Evernote. Evernote has made keeping records and staying organized so much easier for me. It's the best thing that has happened to my personal organization since I forced myself to get rid of my teacher's desk many many years ago. (I've been collecting helpful Evernote articles here. Evernote: Capturing Student Learning Journeys)
Thankfully, there are many colleagues working with Evernote now so I'm constantly rethinking its use and learning new tricks. It seems the eternal question for Evernote comes back to using forms. How can you make a form in Evernote? Well, as far as I've been able to figure out in conversations with other Evernote users, you just can't. Typically I prefer a blank piece of paper to a form anyway as I can shape the note in the way that works for my message, but there are times when a form might just be the perfect thing. For those times, here are a few possibilities.
Here are a few ways I've learned to create forms and organize with Evernote:
Here a quick how-to by Susan Dee.
I typically create a form and then insert the form link into Evernote. Then as I move around the classroom I can easily click into the form to add information. After the form is complete I go to the created spreadsheet, highlight important parts of the information, sort it if needed, and then take a screenshot of the completed spreadsheet. I then place the screenshot in Evernote with appropriate tags. Often I add it into the note with the original form link. I'm then able to click on the note during the day directly in Evernote without leaving to go to my Google drive.
Ghostwriter Notes is another app I use for using forms with Evernote. Ghostwriter allows you to create different types of notebooks for recording information. With Ghostwriter you can choose your own paper for you notes or use custom paper you create. When using Ghostwrite I create a note in Word and then take a picture of it. I then insert this picture as custom paper. After I have the paper created I can type or write on the notes. As you turn the page a new page is created and dated. When finished with the note you can send it to Evernote using your Evernote email account address which is located in the setting of your account. Ghostwriter pages can be emailed to parents and other collaborators in one easy click.
Noteshelf works almost exactly like Ghostwriter, but it allows you to use tags on each page. This would make Noteshelf a better choice if you wanted to just keep your forms in a notebook without sending them to Evernote. I find Noteshelf to work with a little more ease than Ghostwriter as Ghostwriter has its glitchy days (though I don't find them enough to keep me from using it). I also prefer the pen selection in Noteshelf to that of Ghostwriter. While Noteshelf allows you to create notebooks, make custom paper, and use tags, emailing from Noteshelf to your Evernote account requires a few more clicks.
Katherine Sokolowski wrote at Read, Write, Reflect about KustomNote in Stumbling Through Evernote. I had a hard time using KustomNote, but it does allow you to create forms and may work better for others.
If you have solutions to the eternal Evernote form question, I'd love to hear your thoughts.