Can you help Save Teens from Lame Jobs?

How do you encourage high school students to take the ACT WorkKeys® assessment seriously? The marketing team at The Orchard Foundation decided that a hero could best capture the attention of busy and distracted high school students. The Jobinator, a caped superhero who, “By day, saves teenagers from lame jobs. By night, predicts the future, namely which jobs will be the hottest,” soon came to the rescue.

To date, this initiative has helped Central Louisiana residents earn over 18,474 National Career Readiness Certificates™. The Orchard Foundation also provides ACT Career Ready 101® courses to prepare students to take the ACT WorkKeys assessments and is presently working to implement the ACT Work Ready Communities initiative in nine parishes in central Louisiana. Learn more here.

6 ways Students can use Evernote

This is a re-blog from the Evernote blog, you can find the original article here:

Snapping a photo of a whiteboard sketch

Evernote is a great tool for students. Whether you’re pursuing a BS in robotics or a PhD in anthropology, Evernote makes it easy to organize all your coursework and assignments so you can quickly find what you’re looking for.And, for a limited time, eligible students can get 75% off Evernote Premium.


1. Organize class notes into notebooks

A set of notebooks

Use Evernote as a digital binder where you can save all your coursework, school info, schedules, and anything else you collect throughout the school term. Start by creating a notebook structure to keep similar notes together. Create separate notebooks for each class. Keep notes from all your class lectures, labs, and group projects in the same notebook.


Animation of course notebooks created



Multiple notebooks can be grouped together into notebook stacks for extra organization. Create one stack for each school term and add individual course notebooks to it.


2. Scan and search handwritten notes

Using your phone as a scanner

Use the Evernote camera on your phone to snap photos of whiteboards and handouts.

A woman with a magnifying glass to indicate search

Evernote runs images through a character-recognition process that makes handwritten words searchable.


Scanned whiteboard note with search results



Use the pen tool to handwrite or draw directly into Evernote on your phone or tablet. Use the color and highlighter options for emphasis or enhancements.


3. Record lectures and talks

Available on Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Recording a lecture

Make sure you don’t miss any important points. Where permitted, use Evernote on your phone or laptop to make audio recordings of lectures or group discussions to complement your text notes.


In-app recorder tool


Increase your retention by setting reminders to review class notes later.


4. Draw and write on PDFs

Available on Evernote for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Annotating a PDF

Evernote gives you simple tools to add notes to PDFs. Highlight important sections of your syllabus and assignment sheets. Add text, arrows, and other shapes to draw attention to what’s important in your reading.


Sample note with preview of attached course syllabus PDF



Use the Evernote camera on your mobile device to scan course outlines, handouts, and other paper documents as PDFs. On your computer, save PDFs and Office docs into Evernote right alongside related class notes.


SAMPLE NOTE: View annotated Course Syllabus PDF sample note


5. Manage assignments with to-do lists and reminders

Checking off your to-do list

Class assignments, project deliverables, study group meeting times—jot them all down in Evernote. Access your lists on or off campus from any device where you have Evernote.



Share lists with others working on a group project with you. Give everyone edit permissions so they can check off their own completed tasks on a shared list.


SAMPLE NOTE: View sample checklists note


6. Keep campus event and student life info in one place

Save web pages from your browser to Evernote

Save entire web pages into Evernote using Web Clipper. Keep screenshots, images, and important information from your online student portal in Evernote, alongside other related notes. Save online campus info, class info, and club info as notes. Keep event calendars, library hours, weekly dining menus, and emergency evacuation locations in Evernote.



Enable offline notebook access so notes you reference regularly are available to you even when you’re without an internet connection.

This post first appeared on the Evernote website at:

FREE Webinar to Help ALL Students and Educators realize the value of WorkKeys and the NCRC


This webinar shares practical strategies for helping deepen students, parents, and educators realize the real value and potential of WorkKeys and the National Career Readiness Certificate. The session includes information on student and educator resources to prepare for the WorkKeys assessments, soft skills enhancement, and re-taking the WorkKeys assessments to earn or upgrade a student’s NCRC. Additionally, information on South Carolina’s, best in the nation, Work Ready Communities Initiative is included:



Is it time we stop ‘averaging’ grades?

This post is from the “Life of an Educator” blog:

“What message are we sending to students when we average grades over a quarter or a semester?
This is definitely a hot topic question for those who are involved in work around grading and assessment.
What about the statement below?

‘When we average grades over time, we are basically saying that our teaching doesn’t have any impact on student learning.’ via @leeannjung

That’s a pretty powerful and bold statement!
Also, consider this image of seven students and their performance over a period of time:
Do we really feel each student is at the same place in regard to their learning?
Do we really feel each student is receiving a grade that most accurately reflects their current level of mastery?
image via @tguskey
Next, consider the football team in preparation for the game on Friday night (thanks for this great example @mctownsley…)
Team A: Works extremely hard all week at practice and has done everything possible to prepare for the game on Friday night.
Team B: Takes it easy at practice all week and really didn’t put forth a lot of commitment to prepare for the game on Friday night.
The reality is that both teams will start the game on Friday night with zero points. The team that worked hard doesn’t get an advantage from the start and the team that didn’t work hard doesn’t start off with a disadvantage. Grades are about what kids know at that given point in time… same thing as on the football field.
Last thought… do we really want the initial learning students do in the beginning (when the skills and/or content are brand new) to affect a student’s grade later on down the road? Should students be able to escape the mistakes and roadblocks they faced in the beginning or should these mistakes haunt them the entire grading period?
So, is it time to stop averaging grades?”
Have a great week!
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