For those uninitiated into the world of Evernote I hope this posting encourages you to dive in. I have Evernote installed on every computer and portable device I use and it has been my go-to place for information and planning for years. I use it in lesson planning, for storing websites I want to keep, for note taking, and for sharing notes with students and other teachers. My information is always with me, no matter the device I have in hand, and is searchable as well so I can quickly locate exactly what I am looking for. Evernote is my information dump, where I store every bit of info I might want or need later on. I even scan in whatever paper I receive and toss the paper!
So, what exactly is Evernote? Looking at the front page of their website provides a quick summary:
- Capture anything. Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see.
- Access anywhere. Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there.
- Find things fast. Search by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images.
Here are some getting started tutorials if you need some assistance getting up and going.
- Using Evernote to Log Classroom Activities
- Evernote Peek (for use with iPad Smart Covers)
- Evernote Clearly
- Sharing Notebooks in Evernote
- Teaching in "The Cloud" with Evernote
- Evernote in Education - FETC Conference 2012, Carlos Fernandez
- Evernote at The Montclair Kimberley Academy
Another of my favorite ways to use Evernote is to send notes into my notebooks from email. With your Evernote account you receive a personal email address to which you can email notes. These could be ideas emailed to yourself from your phone on the run, or emails you want to keep as reference but need to get out of your inbox. Here is some information on how to email notes to your notebooks.
For EVSC employees, here is perhaps my favorite tip. Have some paper you want to be rid of but want to keep the information on it? Go to a school copier and, using the scan and email feature, have the printer scan your paper and mail it to your Evernote email address. Within seconds that paper is gone, but the information on it is accessible, through Evernote, on every device you own. Way cool!
There is so much Evernote can do, and its abilities just keep on growing. I hope you see some potential benefits for your classroom.
In what ways do you use Evernote? How do you envision you might use Evernote? Are there plugins from the "Trunk" you find especially useful? How might students benefit from using Evernote?