One of the commitments that I made during the course of the conference was to engage with blogging; it seems to me to have a number of potential benefits including ensuring that:
- I undertake a form of disciplined reflection about my own learning and thinking
- I contribute to the wider body of thinking about learning, education and school transformation
- I model the learning in which I hope to lead students and staff
- I develop the extent, depth and value of my own Personal Learning Network
That is the intention - we'll see how it goes!
As a starting point, I learned how to use Evernote at ISTE 2013; it was my tool of choice for taking notes and recording the event. I had not used it prior to the conference, but it was recommended to me as a great resource for organising and recording my work. There are four things about this tool that I love. These are:
- The capacity to embed sound and image within notes. As I made my way around the conference, I used my iPad to take photos of things I wanted to investigate further and I embedded the photos in my Evernote documents.
- The option to organise notes through Notebooks - I had one Notebook designated ISTE 2013 and each separate session or event got its own Note within that book
- The cross-platform capacity is very helpful. I used my iPad as my main notetaking tool at the conference, but now as I come to process the notes I am able to do so using either my Mac at home or my PC at work
- The search function within Evernote is very helpful.
I can see a lot of value for secondary students in using Evernote to organise their learning at school - different notebooks for different subjects. This would be of particular value if they utilise different platforms in different context.