This is a guest post by Missouri teacher, Anita Byers. After Anita commented on one of my posts here on Piano Pantry on how she organized her music games in Evernote, I quickly asked her to share. Many thanks to Anita!
Anita Byers is the owner of Anita’s Piano Studio located in Nevada, Missouri. She currently has a full studio of 27 students. She recently retired from Nevada High School after ten years as the choir accompanist.
As my collection of piano games has grown the past several years, I have needed to organize them in a way that I can find a game that reinforces a certain concept without physically searching through a huge stack!
My goal for this summer was to attack the game monster and make it easy to find and use games during lessons.
I use Evernote in my studio to keep track of weekly lesson plans for each student. I am not sure why it took me so long to realize that Evernote could help organize my game inventory!
I set up a notebook in Evernote and named it “Games.” Then for each game, I added a note.
The information I typed on the note included:
- Name of the game
- Where I found or purchased the game
- Objectives of the game
I took a photo or screenshot of the game board, instructions, and cards. (This was super easy to do with my iPad).
*Note that the next three photos are all a part of the same note (just taken in 3 screenshots).
I used tags to make categories for each game. For example, tags I used for the Ladybug game were: grand staff, keyboard topography, music alphabet and staff notation. This will help me as I search for games in my Evernote notebook.
For more on the benefit and power of using tags in Evernote, see Amy’s video post, Evernote: Account Features, Tagging, and More.
The image below shows a search I did for “keyboard topography.” As you can see, the list of games that I have is shown on the left. I really like that it brings up the photos!
I also took this opportunity to set up a file cabinet to physically store my games, and I added the drawer number right after the name of the game when I entered each note. My games are easy to look up in Evernote and easy to find in their file cabinet.
This system is working great for me so far. Now, I just need to keep up with it as I add new games. It feels so good to have the pile of games organized and the game monster conquered. Thanks, Evernote!
Bonus tip from Amy: since Evernote can also house Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Drive documents, you could even attach the digital file directly into the note or link directly to the webpage from which you found the game.
From AMy: Bonus for Signing Up
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If you use this link (see affiliate disclosure below) as a new sign-up or to upgrade the subscription you already have, I will give you free access to a shared notebook in Evernote where I have compiled some note templates you may find useful as an independent music teacher including:
- Student Evaluation Form
- Student Information Forms
- What to Include in Your Newsletter
- Action Lists for Conferences and Board Meetings
- Grocery List and To-Do List
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