Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Day 17 - Evernote



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.
And here is a quick video overview:



Here are some getting started tutorials if you need some assistance getting up and going.


There are a myriad of ways to use Evernote in education, here are a few features and ideas to get our discussion started.

  • 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.

Your Challenge:
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?

27 comments:

  1. I mostly use Evernote for note-taking right now, but have really been wanting to dive into it more deeply. These videos will really help me to do that! I think students would really benefit from the organizational factor.

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    1. do YOU take notes or your students?

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    2. I use it for my own note-taking! I don't use it in class yet. Just not comfortable enough!

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  2. Evernote looks like something I would definitely use, if I had multiple devices to sync. I currently use Dropbox because I'm simply syncing my teacher computer and home computer. It fulfills all my needs with no frills. I do like that you can access everything from everywhere and that it can make notes of almost anything. There are always websites that have good information on them, so I bookmark them. But how useful is a bookmark when it is only on one computer? Evernote could be a way to help students organize/store resources for a research paper. It is nice that notebooks can be shared, but unless you are paying for it, google docs would be better for sharing to collaborate. I also see Evernote like Pinterest, where you can save and organize anything you want (as long as there is a picture with it).

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  3. I have Evernote loaded on every device. However, I use it for a while--then find something else I like. Then I go back to it. I need to spend time or have a tutorial on how to use it effectively. I'm hoping some of the tutorials above will offer some ideas of how to use it better. I'd like to use it all the time--but just haven't figured out how to do that quite yet.

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  4. I'm with Karla and Kara. I use Evernote on every device I have... but only for note taking. I would like to spend some time learning about the other features and how to make it something my students can really use. This might be a good way for them to stay organized, especially if they have internet at home.

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  5. This is another good tool that I need some time to explore. I use Dropbox like Beth for simple file sharing from home to school. If it's like Pinterest than I am all over that! :> I think a lot of these sites would be great to teach students about in a technology course that would be/ should be required. Technology is a need to know tool for kids, thus the 1:1, but I don't think it's being used as it should. How cool would it be for me, a math teacher, to say go to ___________ and do ______ and not to have to spend a day teaching the technology part! And that would help with organization too, just like Evernote. TIME! is what I need to accomplish all I want to do.

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  6. I use Dropbox too! I do really like the note taking aspect of it. I'm pretty disorganized, and I use a sticky-note system where I write reminders to myself, then stick them on the chalkboard next to my computer. The problem I run into, is sometimes these notes are things that I need to do at home or go get certain supplies for the classroom, and I forget. I think I'll give Evernote a try to write reminders and jots down ideas for things (before I forget them!).

    It seems like a cool platform for students to do note taking because most of them have smartphones and they can study their notes from anywhere (with internet access) on the netbooks, their phones, or personal computers. Also, some of my students are organizational challenged (much like myself) and I can use it as a suggestion to self-help my more forgetful students.

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  7. I am going to have to agree with Leah on this one. Every time I think, "this would be great to use with the kids," my brain kicks in and says wait a second it would take them two to three days to learn just the basic features of this tool. Not to mention the fact that it takes 3 to 4 times as long to write math notes electronically. The pencil and paper aspect of it can't change. I do however see this as a way the kids can take pictures of their notes with their phones and organize them for quick reference. That is a possibility using Evernote. It is something I will have to play with before I try and integrate it into my classroom. I will have to make sure my idea works. It is tempting to me though and I do see quite a bit of potential here for other subject for sure. It would have been really cool to draw out the concepts in social studies and literature class to take pictures of them. Very interesting.

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    1. Michael,
      I could see you having the students take their notes using paper and pencil and then if you needed to save them for a portfolio item scan them on the copier and then put them into an Evernote. Just an idea.

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  8. I have had Evernote loaded on my phone for a long time and have never used it. These tutorials might get me going. Others say it is an awesome way to organize everything but I just haven't spent time learing how to use it. When I need to write something down to remember a date, a book title, I am still in paper pencil mode. I need to start using this. This seems like a good idea to keep track of everything in addition to taking notes. Mylearning curve on this will probably be longer than that of my students. I agree with several of the previous posters in that I wish there was a class at school that would teach students the most useful, universal apps so all I had to do was tell them to use it for whatever and not have to show it to them and teach them how to use it while I am still learning all the bells and whistles.

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  9. I really like the update of Evernote App.

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  10. Thanks, just took the time to set up an account on my computer and cell phone. The email feature seems very nice and convenient.
    I can see the usefulness in teaching my students how to use this. Keeping a 'digital' notebook with photos of labs/worksheets/notes instead of a physical notebook would be nice.

    I think for now though, I am going to use it personally for a month or so. As I watched the tutorials, I was imagining that you would be able to use evernote as a way to keep digital lesson plans. You could create folders for each standard and fill with attachments, links, pictures, sound clips, and videos.

    Then, I was imagining it may be good to share each folder with students - so that they could work at their own pace through standards or see what they missed if they were absent.


    I just got it installed, up and running, so I may be way off base here. I'm looking forward to finding uses!

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  11. I love Evernote and often use it to observe students or groups. Being able to take pictures and then create an audio recording within the note really helps me organize my thoughts on whatever i'm looking at. I can then pull-up the recordings I created on my Phone, look at them on my iPad or computer almost instantly!

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  12. I've not used Evernote personally or professionally. I've used LIvebinders to organize websites I've come across when developing courses. I'd like to introduce it to my students as an organizational tool for research projects.

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  13. I love how you can assign different tags to things. at first, I had a ton of ideas for personal use...kids' activities, trip planning, home remodel and decorating, etc. for school, I can see myself combining ideas from Pinterest with resources I already have like websites, documents, books, etc. I live that everything would be in one spot and accessible from all of my devices.

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  14. My students would be the first to tell you that I am not the most organized person in the world - this might just help! I plan on using this myself first, so I can get used to it before having the students jump into it. I want to start just by getting my ideas organized, I have a horrible habit of keeping notes in random notebooks, I jot down websites on sticky notes that I can never find when I need, the list goes on! I would love a place to file all of my project ideas, and have them organized by topic. After moving schools last year, I did manage to get rid of a lot of papers/files but I still have some that need sorted and this seems much better than saving everything as documents on the computer.

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  15. Have never used Evernote, but planning on it! I love the idea of getting rid of paper clutter and sticky notes! After each faculty meetings, I think, now what am I going to do with these notes I've written? Here's the answer! I also would like to use to record thoughts and observations during the science investigations we are doing.

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  16. I use Dropbox and tried to do a Symbaloo. Evernote is far easier than the Symbaloo. It is an easy tool to use. I like the features Evernote uses. The first time I heard of Evernote was during last years E-Revolution. I can see my science students using this during a science investigation to record what they have learned, websites, pictures, or sound recordings to go with what they are learning. I walk around with a clipboard during the investigations and take notes on the students. This would be an easy way to take notes to add to their portfolios and then I could also email them to the parents to update them on how their child is doing.

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  17. I love Evernote! I learned about it last summer at #flipcon12 in Chicago. I had previously used LiveBinders but Evernote seemed to appeal more to me so that's what I use. I was fortunate in learning about it in the summer so I had some time to play around with it.
    I have not yet shared this tool with my students, but I plan to do so next semester. I plan to plug in their data - test scores, etc., so all of that information is in one place and organized, and can more easily be passed on to next year's teachers. I love it!

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  18. Evernote is so useful. It is a great organizer and boy do I need to get organized. I'm planning on using this soon to help me get it together.

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  19. I have not used evernote yet, but I will start to play around with it. I especially like the idea of scanning documents and making them digital.

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  20. I have not yet tried it but want to. I first want to learn it and use it to organize myself. Once I have the hang of it, I think this could be a great tool for my students with special needs. Several of their 8th grade teachers (myself included) are notebooking, and it has become disastrous for most of my students who already struggle with organization. I look forward to the possibilities.

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  21. I have used Evernote and it is really good for me to keep things that I want to keep long term in email but don't want to clog up my mailbox. I think it is more geared toward phone users, and I must admit, I am not one of those. I have a cell but it is seldom and it is a very basic phone.

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  22. I have been back and forth with using Evernote. Most recently I re- downloaded it on the ipad and iphone because someone shared notes from a conference with me. It is easy to use, and I like the many features. I was thinking of keeping my budget notes on it for personal use. Definitely could do meeting notes and then share them directly from the app, similar to google docs. I thought of using this for principals who are evaluating and scripting while they are observing teachers. They could easily record and write at the same time, if I understand that feature correctly, snap a couple of pictures also, just to have a complete record of their visit. I'll have a multimedia approach to administration, I guess.

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  23. I wonder if I could kick it off with a simple step. I could take an iPad picture of every handout or assignment I give for each class, save it in Evernote, then have a log of all of my back work. When a kid asks for the missing work, I could email it to them. Thinking, though...would this be more or less complicated than just pulling it from the Dropbox file where it is created?

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  24. I have had Evernote downloaded onto my iPhone and iPad for a long time, but have not made the time to learn to use it effectively. I have used Dropbox and am familiar with Livebinders. How does this compare to Onenote in Microsoft?

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