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  1. Thanks for mentioning Scrivener. I had previously written it off as it's not free, but, in a roundabout way, I think it will be the key to my solution. Here's my proposed workflow: Kids use Evernote to gather all information. We're going for high granularity/sortability, so the less info in a note the better. In other words, we're trying to emulate the "1 fact per card" modality. We'll use tags to identify sources and code by guiding question. Kids share their research notebook with me. After the research phase, I will create real-life, tangible notecards for each student. This is where things get interesting. For each kid: Copy all notes from student's shared notebook into my "Temporary Holding" notebook. Use Applescript to export all copied notes to .rtfd files. Import all rtfd files into Scrivener. Use Scrivener's "Auto Generate Synopses" feature to populate cards in Corkboard view. Print contents of Corkboard view onto index cards. Profit. The process is definitely a little clunky, but only on my end. To the students, everything should seem pretty smooth and intuitive. Thanks to everyone for helping me work through this. If anyone sees any ways to improve this workflow, I'd love to hear about it. -Evan
  2. Thanks for the advice and suggestions. I was excited about using Evernote to manage our research. I was thinking of printing the kids notes onto index cards after the research phase so we could have the best of both worlds (Evernote for collecting info, tangible cards for sorting), but it seems as if printing was completely neglected by the developers. Even the most basic options for printing notes are missing. Honestly, this is quite disappointing. I don't think I can have my kids use an application (however great it may be) that has no reliable way for extracting their information. I'm going to keep investigating solutions, but it looks like Evernote is not the answer. Oh well, I was hoping for this to be our go-to app as we begin our 1-to-1 deployment. If there's something I've missed, like some secret way of doing crazy things like printing the titles of notes, please, please let me know.
  3. I'm getting ready to start our annual term paper project with my 5th graders. In the past, students used index cards to manage all their research. They divide their topic (King Tut, for example) into three guiding questions (How did he die? What do we know about his tomb? What did he do as pharaoh?) and document all their research on color-coded cards, one fact per card, with a letter to indicate which source the fact came from. By the end of the research phase, most kids have 150-200 notes. The next task is to spread the cards out, group and stack them by commonalities, and label each stack with a Post-It. These stacks will become the paragraphs of their papers. Pretty standard middle-grade research process. This year, I'm allowing some of my students to work digitally, sans notecards. Evernote seems like the perfect tool for gathering research information, but I'm still fuzzy on how to best structure things. Here's what I'm wondering about: How do you think the kids should organize their notes? A new note for every fact? A new note for every source? While I like the idea of one fact per physical index card, I'm not sure that would work well with Evernote. Each note needs to be sourced, so I don't think having a note for each guiding question would work either. After the research phase, how would a kid go about organizing, grouping, rearranging, and outlining their facts? This is easy to do with physical cards, but seems tricky within Evernote, especially if there is more than one fact within a note. Is there anything out there that can be used to manipulate and rearranged exported notes? Thanks in advance for your suggestions, Evan
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