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Checknotes:

*Available in the Premium Version

Checknotes bring POWER to your observations!

  • Checknotes allow you to track the types of contributions of each participant
  • Choose from among 17 templates with pre-loaded characteristics to track
  • Create your own custom template using the “My Template” Checknote
  • Edit or add characteristics to any of the existing templates

Choose from among the following templates:

  • Classroom Observations
  • Common Core (Speaking and Listening Grades 5-8)
  • Common Core (Speaking and Listening Grades 9-12)
  • Critical Friends Group® work by NSRF® (Text Based Protocols)
  • Critical Friends Group® work by NSRF® (Tunings & Dilemma Analysis Protocols)
  • General Group Discussion/Dialogue Template
  • Group Discussion Style A
  • Group Discussion Style B
  • Literature Circles
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
  • Professional Meeting Style 1
  • Professional Meeting Style 2
  • Socratic Seminar Observation Style 1
  • Socratic Seminar Observation Style 2
  • Socratic Seminar Observation Style 3
  • Socratic Seminar Observation Style 4
  • Spider Web Discussion (based on work by Alexis Wiggins)

Sample Checknote Template: [Group Discussion A]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*Available in the Premium Version

 

Choose a Checknote Template or Create your own:

  1. From the main menu tap “Create a New Map” or “Map Existing Group”.
  2. Select the existing group, or if this is your first group, add a group name, choose a layout, and tap “Continue”.  (Hint, the yellow classroom layout will allow you to freely place participants anywhere on the screen.)
  3. Tap “Done” to enter the mapping screen.
  4. BEFORE you begin mapping, tap the blue settings icon in the upper right corner
  5. Tap “CheckNote Template” and the list will appear.
  6. Tap “View/Edit” to view the characteristics of each template or to edit your desired template.
  7. Once you’ve selected the template you want to use, tap “Back” and you will be prompted with the following:
  8. “Would you like this as your default CheckNote template?  YES/NO”
  9. Tap “Yes” and that CheckNote template will be included with all future groups until you edit the existing template or select a new template.
  10. Tap “Close” and you are ready to start your class or meeting!

To learn more about how to edit or create your own template, click <HERE>

Sample CheckNote Template  (Socratic Seminar):

 

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*Available in the Premium Version

Using Checknotes while mapping:

  • While mapping a class or meeting, select the participant who is speaking.
    • His/her icon will flash slowly.
  • Tap “Checknotes” in the top right of the screen while the participant is speaking:
  • Tap on each CheckNote Characteristic that applies for the speaker.
  • Tap “Submit” when completed or when someone else speaks.

 

Sample CheckNote Template  (Socratic Seminar):

 

Category: Checknotes:

 

*Available in the Premium Version

Edit a Checknote Template or Create your own Checknote Template:

  1. From the main menu tap “Create a New Map” or “Map Existing Group”.
  2. Select the existing group, or if this is your first group, add a group name, choose a layout, and tap “Continue”.  (Hint, the yellow classroom layout will allow you to freely place participants anywhere on the screen.)
  3. Tap “Done” to enter the mapping screen.
  4. BEFORE you begin mapping, tap the blue settings icon in the upper right corner
  5. Tap “CheckNote Template” and the list will appear.
  6. Tap “View/Edit” view or edit your desired template.
  7.  You can tap on any characteristic to edit the description, you can swipe left to delete a characteristic, or you “Add a Category” to add a new characteristic.
  8. To create your own template, tap “My Template”, which will be blank upon download of the app.
  9. Tap “Add Category” to add a characteristic.
  10. Swipe any category left to delete the category from the template.
  11. We recommend using an Apple symbol or emoji for each Characteristic for quick and easy reference while mapping.
  12. Once complete tap “Back” and you will be prompted with the following:
  13. “Would you like this as your default CheckNote template?  YES/NO”
  14. Tap “Yes” and that CheckNote template will be included with all future groups until you edit the existing template or select a new template.
  15. Tap “Close” and you are ready to start your class or meeting!

Sample CheckNote Template  (Socratic Seminar):

 

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