assessment that can be accessed from anywhere and shared easily.

Marlene Vivieros is a first grade teacher at the Highlander Charter School in Providence, RI. Marlene has been working with kindergarteners for years collecting observational notes, photos, and anecdotes on paper, clipboards, digital cameras, and her brain. She loves to track her students growth and analyze their learning, but the process of taking in all that information on a daily basis was so difficult for her.

The Highlander Institute introduced Marlene to Evernote and showed her some ways that Evernote could help reduce her paper and digital media trail. As you can see from the video below Marlene has become an Evernote champ and loves the way the system has allowed her to harness the power of her iPhone as a single data collection tool.

Marlene has set up her Evernote with a folder for each student that she uses when she wants to record targeted, individual pieces of student data. She has a classroom folder that she uses to collect data on the fly or data that relates to multiple students.

In this video Marlene has opened a new file within the folder named for the student with whom she is working. Pay attention to three things while watching the video:

1. Notice how Marlene takes a photo of student at work at the very beginning of the video.

2. Notice how she types some qualitative information to accompany the photo.

3. Notice how Marlene places the phone between herself and the student. She is audio recording her conversation with the student within the same note where she took the photos and typed her observations.

Evernote as a Classroom Assessment Tool from Highlander Institute on Vimeo.

All of this data is saved in the cloud and ready for Marlene when she arrives home in the evening. She has access to each of these pieces of qualitative data and can use them for progress reports, report cards or use them to help her plan for the next day.