I am by no means a technological wizard. Quite often, you will find me gnashing my teeth and rending my clothes over some computer issue, problem, and my own ineptitude. Despite all of that, I use Evernote, an amazing site that has helped me organize and plan our Morning Gathering time.
I use Evernote Free. There are premium services available-I have no experience with them. I haven’t even begun to explore all the possibilities within this site for homeschooling. I look forward to sharing what I do discover along the way!
I have used Evernote for about a year now with no problems. I love how I can quickly and easily access all our Morning Gathering time plans. My boys enjoy the links to pictures, web sites, and videos; I find these helpful with reinforcing concepts.
Setting up an account is easy. I really can not do justice to an explanation on starting with Evernote. These sites should be able to help with that:
As you read in Day 2: Homeschool Morning Gathering-How To Set Up Morning Gathering for Your Homeschool, our brigade is made up of different types of learners (and personalities, sensitivities, the list goes on and on!). I would hypothesize that most homeschool families are in the same boat.
Another beautiful benefit of Morning Gathering with Evernote is that you can set it up for all learning types (even tactile-if you have touch screen monitor and/or use manipulatives).
Evernote notebooks can be designed with text, inserted images, and links to sites for reference. Before I started my Evernote journey, I would find during my planning time a cool site to share with the boys. When the time would come to use it, I would be searching through my browsing history, favorites, or, gasp!, the cobwebby recesses of my mind (a frightening thought!). Minutes would elapse-and so would the boys’ attention.
Enter Evernote. And exit my Morning Gathering snags and snafus.
As much as my technologically-challenged body is fighting it, I accept the fact that our world is moving towards ebooks, music downloads, and other tech trends. (sniff! i will never give up my paper books-the smell of the paper, the texture of the page-aah!).
I also, albeit reluctantly, accept the fact that my boys are of a generation who will be using technology for a majority of life, higher education, and career functions. I feel strongly that I would rather be the one to introduce technology to them-with its limits and needs for safety, along with its potentials.
Evernote has been a great way for me to expose the boys to an organized use of technology. Its efficiency helps our Morning Gathering time flow much more smoothly (and quickly) which our brigade appreciates (gotta get done schoolwork to build those Legos!).
For me, Evernote has helped me relax (a bit!) in knowing that I have made sure we have covered previously “skimped” on topics with much greater depth than I ever dreamed possible.
Okay, so enough of my rambling! Here’s a peek of a basic layout of our Morning Gathering time using Evernote.
Here’s a few screenshots of a weekly plan:
I plan on (haven’t gotten there yet) installing Evernote app onto my 2 older boys iPad minis and letting them share with younger 2 boys (X man just isn’t there yet!). That’s another great feature of Evernote-it can be installed on computer, laptop, tablet, and phone (probably other tech stuff that I am ignorant of!). My boys love any excuse for permission to use their iPads;)
I know that I have only touched the tip of the iceberg with using Evernote in homeschool planning. I will be exploring the many uses and functions of Evernote as I work on planning our homeschool year for 2015-2016. Expect to see more ideas and tips on using Evernote for Homeschool Morning Gathering!
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