I’ve had a BIG IDEA bouncing around the inside of my head for the past week or so. I’m so excited about it that, instead of sleeping, I’ve been lying awake in bed at night, refining it. Suddenly, after a quiet blogging period, I feel inspired again!
So what is my BIG IDEA?
I’m going to put together an Evernote workshop for creating attractive digital journals.
Creating Evernote journals? Homeschool record keeping? Perhaps you’re not as excited by my BIG IDEA as I am. I agree, keeping records doesn’t sound like much fun. But I’m not going to be talking about a boring document created solely for the purpose of homeschool registration. Yes, my journal will fulfil homeschool registration requirements, but it will also double as a family journal bursting with wonderful memories, and it might even have a personal diary section for capturing private thoughts and ideas.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
- We’ll create our notebooks (or work on existing ones). Perhaps we’ll discuss such things as clipping articles and links from the Internet, importing images and icons, and adding video and audio.
- Then we’ll share ideas on how to make our notes look attractive. We’ll talk about layout options, fonts, and such things as coloured backgrounds. (I worked out how to make coloured background templates for Evernote!)
- We’ll also talk about the content of our notebooks. What unschooling learning experiences can we record? And what is the most effective way of recording them? What family memories do we want to capture? How can we write interesting and valuable personal journal entries?
- Perhaps we’ll learn some new skills along the way. I’d love to introduce you to some tools, software programs and techniques I use together with Evernote. Maybe you have your own favourite tools that you’ll share with me.
- And if you’re wary of digital records – will our notebooks disappear into the ether and never be seen again? – I’m going to show you how we can turn our Evernote notebooks into paper ones.
- As well as writing blog posts, I’d like to make a few screencast video tutorials. Sometimes seeing is better than reading. And then there’s Facebook. My Stories of an Unschooling Family page might be a good place to share screenshots of our notebooks and other relevant info.
What I’m not going to do:
I’m not going to tell you how you should set up your notebooks and what you should include. I’m only going to present some possibilities, share some things I’ve discovered since I started using Evernote. And I’m hoping, in return, you’ll share your own ideas.
Want to know more about Evernote?
If you aren’t already using Evernote, you can download it from the Evernote website for free. (You might have to sign up for a paid plan if you want the freedom to upload a lot of notes. The upload limit for the free one is quite small.)
If you’re not familiar with Evernote, you could take a look at a few videos to see how it works. You’ll soon realise there is a desktop version and online and mobile ones too. For this workshop, I’m going to be using the desktop version.
One last thought:
What if you’re using a digital note-booking system other than Evernote? What if you’re keeping paper records? Well, maybe some of the workshop posts will still be useful, especially our discussions on journal content. Or I might convert you to Evernote!
Well, I think that’s all for today. Next time, we’ll look at the various options for setting up our notebooks. (And then we can get on with the fun stuff!)
Will you join me?
PS: If you know of anyone who’d like to know more about using Evernote to showcase unschooling, please share my post link!
I have made a preview video of my Evernote Workshop. Please take a look if you’d like to know more!