I found a GREAT app if you are using ipads in the classroom!
Check out PaperDesk. Click here: for the link to the itunes page. You can take a picture of a student's writing, or work sample, and insert it into a page where you can type and take notes about what that child did. You can then email yourself, or the parents the page to see. Great for monitoring progress! The free version/Lite, works the same, but it has a limit to how many pages you can keep at the same time.